This article is a summary of a YouTube video "What does a "YouTube Car Build" truly cost? Your Cost vs Mine." by StanceWorks

How Much Does It Really Cost to Build a Car? The Truth Revealed!

TLDRIn this episode, we reveal the true cost of building a car from scratch. From the price of the car itself to the cost of parts and labor, the total can add up to an astounding amount. Find out how much I spent on my E30 project car and the shocking retail value of all the parts. This video offers a transparent look into the expenses involved in a car build.

Key insights

💰Building a car from scratch can be an expensive endeavor, with costs adding up in terms of parts, labor, and additional customizations.

🛠️The price of the car itself is often the most significant expense, followed by the cost of engine and transmission swaps, suspension upgrades, and cosmetic changes.

🤝YouTube car builders, like me, have the advantage of sponsorships and free parts, which can significantly lower the overall cost of a car build.

🔄It's common for car enthusiasts to constantly upgrade and modify their vehicles, leading to additional expenses that may not have been initially planned.

💸The total cost of building a car can vary depending on personal preferences, quality of parts, and the extent of customizations, but it can range from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars.

Q&A

What are the main factors that contribute to the cost of building a car?

The main factors that contribute to the cost of building a car include the price of the car itself, engine and transmission swaps, suspension upgrades, cosmetic changes, and labor expenses.

How much did you spend on your E30 project car?

I spent a total of $19,000 on my E30 project car, including the cost of the car itself, parts, and labor. This amount may vary depending on personal preferences and the availability of sponsorships or discounts.

Is it more expensive to build a car yourself or have it done professionally?

Building a car yourself can be more cost-effective compared to having it done professionally, as you can save on labor expenses. However, professional services may provide higher quality work and expertise, but at a higher cost.

Can I build a car on a tight budget?

Yes, it's possible to build a car on a tight budget by sourcing used parts, taking advantage of discounts or sponsorships, and being selective with the customizations. However, it's important to budget and plan accordingly to avoid unexpected expenses.

Are there any hidden costs in car building?

Yes, there can be hidden costs in car building, such as unexpected repairs, additional customizations, or unforeseen complications during the build. It's important to factor in some leeway in the budget to accommodate these potential expenses.

Timestamped Summary

00:00Introduction to the video and the topic of the true cost of building a car.

03:00Discussion on the cost of the car itself and the availability of sponsorships and free parts for YouTube car builders.

05:00Breakdown of the cost of engine and transmission swaps, suspension upgrades, and cosmetic changes.

09:00Revealing the total amount spent on the E30 project car and comparing it to the retail value of the parts.

12:00Highlighting the potential high costs of professional car builds and the variability of expenses depending on personal preferences and customizations.