Wheeler Dealers

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Wheeler Dealers
WheelerDealersTitleCard.jpg
Series 9 title card
Also known as Wheeler Dealers: On the Road (Series 5)
Presented by Mike Brewer
Edd China
Theme music composer The Wideboys
Opening theme Balaclava
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of series 11
No. of episodes 134 (as of April 28, 2014)
List of episodes
Production
Running time 30 minutes (Series 1-6)
60 minutes (Series 7-)
Production company(s) Attaboy TV
Broadcast
Original channel Discovery Real Time (2003-2010)
Discovery Channel (2011-present)
Original run 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) – present
External links
Website

Wheeler Dealers is a British television series produced by Attaboy TV for the Discovery Channel, fronted by Mike Brewer and mechanic Edd China. The premise of the show is that Brewer and China are on a mission to save repairable enthusiast vehicles, by repairing or otherwise improving an example of a particular make and model to a budget, then selling it to a new owner.

There have so far been eleven series of the programme and three different theme tunes have been used; the current one being Balaclava by The Wideboys. The previous theme was from V-The Production Library by Music 4. Series 1 originally aired in 2003. The second half of Series 6 was aired in Autumn of 2009 on Discovery Real Time. Series 5 was renamed to Wheeler Dealers: On the Road; in this series Mike and Edd expanded their car search by heading out into Europe hoping to find classic cars to buy and restore. Beginning with part 2 of Series 8, Mike further expanded their horizon by touring the United States.

In April 2013, a spin-off series titled Wheeler Dealers Trading Up was launched. This series has Mike traveling around the world to buy and sell used cars in different countries on a set budget.

Format[edit]

Each project spans a pair of 30-minute episodes, in which Mike buys a vehicle, turns it over to Edd for repairs, then sells it on. For the first series, the budget was £1000, for Series 2, £2000, and for Series 3, £3000. Budgets in subsequent series have varied, depending on the target vehicle. For example, a £10,000 budget was set on buying and restoring a Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 in Series 6. The £5000 budget concept was dropped from series 8 (2011) onwards and now varies depending on the car. For series 11 (2014), the budget is listed on the show's Discovery UK website as "up to £20,000".

The presentation for each project usually follows a similar TV format. Through series 6, the project was presented in two 30-minute episodes. Starting with series 7, the format was changed to a single 1-hour episode.

Summary[edit]

The show was created with a DIYer in mind. The costs, and thus any profit or loss for a given project, are assessed without consideration of the labour costs of mechanic Edd China (the assumption is that a well-equipped and able enthusiast could complete all work himself) but if repairs require professional help, like a body resprays or windscreen replacements, they are added to the final cost.

Nevertheless, the show is sufficiently in-depth to provide good overviews and insights to buying and improving older enthusiast vehicles.[citation needed]

Sometimes, painting is done by hand using a spray-can in their workshop instead of going to professional painting workshop. This is usually reserved for vehicles where only a portion of the vehicle needs painting, or where the part being painted has little effect on the overall appearance. When Edd and/or Mike consider that the appearance of the paint will make a notable difference to the sale value, professional painting is undertaken. When the respray is carried out by others, it is usual for Edd to do the majority if not all of the preparation work prior to painting.

Also addressed on each vehicle are its service history, bodywork defects (e.g. rust, dents), worn-out interiors and accessories. Vehicles that have either been inactive for long periods of time or purchased from outside the UK are restored and modified to pass the country's strict MOT tests.

First half[edit]

  • Mike starts with a budget to buy and then fix up a vehicle.
  • Mike gives a brief history of the merits of the chosen model of vehicle.
  • Mike locates, test drives, negotiates for and buys the vehicle (usually sealed with a handshake and Mike triumphantly expressing to camera that he's just bought a XXXX (name of vehicle).
    • (Starting from series 5, prospective cars Mike wanted to buy, but needed too much work, were shown. This also took place in Series 1, Episode 7)
  • Mike turns the vehicle over to Edd, and together they assess its needs, sometimes (but not always) with Edd criticizing Mike's choice of vehicle as being too dilapidated and needing too much work.
    • (Series 1-4 featured a camera trick that had "multiple clones" of Edd surveying the vehicle. This was dropped from series 5 onwards.)
  • Edd begins work, providing assessments of the work and its challenges.
  • Mike stops by Edd's shop for an overview of progress, and expenditures are reviewed. Often, Mike ridicules Edd on his work if he has overspent on replacement parts or repairs, the car looks unchanged or has been disassembled or prepped for a respray.

Second half[edit]

  • A quick review of the first episode.
    • (for series where each project is split into 2 episodes)
  • Mike (often) goes on a field trip to procure some required parts.
  • Mike interviews an owner of a similar vehicle in top condition, then drives and comments on the car.
    • (This feature was dropped from series 5 onwards.)
  • Edd finishes the work on the project vehicle which is subsequently shown on a revolving turntable.
  • Mike returns to the workshop and discusses the finished vehicle with Edd.
  • There is a final tally of expenditures.
  • Mike drives the completed car, assessing improvements.
    • (Starting from series 5, Mike and Edd test drive the finished vehicle together and discuss its resale value.)
  • Mike sells the vehicle to a new owner (after the inevitable haggling). The deal is sealed when Mike says "'Old out your 'and, you've just bought a XXXX (name of vehicle)!" and shakes the new buyer's hand.
  • Mike summarises what the final selling price and profit is (or in rare instances what the loss is) and usually states that they have saved another vehicle to be enjoyed by the new owner.
    • (Starting from series 5, prospective buyers that failed to buy the car are shown.)

Cast[edit]

Mike Brewer uses his skills as a former car trader to scout and buy used cars to be restored and sold for profit.

Edd China is the show's mechanic, who does much of the restoration and mechanical/servicing work, and gives viewers tips on how to sort out and solve various car problems, as well as estimate how much a garage would charge for such repairs.

Paul Brackley, the series' technical advisor, makes sporadic appearances to assist Edd in carrying heavy parts or equipment in the garage, when Edd needs additional assistance (such as when Edd is bleeding brake/clutch fluid or checking exhaust while a vehicle is running), and helping Mike tow non-running or non-MOT-compliant vehicles to the shop.

Guest appearances on other shows[edit]

While buying more American cars for the show, Mike Brewer drops in on Chip Foose during the June 2, 2013 episode of Overhaulin', where Chip shows Mike the 1972 Lotus Europa he is customizing.

Cars for sale[edit]

Attaboy TV is now offering cars featured on the show for sale through Wheeler Dealers' Discovery page.[1]

Air Dates[edit]

Wheeler Dealers[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 12 7 October 2003 11 November 2003
2 12 10 August 2004 16 September 2004
3 12 23 August 2005 4 October 2005
4 12 29 August 2006 3 October 2006
5 12 28 October 2008 6 December 2008
6 10 5 May 2009 17 November 2009
7 10 4 May 2010 9 November 2010
8 10 5 April 2011 1 November 2011
9 15 20 March 2012 6 November 2012
10 12 19 February 2013 22 October 2013
11 17 March 2014[2]

Trading Up[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 6 2 April 2013 7 May 2013
2 N/A 6 August 2014 N/A

Sweden Special[edit]

On April 2, 2012, the Swedish version of the Discovery Channel aired a special episode called Wheeler Dealers Sverige Special (Wheeler Dealers Sweden Special).[3] In this episode, the Swedish presenters bought a Ford Mustang for 55,000 SEK. After having to refurbish the brake calipers, swap the engine and giving the car a new paint job, they were able to sell it for 135,000 SEK, giving them a total profit of 28,000 SEK. It is unclear whether Discovery Channel are planning on making this into a full series or just this episode.

U.S. Top 5 Specials[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 5 June 5, 2013 July 3, 2013

Discovery U.S.'s Velocity channel commissioned a series of one hour Wheeler Dealers: Top 5 Specials hosted by Mike Brewer, featuring the top five vehicles of each genre Mike and Edd have worked on during the first nine years of the show. The specials began airing June 5, 2013, on the way to a Top 5 Viewer's Choice finale on July 3, 2013.[4] These episodes have been shown in the UK on the Discovery Channel at the end of season 11.1 and started on 5 May 2014.

Special 1:  "Top 5: '80s Icons".  Original U.S. airdate: June 5, 2013.
5) Lancia Delta HF Integrale 8v (2006)
4) Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 (2004)
3) Chevrolet Corvette C4 (2007)
2) Audi Quattro (2009)
1) DeLorean DMC-12 (2011)


Special 2:  "Top 5: American Icons".  Original U.S. airdate: June 12, 2013.
5) Dodge Charger (2011)
4) Chevrolet 3100 Stepside (2011)
3) Ford Mustang Fastback (2012)
2) Willys MB (2012)
1) Chevrolet BelAir 210 (2011)


Special 3:  "Top 5: Micro Cars".  Original U.S. airdate: June 19, 2013.
5) Mini Moke (2011)
4) Lotus Elan S3 (2010)
3) Fiat 500 (2008)
2) BMW Isetta 300 (2012)
1) Austin Mini Mk1 (2003)


Special 4:  "Top 5: Performance Cars".  Original U.S. airdate: June 26, 2013.
5) Porsche 944 Turbo (2009)
4) Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth (2010)
3) BMW M5 E39 (2012)
2) Lotus Esprit S3 (2008)
1) Nissan Skyline R33 (2012)


Special 5:  "Top 5: Viewer's Choice".  Original U.S. airdate: July 3, 2013.
5) Volkswagen Type 2 T2 (2010)
4) Jaguar E-Type Series 3 (2011)
3) Morgan +4 (2012)
2) Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 (2009)
1) Gardner Douglas Cobra (2012)

Episodes[edit]

As at May 2014 a total of 134 episodes have been shown. For the episode guide see List of Wheeler Dealers episodes

Trading Up[edit]

Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Presented by Mike Brewer
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 7 as of 7 May 2013 (2013-05-07)
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Attaboy TV
Broadcast
Original channel Discovery Channel
Original run 2 April 2013 (2013-04-02) – present

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

In this all-new series, Mike navigates his way through the culture and idiosyncrasies of the international used car trade, traveling to different countries. With just US$3,000 in his back pocket, he will attempt to transform his first purchase into a succession of real deals for working his way up to the jackpot: a US$30,000 luxury sports car. As he travels he will add value to the cars, using dealer tricks he’s picked up in his long career in the car trade. Episodes 1-3 and 5-6 directly connect with each other, with the final car of the former episode being sold in the latter episode.[5] U.S. airings on Velocity began on July 10, 2013.

No. # Location Vehicle(s) Budget Purchase Price Final Selling Price Profit/Loss Notes Original airdate UK viewers (million)
1 1 Kolkata, India Maruti Suzuki Alto LX $3,000 $2,150 $2,550 $400
  • Car was bought off the street, and sold via a newspaper classified.
  • No changes to car.
2 April 2013 0.22
Tata Indigo Marina $3,400 $2,350 $2,850 $475
  • Car washed
  • Starter motor replaced (costs: $20)
Hindustan Ambassador Classic $3,875 $3,600 N/A
2 2 London, Herefordshire and Newark, UK N/A $7,600 $2,950
  • Shipped over to the UK from India
  • Got stuck out at sea
  • Serviced to drive on UK roads
  • Transport & service costs: $1,050
9 April 2013 0.27
Triumph Spitfire
Mk IV Convertible
$3,000 $2,400 $3,450 $1,050
  • New seat foam
  • Wheels replaced with refurbished wire units
Land Rover 90 Defender $4,050 $4,100 $5,825 $1,725
  • New front grille and headlamp covers
  • Wheels replaced with refurbished black alloy units
1967 Chevrolet El Camino $9,600 $9,600 N/A
3 3 Gothenburg, Uddevalla, Malmö and Fjällbacka, Sweden N/A $12,200

(only $9,900 after refund)

$1,792

(-$508 after refund)

  • Shipped over to Sweden from UK
  • Repair & transport costs: $808
  • Mike had to refund the buyer as the engine was not as advertised (refund amount: $2,300).
16 April 2013 0.31
EPA-Traktor
(Volvo Duett)
$11,392 $3,000 $3,302 $293
  • Replaced fuel pump (costs: $9)
Saab 96 $11,685 $1,850 $2,460 $587
  • Cleaned and repainted the wheel hubs (costs: $23)
Volvo P1800 $12,272 $11,200 $14,400 $2,675
  • Right-hand-drive model
  • Shipped over to the UK from Sweden (cost: $525)
4 4 Tokyo, Japan Daihatsu Tanto $12,649 $11,070 $12,820 $1,110
  • Washed, clay-barred and polished
  • Repaired all scratches on front bumper (cost: $640)
23 April 2013 0.24
Nissan Stagea 250 RX $13,759 $4,225 $7,692 $1,951
  • Needed to get the Shaken certificate for the car to be road legal (cost: $1,516)
Toyota Celica Coupe $15,710 $3,653 $2,179 -$2,909
  • Car had a faulty alternator, so Mike had to make the decision to put it straight back into auction (cost: $1,435)
5 5 Mexico City, Mexico & San Francisco and Palm Springs, USA Volkswagen Beetle $12,801 $10,400 $11,500 $900
  • Rare German import built before Mexican production
  • New windscreen wipers and rear view mirror (cost: $200)
30 April 2013 N/A
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II $13,701 $10,000 $14,000 $3,500
  • Replaced flat tyre (cost: $500- including fuel)
1967 Chevrolet Camaro $17,201 $15,000 N/A
6 6 Dubai, United Arab Emirates N/A $27,142 $9,292
  • Shipped over to Dubai from the USA
  • Got stuck out at sea, resulting in Mike having no money to buy a car
  • Registered the car for Dubai (cost: $100)
7 May 2013 N/A
Toyota Prado GX $0 $14,571 $17,142 $2,106
  • Had no money, had to persuade dealer to 'sell' him on trust and Mike would pay him back after the car had been sold on
  • Car washed, engine steam cleaned and headlamps polished (cost: $100)
  • New window tint (cost: $350)
Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible $28,599 $25,714 N/A

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

Mike returns for a new series of Trading Up, starting with just $3,000, he attempts to transform his first purchase into a succession of real deals with the main goal of buying an Italian supercar worth $40,000. In the US the first episode was aired on 6 August 2014 (2014-08-06) on Velocity. The show is planned to air in October in the UK.

No. # Location Vehicle(s) Budget Purchase Price Final Selling Price Profit/Loss Notes US airdate UK viewers (million)
7 1 Sydney, Australia Ford Falcon Futura AU II $3,000 $900 $2,790 $1,675
  • Second hand driver-side mirror and headlamp were bought on scrapyard for $80.
  • Mike changed the parts and resprayed bumper himself to cut the costs.
  • Camping equipment bought for about $140.
6 August 2014 N/A
Mazda RX-7 $4,675 $4,050 $3,600 -$915
  • Car repainted for $465.
  • Car put in Richard's (Mike's friend) showroom.
  • First bid on the Mazda was $5,130 with $480 profit, but the deal was off.
Holden Commodore VU II UTE $3,760 $4,750 $5,850 $650
  • Car put on Mike's credit card.
  • Car was detailed and calipers were painted for $450.
Ford Escort Mk 1 $4,110 $4,950 N/A
  • Car shipped to UK in a container.
  • Shipment cost was over $2,000.
  • Floor panel was patched.
8 2 Clacton-on-Sea & London & Aberdeen, United Kingdom $14,240 $7,922 N/A N/A
Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk 1 $12,637 $5,200 $7,200 $1,700
  • Ball joints replaced for $160.
Caterham 7 $14,337 $13,200 $15,600 $3,140
  • Car was stripped from racing stickers, steering wheel, roll cage and transponder for $900.
Land Rover Freelander $17,477 $15,200 $17,000 $1,478
  • Car was diagnosed with open airbag circuit, which was caused by loose plug underneath passengers seat - cost $50.
9 3 Sao Paulo, Brazil Volkswagen Kombi $18,464 $12,174 $13,913 $1,304
  • The expert considered that the car has more than 80% of the original parts and can be registered as a collectors car (with black number plates).
N/A N/A
Willys Jeep $19,768 $10,000 $10,435 $387
  • Price included two replacement front wings. Replacement cost - $65.
  • Mike earned about $18 for the damaged wings in the scrapyard.
Chevrolet Opala $20,155 $5,217 $6,522 $1,319
  • Car was foam washed for $6.
10 4 Austin TX, U.S. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray $21,474 $17,000 $22,500 $5,060
  • Electric pick-up replaced the original one, increasing whp from 145 to 195 - cost $440.
N/A N/A
Chevrolet Apache $26,534 $11,000 $14,500 $2,560
  • Mike bought chome plated grill, front bumper and front light framing for $900.
  • Other ornaments and badges were sandblasted for $90.
Jaguar E-Type $29,094 $16,000 N/A
  • Cracked steering wheel was refurbished by Mike.
  • Wheels and engine bay were steam cleaned.
  • Driver seat was taken to upholsterer to repair ripped leather.
  • Whole new braking system was installed.
  • Total costs were about $5000.
11 5 Warsaw & Gdynia, Poland $37,000 $10,000 N/A N/A
Fiat 126p $39,094 $1,000 $1,833 $333
  • Price included set of alloy wheels.
  • Car was wrapped in car wrapping foil for $500.
  • Fiat was auctioned on car fairs in Warsaw.
GAZ-66 $39,427 $4,000 $4,700 $700
  • Mike sold the truck to military dealer in U.K. by a phone, before he even bought it.
12 6 Milan & Mantova & Modena, Italy Vespa Primavera 125 ET3 $40,127 $4,900 $7,000 $1,596
  • Mike offered to service the scooter himself to lower the purchase price.
  • Carburettor refurbished and cleaned up.
  • Aftermarket luggage rack removed.
  • Rubber parts and brightwork replaced.
  • Scooter washed.
  • Total cost for parts was $322.
N/A N/A
Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione II $41,723 $35,000 $39,200 $3,990
  • Purchased in Menton, France, due to the high demand of re-importing Delta Integrales from other countries.
  • Stone chips touched up by Mike.
Ferrari 348 tb $45,378 $44,800 N/A

Other vehicles[edit]

For Wheeler Dealers, Mike has used a number of vehicles to travel to the sites of the prospective vehicles and/or tow them if they are not in running order. Mike has been using a Mitsubishi Shogun to travel around England since series 9 (2012). For Series 10b, when Mike traveled to Poland to purchase a Lamborghini Urraco P250S, he rented a Polish-registered grey Land Rover Discovery 3; when he returned to Poland to buy the FSM Syrena 105L, he rented a Polish-registered black Land Rover Discovery 3. In the U.S. to purchase the Chevrolet Corvette C2 Sting Ray and Cadillac Coupe de Ville, he rented and used an American-registered grey Chevrolet Suburban. For Series 11 In the U.S., he rented a silver Chevrolet Suburban, a dark red Cadillac SRX, and a black Nissan Armada. For Series 9a, when Mike traveled to Italy to purchase the Fiat Dino, he rented and used an Italian-registered silver Ford Kuga. For Series 8b in the U.S., Mike rented three silver Ford Expedition EL to go and see the cars except for the last episode where he used a black Chevrolet Tahoe. In Series 9b, when Mike returned to the U.S. to purchase the Willys MB and Ford Mustang Fastback, he rented and used an American-registered grey Expedition EL. For Series 8a, he used a black Nissan X-Trail. Vehicles used by Mike in previous series include a dark turquoise Nissan Primera Estate, a blue Subaru Legacy Estate, a red Honda Accord Tourer, a black SsangYong Rexton II, a dark blue SsangYong Kyron, a black Land Rover Discovery 4, a blue X-Trail and a light blue Ford Kuga. When Mike traveled to France to purchase the Citroën DS, he rented a French-registered black Opel Zafira; he rented a newer version of the Zafira when he returned to France to buy the Renault Alpine A310. Mike used a French-registered silver Toyota Corolla Verso when he traveled to France to buy a Citroen 2CV.

For Trading Up, Mike rode a white Toyota Fortuner owned by a used car dealer in India. In Dubai, Mike's contact drove him around in a white Ferrari F430. Taxicabs featured in the series include a yellow Hindustan Ambassador Grand and a green and yellow Bajaj RE in India, a black LTC TX4 in the UK, a black Toyota Crown Comfort in Japan, and a yellow and red Volkswagen Sedan Type 1 in Mexico. But for Hire Cars, In UK, he rented a Black Mitsubishi Shogun the same as Series 11 Wheeler Dealers getting the Ford Escort Mk1 from Australia. In Poland, he rented a grey Land Rover Discovery 3 getting the Jaguar E-Type from USA. In Italy, he rented a white Fiat 500.

For Wheeler Dealers: Top 5 U.S. specials, Mike stands in Edd's shop, in front of a red Chevrolet Corvette C2.

Intro/segment vehicles[edit]

The opening sequences and filler segments from series 1 to 9 feature the cars that were worked on throughout their corresponding seasons:

  • Series 1: All the vehicles done so far
  • Series 2 and 3: MGB GT
  • Series 4: Porsche 911 2.7S Targa
  • Series 5: Mercedes-Benz R107 280SL
  • Series 6: Ferrari Dino 308 GT4
  • Series 7: Lotus Elan S3
  • Series 8a: Jaguar E-Type Series 3
  • Series 8b: Dodge Charger
  • Series 9a: Fiat Dino
  • Series 9b: Gardner Douglas Cobra

Series 10 did away with using cars on the opening and commercial break sequences, instead using a title card with the series logo and the colour(s) of the episode's car on the background. The filler segments, however, use the following cars:

  • Series 10a: Aston Martin DB7
  • Series 10b: Lamborghini Urraco P250S

Starting with series 11, Wheeler Dealers no longer uses cars on the filler segments.

Channels[edit]

Country Channel
 Argentina
 Australia Discovery Turbo MAX
 Belgium Discovery Channel
 Brazil Discovery Turbo Brasil
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Discovery Channel Bosnia
 Bulgaria Discovery Channel Bulgaria
 Canada Discovery HD
 Costa Rica Discovery Turbo (Latin America)
 Czech Republic Discovery HD
 Denmark Discovery HD
 Estonia Discovery Channel
 Finland Discovery Channel Finland
JIM
 France Discovery Channel France
 Germany DMAX
 Hong Kong DMAX Asia
 Hungary Discovery Channel Hungary
 India DMAX Asia
 Indonesia
 Israel Discovery HD
 Italy Discovery Channel Italy
 Japan Discovery Channel
 Latvia Discovery Channel
 Lithuania Discovery Channel
 Malaysia DMAX Asia
 Mexico Discovery Channel Mexico
 Netherlands
 Norway Discovery Channel
 Philippines DMAX Asia
 Poland Discovery Channel Poland
 Portugal
 Romania Discovery Channel
 Russia Discovery Channel Russia
 Singapore DMAX Asia
 Slovenia Discovery Channel
 Spain Discovery MAX
 Sweden Discovery Channel
 Taiwan DMAX Asia
 Thailand
 Turkey Discovery Channel
 United Kingdom
 United States Velocity

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buy the Cars". Discovery Networks. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Bed time for Edd and I, promo for the new series starts 17th March on @DiscoveryUK". Wheeler Dealers' Official Facebook page. 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  3. ^ "Wheeler Dealers Sverige Special". Wheels magazine (Sweden). 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Velocity TV schedule". 
  5. ^ "Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up". Discovery. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 

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