As Ostap Bender said, money is lying right under our feet, you just need to be able to raise it. Following this principle, we decided to try our luck at reselling cars. At first glance, the business is not the most difficult: to buy as cheap as possible and to sell as expensive as possible. Since the start-up capital was small - 102, 000 rubles in cash - they started with old and inexpensive cars. An uncomplicated business plan promised bright prospects - they hoped to seriously increase their savings.
There was no need to search for the first car for a long time: a suitable option, the VAZ-21104, arose quickly. We persuaded the owner to slightly lower the price and formalized the deal. Most of the money (90, 000 rubles) was spent on the purchase, the remaining ones were planned to be spent on repairs. We did not encounter any special problems: spare parts in any store in bulk. In addition, they are inexpensive, and some even managed to get hold of friends.
During the “pre-sale” part of the body was tinted, the engine and gearbox were repaired, and the interior was cleaned. Everything about everything took 12, 000 rubles and eight days of physical labor. They did not begin to attract specialists - anyone who could even hold a wrench and a sledgehammer for a while could bring to mind a domestic car.
As a result, optimistic profit was squeezed out of the old and hackneyed car - almost 8, 000 rubles.
Inspired by their first success, aspiring businessmen have lost their vigilance - there is no other explanation for the 1985 Volkswagen Transporter acquisition.
It’s clear that for 68, 000 rubles you can’t buy a decent foreign car! However, the “Transporter” did not look like the old ruin, which it really was. Several layers of paint almost hid the blistering corrosion, a fairly tattered interior was quite suitable for restoration, and the boxer engine rattled cheerfully.
The first bell rang when trying to buy some parts. For Moscow and the region, our bus was too old - the details came at the price of antiques! There is nothing to do, they decided to repair the car in Belarus, because the local prices there are not even metropolitan.
Alas, the engine only reached the border - a broken block, bent connecting rods and a broken crankshaft left no hope of recovery. Replacing the motor (delivered an abnormal in-line "four" from the no less ancient "Passat"), welding, painting and other trifles cost 143, 000 rubles!
We managed to sell the miracle of technology for 160, 000, so the loss was catastrophic: 51, 000 rubles.
Leaving no hope to improve things, on the cheap, for 34, 000 rubles, purchased the 1989 Ford Sierra. A pretty shabby and slightly beaten car stood in the yard of a negligent owner for almost a year.
Surprisingly, the engine started half a turn, all the electrics worked without failures. Decent option! For ten days everything was put in order and even found a buyer ready to pay 70, 000 rubles. It remained to remove the car from the register and transfer to the future owner.
Inspired, we went to the traffic police - and then it began … The examinations of supposedly non-native VIN and fake PTS stretched as much as three and a half months. They didn’t find crime, but they did a good job! The client, however, did not want to wait: he took the deposit and was so.
The next one appeared soon and categorically refused to pay more than 52, 000 rubles. It became clear that this was the last chance, and they took advantage of it.
After calculating the losses, the unlucky concessionaires decided to retrain into management houses. They say housing and communal services is a profitable occupation!
MONEY UP FRONT
In our opinion, the experiment failed due to a lack of start-up capital, a lack of its own repair base and useful connections in the right places.
So, the object of potential profit should have a limited number of disadvantages. Say, acceptable external damage with an excellent running or faulty engine with a well-preserved body. Here it is not difficult to estimate the costs, and it is easy to resell the finished goods. It’s just that more money will be needed - we believe 250, 000–300, 000 rubles. And at the junk, bought at the price of a moped, everything is breathing at last! To make a profit, a significant part of the faults will have to be masked, but this is no longer fair.