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MISFIT GARAGE: Is Fired Up Really Making a Profit?

UPDATED: Recap Fired Up guys at Barrett-Jackson with that root beer colored ’32 Ford

Fans of MISFIT GARAGE have been questioning the “authenticity” of the show across the Internet since Fired Up originally broke away from Gas Monkey. In fact, fans of FAST N’ LOUD have been questioning the numbers Richard claims to get for his flips since long before its spin-off was conceived. Are the bottom lines of either of these TV businesses legit, or just reality TV magic? Are the garages making a profit?

Well, obviously, it is hard to say without hard numbers, and we are not privy to the accounting info of either Gas Monkey or Fired Up. However, we do have a few thoughts on the subject.

First of all, it is possible that the rides these guys are flipping are actually selling for the numbers they claim. After all, they aren’t flipping your everyday Chevys and Fords, and they also aren’t doing your average get-them-running repairs; their goal is a higher-dollar market to begin with. And, besides targeting a market that has the money to spend on “toy” automobiles, the rides we see have the extra sparkle of being built by a TV show garage–and being featured on those shows. It may make our eyes roll, but the truth of the matter is that the TV show factor does add a little extra something to the value, at least in buyers’ eyes.

That brings us to something that Thomas Weeks has said several times on MISFIT GARAGE:  A car is worth what a person is willing to pay for it. The sellers can put a number value on a car and hope to get it–like we saw last night at Barrett-Jackson on FAST N’ LOUD–but that doesn’t mean the buyer will value it enough to pay it–which we also saw last night on FAST N’ LOUD. So, the sellers can put whatever value they want on a car when they finish it; it doesn’t mean much until the cash is in their hands. And, if you notice, that is sometimes the case at the end of the shows:  The sellers give a value to the newly flipped vehicle, but they haven’t necessary sold it for that price at the close of the show–a little TV bait-and-switch. Anybody who enjoys watching real estate flipping shows has seen this technique over and over, so it’s nothing new or unique to these two shows.

And, finally, that brings us to our main thought on the matter: MISFIT GARAGE and FAST N’ LOUD are TV shows. Reality TV shows, yes, but a certain amount of production is necessarily going to go into any TV show. Viewers have to expect a certain amount of eye-rolling scenes in a show like MISFIT GARAGE or FAST N’ LOUD. Viewers of these shows expect to be entertained. If these were documentaries about how to fix cars, viewers would be more focused on the academic explanations of car repair, and entertainment value would take a backseat. With the reality TV version, however, viewers get some close-ups of repairs, some front-line wheeling and dealing, and some personal interactions between the cast, making it much more fun to watch–for most of us, anyway. There is the niche, of course, who will always prefer the dry, seminar-style demonstrations; fair enough. YouTube offers some good options for those who are just looking to see repair close-ups, but it is unlikely viewers will see such fare coming to their weekly TV screens anytime soon.

So, are MISFIT GARAGE and FAST N’ LOUD “authentic?” Well, the bottom line is really this:  They are as authentic as they claim to be. Gas Monkey and Fired Up are two garages being filmed for reality television shows, selling flips for prices the market sets–the higher the better. No more, no less.

What are your ideas on the authenticity of MISFIT GARAGE and FAST N’ LOUD? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

MISFIT GARAGE and FAST N’ LOUD air on Discovery Channel on Motor Mondays at 10/9c and 9/8c, respectively.

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23 thoughts on “MISFIT GARAGE: Is Fired Up Really Making a Profit?

  1. Any car guy out there worth there salt knows that these guys are HACKERS and if they really sell the cars they build then those people are getting screwed royaly. I have work in the body industry for 20 yrs. And I have worked around guys like those Morons. They do not know what there doing what so ever aspecially jorden the biggest ideot of all. They will never make it. There supposable builds are very dangerous and will end up killing someone one day.

  2. First and foremost, its a gas, I mean really your all worried if its real or not? Come on people even if it is or not it funny in ways, if your that hard up in life to sit there and ridicule what’s on TV real or not, just get up walk out side and enjoy the TV free day. Holly mosses there’s an idea, just go outside and enjoy your real world. Other then that, all I can say is keep it up fired up and keeping making me laugh.

  3. I love the show I really want to see fired up garage have opportunity to fix his truck I love to watch them disagree on prices butt it’s the last episode was really bad because I like all of the people involved and I hate to see them come to blows like that almost but I hope this does not go away I record it every episode can’t wait to see each episode after being recorded keep the show on TV Fast and Loud and Misfit garage boat I would like to see how they progress in the future

  4. Lets face it, its TV entertainment! If it makes you laugh great, enjoy the show; if it doesn’t then turn the channel. I doubt very seriously when these same type of critics go to the movies, they believe everything they see is real and really happens. We can’t all sit at a desk at work, we need more blue collar folks. Other than entertainment, Fast N Loud and Misfit Garage type of shows can motivate people and stir up the imagination of what really is possible out there.

  5. you cant make everybody happy. hell, if you don’t like it don’t watch. Me personally, I cant get enough of these guys. there fun to watch and make me laugh. Keep the show going, life is good and so is the show. MP

  6. upon close scrutiny , good and creative techniques for builds are displayed, particularly by Aaron on Gas Monkey Show. the shows are what they are. Obviously, Richard is looking to cherry pick customers every step of the way. Richard is saavy and knows that po’ boys aren’t his customer. Richard’s networking customer base takes years to develop…then there are the auctions where results are at the mercy of who actually shows up. Note his european hi interest car dealers, like the cadillac guy . With such high taxes in Europe, it is amazing end users can afford them. Fun shows.

  7. Question…

    Does Richard Rawlings own a piece Fired Up Garage and of other shows…Street Outlaws and some new ones coming out soon ?

  8. Fired up isn’t funny cuz they try too hard to be funny, as where Fast & Loud just let it flow naturally instead of trying to be funny. Thomas is the only one with car knowledge. The others are more backyard mechanics. Too many automotive shows try too hard to be funny instead of letting it come naturally, which makes them suck.Tom & Jordan are just gross slobs. Try n have some class! This show sucks because they wanna be like Fast & Loud and they aren’t.

  9. These fired up guys are a joke!! They always try and bad mouth gasmonkey when they get the chance but every time they get in a jam when they need a car to flip or tools, who do they run to? I wish these guys would just hurry up and quit, instead anyone that has a couple hundred dollars can become a partner it’s seems LOL!! So guess it seems for now…these guys are here to stay for the short haul.

  10. This show is going down hill. they will never be gas monkey.and Thomas weeks does nothing.and Tom is not funny.I like watching car building shows but Richard needs to produce a show with Jordan and John painting them and build cool rides or just stick with gas monkey because its funny and the cars are cool they build Aaron just badass with his ideas,Misfit garage is really sucking the big one now,and Thomas thinks hes the man all he does is walk around Hell i buy and sell old cars do i need a tv show go away Thomas weeks

  11. Best Damn Show on television, everyday guys doing what hey love doing. Wouldn,t put to much stock in what a 20 yr body man says, just think how mant paint fumes he,s sucked in. Sold Thomas a car once, pretty cool dude.!!!!!!

  12. THEY ARE TV SHOWS, REALITY OR NOT IT DON’T MATTER, THEY ARE DESIGNED TO ENTERTAIN AND THEY DO ENTERTAIN A SEGMENT OF WATCHERS, LIKE STUDIO WRESTLING AND OR THE OEE WEE HERMAN SHOW, THEY WILL ATTRACT SOME AND CAUSE OTHERS TO SHY AWAY. RICHARD RAWLINGS THO HE IS LACKING IN COMPASSION AND TRUE APPRECIATION FOR MILITARY AND VETERANS, IS MAKING SO MUCH MONEY IT IS POURING OUT HIS WAZOO, THE ADVERTISERS PAY BIG, DODGE IS PAYING HIM BIG FOR BEING IN THEIR COMMERCIALS, IT AMAZES ME THO AS TO HOW AND WHY SO MANY PEOPLE WILL GO OUT OF WAY TO SEE ENTERTAINERS AND SPORTS HEROES BUT IGNORE THE ONES WHO LAY LIFE ON LINE TO KEEP COUNTRY FREE. RICHARD RAWLINGS IS ONE OF THESE PEOPLE HE IS ALSO AN ENTERTAINER, GAS MONKEY AND MISFIT GARAGES WILL RUN THE GAMUT AND EVENTUALLY BE REPLACED BY SOME OTHER SHOW IF THE PLANET EARTH IS STILL HEREIN FEW YEARS, MAYBE ONLY MONTHS. LIFE SUX FOR SOME AND SOM MAKE LIFE SUCK FOR OTHERS, THE REST ARE JUST STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE.

  13. that customers try to keep prices down seems to be true.
    if people want to know the truth about fired up garage they should read opinions on yelp
    or trustpilot.

  14. My wife and I watched a series of your programs on 10/20/2016. It was very funny and we watched you produce several masterpieces. Your 1971 Black “Cuda” was Unbelivable! The 1958 Vette and 31 Ford coupe were also incredible. We loved your singing, sense of humor, and method that you show on the chronology of finding the car, deciding on the feasibility, impact of cost, and confronting unexpected road blocks. We were so impressed, we had to send you kudos for a great Show! We are hooked! Keep doing exactly the same thing,we love it!

  15. I enjoy watching Misfit garage a little more than Gas Monkey Garage. Both shows are good. I think shows like Street Outlaws and other shows like that are the ones that should be cancelled I believe they are an influence on kids that it’s ok to drag race on public streets. Just like wrestling this several years ago and so many kids were hurt at home.

  16. Love Fired up show Hate gas monkey . Richard is a girl . When I 16 teen yrs. old I asked for a car he took me to the junk yard in Poplar Bluff, Mo, I had and old vw fast back . I was so proud of it.The first row of the junk yard . I bult it with my in our greage . Not bad for a teenage girl. In fact it still runs but I don’t own it anymore. When I got married I helped my husband drop an engine in a van we owned.

    • Hi Chuck, Discovery just told us that you can look forward to the show returning in the autumn. When specific premiere info is available we’ll post it in a published piece on our site. It will also be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

  17. Watching Misfit Garage is like watching the Three Stooges and the Keystone Cops at the same time,they spend more time standing around talking and wasting time than actually working, Richard Rawlings needs to put them through a class on how to get the job done when building cars,Scott was a good example of being irrerisponsible by not tying down the truck cab properly and allow it to fall off,then it costs the group more money to buy another cab and time to paint and get it ready to install, Scott would have been fired on the spot with most companies,they need help or they’ll be gone soon.

  18. I wonder if Fired up Garage is even real or operating under the Gas Monkey Garage umbrella because there is not a business with the name Fired up Garage on the Texas Secretary of State website. The closest thing is Fired up Merch and it is owned by Richard Rawlings. What are your thoughts about this?

  19. THE 1 THING I LOVE ABOUT WATCHING THE SHOW IS THE MUTE BUTTON WHEN FAT ASS TOM IS RUNNING HIS USELESS MOUTH! THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS HARD ON HIM DURING THE SHOW IS HIS LARD ASS AND HIS MOUTH! HE BARELY IF EVER WORKS TO PROVE TO EVERYONE HE KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING BESIDES GETTING FATTER AND FATTER AND CAN’T CRAWL UP UNDER A CAR TO DO 1 TINY THING LIKE TIGHTEN A BOLT OR A NUT!

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