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1  Off Topic / General Chitchat / Re: Building cost vs resale value on: January 25, 2012, 12:13:49 PM
Demjackets, I didn't realize that you're a fellow ACC member. I'm with Madman on this one. As a responsible UMD alumni and Terps basketball season holder, RED is the only color to go on mine. I may even be tempted to put a prancing t..., err... I meant fighting turtle (team mascot for those overseas) hidden somewhere in my finished car...

2  Off Topic / General Chitchat / Re: Building cost vs resale value on: January 24, 2012, 09:08:07 PM
Too funny tenpin! If my finished product ends up looking anything like either yours or Madman's cars, I should have people lined up waiting to buy my car. DoveUS, I agree that is much better to use others people's money. I do, however, think that I need to build at least one to gain credibility as a builder. Once I have a portfolio started, it should be easier to finance with buyers getting their kits and donors and me putting them together at a very reasonable cost!  Grin Thanks again to everybody for your comments!

The IslanderInDC
3  Off Topic / General Chitchat / Re: Building cost vs resale value on: January 24, 2012, 03:13:57 AM
Thanks for the reply demjackets. That is kind of my plan too. I want to keep on building them as a side business while, eventually, keeping one for myself. If all goes well and it is as profitable as I think it can be, I would definitely consider doing this full time down in the Caribbean and have somebody manage my business in MD/DE.
4  Off Topic / General Chitchat / Building cost vs resale value on: January 23, 2012, 02:56:07 PM
Hi. For the last 3-4 months, I've been researching the many different kit car companies with the idea of building and reselling the finished models for a profit. After looking at more kit car companies than should be allowed, I am certain that DNA offers the most feasible kits for this endeavor. Now to my questions... Are there other DNA enthusiasts that have done this? I believe Madman have built several kits to date... Is it reasonable to expect a profit for a finished product built to the highest quality standards? I've seen the pictures of Howza, Madman, beamaman, and beanyfelix's and see those as the standard to follow since all those beautiful cars were all built by their owners. As a business owner, I realize that there's risk with every business venture and nobody can guarantee a profit. However, instead of assuming that a reasonable profit is feasible, I rather ask others that may have done this to see whether my assumption is correct. I live in the Washington,DC metro area. Thanks in advance for your replies and advise.
5  DNA Owners / Other kitcar chat / Re: Replica Interior for real? on: January 21, 2012, 02:33:48 PM
First time post. My 2 cents. I've been researching kit car companies with the idea of building kit cars as a side business. I narrowed down the kit of choice to a f430 kit and my provider choices to DNA and supercarkits. In my opinion, today, DNA makes the best f430 kit in the world even if it is not an exact replica because of the shorter wheelbase. Supercarkits are beautiful outside, the wheelbase is exact, and the dashboard and seats seem flawless. However, supercarkits has 2 flaws that are too big for me to ignore. The 2 major flaws are: the interior back panel and the engine replica.  When you look at the interior back panel photo in their website (photo tab on top, photo 8 in the f430 slides), notice that the panel does not fit properly. The back panel has openings on both sides, they partially cover the rear windows and look like an unfinished product. The second flaw is that the engine looks just horrible from the inside window. Even a top view of the engine falls short to that made by DNA. With that said, like DNA, supercarkits seems to be constantly improving their kits as evidenced by their own comments to ignore certain details of their first generation kits shown in their website since those details have been improved. I have no doubt that the fitting of of the back panel will be corrected as it seems like an easy fix and, then, I will consider their kit as a feasible option to DNA's. As for now, I will be ordering my f430 kit from DNA after I meet and see their product at their Maryland facility hopefully later next week. One last unrelated huge DNA benefit, the Owners forum! I also think DNA is head and shoulders, more like walking on water really, when it comes to their owners forum, the support they provide through it, and the amount of information it contains is unparalleled in the industry. I'm truly looking forward to the experience of building one of these beautiful cars in the near future.
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