Car Chasers on CNBC â€” Where Finding And Flipping Cars Is A Family Business
â€śI actually bought my first car when I was 13 years old â€¦ a â€™69 Camaro Z28,â€ť says Jeff Allen, owner of Flat 12, a car brokerage company in Lubbock, Texas, and star of the new reality series The Car Chasers on CNBC, premiering Tuesday, March 5 at 10pm ET. His father, however, had a change of heart when he neared driving age. â€śHe thought I would kill myself if I had that car as a first car so we actually sold it and I got a pickup truck.â€ť
â€śI love cars with great stories, and thatâ€™s kind of where Iâ€™m very different from a lot of people, including my father,â€ť Allen says. â€śMy father, he loves cars, too, but they are cars â€” they are pieces of metal. I love the backstory. I love where the guy got it from, does it have any celebrity tied to it or movie history or racing history â€¦ is it rare?â€ť
The series shows this process and the restoration, along with the lively banter and one-upmanship between Allen and Souter. Viewers also meet their respective and always opinionated staffs, including Allenâ€™s right-hand man, Perry Barndt (pictured left), who he describes as a perfectionist and a great builder; and his love interest of 18 years, fiancĂ©e Meggan Bailey, who runs the books.
As for what Allen drives now? â€śI have a brand-new truck that I drive because we haul a lot of cars. I have a BMW four-door that I keep in California when we are out here. People love that whole Southern California car vibe, the no rust, no weather issues â€” itâ€™s a perception. We do a lot of buying here and ship them to Texas. I always try to keep a Porsche around so I can drive it. But like I say, everything is for sale, except for Meg and my dog. If I had Jay Lenoâ€™s money I would keep them all, but I canâ€™t; itâ€™s a business, and Meg reminds me of that all the time.â€ť
Car Chasers on CNBC airs Tuesdays at 10pm beginning March 5