Most importantly, check the quality of the parts used. Typically, people that skimp on parts do the same with maintenance and install quality. Clearly not always the case but, generally, I think someone that is not afraid to invest in high quality has a stringer desire to care for that quality.
1000% agree. Also if you buy a car built exclusively at known places or known vendors, Like an AMS/Switzer shop your libel to cut down on problems...
A "P800" car that someone hopped on Neils site and ordered parts so their buddy could install them isn't really a Switzer car in my op.
Honestly though I think the high builds you buy the better people have done I think its in the 600-1100whp range where you see people skimp trying to hit goals for less... When you're talking an AMS Alpha 12 or higher car, or any of those quality shops we all know who have blueprinted a serious path to making power over the years I think chances something is wrong is significantly decreased.
Also knowing the right questions to ask. John Shep is able to identify transmissions based on orders I'm sure he's not gonna give you addresses and statements but I'm sure if you called him up and said a guy selling me a car says my trans is 2.5 can you confirm that all work was done at _____ [insert shop] and John pulls it up and says sorry bud its a 1.5 lol
My best advice get a great deal from a forum member who did it right and is apart of the community. Better to finance 10-20k and know it was done by David, Tony, Eric n AMS, or Neil than some half assed shop that has one dyno where they scored the number they were looking for.
There's clearly no magic formula. That said, no matter how good you want your car to be or how hard you try, you will never have what the bigger shops have learned from experience. I have pallets of broken parts that fuel our engine program and we learn from every mistake, THAT takes experience.
I agree. I have a smaller shop doing my car and while I'm confident their is still a uniqueness to a small build that AMS, Switzer, Tony, David, etc. have all been through lifting the platform. They know so well given the R&D and time in the platform what is exactly the right steps to make a car last, is there 10-20whp to add here or their based on packages or maybe skimp here and there of course or even do things different. But the indisputable fact is those major powerhouse programs have formulas to keep cars alive. There is a reason why you don't hear my T1700whp car blew a rod, or my Alpha 9 blew a rod or my p800 blew a rod... Because those shops having learned know exactly what to do at X power level.
They've essentially developed an amazing formula to follow, their are ways to save, are ways to make more power, are ways to do things different but the bottom line is a proven track record T`1 or AMS car for sale is a smarter bet at 10-20k more asking price than a local shop car making 100whp more, unless you can source the parts....
Now the big shops aren't immune from problems they've just been able to reduce risk through trial and error and R&D.
Edited by OuLikeBlueGTRs, 19 September 2015 - 07:35 AM.