Highway to Sell

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Auto-restoration reality is rough around the edges.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

It highlights some of the history of classic cars, as well as the work that goes into restoring them. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters restore cars to make money but also to honor the engineering and craftsmanship of classic cars by getting them back on the road.

Violence

Contains some semi-serious references to hurting people to get something, such as breaking people's fingers. 

Sex
Language

Words such as "hell," "ass," and "crap" audible; lots of bleeped cursing. 

Consumerism

Car makes such as Camaro, Chevrolet, Ford, Barracuda, and others. Logos for Slick's Garage prominently featured. References are made to Pepto-Bismol. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Conversations about people being drunk and using drugs such as marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Highway to Sell features car experts and mechanics restoring and auctioning classic cars for a profit. There are lots of makes and models of classic cars featured throughout the series, as well as conversations about some of the experiences (including smoking pot) people had in them. The language is pretty strong ("crap," "hell," "ass"; lots of bleeped cursing), and on occasion there are references to hurting other people. Teens who like this sort of thing should be able to handle it, but the content is a bit strong for younger viewers. 

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What's the story?

HIGHWAY TO SELL features automotive-industry expert and classic car restorer Dennis Pittsenbarger as he partners with classic car owners to restore and sell their vehicles. He's traveled from Oregon to Palmetto, Florida, to team up with the renowned car mechanic known as "Slick" to find neglected classic cars for restoration. But rather than buying them from the owners, the duo partners with them. Pittsenbarger, along with Slick's team, invests time, energy, and money to restore the car and then sells it at auction. The car owners get a minimum cash guarantee regardless of the sale, as well as a percentage of the sale price if they make a profit. If the owner wants his car back, he can try to buy it at auction. It's lots of work, and the ventures are risky, but it's a great chance to make money while restoring beloved classics to their former glory. 

Is it any good?

From partnering with owners of cars that need some paint restoration to trying to turn a profit on a classic car that's missing most of its parts, Pittsenbarger and his team are testing a way of turning a profit while being able to work on the classic cars they love. The opportunity also gives them a chance to find creative ways of restoring the cars to make them appeal to today's buyers. 

Most of the show's drama comes from the few moments when things seem to go wrong or during the auctions, when they're trying to turn a profit. The show also offers some interesting details about the history and details of various classic automobiles. The show won't appeal to everyone, but car enthusiasts will enjoy what's being offered here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about classic cars. What makes an old car a classic vs. just being old? Does restoring classic cars require a special kind of training or a certain kind of mechanic? 

  • ​ Why do restoration reality shows, whether they be about cars, antiques, or houses, appeal to people? 

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