YouTube is full of content from around the world – from dressmaking and sewing to cooking and swimming. While there are some weird things to see on the internet platform, car enthusiasts have a wide variety of channels to choose from for content.
Some auto channels deal with the daily struggles of life with a fleet of supercars and hypercars, while others buy cheap vehicles and use expensive parts to repair and/or modify them – like mounting a $12,000 exhaust system on a several hundred dollar Mercedes-Benz† Some channels attend aftermarket workshops while restoring and modifying old cars or completing special projects for customers. Then there are the YouTubers who just do it out of love for cars, like Hoovie’s Garagewhich follows Tyler Hoover spending tens of thousands of dollars repairing cheap supercars and luxury cars—usually ending up in even more repairs.
So whether you’re interested in repairing or rebuilding cars and off-road vehicles, or just interested in seeing how to live with a fleet of multi-million dollar supercars, there’s something for everyone on YouTube. Here are 10 excellent car channels to check out.
10 Hoovie’s Garage
Hoovie’s Garage follows Tyler Hoover, a car collector in the US. He usually looks for the cheapest expensive cars in the US, buys them, goes to his specialist mechanic – who also has a YouTube channel – and then sells them back to make a profit. Some of the cars he buys stay in his collection because he likes them too much or because they do too much repair work.
Hoovie’s Garage is worth a try, as Mr. Hoover is quite entertaining in his presentation style, often telling a story about how he got to the specific vehicle he bought or telling a story about how the vehicle came to be – like a mini history lesson. He is also great at buying vehicles at excellent prices.
Freddy Hernandez, professionally known as Tavarish, is a YouTuber who documents the repair of expensive supercars and hypercars in his shop. He usually buys almost scrapped vehicles and rebuilds them to their original factory specifications or gets older rental cars that he converts into great models.
Tavarish is also part of Car Pulla Top gear-such as a spin-off of Cheap Car Challenge in which he, Tyler Hoover and Ed Bolian buy used cars and complete a series of challenges. Car Pull is a series worth watching.
shmee150, real name Timothy Burton, is an automotive YouTube vlogger who mainly focuses on the day-to-day work of keeping his extensive car collection in good working order. Starting out as a car spotter in London, he now has quite an impressive collection of his own – including a modified Ford GT, a rare Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series and a McLaren Senna.
In addition to his collection in London, he has cars in various places around the world. He also travels to various venues for events and auctions and to participate in races such as the recent Gumball 3000. His most recent purchase is a rare Zenvo TSR-S hypercar.
7 Doug DeMuro
Doug DeMuro is one of the most well-known car critics in the US and certainly all over the world. He started out doing simple reviews highlighting the strange features and quirks of cars, but has now become a phenomenon that has influenced many other reviewers on the platform.
He currently has nearly 4.5 million subscribers and over 1.6 billion views. He has moved on to rating more modern cars as classic cars have gone downhill a bit in recent years, and now with the ever-rising fuel price. DeMuro also has an online auction website for interesting cars called Cars & Bids†
CARWOW is a UK based car review channel with Mat Watson as presenter. CARWOW mainly deals with reviewing brand new cars, presenting performance, usability and build quality to potential buyers. CARWOW is also a website where you can find the best prices for new and used cars, as well as sell cars.
CARWOW’s channel is exciting because Watson often gets some pretty awesome cars to race against, most of them with their owners and fellow YouTubers – including Yiannimize† CARWOW also gets regular access to exclusive new car reveals and updates on the world’s auto shows. It is a channel worth checking out.
5 throttle body
throttle body is a Canada-based review channel, where the cars are tested and examined by Thomas Holland and James Engelsman. The duo usually do some pretty funny things with the cars they test and have done short skits at the beginning of each video for funny reasons.
While throttle body is their main channel, they also run Extra throttle body, a secondary channel where they just chat, rant, or talk about cars. They also sometimes bring their own cars to be filmed or to make a video about a new car one of them bought for themselves or for the channel. Overall, they are entertaining to watch, and their audio is some of the best, with their review of the Lexus LFA being exceptional.
While the DriveTribe website has announced that it is shutting down, the YouTube channel still going well, which releases videos every week. Based in the UK, DriveTribe focuses on the love of cars: showcasing interesting cars, talking to other YouTubers about their collections, rebuilding rare vehicles and expressing the views of the three leaders.
James May and Richard Hammond can be seen on the channel quite often, while Jeremy Clarkson is busy with his farm. The channel often follows Hammond when he is busy restoring classic cars or asking May to roast some YouTubers’ cars for fun.
CarThrottle is another UK based channel mainly focused on buying cheap cars and doing weird and beautiful things with them. One of their more famous videos involved driving a Mazda RX-8 over 400 miles on a single tank of fuel – which they successfully did. Other videos include buying high mileage vehicles and restoring them to their original condition.
The channel also tested the effects of weight savings on vehicles by benchmarking the car around a track, stripping all but the essentials, to re-operate and test it. The lead presenter also has an ongoing build with a Mazda MX-5 AFTERwhich has been upgraded a lot over the years.
2 Matt’s Off Road Recovery
Matt’s Off Road Recovery involves Matt and his ‘Yellow Banana’, a highly modified Jeep Cherokee XJ† The canal involves Matt and his jeep towing, salvaging and rescuing people who got stuck in the sand or snow in southern Utah.
In addition to the Jeep, the Canal also features an even more highly modified Chevrolet Corvair wagon – dubbed the Morrvair – built specifically for the task at hand. Matt’s Off Road Recovery is worth checking out for anyone interested in off-roading and towing.
RetroPowerCars is a workshop based in the UK that exclusively builds and restores classic cars. However, unlike normal restorations, this shop also adapts the cars to what the customers want, creating beautiful works of art. They have such a good reputation that the legendary Gordon Murray – the man behind the McLaren F1 – had a Ford Escort Mk1 built for himself with their services.
RetroPowerCars‘ finished products have the same level of quality as Singer’s 911 resto mods, but they extend this to all makes and models. Some of their projects included creating a coupe from a Jaguar XJ sedan, modernizing a Jaguar Mk2 with a Toyota 2ZJ engine and powering a Lancia Stratos. RetroPowerCars is a channel for everyone who likes car workshops.