Sunday, December 2, 2012


Appraising Donks in Florida

ORLANDO, Florida - As a wise sage at a recent custom car show said, "Florida got some clean whips." A "Whip" is slang for a car but here in The Sunshine State they've taken it way over the top. These boys and girls are representing Florida well with some fresh, clean customs. A "Donk," for anyone who isn't familiar with the term, is a 1971-1976 Chevrolet Caprice or Impala. They called it that because the owners at the time said the logo looked like a Donkey or Donk for short.  They get lifted, outfitted with huge wheels and stereo/I.C.E stystems and painted in colors and themes that can be described as everything from sick to sweet. A "Vert" is short for convertible. A "Bagged Ride" is basically a low-rider, often constructed using a Chevy S-10 body (known as a "bagged dime") but also with square Rangers, 88-98 Silverados and most Eurojap cars. Using air & nitrogen tanks, regulators and custom suspensions to raise and lower the vehicles, they are great at producing frightening, ground-scraping driving experiences. Insurance for these cars is available but coming up with legitimate fair market values for them is another matter. Often, between the lift kits, sound systems, interior customizations and motor work, a Donk or other high rise car or truck can easily have $150K invested in it. Clean whips, indeed. Many owners feel that their automobiles are worth every penny that was sunk into them but comparable sales show that lots of cars looking and sounding good don't bring half that amount.

Vics (Ford Crown Victoria), Lacs ( Cadillac), Merks (Mercury Grand Marquis) and Cuttys (Olds Cutlass) are some of the other cars commonly used to make hiphop cars. Sound systems are so loud they make your hair stand up. Lambo suicide door kits, 6" lifts, custom framework (sections, notches, tubular), full multimedia setups, turbos and other performance upgrades, HID conversions (Xenon), custom paint (airbrushed murals, graphics and candy colors, unique integrated custom interiors, street glow neons and, of course, custom wheels up to 30" costing "five stacks" ($5K) and up that are custom painted to match. Crazy high, loud and bassy, tricked out whips.

Doing it big is how it goes in Florida.

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Updated 01-21-2014