In 2013, Mike created a new adventure for Wheeler Dealers fans and his toughest challenge yet – Wheeler Dealers Trading Up.
Mike will attempt to trade his way around the world, across four continents, buying and selling motors in order to make a profit, exploring the culture and idiosyncrasies of the international used car market along the way.
Starting with just US$3000, Mike’s mission is to trade his way across the globe, using his dealer tricks to add value to his cars, enabling him to graduate from a cheap hatchback to a super car. As he travels he will add value to the cars, using dealer tricks he’s picked up in his long career in the car trade.
Series one started in Kolkata, India, with the purchase of a Maruti Suzuki Alto LX. Six one-hour episodes later, after travelling to the UK, Sweden, Japan, Mexico, California, and Dubai, Mike had ‘traded up’ to a Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible worth US$25,700.
Such was the global success of the new show, Mike began searching for more cars for series two with the same opening budget but a much bigger goal.
His search began in Sydney, Australia, with a Ford Falcon Futura AU ll before Mike travelled back to London and Aberdeen in the UK. From there, Mike traded to Brazil, Texas, Poland, and completed his journey in Italy where he became the owner of a Ferrari 348 TB at US$45,378.
Trading Up is shown in 217 territories with over 60 million viewers worldwide. It was one of Discovery Channel’s top three premieres on a global scale – with one of the top two premiers being Wheeler Dealers.