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Tarek El Moussa Loved His Toyota Truck

HGTV personality Tarek El Moussa had a blast with his first car, a Toyota he took on many adventures.

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As a professional real estate “flipper” Tarek El Moussa knows all about trading in one aesthetic for another. Usually this is for the betterment of the owner. Unfortunately, the change between his first and second car didn’t make El Moussa quite as content.

Tarek El Moussa is a television personality and real estate investor known for fan-favorite house flipping shows on HGTV, his latest being “Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa.”

The host of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” and “Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa,” loved his first set of wheels – a Toyota truck with off-road vehicles. When it came time to “be an adult,” however, he swapped it for a more professional looking Buick Park Avenue. But not before he accumulated a lifetime of off-roading memories.

What was your first car?

My first car was a 1996 Toyota truck.

What did you love most about the car?

I loved everything about it and at the age of 16, I was happy to have a car.

How did you acquire it?

It was my dad’s truck, and my parents gave it to me after he bought another car. It was black with chrome rims and off-road tires, and it was perfect. It was every kid’s dream to have an off-road 4×4 truck. And I sure had lots of fun with it! I loved it because I would put all my friends in it, blast music and ditch class.

What is your favorite memory of the car?

One of my favorite memories was driving to the mountains at midnight so I could go snowboarding first thing in the morning. My friends and I slept in the truck in a parking lot and woke up freezing cold.

What happened to it?

I loved that truck but sold it to buy my ugly, old man real estate car because I knew I needed a professional car for the real estate game. I loved my truck, it was hard to sell but I knew I had to if I wanted to be an adult. My second car, a 1985 Buick Park Avenue was my real estate car.

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