To appear on Overhaulin’, you must submit an entry form via the Velocity website in nomination of a deserving individual. This nominee must currently be in possession of a vehicle, either a car or motorcycle, in poor condition and a compelling story as to his need for a transformation.
The show only allows applications to be sent in prior to filming its next season. Therefore, the application window is limited and cannot be accessed throughout the year. To be selected, it is a hallmark of the show that the individual has a story deserving of the makeover.
After a temporary break from filming, the show Overhaulin’ returned to filming in 2012 and can be found on both Velocity and Discovery networks, as of 2015. It is hosted by Chip Foose and Chris Jacobs. When appearing on the show, the chosen nominee is pranked and has his vehicle taken from him under a ruse from the hosts. Afterward, a team of expert volunteer builders, through significant financial contribution from sponsors, work to assemble a design makeover of the vehicle. The package is estimated at about a $150,000 value. When the work is completed within a week-long period, the finished vehicle is then returned to the surprised owner, surrounded by those who nominated him.