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''Counting Cars'' is a show on TheHistoryChannel.

After several appearances on ''Series/PawnStars'', Danny "The Count" Koker was given his own show focusing on his shop, Count's Kustoms, and his crew of employees as they buy, restore, customize, and sell various classic cars and motorcycles.

The cast includes Danny's right hand man and best friend Kevin, the shop air-brush artist Horny Mike(so named for his obsession with putting horns on anything he makes whenever possible), the shop detailer and local FunnyForeigner Roli, project scout Big Ryan, bookkeeper Scott, and bike-shop manager Shannon. Episodes regularly show the team's various hijinks, conflicts, and occasional screw ups, but in the end it's always obvious why Danny refers to them as his "all-star crew"; they're very good at what they do.

A major part of the show is how Danny, while cruising around Vegas with Kevin, will go out of his way to chase down every classic car or bike he sees on the road with the intent of making an offer on the vehicle, sometimes following people for miles just for the chance to talk to them. He's variously met with enthusiasm from fellow car fanatics to suspicion from those who don't like being followed. While he doesn't always make a deal, he always makes an offer, and if that fails leaves his business card, securing a new customer for the shop. Whenever possible, he'll take the car for a test drive, leaving Kevin as collateral, much to Kevin's annoyance.

Other aspects of the show include Danny's temptation to keep the vehicles he buys instead of selling them for profit; it's mentioned his personal collection is comprised of over fifty automobiles which are on display in the shop. Also touched upon is Danny's relationship with various celebrities and the work he does for them.

While everyone on the show clearly loves cars and knows what they're doing, it cannot be denied that much of the show is ''painfully'' staged for the camera in an attempt to show cool stuff and hijinks that will also pad out the running time. A good example is the time an extremely attractive woman was standing by their car carrier rig, ostensibly "admiring" it. She looks like she just got out of the make-up chair, shows no surprise at cameras recording her, and no reason whatsoever is given for her walking up to a car carrier parked on a street to "admire" it. Watch the sequence sometime. In a word, ''ouch''.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* {{Acrofatic}}: Scott challenges Horny Mike to a race where Horny Mike is on his customized moped and Scott is on a bicycle. Scott wins. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Scott commutes between home and work by bicycle, and Mike's moped is ''really'' heavy.
* TheAllegedCar: Horny Mike's bus is "the alleged bus". One episode is entirely focused on Danny effectively giving him an ultimatum to fix it up or taking it out of shop, such is the state of the vehicle. [[spoiler: Danny later goes back on his ultimatum out [[NiceGuy of charity]] and upgrades Mike's van for free to let them keep it.]]
* AndSomeOtherStuff: Danny installs an anti-theft device on a customer's car which was stolen - twice - and turns off the cameras while showing her. [[spoiler:In all likelyhood, it's a switch hidden under the dashboard in series with the ignition coil, published by Popular Mechanics every decade or so, [[OlderThanTheyThink all the way back]] [[http://books.google.ca/books?id=DNsDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA305&lpg=PA305&dq=popular+mechanics+hidden+switch+foils+car+thieves&source=bl&ots=0EuUS4_umB&sig=9XQZYJHcHNfZcv5Kyk3duJSBFYA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=lCt2Ue7dFpORqwGX34DQDA&ved=0CDsQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q&f=false in February 1925]].]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Danny.
--> '''Kevin:''' He gets distracted easily. [[AmbiguousDisorder I'm not sure what he's got goin' on]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Roli can't figure out how to back up a [[CoolCar Lamborghini Countach]] with a ludicrously tiny back window. Danny reveals that when you buy the car, the dealer and/or factory has to teach you a special method for doing so; leaning out the open door.
* AudienceSurrogate: Roli, being from Europe, isn't well versed in American automotive history, so will occasionally serve this role for Danny's exposition.
* BadassesWearBandanas: Danny The Count is ''never'' seen without his bandana. '
* BeleagueredAssistant: Scott is regularly driven up the wall by Danny's inability to stay on budget and his habit of keeping cars for himself.
* BerserkButton: Whenever Danny decides to keep cars for himself, Scott loses his shit. He usually can't truly lash out as most examples of this trope because Danny is ''his boss'', so he can only complain strongly.
* TheBet: Sometimes, the first example being Danny and Kevin having a bet on whether Danny can make profit on TheAllegedCar Ranchero he bought. [[spoiler: Danny wins.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The guys at the shop are quirky to say the least, but they are all damn good at what they do. Danny specifically lampshades this with Scott, who is, in his words, "an asshole", but he's very good at his job.
* TheChessmaster: Danny. Whenever he and Kevin are rolling around Las Vegas to look for cars to buy or flip, he often tries to get drivers to pull over or to talk to the drivers. Even if he doesn't get a deal, he'll leave his business card. More than once, he has gotten customers to come to his shop to either buy his cars or to request a job from his shop. All thanks to simple, albeit weird, networking.
* CoolCar / CoolBike: Many, if not all the cars, bikes, and trucks seen on the show. If they are not cool when they arrive, Danny and his crew will ''make'' them cool.
** Special mention goes to [[http://doubletroublehotrod.com/ the custom built, 1927 Model T hot rod]] with ''two engines'', pulling over 1000 horsepower. Much to Danny's extreme disappointment, this beauty simply was not for sale.
** In fact one of the problems the shop has is that Danny often refuses to let a project go out the door ''until'' he considers it sufficiently cool. He's such a perfectionist with his love of vehicles that between making something look better and keeping a good profit margin, the profit margin is such a distant second it doesn't even see coolness finish the race.
* CoolShades: Danny often wears them.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: The sigil of the Count's Kustoms is a giant, gothic-looking cross.
* CreepyGood: They're nice fellows, but their tendency to randomly approach people (sometimes relentlessly) without warning and trying to pull them over to buy their cars does terrify a bunch of people.
* {{Crossover}}: With ''PawnStars'', especially when Rick Harrison requests to make a car into the car from ''Film/{{Bullitt}}''.
** Since Danny is still the main car consultant on ''PawnStars'' and Rick will still bring cars to Danny on ''Counting Cars,'' the Crossover aspect happens quite frequently.
* DarkIsNotEvil: A more mundane form of the trope. Danny and his comrades dress and paint the shop with some very threatening and fearsome imagery, but they're actually really nice guys.
* {{Determinator}}: When Danny wants to look at a car, it's extremely, extremely rare for him to stop before he's convinced its owner to pull over and talk with him about it, which frustrates (and occasionally frightens) Kevin to no end.
* DiabolusExMachina: In one episode, they spend the entire episode trying to custom a car for a man's wife, and ''the exact second'' they finish the car Scott comes out and tells Danny the couple just split up and the man no longer wants anything to do with the project.
* DoYouWantToHaggle:
** In terms of the family of shows stemming from ''PawnStars'', he does more haggling than [[AmericanRestoration Rick Dale]], but not as much as [[PawnStars Rick Harrison]]. The main difference between any of the other History Channel reality shows where this is involved is that Danny has a problem with knowing when to stop. If the owner is willing to sell, he'll generally buy, no matter how much it costs... he just loves cars ''too much'' to pass one up that catches his eye.
** He gets caught off guard when someone gets him to pull over and offers to buy his 1973 Plymouth Satellite Sebring Plus. Because they were obvious car people, he sells it for $34,000.
* DubNameChange: Danny "The Count" because the pun in "Counting Cars" usually does not translate to many foreign languages. For instance, in the portuguese dub he's called Danny "The Crazy" and the serie's name is switched to "Crazy for cars".
* DynamicEntry: In some occasions Danny does this with the customized car to display to his client just how great it looks.
* FingerlessGloves: A staple of Danny's wardrobe.
* FriendlyRivalry: Roli and Horny Mike sometimes.
* FriendOnTheForce: None of them are private detectives but the basic logic still applies: Kevin's brother, Steve (who is an attorney and Judge in L.A), helps them with any legal issues there might ocur.
* FunnyForeigner / StraightMan: Roli, is, oddly enough, a combination of both (just the fact that he's the closest thing to the StraightMan in a group of nonstop goofballs is enough to single him out).
* FunPersonified: Danny "The Count" is a very jolly and electric fellow.
* GoodWithNumbers: Scott.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Danny and Kevin; best friends and business partners.
** RedOniBlueOni: Danny is significantly more overexcited and emotional than Kevin, who tries to be more logical and calm.
* HopelessWithTech: Danny is a brillant mechanic, but ''absolutely lost'' when it comes to things like cellphones.
* HiddenDepths: Danny is an ordained minister.
* IndyPloy / XanatosSpeedChess: Danny sometimes does stuff at complete random (often [[DoingItForTheArt for the art]]) like buying a car too expensive or spending too much into a car and has to adjust his plans to make profit off that.
* KillItWithWater: One episode featured the shop's sprinkler system water main rupturing beneath the shop, and they wound up losing a their parking lot and come close to losing the shop floor.
* MadArtist: The Count borders on this with this. His teammates effectively think of him as such.
* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: One episode opens with Danny greeting his crew with "Good morning, gentlemen! You too, Mike."
* NiceGuy: '''Danny'''.
* NoIndoorVoice: Scott has a recurring tendency to talk ''very loudly''.
* OnlySaneMan / OnlySaneEmployee: Scott often plays this role to the overall reigning madness of everyone else.
* PaedoHunt: Why Danny painted his windowless van bright red. When it was satin black, he was pulled over by the police a ''lot'', because "it looks like you're hiding something".
* PatrioticFervor: Danny and the crew are firmly in the Patriotism is Good camp; they love doing projects for veterans or other military causes. There's a good reason for this; Danny's father was a Green Beret, and he has nothing but respect and gratitude for the men and women who serve.
* PimpDuds: Donned by Danny when he restores a Dunham Coach-built Cadillac El Dorado in the style of ''Film/{{Superfly}}''.
* ProductPlacement: Roli and Horny Mike go to a Napa Store in order to buy a part they have very scant info to go on.
* PutOnABus: At the beginning of the third season, the Count's narration explained that Scott had left the shop and moved to Tennessee.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The crew is composed by a truly bizarre collection of fellows.
* RealMenWearPink: Kevin owns two small lapdogs and will baby-talk with them. Danny himself has a soft spot for small animals as seen both on this show and once on ''PawnStars''. Horny Mike claims to own four cats that he will walk on a leash.
* RedBaron: Danny "The Count" Koker.
* SpinOff: Not technically, but it's very clear that this show is a result of Danny's association with the stars of ''PawnStars'' (and his frequent appearances on that show)
* SuperWheelchair: He once built an ''absolutely rocking'' wheelchair for a man who suffered a terrible accident that confined him to a wheelchair.
* SwappedRoles: Danny is always flagging down cool cars and bikes that he sees on the road and offering to buy them off the owner. In one episode, however, a guy flagged down Danny and tried to buy ''his'' car, insisting that he loved it and had to have it. Danny was caught off-balance and admitted that it felt very weird being in the role of the owner rather than the buyer, but much to his own amazement he ended up selling his car to the guy for $34,000.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Roli and Horny Mike.
* ThrowTheDogABone: Danny and Kevin stop by a parked Cadillac and are looking it over when the owner shows up. The owner agrees to Danny taking a test drive. The owner comes along for the drive... and so does Kevin.
* TranquilFury: It's fairly rare for Danny to get truly angry, but when he does he maintains his composure well; still, it's easy to see how much it's seething beneath the surface. A stellar example of this was actually on ''PawnStars'', when he was called a lousy mechanic for saying a Porsche Boxster engine (stored outside unprotected for a long time) was likely seized, in need of a total rebuild and thus not worth the asking price.
** It's cropped up on his own show a few times, such as when Horny Mike took it upon himself to paint a bigass apple on the side of a recently-painted classic truck (Danny walked off without leaving him any way to get down from his perch), or when Kevin decided to buy a bike without consulting him (Danny made him do the sale all by himself).
* {{Troll}}: Danny is a very nice guy, but he sometimes messes with his employees for his amusement. It's all very light-hearted, though.
* TwoDecadesBehind: A real life example. The Count's slang, cultural references and manner of dressing seem stuck somewhere between the 70's or 80's, [[LampshadeHanging and he gleefuly admits it]].
* VerbalTic: Danny The Count has a two-fold one. He has a tendency to call everyone either "Brother" or "Man", and, most memorably and most recurringly, the unholy combination: "Brother-man".
* VitriolicBestBuds: Kevin and Danny do some good-hearted bickering.
* VisualPun: Horny Mike is a walking one, and every vehicle he owns contributes to it.
* TheWonka: Danny's obession with cars, flagging down standards, and inability to stay on budget either frighten or enrage his employees, but he does an amazing job and his customers are always happy, so he stays in business.
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