Collecting model cars is a fantastic alternative for automobile fans to own scale versions of their favourite vehicles without buying the real thing. But if you’re looking to start a collection, there are a few things you’ll need to consider before you begin.
There are two types of model cars
The first thing you need to do is choose what sort of cars you’ll be collecting. That is, whether you want to create a collection of vehicle kit models or fully assembled diecast cars.
What are diecast models? They are high quality and extremely accurate models of vehicles in scale to the original. The models are made at a variety of scales to the original car including 1:10, 1:12, 1:18, 1:24, and 1:43.
Choose what type of collection you want
Once you know the type of model cars you’d like to collect, you need to decide if you want to collect a specific brand, cars from a certain era or, if you want to create an eclectic collection. But remember, this choice could also be influenced by your decision to collect for investment or purely as a hobby. For example, if you are collecting as a hobby, you should purchase scale cars which are good quality, will appreciate in value over time and represent cars that you really love.
Will you collect as a hobby or an investment?
This is something you’ll need to decide fairly early on because if you are trading cars, you will have to keep the item in mint condition. If you do want an investment collection, it can pay off to acquire a diverse range of models. It’s important to remember in this situation- even if the model isn’t expensive today, it may be worth much more in 10 years time. Older diecast cars are also a good investment because collectors may be looking for a specific car to add to their collection.
Where to purchase diecast cars?
With interest in model car collecting continually growing, there are plenty of ways to get your hands on a range of diecast cars. If you want to purchase online, you can visit eBay or Gumtree. Visiting forums are also a fantastic way to expand your knowledge, grow your collection and network with other collectors.
But if you’re looking for a more tangible way of collecting, you’ll be able to find model car stores in most states throughout Australia. In Queensland, you can visit shops including The Diecast Model Shop and Gateway Model Cars, as well as many more.
Need some inspiration?
The biggest model car collection has 37,777 vehicles. The count was recorded in 2016 and is owned by Nabil Karam who lives in Lebanon. Kabil broke his original record of 27,777 which he set in 2011.
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