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Model Car Collecting Tips

Collecting is a hobby that usually manifests at a very young age and surprisingly, even in this technologically-swamped society, is certainly showing no signs of abating. Depending on your preferences, collecting can be a breeze for some and a difficult challenge for others. If you are looking to start collecting, make sure you go for a style or model type which holds significant personal value to you. As noted in the Guinness World Records, the largest collection of model cars currently belongs to Michael Zarnock of Deerfield, New York. Having started his collection in 1968, his total number of models currently amounts to 8,128 which features a range of different HotWheels and alternative model cars. Such impressive hoards require years of dedication, and will be virtually impossible to build if you have no sustainable interest in the model types.

For many collectors today, the Internet is the best place to begin searching. Having selected a model type you love, your internet searches should contain key words relating to the model type, for example ‘Model Porsche’ and also the model number such as ‘Carrera’ or ’911′. In addition to the Internet, other places to seek out your chosen model cars can range from trade shows, magazines, garage sales, hobby shops and toy shops.

Make sure you fully understand how that specific model is supposed to function before you buy it. For example, some will have doors which swing open, engine compartments that can be lifted, or removable wheels; you will need to make sure these features work properly if the model is to uphold any value. If you are purchasing online, make sure you can see multiple views of the model in question, which will ultimately give you an idea of the car’s overall condition.

Before proceeding with a purchase, there are several other items worth checking. Firstly, the model’s general appearance and visual appeal. Scratches, dull or faded colouring, scuff marks, paint loss and any other signs of wear and tear will affect the value of the model when it comes to merging it with a large collection. Secondly, check whether the model is the original or has been restored at some point. Whilst restored versions are usually perfectly fine, be aware that some of the components may not be the original parts. Particularly when it comes to paintwork and wheels as these tend to be the most commonly restored components of a model car.

Keep your models in the original packaging and ensure your storage area is dirt-free and distanced from any moisture or sunlight. This also means your models are protected from the model-enemy otherwise known as dust; many collectors opt for display cabinets which can vary from single display cases to gigantic large floor-standing versions designed to house a whole collection.

Nauticalia’s Classic Car Models currently cover a vast range of models ranging from steam-powered cars to more specific historic models such as the exclusive Bluebird which broke land speed records. Such a collection can be started and appreciated at any age, and being able to view and show off your collection with pride and rattle off the history and background knowledge you will have attained during the process, is truly rewarding for any true collector. Why not start your own collection and pay tribute to the incredible examples of engineering we have seen throughout history?

The 4 Best Places To Find Free New Car Reviews And Pricing

Checking out the new car reviews is indeed fascinating, fun as well as informative. You may not need a car or want a car. It is fun just to fantasize about the new cars and trucks and imagining yourself sitting in it, smelling the new leather.

You might have noticed the Chevy ads on TV, wherein a site is mentioned as endorsement of Chevies (as if they NEED any endorsement!). is a premier site for a number of purposes. At this site, you can check the ratings as customers (not manufacturers or sales people) find the car to be on gas mileage, epa emissions, speed, pick up, comfort, and other valued characteristics. New car ratings, comparison charts (and photos), and some of the most entertaining and informative articles are there. One article is a series of writings on the man who went to work as an “undercover” used car and new car salesman. He reveals the gimmicks, the scams, the pressures and the buffoonery that contribute to the new and used car milieus.

Other helpful new car reviews are, such as those done by the reporters at CNN/Money ( who reveal the stats and remarks for the “best new minivan” (Honda Odyssey); “best new car” (Chrysler 300); and “best new sports car” (Corvette – though how could one possible choose between the many bests?); and “best pick-up” (Toyota Tacoma). CNN/Money also gives new car reviews for the Car of the Year and the Truck of the Year – the Chrysler 300 and the Land Rover LR3, respectively. Each of the new car reviews here gets a full-length article devoted to it, one which includes the specs, the stats, and the photos we need to get our excitement roiling – if we need motivation, that is. features many pictures on their site for pricing a car (according to your zip code), and also includes a “research” section, where you can do a car history report search, get financing calculations, have car discussions, or browse the photo albums. And like the Car and Driver Magazine (on and offline), which has all this and more, the site offers used and new car reviews as written by professionals, enthusiasts, and aficionados.

It’s nice to be able to rely on 4 trustworthy sources for history, horse power, and hooplas -whether you will actually buy that car or just collect information and photos you can drool over. For most of us, it is not the act of buying, in this case it requires a lot of money – an difficult decision at many times, but the act of dreaming of driving that newest and hottest car that keeps us most satisfied.

Collectable Hunting is Fun!

Maybe you are a collector or a dealer of any one of thousands of collectables and you, like me, probably dive into the online auctions looking for them. Before the advent of the online auction the antique fair, antique market, collector’s fair and major auction houses were the major source of items and I believe they still are. When looking for items make a plan of where you are going to look and plan your time accordingly.

I believe they are online auctions, antique fairs, antique markets, collector’s fairs, boot fairs, auction houses, websites, antique shops/centres, junk shops, church fĂȘtes, collectors magazines, house clearances, garage sales, ads in local newspapers, newsagent’s ads, other collectors and dealers.

Online auctions are well established and everyone has heard of eBay, but there are others check on Google or any other search engine.

Antique fairs are well advertised locally but you can also find the majority of them listed in The Antiques Trade Gazette, go to their website, you will find the information is free The Antique Trade Calendar is another source, available at antique fairs or by subscription (call 020 8446 3604). Antique markets are really large antique fairs that start very early in the morning, there are bargains galore at these. Some start before daybreak. Be there when it opens!

Collector’s fairs are similar to antique fairs but they usually cover collectables only, sometimes a specific collectable like militaria or art deco, however these can be combined with antique fairs and are advertised as such. They can be a good hunting ground for the serious collector/dealer since these fairs are targeted at collectors.

Boot fairs are widespread these days and can be anything from a small affair where the local inhabitants bring their unwanted goodies or to the more professional ones where you can find professional car booters as well as household goods from individuals. A good source of information is the carbootcalendar. Here again to find a bargain get there when it opens. Beware! Check the opening times; they can be anything from 6.30am to 2pm.

Auction houses always have something for the collector, but it is luck of the draw, subscribe (usually free) to an online catalogue in this way you can ascertain if a trip to the auction house is worthwhile. Much time can be wasted just going to see. If you can’t go on the day you must view before you buy otherwise you will buy something not as good as expected or miss that important piece. Most auction houses are accurate in their description and follow a code of practice which ensures the items are properly catalogued. Auction house are listed in the Antiques Trade Gazette and for those near to you in your local telephone directory. Check they sell collectables, antiques, house clearances and not cows and farmyard goodies. How far you are prepared to travel is up to you but don’t forget travelling costs money and time. The chances are you will find houses within 30/40 minutes of your home or shop

Dealer’s websites, like our own, are a good source of all collectables, check your search engine with just ‘collectables’ or your specific interest. There are hundreds of them.

Antique shops/centres which are often the same thing can be found in the Antique Trade Gazette and The Antique Trade Calendar. Your local telephone directory is another source as well as friends and other collectors.

Collector’s magazines not only have ‘for sale’ ads. but also all types of information on your particular subject. A must!

Junk shops are just that: you may be lucky, don’t pass by without popping in.

The charity shop is now well known for finding bargains as many antique programmes on the TV have demonstrated. They are worth checking regularly; in my small town we have five!

Church and other fĂȘtes may sound a little strange but all sorts of weird and wonderful things appear at these events and like all these affairs you may find nothing. But if you have the time it can be very fruitful. Haggling over the price is not normally expected since the proceeds usually go to some good cause. These will advertised in your local newspaper, on notice boards and often on lampposts. Get there when it opens.

House clearances can be useful. These can be private or more usually run by an auction house. You must go and preview, get a catalogue to decide if it is worth the trip.

Garage sales are usually run by an individual to downsize the house contents or he/she is moving house, here again look carefully at the condition before buying. These events are nearly always view as you buy! They are normally advertised in the local paper or in the street where they going to take place. You can be in and out in under an hour.

Local Newspapers carry any number of ‘for sale’ ads and it is worthwhile reading these because every now and again someone wants to clear out a box of books inherited from dad or crested china from mum. It is worthwhile spending a few minutes reading. Do it when it comes out.

Newsagents window sometimes have something and it is always worthwhile looking when you buy the paper or those sweets. It’s free.

Other collectors and dealers I have left till last since if you are a serious collector or dealer you will be swapping, buying and selling already and probably belong to a club where this is the norm. These clubs usually have their own little private fairs and one can find that all important item probably from a member who has two of them.

Overall if you are serious visit everywhere from websites and to fairs, leave no stone unturned.