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How to sell a diecast car collection

Updated July 20, 2017

If you're an avid collector of diecast cars and accessories and you need some extra cash, you may want to consider selling your collection. If you have maintained your cars and they are in good condition, there are thousands of collectors who will gladly take them off your hands. Selling your diecast car collection is not hard and if you do your research, you can often make more then you paid for them.

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  1. Research to find out what your collection is worth. Make a list of each diecast car and accessory that you have and then visit a site that will allow you to appraise your items. Use the Internet as a research tool to find out what each diecast car is worth. Check completed listings on auction sites and talk to other collectors on forums. They should be able to help you establish a value for your cars.

  2. Determine an appropriate price for the set if you are going to sell your collection as a whole. To do this, add up the prices of each car to come up with a total. You do not have to sell the lot for this exact price but pricing your diecast car collection somewhere close to this price range is going to be your best bet for getting it sold quickly.

  3. Choose a medium to sell your cars. There are a number of outlets you can use, including online and print. Choosing to sell and advertise your collection online will help you find a large customer base and get the best price for your product. When selling online, use an auction host site like eBay to auction off your collection. Advertise your online auction by using free advertisement sites like Craigslist. If you'd like to have the final decision in who buys your collection, you may want to consider using more traditional means of sale including newspaper print ads, flyers and word-of-mouth. Advertising your collection in print ads may not give you a huge customer base but it will attract local collectors which may get you a quick sale, especially since it can cut out shipping costs.

  4. Tip

    Some collections can be worth a substantial amount of money. If you are selling online and are concerned that your diecast car collection may not auction for what it's worth, there are some sites that offer a reserve price option that will protect you from having to sell your items below the price that you set.


    Avoid online scammers by only shipping after payment has been received. Shipping the item before payment is rendered puts you at risk of losing your collection.

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Things You'll Need

  • List of all of your diecast car models

About the Author

Nicole Desrosiers is an accomplished freelance writer who has been working in the industry since 2006. Desrosiers has pieces published on various websites and has worked for numerous private clients as well. She has an associate degree in English that she received from Southeastern Community College and is currently working on degrees in journalism and advertisement.

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