How To Buy A Second Hand Car – Used Car Guide – Allianz Australia


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Buying a second hand car from a private seller

When a car is purchased from a licensed automotive dealer a warranty must be provided to show that there is no money owing on the car. However, when purchasing from a private seller there are no guarantees of this sort i. Without this warranty, your risk of being scammed is ultimately dependent on your own judgment, knowledge ii and research. This guide has been written to equip you with useful information before you purchase your next used car from a private sale.

Is there money owing on your car?

Be safe rather than sorry; make sure that the used car is debt free. It is always good to check that any finance owed on the car has been completely paid off. The Register of Encumbered Vehicles (REVS) in your state or territory holds information about motor vehicles that have money owing on them. It is important to run a REVS check on the car you intend to buy, as a failure to identify any money owing on the vehicle may render you liable for the debts owed and at worst could result in the repossession of your purchased car iii .

There are several ways to run a REVS search. One relatively simple option is to conduct an nationwide online search at Revscheck.com.au. Alternatively you may be able to conduct a REVS search via your respective state government consumer protection website such as the QLD or NSW Fair Trading sites .

To run a REVS search, make sure you have the following details: the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), the registration number or chassis number and the engine number.

According to new legislative reforms, in early 2012, REVS will move to the Personal Property Security Register (PPSR). which will enable you to conduct national research on the car you are interested in just by entering your vehicle’s unique serial number iii. The serial number may also be referred to as a vehicle identification number (VIN) that appears on your car registration papers.

Watch out for fraud

A few things can help you to decrease the risk of becoming a fraud victim. First of all, ask the seller for a current certificate of registration and crosscheck the vehicle s VIN, chassis and engine number. Demand to have a copy of a current safety report of the vehicle that outlines the roadworthiness of your vehicle. Depending on the state you live in, the safety report of your car may be named differently, for instance in New South Wales it s called a Safety Check Report v. in Victoria it s known as a Vehicle Information package vi and in Queensland it s the Safety Certificate vii. Another important step is to make sure the person selling the car is the car s legitimate owner. Determine this by asking for the seller s driving licence or any other forms of identity be thorough with this, ask for more than one form of identity if possible.

The precautions outlined above may protect you from getting ripped off. However, apart from foisting a stolen car or an accrued debt upon you, car scammers may employ other strategies to con you.

Odometer tampering is a fraud to watch out for viii. Just last year in Australia, an unlicensed motor dealer was charged with a fine of more than $37,000 for this crime and the illegal sale of vehicles ix. Others have also been prosecuted for rolling back the mileage recorded on the odometer x. with a Queensland car mechanic found to have illegally slashed more than four million kilometres off actual mileages of written-off cars xi .

With the emergence of digital odometers, odometer tampering fraud may be hard to detect even for the highly skilled mechanic. To combat this scam, ask the private seller for the car s service log book or previous service invoices they should reveal a recorded history of the used car s odometer readings. Look for tell-tale signs and be suspicious if the private seller cannot provide you a service log book or service invoices. Armed with the knowledge of the car s mileage history, you may be in a better position to detect any car history inconsistencies and find out if the odometer has been rolled back.

Score a deal

With these simple tips in mind, you may increase your chances of finding and purchasing a hassle-free second hand car. There are also some useful checklists online which you can follow, such as this Car Buyer’s Checklist .

After putting in such a great effort to obtain your new automobile, protect it by making sure your investment is financially secured with car insurance .


How Reliable Is the NADA Used Car Price Guide


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How Reliable Is the NADA Used Car Price Guide

The NADA Used Car Price Guide is a set of consumer reports similar to the Kelley Blue Book and to the Edmunds Guide. The NADA Blue Book is the official retail price listing for the National Automobile Dealers Association, a national trade group that incorporates thousands of car dealers. Therefore, the guide can make use of a wide variety of points of sale in order to list NADA used car prices. When purchasing a used car, it can be difficult to ascertain exactly what the value for a particular vehicle is because there is typically some discrepancy between the values listed in the NADA guide, the Kelley Blue Book and the Edmunds Guide. The NADA guide is a reliable source of information, but you must understand exactly what it represents in order to make use of it effectively.

How NADA Lists Prices of Cars

NADA representatives tout their price guide as the strongest representation of the true auto market values in comparison with the prices listed in the Kelley and Edmunds guides. They claim that NADA has a unique set of data points that those other guide books are unable to access; the sales made by auto dealers who are exclusively affiliated with the National Automobile Dealers Association. The result is that the NADA price guide uses hundreds of thousands of individual transactions to come up with average price listings for its vehicles, which is generally a stronger set of data points than either of the other two major used car pricing guide systems is able to use.

Issues with the NADA Values

One primary issue with the NADA value for a used car, however, is the fact that they make use solely of dealer sales prices. If you are planning to sell your vehicle to a private buyer, or if you’re purchasing your car from an individual and not from a dealer, the dealer-based sale prices of the same model, year and make of vehicle are not going to be entirely helpful to you. Dealers tend to sell vehicles for quite a bit more money than individual sellers do, and the NADA guide does not always account for the various discounts and dealership incentive offers that are made in these cases.

A second reason to be cautious when dealing with NADA values is that this particular price guide only analyzes sales of cars in very clean condition. This accounts for a much larger percentage of dealer sales than it does individual sales; in fact, only a very small fraction of used cars sold on the individual market are in such good condition. For this reason, the NADA value for a vehicle may not be the most reliable gauge of price.

How to Use the NADA Used Car Price Guide

The NADA website walks you through entering criteria to find the price guide estimation for the used vehicle you’re considering. The steps below outline the process for using the NADA online used price guide.

Visit the NADA Website

  • Click on the tan “Go” button to the right of Prices Information on the homepage
  • Enter your zip code
  • Choose your make
  • Choose year
  • Choose trim type
  • Enter mileage and options

Compare Trade-In and Retail Values

After entering the criteria for the used car you want to find the pricing estimates for, a list of values will come up: Rough Trade-In, Average Trade-In, Clean Trade-In and Clean Retail. Each heading is click-enabled with a pop-up that describes what each term means.

Research Related Information

The site has several links to direct you to additional information including:

  • Free VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) check
  • Standard specs
  • Information on standard warranty
  • Any recall information
  • Safety and quality ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Search and Compare Similar Vehicles

From the same page, you can click on the “Compare Vehicles” heading to open up a new page that saves the information of the car you just researched with the ability to add a second car to do a side-by-side pricing comparison.

NADA helps provide consumers with much needed information about used automobiles, enabling them to make informed choices when selecting and purchasing used vehicles. It’s an important step in the car buying process.


Hagerty Price Guide, Hagerty Car Value


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Is The “Hagerty Price Guide” For Classic Cars Accurate, Useful Or Worthless?

by Mike

Recently I wrote about the “Sports Car Market Pocket Price Guide”. Today I discuss the “Hagerty Price Guide” (Hagerty car value) which was originally called the Cars That Matter Price Guide .

The “Hagerty Price Guide” is published three times per year, the three issues are: Jan-Apr, May-Aug and Sept-Dec. The latest issue which I am quoting from here is May-Aug 2013 (issue 21).

The Hagerty Guide does not opine on Investment Grade and Appreciation Rating like the “Sports Car Market Pocket Price Guide” but the Hagerty Guide does provide four value numbers for each model from Condition 1 to Condition 4 where the “Sports Car Market Pocket Price Guide” only provides a high and low value based on a Condition 2 car.

The Hagerty definition of these Condition levels are at the end of this article and are printed in every issue. I will report the Condition 2 numbers from the Hagerty Guide to be consistent with the Sports Car Market Guide.

I have selected four cars to review: the De Tomaso Mangusta, the Jensen Interceptor, the Lamborghini Miura and the Apollo GT Coupe.

Let s get started.

De Tomaso Mangusta

De Tomaso Mangusta (photo by Jonathan Root )

Hagerty Guide: 1970 Coupe $131,000 302 Coupe $117,500

There are very few Mangustas that have sold recently at public auctions so actual recent sales results are hard to come by.

A 1969 De Tomaso Mangusta was for sale on eBay last November with a buy it now price of $119,900. It sold to a My Car Quest reader and I think we can assume that the actual price was not much different than the asking price.

Here is a Mangusta for sale in France for 159,500 Euros ($210,713). This may be an unrealistically high price but it is significantly higher than the Hagerty Guide.

Another Mangusta was for sale after just completing a beautiful restoration last year for $139,995.95 in Southern California. I do not know the actual sale price but the seller certainly had a high expectation much higher that the Hagerty Guide.

De Tomaso Mangusta

Jensen Interceptor

Jensen Interceptor Coupe

Hagerty Guide: 1976 SIII Coupe $31,600 Convertible $57,300

A 1972 Jensen Interceptor Series III sold for $16,252 at the Bonhams Auction, Harrogate on November 14, 2012. Based on the description it sounded like a condition 3 or 4 car.

The Jensen Interceptor convertible pictured below did not sell at auction in Monterey in August 2012 for a high bid of $72,000 .


Fun Kids Guide to Cars!


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Fun Kids Guide to Cars!

Cars are a natural part of everyday life for most of us, but how much do you know about them?

The fact is that cars are incredible pieces of invention with endless clever things happening all at once, even when our mum is just dropping us off for footy practice!

So you can have a bit better understanding of the car you sit in, we thought we d put together a little Fun Kids Guide to Cars !

All you need to do is click on one of the images below and you can learn fascinating facts about all the crucial bits of a car.

Find out how they work, what their role is and what you can do to help your parents keep your car in good working order!

And of course, in true Fun Kids style, there s plenty of crazy facts and funny jokes for you too!

Have fun!

Click on a section to begin exploring!


Diesel Car Guide: Every 2015-2016 Car – Light Truck, With Specs: UPDATED


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Diesel Car Guide: Every 2015-2016 Car & Light Truck, With Specs: UPDATED

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2013 Audi TDI range

Diesel cars may keep a lower profile than hybrids or battery-electrics, but they’re a good option for drivers looking to reliably save fuel.

Many efficiency-focused gasoline cars and some hybrids have achieved stellar window-sticker fuel-economy ratings, only to fall short in the real world.

Diesels generally don’t have that problem. In fact, they’ve been known to exceed EPA-rated highway figures in regular driving.

Thanks to mandated particulate filters and urea injection, today’s diesels are also much cleaner than the soot-spewing models many American drivers remember from decades ago.

Below is the Green Car Reports guide to every 2015 and 2016 model-year diesel car and truck on sale in the U.S. with full powertrain specs and fuel economy for each.

2015 Audi A3 TDI, New York City, Nov 2014

The Volkswagen Group is very enthusiastic about diesels, something that’s immediately apparent from looking at the lineup of its luxury Audi brand.

Starting from the bottom, the 2015 Audi A3 TDI features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.

A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are mandatory with the diesel, which gets an EPA-rated 36 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway).

Next up are the mechanically-similar A6 TDI and A7 TDI, both of which use a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 with 240 hp and 428 lb-ft.

Both models are offered solely with an eight-speed automatic and quattro all-wheel drive, and get the same 29 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 38 mpg highway).

2015 Audi A8 L

Audi also offers the same powertrain in the larger A8 sedan, which loses 1 mpg in the combined and 2 mpg in the highway category to its smaller siblings.

The Q5 and Q7 SUVs share the six-cylinder powertrain as well, although the Q7 is only rated at 406 lb-ft of torque. They return 27 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway) and 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway), respectively.

Note that an all-new Q7 TDI is due for the 2016 model year, with an upgraded 3.0-liter V-6 expected to produce 272 hp and 443 lb-ft.

The Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid variant will feature a diesel engine, although recent reports claim the U.S. version will get gasoline power instead.

2015 BMW X5

BMW offers a wide array of diesels, including three sizes of sedan, two sizes of SUV, and even a station wagon.

That last model is the 328d Sports Wagon which, along with the 328d sedan, uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

The sedan is available with either rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive, while the wagon is all-wheel drive only. An eight-speed automatic is mandatory on all models.

The rear-wheel drive 328d sedan returns 37 mpg combined (32 mpg city, 45 mpg highway), while the all-wheel drive sedan and wagon return 35 mpg combined (31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway).

2015 BMW 328d sedan and Sports Wagon

In the middle of the sedan lineup sits the 535d, with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six producing 255 hp and 413 lb-ft. As in the 328d sedan, an eight-speed automatic is paired with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The former gets 30 mpg combined (26 mpg city, 38 mpg highway), while the latter loses 1 mpg in the highway category.

There’s also a larger 740Ld xDrive that uses the same powertrain as the 535d xDrive, with mileage reduced to 26 mpg combined (23 mpg city, 31 mpg highway).

In addition, diesel versions of the X3 and X5 SUVs share powertrains with the 3 Series and 5 series respectively. All-wheel drive is mandatory for both.

The 2015 X3 xDrive 28d is rated at 30 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 34 mpg highway), while the X5 xDrive 35d is rated at 27 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway).


2015-16 New Car Buyer s Guide – Kelley Blue Book


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2015-16 New Car Buyer s Guide

Posted: 11/18/2015 11:28:28 AM

Our New Car and SUV Buyer’s Guides make it easy to become an instant expert on a variety of segments, from small cars to luxury cars and all the SUVs, minivans and trucks in between. Find out what’s new, what’s next and see all your options together in one place.

The 10 popular segments below account for more than 70% of all new cars sold in a year, so there’s a good chance your next car is just a click away. Our Buyer’s Guides are updated weekly and make it easy to become an instant expert on all your choices, including a valuable look at what’s new and what’s next. They’re listed here in order of average transaction price.

They’re as quiet and comfortable as yesterday’s midsize cars, while packing even more cool features.

Average price: $20,000

The biggest vehicle segment in the country and arguably the most car for the money.

Average price: $25,000

Versatile and high-riding but not too big or thirsty, the small SUV segment is growing fast.

Average price: $26,000

These purpose-built people movers are addictive to the whole family.

Average price: $32,000

Three rows of seats, available all-wheel drive and a place in history as the quintessential family car of our generation.

Average price: $33,000

Fun to drive, well-appointed and a satisfying sense of exclusivity.

Average price: $39,000

An increasing focus on fuel-efficiency and creature comforts is broadening the appeal of pickup trucks.

Average price: $41,000

Another growing segment, offering an appealing combination of luxury and practicality.

Average price: $42,000

Most offer three rows, all offer varying levels of opulence inside.

Average price: $51,000

Significantly more attainable than their flagship luxury sedan big brothers, and luxurious enough for anyone.

First Pics: New 2016 Models


Compact Car Buyer s Guide – Kelley Blue Book


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Compact Car Buyer s Guide

Posted: 7/31/2015 4:48:07 PM

Today’s compact cars might not be quite as roomy, quiet or comfortable as their midsize counterparts, but the fit, finish and features are increasingly comparable. And even if they’ll always be smaller by definition, compact cars continue to get roomier, quieter and more comfortable, making them increasingly intriguing alternatives to many larger and pricier options. It’s hard to make a smarter car purchase than to go with an efficient, affordable small car.

Explore all 12 of your options right here — listed in order of sales through the first half of 2015 — and keep reading below to see what’s new, what’s next, and to find out who’s winning all the awards.

Toyota’s famously affordable, reliable compact sedan now has a few more tricks up its sleeve.

Starts at $17,785

Honda’s venerable compact car has been completely redesigned for 2016, and now it almost outclasses the class.

Starts at $19,475

Explore Civic

The sculpted Elantra adds a heavy dose of style to the familiar value equation.

Starts at $18,075

It isn’t the roomiest compact car you can buy, but it’s definitely one of the quietest and most comfortable.

Starts at $16,995

There are roomier and more affordable compact cars, but few are as sporty or as stylish as the European-rooted Focus.

Starts at $17,995

The Sentra’s roomy, refined interior and smooth styling qualify it as one of the segment’s grown-ups.

Starts at $17,305

The segment’s only European entry manages to be both more fun and more refined than most other compact cars.

Starts at $17,035

The fun and stylish Mazda3 has earned a spot on our list of 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 12 years in a row.

Starts at $17,765

Sporty looks, a rich interior and one of our favorite infotainment systems.

Starts at $17,690

Standard all-wheel drive remains the Impreza’s key competitive advantage.

Starts at $18,990

It looks sportIer than it drives, but the Forte boasts European-like interior styling and offers loads of cool tech.

Starts at $16,715

The oldest entry in the group, we still love that grille and the impressive warranty.

Starts at $18,210

What’s New

The 2016 model year is bringing us totally new versions of the Chevy Cruze and Hyundai Elantra, plus a new Honda Civic that already claimed our biggest award of the year, the Kelley Blue Book Overall Best Buy Award of 2016. The Nissan Sentra won’t be all-new for 2016, but receives a number of enhancements.

10 Best

The compact car segment is well-represented on our most recent lists of 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000, 10 Coolest Cars Under $25,000 and 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000.

Compact Comparison

For this year’s compact car comparison test we put 400 miles on each of seven small cars to confirm past conclusions and solidify some new ones.

The Specialists

The Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Lancer are the only cars in this group to offer all-wheel drive, the Jetta is the only one offered with a hybrid powertrain, and only the Focus is offered as a (much pricier) all-electric car.

Actual Price

Most compact cars start under $18,000, but most buyers upgrade to an automatic transmission and other popular equipment, making the average price paid for a compact car right about $20,000. The average price paid for a midsize sedan, for reference, is closer to $25,000.

This Year’s Winners

The redesigned 2016 Honda Civic isn’t just our Small Car Best Buy of 2016, its impressive redesigned earned it this year’s Overall Best Buy Award. The Toyota Corolla is the category’s most recent 5-Year Cost to Own Award winner, and the Subaru Impreza took home our most recent Best Resale Value Award in the compact car category.

More New Cars at KBB.com

10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000

First Pics: New 2016 Models

New Car Buyer’s Guides

10 Best CPO Luxury Cars Under $30,000


Car buying guide – Consumer NZ


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Car buying guide

Everything you need to know about buying new and used cars

We explain the laws governing car sales, tell you how to deal with a dealer and how to decide if a car is worth buying. Plus reliable makes, car reviews and more.

When to trade up

Are regular trade-ups the smart thing to do?

It used to be that regular trade-ups of relatively new cars were the smart way to keep yourself on the road without paying too much in maintenance. But our surveys show cars are lasting way longer than they used to before the big repair bills kick in. So when should you buy a new one? Here’s our advice.

Around a third of a new car’s value will vanish by the end of the third year.

Run your car for as long as possible

One of the biggest costs of owning a car is depreciation, and the best way to minimise the effect of this is simple: keep your car longer. Around a third of a new car’s value will vanish by the end of the third year, and half by 5 years. Thereafter, if it’s a good car and you look after it, the rate slows down: by 10 years it will still hold around 20 percent of its value.

If you buy a 5-year-old car and keep it for 5 years, you’ll lose a lot less than buying new. You might want to run it even longer. The extra costs of replacing worn items in a well-maintained old car should still be a lot less than the depreciation on a new or near-new car. Shop around to keep repair costs down.

Watch for rust

The big warning sign is rust. Once rust takes hold, the car loses value rapidly and it is expensive to repair. If your car has rust, it could be time to sell.

The good news, though, is that rust is not the problem it used to be. Remember all those rusted-out doors and station-wagon tailgates in the 1980s? You don’t often see them now, because factory rust-prevention treatments are so much better.

Don’t worry about the odometer

Don’t worry about the odometer racking up large numbers. Once it clicks over 100,000 kilometres the distance travelled has less effect on the value. We hear of lots of cars that are still reliable at well over 200,000 kilometres.

Should you buy a new car?

Cars depreciate most during their first few years. That makes buying a new car and selling it after a few years a very expensive exercise. But many new cars can be bought at good discounts from the listed price. If you haggle hard to get a good discount and keep the car for at least 10 years, you will have the pleasure of buying a new car and you can ensure it is serviced regularly – so it should be reliable. Car safety improvements in recent years also means you will have a safer vehicle.

If buying new is not for you, then find a good car that has got past the worst part of the depreciation. But remember every time a car is sold, dealers take a chunk of profit. You pay that. Look for.

  • 2-3-year-old cars. They may have the remainder of the factory 3-year warranty, and are not too far behind in safety features.
  • Slightly older models, including Japanese imports, can be bought with factory-backed warranties under schemes run by the major car importers. The factory checks the cars, fixes any problems and sells them through dealer-approved schemes.
  • If your budget won’t stretch that far, look for well-maintained models 6 or more years old, even with over 100,000km on the clock.

Buy a reliable model

Pick from the models we recommend for reliability. For full details, see our Car reliability report.


Buyer s Guide


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Buyer’s Guide

Buyer’s Guide Comparison of Scale Model Car Brands

This is a guide to the scale model manufacturers that Legacy Motors represents. We hope to help those unfamiliar with the best diecast cars and best diecast brands understand what their money will purchase. It also helps the evaluation of models in terms of each manufacturer s reputation, standards and subject focus.

Looking for a specific make and model? Use the Fast Find search box on every Legacy Motors page or click on the Showrooms tab to see a drop down of useful categories.

BBR MODELS

This Italian company has always worked closely with Ferrari. In 1:18 scale models, price range is $325 $350. Highly recommended.

CMC

Brilliant collaboration between Germany and Japan; CMC models are synonymous with accurate reproduction based on: exhaustive research; obsessive attention to detail; precision manufacturing and superb finish.

1:18 scale model cars. Price: $ 280 $360. The yardstick by which all other 1:18 scale model cars are judged.

1:24 scale model cars. CMC no longer issues new models in 1:24, although some are still available on Legacy Motors.

1:12 scale model cars. Price $2,300 $2,560. These are peerless museum quality models.

DANBURY MINT

Highly prized by collectors of 1:24 scale model cars for their inventive selection of subjects and renowned for their virtuoso detail. Primarily American cars from the 1920 s to the present time.

ERTL/ AUTOWORLD

After decades of popular model-making, Ertl quit making 1:18 scale cars, so originally issued Ertl models are worth more. The molds were leased to AutoWorld who is remaking some of the original. Having stockpiled original Ertl diecast models, Legacy Motors still offers a selection of the original Ertl models. 1:18 scale model cars and trucks. Price: $50 $80.

FRANKLIN MINT

No company did more to popularize the diecast collectible hobby in the eighties and nineties. Specializing in 1:24 scale model cars, the Mint models span an extensive and adventurous selection of American and European cars. Especially strong in Corvettes. Note that Franklin Mint s more recent issues are much more limited edition and they are not reproducing older issues. So these diecast models have increased in value. Price: $135 $145.

GMP

One of the reasons 1:18 scale grew to such popularity in model cars. Great detail for the price. Acclaimed by car people for their creativity and fidelity. Focus on muscle cars, European road racing, dragsters and hot rod scale models. Excellent finishing and good shut lines.

1:18 scale model cars. Price: $120 $150. For their Masterpiece editions: $290.

1:12 scale model cars. Price: $500. Highly detailed models of iconic road and race cars offer excellent value for money. GMP also makes: 1:24 scale model cars; 1:6 scale dashboards; scale figurines and lots of other stuff that makes the hobby so much fun.

HIGHWAY 61

Highway 61 specializes in scale model muscle cars, trucks and pick-ups, and mid Twentieth Century American models with occasional interesting and welcome diversions (like a series of Dry Lakes Model A racers scale models.)

1:18 scale model cars. Price: $70 $120. Primarily muscle cars and a few classics and lake racers. Lots of diecast metal, yeoman like level of detail, reliably good value for money.

1:16 scale model cars. Price: $95. Marvellous vintage trucks, in a big scale, with satisfying detail and presence, that are imaginative subject matter.

KYOSHO

Kyosho offers excellent value at every price range. Best Ferrari models for anywhere near $100. Excellent quality control.

1:18 scale model cars. Price: $100 $205. Range focuses on European sports cars and exotics with some Japanese thrown in. Both street and racing legends. Check out the Cadillac CTS! Admirable detail, fit and finish; well packaged to boot. Excellent quality control.

1:12 scale model cars. Price: $450+. They are highly recommended: unusual but high appeal exotics that will spoil you with their numerous details.

LANE EXACT DETAIL

Lane Exact Detail helped GMP arouse collectors into an almost decade long mania for 1:18 scale muscle cars. No longer creating new molds, past issues are not reliably reproduced so these scale model muscle cars are destined for rareness.

1:18 scale model cars. Price: $100 $110. Not latest modelling technology, but still exceptionally well made diecast models. Never disappoints.

LE MANS MINIATURES

As their names suggests, Le Mans Miniatures makes scale model Le Mans cars. A sister brand to Spark from France, their scale models are made from resin. This means few if any operable parts, but exceptional detail and finish have been lavished on the exterior qualities of the cars.

1:24 scale model race cars. Price: $198. Very well presented curb side scale models that are intriguingly detailed and presented in their own display cases.

MATTEL HOT WHEELS

Mattel, the people that own Hot Wheels and Matchbox in 1:64, produces scale model cars in larger scales as well.