If you have a collection of RC cars and car parts, you may want to sell or trade some of them eventually. Maybe you want to upgrade an existing car or you have outgrown a beginner model. This post will help you learn where to sell RC cars.
Whatever your case may be, people are frequently selling and trading their RC cars and individual parts online.
This post will cover:
- How to prepare your car for sell
- How to figure out a price for your car
- Where to list your RC car for sale
- Provide some general advice for selling your car
Preparing your car and pricing it right is just as important as the platform you pick to list it for sale.
Let's explore where and how to sell your RC car!
Preparing to sell your RC car
I am a member of many different RC car groups on Facebook and people are always buying and trading their cars through the platform. You can join some of these groups to see how other people are selling their vehicles and learn what types of questions people ask.
Step 1: Research Your Car’s Value
The first thing you must figure out is how much your car is worth. RC car Facebook groups are a great place to research your car's current value. Try to find similar models up for sale and compare the quality to your car. Is the quality on Facebook about the same, better, or worse than your car?
By looking at different used cars, you can determine the price range that cars are selling for.
Step 2: Determine Your Car's Value
Once you have established the price range, you have to look at your car and grade its quality. If it is in perfect condition, you can price it on the higher end of the range. On the other hand, if your car has visible damage, missing parts, or it doesn’t even run, you will probably have to sell it in the lower price range.
The main takeaway when valuing your car is to be honest with yourself. Would you want to buy the car in its current condition?
If you answered no, you could try to sell your car’s individual parts. A good ESC and radio receiver can be worth some money.
Step 3: Clean up your car
You want to have your car as clean as possible before listing it online. Ensure you clean any visible dirt and grease stains from the body and the chassis. After washing the car, lubricate all moving parts, so the car is ready for its new owner.
Step 4: Take pictures and record a video
Taking high-quality pictures that show all the car’s parts is essential to selling it online. People are judging it based on the pictures you provide to them.
I think a short video showing that the car still functions will help sell the car quicker and for a higher price. You just cleaned it up, so don’t drive it too hard and get it dirty again. The goal is to demonstrate that the vehicle is in working order and worth the price you are asking.
Where to Sell RC Cars
There are many different places to sell or trade RC cars and parts.
I think social media is probably the most popular because you can find people in your local area looking to buy a RC car.
Platforms like Facebook and Reddit make posting photos, videos, and descriptions of your vehicles and parts easy. The best part about the platforms is they are free!
Sell Your RC Car on Facebook
We discussed earlier that Facebook is a great place to sell or trade RC cars and other RC car parts. Facebook groups usually don’t charge a fee to advertise that your car is for sale. All you have to do is list it for sale and negotiate with potential buyers.
Sell Your RC Car on Trading Websites
There are dedicated websites that help people sell their RC equipment online.
Check out Hobby Traders to see if their platform is a good place to list your RC car.
I like this website because you can search for specific locations near you and see all the RC cars listed for sale. If you can find a potential buyer near you, you may not have to negotiate shipping costs.
Sell Your RC Car on eBay
If all else fails, you can always list your car on eBay. Remember that eBay charges a fee to list your car for sale. And if your goal is to make as much money on the deal as possible, try to avoid paying fees.
Shipping Costs When Selling RC Cars
When selling your RC car, shipping costs can add up and eat into your profit.
If you can find someone locally to buy your car, you won’t need to worry about shipping costs.
However, If you can’t find someone locally to buy your car, shipping costs have to be added to the final price of your car.
You must also determine who is going to cover the shipping costs. Most of the time, the buyer will cover any shipping costs. If you have a hard time selling your RC car, offering free shipping might help you sell your car faster.
Negotiating with potential buyers
Have you ever negotiated the price of something you want to buy? Then you know it can get a bit uncomfortable going back and forth on the price.
Everyone wants a deal, and most people are not afraid to ask for a lower price.
The best way to prepare yourself for negotiations is to set a firm bottom dollar amount that you won’t go below. Ask yourself the dollar amount you would rather keep the car than part ways with it.
Once you know the bottom dollar value, you can filter out any offers less than that amount and only focus on people that are serious buyers.
Final Thoughts on Where to sell RC cars
Selling RC cars and parts is a time-consuming task. But, if you make sure your car is in good working order, cleaned up, and priced right, someone will take it off your hands.
Make sure you are honest with yourself about the car’s value. If you overprice it and it isn’t working correctly, you either aren’t ever going to sell it, or the buyer will be disappointed and ask for their money back.
As technology continues to move forward, you will want to upgrade your cars and parts and make room for better models.
Remember, people always want to get into RC cars and may want to pick up one of your cars as their first RC. So be courteous and honest, and your cars will sell in no time! Happy selling.