Most used Scalextric cars are purchased through eBay and eBay has it's
own special problems. Here are the main things to look out for with
an eBay purchase and some tips to help you.
Buying Scalextric cars on eBay can be a terrible minefield as there
are many traders and home sellers who are not totally honest in what
they do. We have seen many Scalextric cars purchased as eBay Scalextric
items that are NOT what the buyer expected and definitely not as described.
Is this deliberate fraud or simply lack of experience in the Scalextric
car on offer? Probably both, in varying measures. So what’s the
answer? Simple, the phrase "buyer beware" still operates in
the frontier land of eBay. As a buyer you must know what you want and
what makes a good example of the Scalextric car you want. The buyer
must know their stuff.
There are 2 generic types of eBay Scalextric cars; there's new
and there's used. New Scalextric cars can have several things
not right with them; the first is that they might not be new but used
and simply cleaned up. The second is that the Scalextric cars may be
stolen and not the property of the seller and therefore not yours once
you've purchased them. The third is that the Scalextric cars may not
be what you expected, for example many eBay Scalextric cars are removed
from sets so do not come with a box.
Ebay Scalextric used cars are even worse. The best advice we can give
for a used eBay Scalextric car is that the car will have a fault of
some type and will need Scalextric spare parts to repair it. Your mission
as the buyer is to find out what the fault is and decide whether or
not you can fix it or live with it. Sellers of eBay Scalextric cars
tend to lie by omission, so find out what is not described and ask lot's
So, here are some basic rules as a buyer of Scalextric cars, especially
if you are using eBay:
There are many more pitfalls out there so contact
us if you want to know more about the purchase of a specific Scalextric
About the author:
Gary Harding has been working with Scalextric cars for over 30 years
and now operates Scalextric Car Restorations in the UK. Scalextric Car
Restorations is a Worldwide internet based business that offers for
sale high quality Scalextric cars and Scalextric parts from the 1960s
to the present day. All the restoration work is carried out to the highest
standards with the highest quality parts available. Only the best cars
are selected and the final result is a car that is genuinely like new.
Further help and advice relating to this article or Scalextric cars
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