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Old 12-13-2016, 07:46 PM
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Hello all, been reading for a while, but haven't posted so first a little about myself. I was heavily into RC since a child. Used to mod toy grade rc's, until I got my first Tamiya kit. Soon after I was working my way through high school at my local hobby shop chasing my checks in the till. Many cars/trucks came and went. Life went on, there was no official race scene near me ( just weekly hangout / street drag races) so i sold off most of my collection.

Im down to the last car from yesteryear. It is a heavily modified HPI RS4 3. I think I had close to 2 grand go through this car in different engines and parts. It was my main car. I will get pics off my phone and post them, but it has a 1.5 hp OS max .12 engine with a bump box. A JR XR3 radio, and the only stock parts left on the car are the A arms, and the plastic handle to grab it. Everything else was upgraded at least once. Unfortunately, I have been out of the scene for so long, I have no idea what it is worth.

A few months back I showed a curious co worker the car and got it running ( engine only has about a quart of fuel through it), but in the process of retuning ( and restarting) I burnt out my last turbo plug, so the car is dormant once more.

Now for the important part, why I want to sell my last RC. I recently moved about an hour further west from my previous home town, and found a very nice indoor clay off road track that just completed construction this past spring. ( was an outdoor track before) I had no idea it was there.... now I have an option to race.... and to my surprise, my wife decided I need to be more social and said go for it! Only catch, it cant hurt the family budget. So, I would like to trade my last piece of my previous RC endeavor to help fund my new adventure!

I know this is not the sale section. Being as how I haven't posted, my account is understandably limited, for the moment, I would love the opinion of you guys as to how much I could expect from my HPI, and what avenue would be the most effective at selling it. Any and all feedback is appreciated.
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Old 12-13-2016, 08:34 PM
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After reading your story (and thanks for sharing - I've recently got back in after a long layoff) my only advice to you is to keep it. Find a nice used "whatever RC vehicle you looking to race in the for sale section here and cherish your old HPI car. Lord knows I wish I had my old HPI Road Star 10 and the original RS4 pro (had two).

You don't pay insurance on it or anything, and doesn't really cost you anything to hang on to it - just sounds like too many memories to sell. Good luck though and welcome back!!
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IMHO, the value of the car would probably be so low that it would be an insult for people to make you offers on it. As much money as you have into it, you are better off making it a shelf queen or getting out when you feel nostalgic.

I have the even older NRS4 first gen with a ton of upgrades, that cost a ton of money to build in it's day. I'd be extremely lucky to get $150 out of it. I keep it in the closet and every once in a while the urge strikes me to get it out.

If you do decide to sell for whatever you can get out of it, I suspect you will have the best luck selling it on one of the facebook groups. You will have to deal with a million tire kickers, but you will probably find a buyer sooner rather than later.
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Thankyou for the replies. Part of me wants to hang onto it, and if it is not worth much, I will do that. I was hoping to cover the cost of one sct kit with the sale. I would never expect to get what I have in it back out. That was all money well spent on countless evenings of fun. Used to have 1-2 nights a week with 5-15 people in attendance just to bash / impromptu races.

I have a pic I was going to post, but that requires a link I'm not yet allowed to post. Hmmm... guess I'll put it up after some time.
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Originally Posted by UnarmedCrayon View Post
Thankyou for the replies. Part of me wants to hang onto it, and if it is not worth much, I will do that. I was hoping to cover the cost of one sct kit with the sale. I would never expect to get what I have in it back out. That was all money well spent on countless evenings of fun. Used to have 1-2 nights a week with 5-15 people in attendance just to bash / impromptu races.

I have a pic I was going to post, but that requires a link I'm not yet allowed to post. Hmmm... guess I'll put it up after some time.

I remember those when they came out. I too have been into this for a LOOOOONG time and still have my first RC (Which I will NEVER SELL) but there are some things to consider.

-Like any old car, are parts still available and to what extent would you likely drive it, OR would it be a Mantle piece?

-Is this capable of racing in any local events (does the local club still run Sedan, let alone, Nitro Sedan?) in its current state?

-Local Craigslist or even hobbyshops often have consignment or local FS ads, and you may be able to pick up a slightly used (hopefully not abused) RC. Possibly even an RTR setup or a Pkg deal from a racer looking for the latest and greatest. Just because its the prev. version, doesn't mean you can't use it to get your skills back and have fun, while working back into a groove of 1k into another car. Pace yourself.

-Understand the value of a nitro car might not be as High as you might hope, and understand the buyer is all sales final. Prove it runs, make sure they understand whats involved and be done. (I had a nitro car sell on Ebay with close to $100 in NIP Parts, and still barely got $125 from it and at that it felt like a giveaway.)

Nitro (as a whole) has been on the decline, except in some cases. The efficiency of BL and Lipo are so beyond the old Nimh and Nitro. Cleaner, longer run times, quieter, less maintenance. etc.


From a nostalgia standpoint, might be worth putting it on the mantle, but I can totally sympathize with the whole "RC Funds come from RC" aspect.


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