Chances are you have come across AutoArt diecast car brand especially if you are diecast enthusiastic or you are a collector. If you have, you may have realized the price is on the high end compared to other brands in the market. Many see Autoart as expensive and valuable.
One of the questions which must have invaded your mind is why are these cars are expensive and valuable? What do they have that other car brands don’t have? Are they worth it? All these, among other questions, ought to have crossed your mind.
AutoArt Models are very expensive and valuable because of their great attention to detail. Usually, you can see that their car models look exactly the same as the real ones. It can become so real that even the dashboard looks very accurate. Thus, their quality makes them valuable and expensive.
In this blog post, you’ll get answers to those entire questions and, most importantly, understand the reason AutoArt diecast cars are both expensive and valuable in a more detailed manner.
If it is your first time to learn about AutoArt cars, let us start from the basics, where we try to understand how the AutoArt cars were developed and by whom.
What is AutoArt?
AutoArt is a diecast car brand with its base in Hong Kong, China. Even though most cars are manufactured in China, they are sold through the AA collection Ltd. Cars line.
The AutoArt cars brand was founded in 1998, and the brand was a German company, but their model cars were being manufactured in China. Some of the diecast cars which were associated with AutoArt include Gateway, Gate, and UT Models.
AutoArt today is a prominent cars model company worldwide focusing on manufacturing diecast cars models, motorcycles, and slot racing cars. Also, the brand produced aircraft models and planning to start producing radio-controlled cars.
The AutoArt diecast cars are usually on the 1:18 scale, and some are now worth approximately $100 to $1000.
Why is AutoArt so Expensive
I have mentioned the current retailing price of AutoArt diecast cars, and to be honest, the AutoArt cars are really expensive. Here, I have researched the reasons why I AutoArt is so expensive.
AutoArt models are so expensive mostly because of their high labor cost. Making AutoArt models require so much specialty because most of their models are extremely detailed. Furthermore, there is an imposed licensing fee on diecast cars which drives its price up.
Here are the explanations of each of the reasons why AutoArt is becoming more expensive.
1. High cost of labor
One of the reasons why AutoArt is so expensive is due to the high labor cost. Several people are required to manufacture AutoArt diecast cars ranging from the designer to the person doing the real working in production.
Every day the labor cost in the production of these model cars is increasing in value, which will make the company manufacturing these AutoArt cars increase car model prices to meet the labor costs. Additionally, the AutoArt diecast cars’ labor cost is high due to the cars are much detailed.
The reason is that great attention to detail requires expertise, and the labor cost for expertise is usually high.
Therefore leading to the labor cost being high, the car’s cost will also be high.
2. The licensing fees are high.
Another reason why AutoArt cars are expensive is due to the ever-increasing cost of the license.
Contrary to back in the 1990s, there was no much license fee imposed on Diecast cars. Those days the fee was imposed on symbolic only, but today, the fee is imposed on almost everything.
Due to the company manufacturing has to incur those licensing costs, they will be forced to raise their car value.
I think the reason for this license is most car manufacturers want the model of their car to be as realistic as possible, and AutoArt is actually keeping up to their standards.
3. The competition is high.
There are other leading diecast car brands offering almost similar cars. The company manufacturing AutoArt cars came up with a marketing strategy to price their cars above competitors’ prices.
Although the company may sell fewer cars than other companies, they will be making a huge profit compared to brands selling their model cars for a cheaper price.
4. High cost of production
Regardless of how many times the selling prices are raised, it is difficult to keep up with the ever-increasing production costs. When prices rise, the number of collectors who purchase the model falls, resulting in a drop in the number of cars sold.
This has a direct impact on the model makers’ investment plans, and it raises the cost of production even more.
Actually, this is leading to a shortage of sales and ever-increasing production costs, most diecast model companies, particularly the high-end model builders, are suffering greatly.
Are AutoArt Models Worth it?
AutoArt models are worth it and they are ideal diecast cars to collect. AutoArt is proud of the attention to detail of its models. When collectors hear AutoArt, it instantly means that their cars are worth collecting. That’s what separates them from their competitors.
That makes AutoArt Models extremely worth it.
Their extreme attention to detail can be seen even to the smallest level of detail. For example, you can even their accuracy in designing the dashboard in their model including speedometer and fuel gauge.
Not just that, minors details such as the spoilers, wheels, and many more are made with absolute accuracy.
More so, AutoArt models are well-detailed diecast cars ranging from stamped rivets to red tow hooks.
They are high-quality model cars to start collecting and add to your collection. The price is on the high end, but soon, they will be even more valuable.
What is AutoArt Made Of?
The AutoArt diecast cars are made up of injection-molded ABS composite parts. These parts have the right ones required to manufacture high-quality model cars. As a result, they were able to provide models that sales with real measurements and stylish car bodies
Injected ABS composite is even better than diecast zinc metal because it helps incorrect formulation of smoother body and sharper creases.
Additionally, the Injected ABS composite assist in the reproduction of clean vents, holes, and panels are much thinner.
As a result, there is the production of high-quality AutoArt cars featuring real measurements and stylish car bodies. The composite models of AUTOArt are not sealed but have a complete variety of working closed panels, including the doors for all models and motor hats for many topics.
Even by using the traditional zinc metal diecasting, they were able to make high-quality cars. Recently, there is a newer type of diecast which is better than zinc alloy diecasting. Those are resin diecasts. I’ve made an article resin diecasts if you’re interested: What is Resin Diecast and is it Worth Buying?
But the point here is that even with the ABS composite assist, traditional zinc diecast still has its limits.
There are challenges with Injected ABS composite.
Among the setback with this car made using ABS has thin-gauge steel, which is not rigid enough. If the care is compressed, there is flexing and deforming of the gauge.
When a model with opening doors is produced, the doors are loosened under flexing and not closed correctly once the body is marginally deformed.
The combination of a diecast interior is designed to sustain the body in all areas, which need consolidation to make the entire composite body rigid.
The principle behind a diecast metal body—or, indeed, many genuine cars that use internal components to provide the body rigidity—is that the entire composite body becomes stiff with metal inside.
The strengthened composite body doesn’t easily bend and never deforms, and the doors and caps always open in the same position and close.
In addition, when reproduced in composite material rather than diecast zinc, the final model’s door gaps are finer.
Modern supercars, which use an extremely stiff carbon-fiber tub to hold all of the lightweight exterior bodywork, inspire the idea of an interior framework.
After significant research and testing, AutoArt has determined that a composite body is superior in practically every way to making an economic model car body that meets their clients’ high expectations.
“Only the things I love”
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So, here are the things I love when taking care of my Diecast Models.
Cleaning the Models
The first we are going to talk about is cleaning the models.
- Air Brush – For me, this is the best since it not just removes dust but you can use it in painting/clear coating.
- Air Duster – This is a good alternative to Airbrush
- Normal Brush – If you are short on budget, you can use a normal brush. However, make sure that the brush has soft bristles because there are some hard brushes than can cause scratches. That’s why I recommended a good brush that can do the job properly.
Cleaning and Shining Hacks
Well, here are some of my cleaning hacks for removing scratches, oxidation, and so much more.
- Removing Decal Adhesive – Use Goo Gone on those hard-to-remove decal adhesives. It works fast and works like charm!
- Waxing and Polishing – Here is something a lot of people don’t know. Waxing protects the clear coat and paint while polishing shines the model. Instead of buying it separately, use a 2 in 1 to save money. Get this instead.
- Beginner Wax – The wax I recommended earlier is good and provides the best results based on my experience. But a beginner might have a problem especially if they’re not good at applying wax. Solid wax reaching hard to reach surface can be hard to remove. You have two choices here. One is to use a qtips to reach those surfaces, another is to use a liquid wax I recommended.
- Cleaning Wheels, Rubber, Plastic – Do not forget that rubber and plastic surface are quite different, especially in the cleaning process. Just wiping it down won’t do the job. That’s why I use Meguiar’s Vinyl and Rubber Cleaner and Conditioner. Works like charm!
- Make the Wheels Shine! – Making our models look good won’t be complete without tiny details such as shiny wheels! Do not forget this because however small this is, the difference can be as big as night and day.
- Remove Scratches Easily – Tiny scratches are not the end for your model. Here is a simple trick I’ve been using to make my models look scratch-free even without repainting. Use T-Cut.
Painting the Models
Make sure when you paint models, have these ready.
- Tape – A tape is important if you are painting a straight line. Furthermore, it will prevent your paint to scatter on other parts. I recommend Tamiya Tape since it is really made for models. Furthermore, they stick really well preventing paint splatters.
- Brush (Beginner) – Find a good set of brushes to paint your models. Of course, you can opt for an airbrush but it’s quite expensive.
- Airbrush (Intermediate/Expert) – This will yield a significantly better result than an ordinary brush because you can easily spray the paint evenly. I recommend this if you know what you’re doing.
- Stand(Optional) – Stands are good because it can be hard to manually hold the models while painting. It is optional but in my opinion, the price is well worth it for the comfort it gives.
- Drop Cloths – Drop Cloths will protect your surroundings from the paint.
- Primer – The most common beginner mistake I see is painting models without any Primer. A primer will prevent imperfections such as bubbles or paint not sticking to your models. It is a small price to pay for quality results.
- Clear Coat – A clear coat will protect the paint of your models. This will make the paint last longer. Also, it is the one responsible for making your models shine.
Of course, you can’t do painting properly without paint. So here are the ones I recommend.
- Acrylic Paint – Good for beginners because it dries quickly. However, it doesn’t produce results as good as enamel paint.
- Enamel Paint – Provides a good quality finish and longer-lasting paint. However, it takes longer to dry and requires expertise to use.
- Simple Wood Cabinet – While it doesn’t let you display your models, wooden cabinets are good storage for these models. For one, they are not heat conductors which means that the temperature inside will remain constant and remain cool. Furthermore, they prevent light from reaching the models which can cause oxidation.
- Clear Cabinet with Lock – If you want to display your models, then I recommend this. It closes so dust won’t easily get to your models. I also recommend you don’t put more than 1 model in each compartment since metals are good conductors of heat.
So you want to show off your models to others? Well, I got you covered.
Here is my beginner-friendly model photography tutorial that teaches everything from taking pictures to the editing process.
You will also see me doing hands-on photography in that tutorial.