Do Pawn Shops Take Matchbox Cars – Answered!

Matchbox cars have been around for years, so if you have some laying around, it’s not surprising.

Like most things, there are collectible matchbox cars and then a whole lot that aren’t very sought after.

The willingness of a pawn shop to accept matchbox cars for a loan or to buy will depend on a few things such as how many you have, or how collectible the matchbox cars that you have are. Additionally, not all pawnbrokers collect, loan on, or buy toys, so that will factor into this as well.

How 'Pawnable' Is This Item

What Value Does This Item Have

Matchbox cars score a “Fair” on their pawnability. if you have a lot of them, there’s a decent chance that the pawnbroker may decide to buy or loan on them as a “Lot” meaning the entire collection or package. That way, they aren’t exposed to too much risk if certain cars aren’t worth very much.

In terms of the value that a matchbox car will get from a pawn shop, individually they are typically going to be very low. Because of this, they only score a “Poor” rating.

What To Bring With You:

There’s not much in terms of extra consideration in terms of what to bring with you when you come to the pawn shop with your matchbox cars. The only bit of advice that I would offer is to be sure that you have cleaned them up as well as possible so that they are presentable.

Don’t use harsh chemicals on them when you clean them so as not to remove any paint or damage the plastic surfaces.


Percentage Of Pawn Shops That Accept This Item 20%
Percentage Of Pawn Shops That Consider This Item Desirable 20%
Average Redemption Rate For This Type Of Item 30%
Percentage of Households That Have This Type Of Item 30%
Percentage Of Times This Type Of Item Is Pawned vs Being Sold 10%

Not many pawnshop overall take matchbox cars, so they only score a 20% here nationally. They are also not very desirable by many pawnbrokers, it’s just not a item that they repeatedly deal with; making a loan on a matchbox car would almost be a special occasion. Additionally, most people don’t tend to redeem matchbox cars as the value that they get for them is pretty low to begin with. For that reason, most matchbox cars are sold versus being used to get a loan on.

What Are Some Advantages To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • You probably won’t miss the Matchbox Car(s) if you make a loan on or sell them.
  • If you have a collection of more valuable matchbox cars that are in good condition, you may end up getting a fair amount of money for them.

What Are Some Drawbacks To Pawning This Type Of Item

  • Individually, most match box cars won’t be considered for a loan or as an item to buy.
  • Even the most collectible matchbox cars individually aren’t worth a whole lot. This is a numbers game where the more you have, the more likely a pawnshop might be to work with you on selling them or making a loan on them.

Personal Experience:

In all my years behind the counter of a pawn shop, it would have been very rare to see someone come in with some Matchbox cars to make a loan on, but it did happen a few times.

Even the most sought after matchbox cars only fetch between $10-$25 on eBay at most, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to bring in as many cars as you have. it might be a scenario where they look at your more collectible matchbox cars and make you an offer on those knowing the the rest they can sell to a parent for their children to play with or as a “Lot” on eBay.

I would heavily suggest that you call around to check with pawnshops before you take your cars there. Not many shops will deal with them and I’d hate to see you waste the trip if you can avoid it.