Here is a very broad hobby, from a $10 toy store radio controlled small scale car, great for your 6-year-old to a full blown nitro powered 4×4 off road monster truck via a 200+ (scale) mph Nascar model racer.
The choice is varied and as with many things, there is a great deal for narrowing your choices to ensure that your money is well spent.
How to Choose RC Cars
There are some simple choices to be made and they depend on a little thought, where will your rc car be run? In the long wood floored hallway, in the yard or on a track? It makes a difference to your power choice unless you want to cause yourself unnecessary grief from the nearest and dearest indoor rc cars should be strictly electric powered. The upside is that if you are buying a remote control car to keep the kids amused, then the electric type are available in all shapes and sizes and with limited radio controlled functions, forward – reverse – left – right, easy to control. At least 2 battery packs for rechargeable types and a good supply of quality standard batteries is wise, and do not forget spare batteries for the radio control unit.
Going outdoors gives you the choice of power units and a wider choice of cars. Again if you are leaving the 10-year-old to amuse himself the electric option is probably the best and definitely the safest. If you are more interested in power and speed and are mature enough to handle it then the gas or nitro powered radio controlled cars are going to provide you with more fun. In the back yard, the 4×4 trucks or 2wd buggies are great fun. On a smooth outdoor track, an out and out race car model or drift car may be your choice. Point is that there are a lot of remote control cars to choose from.
The next choice is do you want a ready to go model or do you want to build it yourself? If your chosen route is ready to go then head for the stores and make your choice if you are starting out keep the controls simple though, it is better to learn and crash a simple and cheap model than a bigger better and more complicated (expensive) one.
If you want to build it yourself, and for me, that is the fun of rc cars, then gain your experience on one of the kits from the well-known brands like Axial or Redcat Racing or Tamiya or Traxxas. I learned a lot from my first Team Associated RC10B4 model that I bought part completed, I was lucky all the parts were there and the part build was to a very high standard. I found that building this one up soon lead to bigger and more complicated projects, rc cars are like that, the hobby (or obsession as my wife calls it) grows with your knowledge and skill.
Look Online for Your Final Selection
First of all, you can’t beat the convenience of shopping for the best RC cars online. There’s no need to waste gas going down to a store, as you can just have it shipped right to your home. Moreover, you won’t feel any pressure to buy anything from a salesperson.
There are certainly a lot of deals to be found online too. When it comes to RC cars, you will likely be most concerned about how much you’ll have to pay for them. With online shopping, you will have the ability to compare the prices offered by a wide array of websites. As long as they’re actually reputable websites, you’ll have a much wider selection to choose from than a standard hobby shop.
There are lots of different companies that have RC cars. This means that you have to be careful which company you decide to buy from online. Some of them may have cheaper cars that utilize cheaper parts. If longevity is one of your main concerns, then look for models equipped with high-quality parts.
It is also important that you understand the difference between the toy and the hobby of RC cars. Generally speaking, hobby cars will last longer and are more suitable for serious hobbyists. Toy cars are for smaller kids or beginners to the hobby since they generally aren’t as powerful as their hobby counterparts.
Buying Assembled RC Car
Many of the RC cars for sale will come already assembled. You will be ready to race them as soon as you have opened the box. However, others only come in parts that will need to be assembled. As long as you follow the instructions closely, you shouldn’t have too much trouble when it comes to assembling your car.
Another huge benefit of searching for RC cars online is that you can find reviews on many of the different models. This is one of the best ways to ensure that you get the most for your money. The internet also offers lots of online forums. The members have quite a bit of knowledge about RC cars and should be able to point you in the right direction too.
You can choose between various color schemes and buy the supplies you need to paint your car yourself. One of the most important accessories though is the battery. Your car won’t be any good if the battery dies quickly. Look for RC cars that come with extended life batteries. Consider picking up one or two spare batteries for your car too. Therefore, you won’t have to keep your car sidelined while one of the batteries is charging. This is definitely worth the investment.