Radio-Controlled Fun: Tips on Choosing an R/C Car

Navigating a radio-controlled car is one of the most exciting hobbies in the world. While some R/C car enthusiasts like to compete against others, there are others who simply enjoy the thrill of watching their miniature vehicle in action. Here are a few tips to help choose a radio-controlled vehicle for the first time. 

Select an age-appropriate model
If the R/C vehicle is being purchased for a child, it is important that parents pay close attention to the warning labels. It is always a good idea to purchase an age-appropriate model. Fortunately, the age recommendations are usually printed on the side of the box. While toy-grade R/C cars can be purchased at most department stores, the more powerful models are typically found at hobby shops. 

Decide between gas and electric
People have the option of choosing either a gas-powered or electric-powered R/C vehicle. If the buyer plans to race their R/C car, a gas-powered version will probably be the best option. However, keep in mind that gas-powered models require a tad bit more maintenance. On the other hand, electric-powered models are an excellent option for beginners. 

Street or off-road
R/C cars come in a wide variety of different styles. Some R/C cars are designed to only be driven on a paved surface. Often times, on-road R/C cars are raced on a track against other competitors. Meanwhile, off-road R/C cars and trucks are designed to be used on rugged terrains. Some four-wheel drive trucks can even be driven through mud and snow. 

Replacement parts 
Like a real vehicle, R/C cars will also need to have a few parts replaced from time to time. Traxxas Stampede 4×4 parts can actually be purchased as a kit. Not only do kits help to simply the installation process, but they also help to save money. 

Size
The size of an R/C car can vary from one model to the next. Size can make a big difference for the hobbyists who plan to transport their R/C vehicle from one destination to the next. While some R/C vehicles can fit in the palm of a person’s hand, there are others that look like a small go-kart. 

Unlike some other hobbies, navigating a R/C car is something that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. These tips should certainly help first-time buyers to make a good choice.

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