TIPS ON BUYING
AN RC CAR
There's more to running an R/C car or truck than the vehicle itself.
Usually all models come with all necessary equipments and accessories
required for running of the car. Electric vehicles require a two channel
radio, motor(s), speed control and battery. Gas vehicles require a radio,
engine, fuel and muffler. Some or all of these items may be included
with the vehicle but additional purchase may be required for some as
well. It is important to read the read the product description carefully
Most RC cars have a retail price, which is the suggested selling price.
But note that most hobby shops sell kits for 20 - 40% less than the
retail price, which is called the street price. To get the best deal
on RC cars, when shopping, always pay for the street price and not the
You can get RC cars from a local hobby shop (LHS) or order it from online
hobby shops. Buying your model from a local hobby shop is much more
preferable. If the shop owner is helpful, you get a lot of advice and
useful tips to help you get started. Local hobby shops also usually
keep spare parts which you can easily buy. It's also nice to support
your local hobby shop, they help set up racing tracks, organize races,
and keep the RC hobby alive in your area. But if you live in an area
where such local hobby shops are non-existent or not up to the mark
or you are not happy with the person on the sales counter, you can also
opt to purchase from the online hobby stores.
To get the best deals on Remote Control cars form online stores, look
for special offers, clearance sales and discount coupons. Remember to
factor in the shipping cost. Payment is easily done via credit cards.
Some models may also require items such as pinion, tires, wheels and
body. If one has purchased the model from online hobby shop, then details
of all such requirements may be obtained from accessories required links
for the model on their website. One can choose from the list to see
the items needed. If you order by phone, ask for help from the friendly
Sales and Service representatives who would tell you exactly what you'll
need for each specific car or truck.
Most R/C vehicles use 2-channel radio systems. They will usually not
include batteries, so you'll need to buy alkaline cells or rechargeable
NiCad to power the transmitter and the receiver. If you drive an electric
model and have a BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuitry) equipped radio system,
you can power the receiver from your motor's battery pack.
Another consideration when choosing an R/C car or truck is making sure
that you'll be able to get replacement parts quickly and easily—that
way, if anything breaks, you won't be stuck in neutral for very long.
Manufacturers also make “aftermarket" parts available along with direct
replacement parts. These parts may be wheels, tires, bodies, suspension
and steering components, decals, etc. These can be used to improve your
model's performance and customize its looks.
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