RC cars come in all different makes and models and can be used in almost any type of terrain. They can be customized with different body styles, paint jobs and many accessories that can improve performance. Your choices are unlimited and your creativity can run wild.
Battery or Nitro Powered?
There are two main categories of available, electric or nitro powered.
Electric powered RC cars run entirely on batteries while nitro powered RC cars have internal combustion engines that are powered by gas or nitro fuel.
Nitro powered cars will generally be faster than their battery powered rival. Because of the higher speeds and increased amount of power, more skill is needed because crashes can be more costly. When you are just starting in the RC hobby, it's a good idea to learn with an electric battery car before purchasing a nitro car.
Electric cars are cheaper and easier to maintain. Due to this, an electric car is the best choice for a beginner's first car. One can be bought cheap and, once the hobbyist has learned the basics of maintenance and made mistakes on the cheap car, it can be replaced by either a better electric car or a good nitro car.
Off Road or On Road?
RC cars are either made for driving on pavement or driving off-road on hills, dirt, grass fields or even snow. A hobbyist should consider what type of landscape they will be driving their car in before making the investment. Off road tires will not hold up as well on pavement as on road tires. On road models are lower to the ground and will not go over obstacles such as hills, dirt or grass.
Serious Racing, Building Or Weekend Fun?
Once a hobbyist knows where they will be running the RC car and has picked a body style, it's time to start planning for the future. Regardless of the ultimate goal, it is always better to start with basic models, progressing as your knowledge and technique increases. However, there are still two ways to go. One is to buy a car already built and ready to run. This is best if all a person is interested in is driving the car. If a hobbyist is interested in customizing or seriously racing a car, then a built-it-yourself starter kit is a better choice. Building one's own car is an education in itself and makes it easier to understand how to customize and improve it later.
By taking time to plan, an RC hobbyist can be sure that they purchase the right RC car and will be able to have fun from the start.