What Features To Look For In Remote Control Cars Under $50?

It used to be that when you bought a cheap RC car, you wouldn’t get much out of it. You’d get a car that would spin out of control, break down on uneven terrain, and have a remote with poor range. You’d get a disappointed kid, and a frustrated parent who doesn’t want to spend more on an RC car. 

However, the game has changed. Nowadays, you can get some RC cars that do quite a lot despite their low price tag. Getting a quality RC car for under $50 is a possibility, and here are a few features you can expect out of an RC car in this price range. 

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Crash Resistant 

Many cars in this price range are quite durable. When your child is driving them around, they’re going to drive the cars into walls, spin them around, flip them over, and do all sorts of stuff that can damage them. However, they are quite durable regardless. 

In addition, many cheap RC cars are waterproof as well. If your kid drives the car into some mud or into a pond, you may not have to worry much about replacing it. Just remember to get the car out of the water ASAP, because not all cars can last.

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They Can Do Cool Stunts 

Another feature of cars in this price range is the fact that they can do some unique stunts. From spinning them around to flying them around ramps, they are quite easy for a child to do, and a lower end model can still do quite a bit. They don’t go in just four directions, but they can do all sorts of directions as well. 

They Go Fast 

Again, it used to be that cheap RC cars couldn’t go that fast. They were a slog, and your kid was disappointed. But nowadays, cheap RC cars can go pretty fast. They can go over 15 MPH, for example. That may be slow for a real car, but for an RC car, that’s quite fast.

Four Wheel Drive 

With cheap RC cars, it used to be that they couldn’t handle any terrain that wasn’t a paved sidewalk. Nowadays, RC cars that are affordable can speed off-road. Bumpy, dirt roads, rough terrain, and carpet are no match. You want a car that can go anywhere, or else you’re going to have a disappointed child who is upset they can’t play with their car in the great outdoors. 

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Decent Battery Life 

The battery life of cheap RC cars always used to be a bust. In the old days, you’d have to buy disposable batteries as well, meaning you’d go through many batteries just to make your kid happy. Nowadays, most RC cars are chargeable, and they can go for a while on a single charge. 

This will depend on the car, of course. Some cars do fail a bit at poor battery life, but many can last a while, and they don’t take too long to charge.

Bright Lights 

Another cool feature of RC cars is that they come with bright, flashing lights. Sometimes, it’s an LED lightset that gives your kid’s car a bit of style, and makes it easy to find when it’s dark. Other times, they have full-on headlights to give your kid the illusion of night driving. Some cars have it so you can turn the lights on or off depending on how you want to conserve battery.

Some Good Sound Effects 

It used to be that RC cars that were cheap lacked good sound effects. The revving sounds and the horn sounded muffled, leading to something like nails on a chalkboard. However, newer budget RC cars have some pretty good sound effects. Your child will feel like they’re driving a real car, and it’s fun to hear the sounds the car makes at it glides across the road. 

Cars For Every Skill Level 

Cars for under $50 used to be for little kids only. You would have a car that could move around, but it couldn’t do that much besides that. Small children would find them fun, but after a while, they would outgrow the car and look for something that offered more features. 

Nowadays, there’s a car for every skill level under $50. The cars meant for little kids cost nothing, and cars that can satisfy older kids aren’t too expensive, either. Then, there are the cars that are easy to control, but hard to master, allowing all ages to enjoy them. 

Long Remote Range 

In the dark days, a cheap RC car had poor remote range. You’d have to be very close to the car to make it work. If you were even a few feet away, the car wouldn’t respond to your button presses and it would go berserk. 

Poor remote range meant that your kid was limited in where they could go. There were some places the car could explore, but not the kid, and the kid would be disappointed they couldn’t reach it.

However, newer cars have some good remote range. You can be quite far and still have a car that responds immediately. Remote technology has improved over the years, and you’ll be impressed with what they do. 

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A Variety Of Colors 

Cars used to come in one color and that was it. Now, with online shopping, you can buy cars in all sorts of colors. Some cars even allow your kid to customize the color scheme. Having your own color sets you apart from the rest, and it’s always fun to see what color combinations your kid wants. 

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If you have a kid who wants an RC car, and you think back to the day where $50 wouldn’t buy much, stop thinking that way. There are quite a few RC cars that can go far for $50, even a fraction of that! Shop around, and chances are, you can find the car that will last you a lifetime. 

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