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House of Hobbies - RC Car - Buyers Guide - Getting Started   With all of the choices on the market for entry level RC Cars it's important to keep a few things in mind. Here in our brief buyers guide we are going to address most of the things that you should consider when getting started in the
RC (Radio Control) hobby.
  House of Hobbies - RC Cars - RC Trucks - RC Buyers Guide
         
1.) Where will the vehicle be run?   2.) 2wd or 4wd   3.) Style
If you plan on heading to the beach to run in the
sand all day then we highly reccommend a couple
of things. First, make sure your new RC is
powered with a brushless motor. Brushed motors
have vents that will allow sand inside and that
will quickly wipe out your motor's bearings.
  2-Wheel Drive or 4-Wheel Drive is a question only you can
answer. Starting 4wd will generall add some cost but for those
that really enjoy ripping up the terrain in places most cars
won't go - 4wd is a great choice.
  Buggy, Short Course Truck, Stadium Truck
or Monster Truck? All are great choices but
again, that is a question only you can answer.

Monster trucks typically will run slower but they
will have higher ground clearance.
    House of Hobbies - Traxxas Bandit - RC Car  
Short Course Trucks will typically be lower to
the ground than a monster truck but they will
still maintain a higher ride than a street car.

Stadium Trucks are typically a little shorter than
a short course but they will also have a body
that will leave the wheels exposed to front
end collisions.
If you plan on running on the street only:    
Brushed or brushless is a great way to start. But do
not expect the vehicle to run in the dirt at all. While
the street cars look great, they generally do not
make a great first rc because of the limited
places you are able to run them.
   
We strongly reccommend off-road.
Going with an off-road to start means that you'll
have the advantage of running your vehicle
anywhere anytime without being limited
to large parking lots or other smooth surfaces.
      Typically we reccommend the short course truck
for new drivers. The wider body and wider
front bumper will help save you money when
those head-on collisions happen. Trust us...
they do happen! lol.
         
Is the truck popular?   Are there parts available?   Does your local Hobby Shop support it?
         
Popular trucks tend to be a great choice for
people getting started because when more
people have them, more help is available online
and locally for when things go bad.
  Parts are key. If you can only order parts online for your truck, then you won't be able to quickly repair it and get back to having fun. If your local hobby shop doesn't have the truck or the
parts on the wall for the truck you are looking at, ask them why. Generally they are going to tell you there are severe quality issues
or it isn't even a hobby-grade truck to begin with.

Always remember, just because it has a remote control - it doesn't make it a hobby-grade RC car or truck. They are not all
created equally.
  If your local shop doesn't have parts, doesn't have
any of the truck on the wall there is probably a
really good reason for it. Sometimes shops do get
a bit set in their ways of course, we are all guilty
of that.

However your local hobby shop is a valueable
resource for what is good, what is bad.
         
    Do we lean towards Traxxas? Absolutely!   The Slash has been our greatest seller.
    We lean toward Traxxas because they have been good to our
customers, good to us and overall they have been great to the
hobby of RC Cars, Trucks and Boats.
  The Slash comes in a few different variations.
You have 2wd Brushed, 2wd Brushless, 4wd
Brushlesh as well as the Platinum and Ultimate
editions. Any of them make a great starter
truck and will give you many years of fun.

For More Information on the Traxxas Slash
visit Traxxas or search the many hundreds
of videos on YouTube showing just how
much fun and how durable the Traxxas Slash is.
    When we got my son started in RC about 5 years ago he started
with a Traxxas Slash. He beat the crap out of it and it still survived
him. I'm not going to claim it was indistructable, but it sure did
take a beating from him.

I watched one of my younger cousins do a lot less with his rc car (not traxxas) and continually watched it break or just not
perform nearly as well as the slash did out of the box.