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Video:What to Look for in a Hobby-Grade RC

with Fred Beardslee

Some remote controlled vehicles can crank to speeds of 6O Miles per hour, and hobby-grade RCs offer electric, as well as fuel powered options. Watch this About.com video before your next test drive.See Transcript

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Transcript:What to Look for in a Hobby-Grade RC

Hi, my name is Fred Beardslee, I am with Colpar hobbies in Aurora, Colorado and I am here with About.com to talk about what to look for in a hobby-grade RC.

Toy vs. Hobby-Grade RC Vehicles

A hobby-grade car, generally is going to perform at a much higher level than a toy RC car. Because of it's high performance in an impact situation, you can break something, so you want to be able to make sure there is parts support there to fix the car, if it were to become broken.

RC Vehicle Upgrade

When you are shopping for a hobby-grade RC you should look for the ability to upgrade it, you should be looking for parts support, and you should be looking for manufacturers or cars that have a proven track record that are well established. The hobby-grade RCs are all upgradeable, so they can be purchased how they come out of the box, and then the customer can enhance their performance by buying upgrade parts.

You can upgrade motor systems to make the car go faster, you can upgrade suspension systems to make the car handle better, you can upgrade the toughness of the parts that are available. You can upgrade a lot of the cosmetic parts to make it look like you want it to look. Generally, when you buy a radio-controlled car at a hobby store, they are going to sell you a car that they do support with parts.

Price for Hobby-Grade RC Vehicles

The prices and the value of hobby-grade radio-controlled cars, there is a wide range, so you can find a car that will fit almost any budget. If you have a limited budget, there are cars that you can start out with and upgrade them as time permits, or if you have a bigger budget, you can buy some of the cars with the upgrade parts already in them.

Generally, when you buy it at a hobby shop, you are going to have people that know the product, and can help you with any issues that you may have with the product, and can actually service the product fo you, or give you helpful hints on how to service the product yourself.

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