A Grandparent’s Guide to Buying RC Cars for Kids

Posted by RC Superstore on 15th Nov 2022

As a grandparent, you want to make sure your grandkids have the best of everything. And if you have a particularly tech-savvy grandkid, buying them an RC car is the perfect gift! Not only will they have lots of fun driving it around, but they’ll also learn some important lessons about physics and engineering in the process.

But with all the different types and brands of RC vehicles on the market, how can you be sure which one is right for your grandchild? Well, don’t worry—we’re here to help!

In this RC car buying guide, we will outline everything you need to know to find the best RC cars for kids. So if you want to give your grandkid the gift of speed and excitement, read on—your little one will thank you for it!


Whether it’s their birthday, Christmas, or just because, giving your grandchild an RC vehicle is a great way to put a huge smile on their face. Follow these five steps to help narrow down your search results at RC Superstore and find the perfect match for your lucky grandchild.

1. How much experience do they have with RC vehicles?

The first step is to decide which skill level of RC vehicle is best suited for your grandchild.

  • Is this their first RC vehicle? If so, we recommend starting them off with one of these slot car racing sets. A slot car racing set includes all the cars, tracks, and parts your little one needs to start racing and having fun.
  • Have they operated an RC car before? Then one of these RC cars for kids is a great place to start. They come fully assembled and painted, so all you need to do is plug the battery pack into the wall charger (both included) and they're ready to rip!
  • Do they like to tinker? If your grandchild is a future engineer in the making, then we recommend purchasing an RC model kit. They'll feel great knowing they're racing a piece of gear they put together all by themselves!
  • Are they ready to bring their A-game to the track? If your grandchild is a bit older and ready to gravitate toward the higher end of the spectrum, then you should take a look at these professional RC racing cars. Just know that if your loved one is a professional in the RC world, you need to find out if they are sponsored or not, as some drivers won’t be able to use products from other manufacturers.

2. What Type of Vehicles do They Like?

The next step is to decide which type of vehicle your grandchild would like most. Remote control cars aren’t the only type of RC vehicle, so you'll want to figure out what kind(s) of vehicles they’re into.

  • Do they like to go fast? Then one of these speedy RC racecars may be the way to go. Just be warned—they range in top speed from 60–100 mph!
  • Do they like to get dirty? Then one of these off-road RC trucks is your best bet. Just make sure they change out of their Sunday best before heading out.
  • Do they like to fly high? Then one of these RC planes and jets will make the perfect gift. Think of these as the modern-day kite—only with far more excitement!
  • Do they like to make a splash? Then one of these RC boats should do the trick. Just know that, depending on where they live, your grandkid may need to wait a few months for the ice to melt before they can take it out for a spin.

Want to shop our entire selection of RC cars, trucks, boats, and airplanes? We've made it super simple for you to find exactly what you're looking for—just click on the type of vehicle you want at the top of the page!

3. How much are you willing to spend?

When it comes to RC vehicles, there is a wide range of prices—from around $129 all the way up to $1,000 and more. The price you're willing to spend will likely depend on your budget as well as the skill level and type of vehicle your grandchild is interested in. To help you find an RC vehicle in your price range, here are a few helpful buying guides to get you started.

4. What's their favorite color?

Once you've settled on a vehicle, your next course of action is to decide on a color. Many of the RC vehicles we carry come in multiple color options, so you're sure to find one that's a perfect match for your little one. If color is a more important factor for your grandkid, you can also begin your search by filtering by color, as you can see below.

5. Do they need any other gear?

Once you've decided on an RC vehicle, you'll want to make sure you have all the necessary gear to go along with it. Many of the RC vehicles we've suggested above are ready-to-run (RTR), meaning they come with the car, remote control, battery, and charger.

With that said, we highly recommend checking the product description and photo to double-check for exactly what is included. If the RC vehicle you want does not come with all the necessary equipment, our Frequently Bought Together section makes it easy to quickly add the right gear to your cart.


Purchasing an RC car for your grandchild can be a daunting task, but if you take the time to figure out what they like, their skill level, and what type of vehicle they're interested in, you're sure to find the perfect one for them. Just remember to have fun with it—after all, that's what RC cars are all about!

If you need more assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out—we'd be more than happy to help! And if you're holiday shopping, be sure to check out our 2022 gift guide. It's chock full of our best seasonal deals and RC cars and trucks under $300.