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Posted on Oct 10, 2012

Buyer’s Guide To Electric Toy Cars For Kids To Drive

Buyer’s Guide To Electric Toy Cars For Kids To Drive

That is a $500 12V electric Enzo Ferrari. It might be a little out of your price range, but at least it got your attention.

So if you are looking to buy an electric / battery-powered ride on for your kids to drive around the neighbourhood, here’s what you need to be thinking about.

Passengers
Do you want a 2 seater or a 1 seater car? Do you want your kid to be responsible for a passenger? And be aware that if there are 2 kids in the car, that’s double the load for the battery to cope with, so the car will move slower and the battery may drain faster. If you are undecided you could always go for a 2 seater, and then if it doesn’t work out, make a rule that they have plushie passengers only.

Power
Battery-powered ride ons typically come with either a 6 volt or a 12 volt battery. More powerful batteries can go faster, pull heavier, older kids, and are more expensive. Expect a 6v battery to achieve 2.5mph, and a 12v to reach 5mph.

Gears
Can your child cope with different speed settings? What about a reverse gear? This will cost more, but reversing a car is a great way to develop spatial awareness skills, and will save you needing to lift the car out of tight spots.

Age range and total weight
Don’t go on age guidelines alone, be sure to check the maximum weight capacity. If your child is towards the upper weight limit they may find the ride on frustratingly slow.

Guarantee
Look at the length of the guarantee. Most manufacturers offer a 12 month guarantee. Some retailers may offer extensions to this.

Where to buy
Whether you buy online or want to purchase in store, it can pay to do your research online first. Lots of websites record customer feedback so you can read about what other parents think about a particular model and whether they think the toy offers good value for money.

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