Buying a kid’s car, what should I consider?
- 1 Buying a kid’s car, what should I consider?
- 2 Electric kid’s car or pedal kids car?
- 3 Electric car for kids with remote control?
- 4 Safety of cars for kids
- 5 Vehicles for children: At what age they are appropriate?
- 6 Tires for Kids Cars
- 7 Various Types of Ride-Ons for Children
- 8 Electric car or pedal car for children?
- 9 How much does a kid’s car cost?
- 10 Tractor, jeep, fire truck or sports car?
There are some criteria that you should consider when buying a child‘s car. We researched some questions that are of interest in connection with the purchase of an electric car for children. In addition to the safety aspects such as speed, braking and a remote control, quality standards play a crucial role. Of course, the price is quite important, because most children cars are only used for a few years.
Electric kid’s car or pedal kids car?
Under 3 years of age a child (or infant) does not have the physical strength to drive a pedal car and would therefore lose interest quickly. However, for children over 3 years of age, pedal cars can be very fun and exciting. Most electric cars for children come with a maximum speed of 6–8 km/h. An older child can drive a pedal car very fast once they get going. Another thing to consider is that you do not need to charge a pedal car.
Even the health difference is immense here. In an electric car, physical activity is only needed for getting in and out of the car and turning the steering wheel. In a pedal car, however, the whole body is in action, sometimes for up to one or two hours at a time.
Electric car for kids with remote control?
If you decide to buy an electric vehicle, you should consider carefully whether you choose a model with a remote control. Although most do not drive faster than you can run, it quickly becomes tiring to rush through the whole garden every time your child is heading for the Rosary. Here, a remote control makes a lot of sense. For the remote controls, there is still the difference between those which can only make an emergency stop and those with which you can also brake and steer the vehicle.
Safety of cars for kids
A very important thing on the mind of every parent is the question of security. Since most electric cars for kids drive barely faster than 6-8 km/h, a remote control is enough here. Those remotes normally don’t have a separate brake control. However, there are also models for older children which are much faster on the road. These are then often driven by a gasoline engine. The pedal cars, as well as faster electric and gasoline cars for children have one very important thing to check: the brake system. Parents should always check what kind of braking system the vehicle has. The best cars have two independent braking systems like for cars or bicycles. You should also pay attention to whether the vehicle of choice has a seatbelt system. In the slower models, a safety belt often is sufficient. If the cars are faster, they should have a 5-point seatbelt. We always check for these features with every car test to provide you with all the safety information.
Vehicles for children: At what age they are appropriate?
Most kid’s cars show warnings which show the car as not being suitable for children under 3 years of age. In general you should listen to your gut feeling here. A slower model can usually be safely controlled by a 2 1/2 year old child. In case of an emergency, those cars have a remote control, so that parents can intervene if something goes wrong.
As for the pedal cars, the physique and the strength of your child are the decisive factors, as well as the design of the vehicle. A tractor with a trailer weighs more than an average car and will be much more difficult to control than a lightweight Roadster.
Tires for Kids Cars
There are three different types of tires available on most kid’s cars:
- Plastic Wheels
Some of the wheels are completely made of plastic, which is the cheapest option. This does not give the car sufficient grip for most surfaces. On pavement, asphalt, or on laminate floors inside the home, these cars can slip around relatively easily and the wheels will burn out.
- Rubber Wheels
The second type are plastic wheels with rubber tread, as used by Crooza children cars. With this, the grip, especially on slippery surfaces, is significantly better.
- Wheels filled with Air
The third type are tires filled with air. Just like bicycles or scooters, there are tires with or without tubing. This option offers the highest comfort (additional air suspension) and the highest grip on any surface, but also the highest price of all three options.
Various Types of Ride-Ons for Children
I would like to give an overview of the different types of cars for children because there are so many on the market. Before heading out to choose a car for your child, (if you have decided to buy one) it is important to consider a few questions regarding features.
Electric car or pedal car for children?
Clearly, this is the first question that arises. The good old pedal car has certain advantages. Especially when it comes to meaningful use of a good quality item, I would personally choose the pedal car or pedal tractor over any other. One doesn’t constantly need to keep an eye on whether the batteries are charged or not. You don’t have to pay attention to anything electrical that might get dirty or a circuit that could suffer a short in the rain. Pedal cars are much more robust than electric cars, have fewer parts that can break, and are still much better for physical fitness (which today is often missing unfortunately).
The electric cars also have their appeal. As for realistic games, these are far better. Personally, I like children‘s cars with an electric drive. With an electric drive, the child can concentrate on learning how to steer. For small children especially, an electric car is often a better and safer choice. Also, you can help them steer and brake by the remote control. Nevertheless, one of the negative points of an electric car is that it can quickly become tedious if you constantly have to check if the battery is full. If you don’t keep it charged, the child may not be able to just hop in and go at any time they feel like going for a drive.
How much does a kid’s car cost?
After you specify whether you want to have a pedal car or an electric car, you can then think about what you want to spend on it. When it comes to a pedal car, you can get very, very good models for less than 200 USD. Some are even suitable for smaller self-conversions. If you want an electric car like a tractor or fire truck, you should be ready to pay between 200 and 300 USD. With some fancy accessories you will pay even more than this. Sure, you can also find cheap versions for less than 100 USD, but I always think of the saying: “Those who buy cheap, buy twice”. From personal experience, I can say that it is really worth it to pay a bit more money when it comes to cars for children to buy something reasonably good in quality and features. Especially if you have several children, the longevity pays back as they are able to share the vehicles through the years as they grow.
Tractor, jeep, fire truck or sports car?
Once you have decided on the options that are important to you, the next question should be: What kind of vehicle should it be? Of course a stylish sports car provides the best look. I personally prefer tractors or functional cars such as a fire brigade or an excavator. Especially among the tractors category, there are now hundreds of different models that can be equipped with a water tank, a trailer, or various other accessories. The fun here can be considerably higher than in a sports car or convertible which might seem somewhat boring if all you do is drive it. Moreover, tractors and jeeps are designed more for off-road use, while electric convertibles in most cases, are often only great in the garage or living room because of the requirement of a flat surface for a good driving experience.