It is never too early for your child to get a feel for how to control a car and to experience how it moves, electric toy cars are not only incredible fun but teach your child motor skills which will stay with them for their entire life.
Safety is of course the number 1 concern for any parent. Shopping around for that quality ride on car is important, there are a lot of cheap imitations on the market which any concerned parent would be well advised to stay away from. Saving a few pounds might sound appealing but when your child hurts their leg on the pedal assembly or the chassis cracks and causes injury then that cheap deal seems just that, cheap!
My top 5 checklist for shopping for electric toy cars:.
Where is this ride on toy being made?
Electric toy cars made under license from the major manufacturers are your best guarantee for safety and quality. These toys directly affect the reputation of the manufacturer and they really can't afford to get it wrong. The retail website or store should be displaying this information as a matter of course, if not move on, don't take the risk.
Is your child old enough for a ride on toy?
Children come in all different shapes and sizes. Age ranges are sometimes misleading but do generally offer a good guide.
If you consider your child old enough for this sort of toy but are unsure whether your kid will be able to reach the pedals or comfortably control the steering then ask your retailer, dimension information should be readily available.
Pedal, Electric 6 volt or Electric 12 volt?
This of course depends on your budget but there are other considerations.
Where is your child going to drive their new toy? Then the electric 12 volt might be ideal, if you have a very large drive or plenty of hard surface land. Then maybe a pedal version will be more suitable, if the toy car will be used in a house or on a small driveway.
Speeds differ but as a rough guide the 12 volt electric toy cars can reach speeds of 5 mph (8km/h) whilst the 6 volt version reaches 3 mph (5km/h).
Buying the pedal version.
Some pedal cars use a classic chain arrangement to propel the car forward. The chain could have the potential to injure your child or damage clothing, even when a chain guard is in place. It is worth considering looking for a pedal toy car which uses push pedals as opposed to rotary ones (chain assembly).
By alternately pushing the pedals, the child moves the car forward without using a chain.
Check the guarantee and after sales service.
No matter how well made a toy car is at some point the after sales service will be needed.
Are you offered a guarantee with your purchase, what exactly does this cover? Can the wing mirror be replaced, what about those unwanted scratches and dents? Your retailer should have the answers for you!
It really pays to shop around for these specialized toys. Start your search early and ask the retailers about anything you are not sure about! How they reply to your question and how long it took will give you a good idea of what their future customer service will be like.
Shopping around for that quality ride on car is important, there are a lot of cheap imitations on the market which any concerned parent would be well advised to stay away from. Electric toy cars made under license from the major manufacturers are your best guarantee for safety and quality. If the toy car will be used in a house or on a small driveway then maybe a pedal version will be more suitable.
Some pedal cars use a classic chain arrangement to propel the car forward. It is worth considering looking for a pedal toy car which uses push pedals as opposed to rotary ones (chain assembly).