Best RC Car Brands – What to Purchase on Your Budget

When you get started with your interest in RC cars you may feel a little overwhelmed with the choices you have available and what fits your budget.

Let me start by saying no matter what brand or style you may start off with you will be making memories of a lifetime.

Best RC Car Brands – What to Purchase on Your Budget

So how do you know which RC car brands fit your budget and experience level. I am going to do my best to break it down for you. If you have questions or comments please leave them at the bottom of this article.

What are some Best RC Car Brands

Best RC Car Brands – What to Purchase on Your Budget

Traxxas-This brand sells RC Cars, Trucks, Helicopters and Boats. This brand is more reliably built which comes with a higher cost. They also sell replacement parts.

Best RC Car Brands
Traxxas Max

ARRMA – This brand is known for its durability and larger sizing of most remote control cars in its fleet. Perfect for those of you that enjoy taking them out and driving them hard.

They’re also great with surfaces beyond a flat parking lot, so you can take them almost anywhere. You’ll be able to drive them on any terrain.

Best RC Car Brands
ARRMA Typhone
Best RC Car Brands
Losi Fox

Losi-This brand sells RC Cars and Trucks, or Rock Crawlers. This brand is also durable and has a higher cost.

WL TOYS – This brand has several choices for younger RC

WL Toys

enthusiast getting started. I have always liked this brand as they offer a nice varity of RC vehicles at the lower end price. They not only have RC cars but also boats, helicoptors and drones.

HB Racing– Full transparency, this brand may not be suitable for those of you looking to begin your remote control hobbies.

HB Racing RC cars are focused on one thing: winning championships. Because of that, they leave the hobbyist in charge of all customization and everything that goes into the RC car.

HB Racing D8T

If you enjoy building things from the ground up, then give yourself the challenge of building a championship-worthy remote control car that’s unique to you.

Hosim – Hosim has a nice variety in sizes and prices that will meet your RC experiences for all levels.


Axial – Maybe you’re in the market for a big rig that’s ready to tear up the open roads and destroy anything that stands in its way. If so, Axial rigs are made with you in mind.

Axial Bomber

They are industry leaders in plastic tube chassis mods and some of their models come with a receiver box that’s completely waterproof. No need to worry about potholes or puddles.

Axial turns their remote control trucks into shock-absorbing machines thanks to features such as aluminum shocks, sway bar mounts, and link points.

Kyosho – As one of the biggest brands in the RC car game from overseas, Kyosho never fails to disappoint with its high-quality cars and parts.


If you’re getting into the remote control car scene for racing, investing in a Kyosho means that you are getting to use one of the fastest cars out there. They release high-quality race kits that you know you can trust.

Kyosho has been in business for over 40 years. They’ve taken what they’ve learned and placed it into the innovative car parts they constantly push out for their clientele.

HPI Racing – HPI Racing has long been applauded in the remote control car community for its durability and awesome designs.

They make remote control cars that look so real, you feel as if you can hop inside of it. If you’re looking for RC cars that are replicas of the real thing then HPI is your brand.

HPI Bullet

Not only do these trucks last a long time and look sick, but they’re also ready to take to terrains other than a street surface. Because they’ve been around since the ’80s, this is a brand that’s stood the test of time and made improvements along the way.

Nitro– In general, nitro RC cars are ideal for intermediate and advanced users who love to overhaul and tweak their vehicle. It requires the use of fuel and some oil combination for the engine. You can find quite the selection in brands who offer a Nitro style motor.

One type of recommended mixture for your Nitro engine is TORCO RC 30 Percent Nitro fo RC Car and Truck. Here is the opinion from a couple of customers. Torco is good stuff, it smells like dryer sheets when burnt! The is a great high performance blend for RC cars. I run everything on it. Has fairy high oil content = long engine life.

Last gallon of 30% was no different from VP. Didn’t even have to re tune! Great fuel can’t wait till I get my next gallon. Thanks torco!

RC Cars and Trucks for age appropriate Use

Best RC Car Brands – What to Purchase on Your Budget

All the data available these days via the internet you might become overwhelmed. I personally like the data because it gives me the resources to make educated decisions when choosing the right RC Car or Truck for my son. It has been a work of love knowing he has a big smile on his face when he opens up a new package that has been delivered or as he is there in the decision-making process. He will get to pick one toy within a certain price range. He only gets to pick one. We have done this on several occasions not just his birthday. He gets rewarded when he does well in school and shows responsibility for doing his homework or taking care of his toys and cleaning his room.

Naturally this process can be used and enjoyed for your entire family.

As Your Skills Progress

As you develop your skills you will start to purchase more advanced RC cars and trucks. You will move up in categories of more expensive RC’s that go faster and are able to withstand more stunts.

This is when it gets even more fun as the adults begin to drive your RC cars and trucks on outdoor tracks. Watching the dust fly as you compete around a special made track, whether its indoors or outdoors. You will learn to Handel the turns and jumps with confidence


Sharing your stories with Family and Friends

Now that you have improved upon your skills why not share these moments with Family and Friends.

Sending videos from your phone, downloading them on your computer and uploading them onto social media such as you tube or Facebook. Letting your friends in on the action and challenging them to races on outdoor tracks or just simply driving for fun.

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Driving RC Cars and Trucks is a very enjoyable time spent with friends and family members. Doing the research and purchasing them is one way to enjoy lots of hours spent making memories.

There is a type of RC car or truck that is available for all experience levels and budgets.

Enjoy tearing up the tracks while working on your skills.

If you have found this article helpful leave a comment below.

Thank you



6 thoughts on “Best RC Car Brands – What to Purchase on Your Budget”

  1. Hi Mike. Very interesting article. Im just starting my adventure with RC cars and posts like this are extremely useful. To be fair I didn’t know most of brands you are recommending but I did some research and ARRMA cars seems as a perfect starting point for beginners. Looking forward to test it in practice.

    • Hello Cogito.

      Yes ARRMA is defiantly a brand that gives you options. RC vehicles with a price range from $100 and up to $899, with speeds varying from 20mph to 70mph. If your starting out I would recommend you go with the most popular size which is the 1/10th scale. This is the perfect size for getting used to driving RC vehicles. It is also going to be easier to get replacement parts. These cars do break. 

      I’m glad you found this article helpful.

      Be safe


  2. Hello there! This was a informative post! I was definitely someone who had a great time the first time I had a RC car. It was the Jurassic Park one where there was a dinosaur that could spit water. Definitely one of my favorite toys growing up but I have no clue how that model even compares with the models in your post. I imagine them to be much more powerful and definitely higher end. I always wanted to give those a try. Thanks for creating this post!

    • Hello Mike.

      A spitting Dinosaur. Sounds like a lot of fun. I like the joy kids have when playing with any type of RC. Playing and having fun while developing some cognitive skills in operating the controller to move the RC in the direction they choose. 

      Yes RC vehicles have changed and there are several out there for the big kid in all of us. Finding the right one can be overwhelming which is why I wrote this article to help you through the maze.

      Be safe


    • Hello Troy.
      One location you can check out is through the Redcat Racing brand which offers a Nitro Truck below.
      Just click on any of the pictures or highlighted areas on this article and it will take you to their website.
      Rampage Xt 1/5 Scale Gas Truck (Blue)
      Enjoy your research and have fun with your RC experiences.
      Be safe


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