To guarantee a long life for your RC vehicle, you need to take care of it properly. The last thing you want is to own an RC vehicle that has stopped operating properly because you did not perform the necessary maintenance checks.

Here are some basic steps that you need take in order to make your RC car last for years.

1. Keep track of RC vehicle prices and understand them

There are two kinds of RC vehicles – toy- and hobby-grade models. Whatever type of model you may own, or still plan to buy, you have to take care of it correctly.

Whether you invest in a high-end model or keep it simple with a less expensive type of RC vehicle, you have to perform the required maintenance procedures.

Toy-grade vehicle prices start at $10, while mid-range to hobby-grade models generally cost $100 and up. High-end models can cost hundreds of dollars more, with some even reaching the $1000 dollar mark.

If you don’t want to end up wasting money, make sure that you know how to use the vehicle you buy, and keep it maintained.

2. Narrow down your choices

There are a wide variety of RC vehicles on the market. As explained earlier, there are toy-grade models and hobby-grade models. You can choose between an electric model (the kind that runs on battery packs), a nitro model (operates on nitromethane) or an internal combustion model (operates with the use of fuels).

Electric models are ideal for beginners, while nitro and fuel-operated models tend to be better suited for experienced enthusiasts. Each and every vehicle type has its advantages and disadvantages so do your research before making a decision.

3. Check if the vehicle has proper wiring

Prior to using the vehicle, you have to be certain that each and every wire is connected in the correct manner. The wiring provides power to the car. Batteries that are not connected correctly will not provide a vehicle with the power it needs to operate.

4. Buy one that suits your needs

RC vehicles come in models that perform better or worse in conjunction with specific terrain. RC cars work well on paved roads, while rugged types like monster trucks and stadium cars are built to handle rough terrain. Before purchasing an RC vehicle, consider the terrain you will be using it on the most.

5. Recognize the vehicle’s strong points

As mentioned before, RC vehicles operate better or worse according to the terrain or land they are used on. Off-road types like monster trucks can easily conquer craggy terrain while carpet types usually do well on paved roads.

6. Maximize usage out of the vehicle’s motor

A motor and slipped gear that are correctly aligned will make your vehicle perform better. A mesh that is too tight will result into a stressed motor and poor electronic speed control. Conversely, mesh that is too loose can result in a loss of power.

7. Know the types of shocks

The majority of first-hand models feature adjustable collars located on their shocks. Be certain that these shocks match up and can deal well with the kind of terrain the vehicle will be operating on. A model without shock travel is not capable of dealing with jumps, and as such any such action will likely harm the vehicle.

8. Deal with vehicle jumps properly

Tackle jumps in a proper fashion, with the vehicle’s tires facing directly forward. Do not attempt to accelerate the vehicle in mid-air, unless the vehicle is capable of performing such a trick. Before trying out tricks, make sure to research them first.

9. Buy the correct tires for your vehicle

The tires of the vehicle should be suitable to the terrain you intend to use it on. Good tires will contribute to better performance, result in less tread wear and will save you money in the long run.

10. Charge the vehicle’s batteries regularly to prolong it

No matter the type of battery you are using, you have to recharge them in order to maintain peak performance. Make sure that the battery is completely discharged prior to recharging it – unless it is a lithium polymer battery.

If you want to charge lithium polymer batteries, you have to be certain that the car features low voltage cut-off (LVC).