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Kids ride-on electric cars.

Sandman

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My (4 year old) daughter has her heart set on an electric ride on car for Christmas. I have been doing some research and the seams to be 2 basic choices to make. Going for an official licensed car i.e. Audi, BMW, Mercedes brand or a generic type and choosing between 6v and 12v. Now I am not going to get the licensed one as they are too expensive and will go for a 12v model as the description says they can go over grass so would be able to be used in my back garden.
Does anyone have any experience of these cars? Any models or retailers to avoid? I will be ordering this tonight or tomorrow so any advice will be welcome. I am looking to spend up to about £150 and would want it to last her a few years.
 

Shared

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Dont know if these are any good, might be worth a little research, this one has the helpful addition of remote control, and an MP3 player input!! blimey things have moved on.

http://www.rideoncars.co.uk/car-showroom/12v-coupe-roadster


From memory, and it was a long time ago, the ones with the harder plastic wheels tend not to go so well on wet grass, and i cant recall seeing any with rubber tyres back then but that might be something to consider. I used to take good care of the batteries, recharging them regularly etc and they seemed to last, but in any case i think Yaseau (or whatever the name is) make replacements for most models.
 

figoagogo

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I hate the whirring noise these things make... if my child asked they would either get a push bike or a Kettler(sp!) car.
 

Shared

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Thats the fella, Welsh bloke as i recall :D

I think Maplins used to do a good range, not that one should be needed for a couple of years, but if a car is looked after it'll probably require replacing at some point.
 

RBZ5416

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I'd echo the warning about solid plastic wheels as they're not great on concrete either.
 

campy mccamper

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If you buy a cheap generic one from ebay be sure to check the sellers feedback as some of the build quality on the cheap Chinese imports are terrible . I paid £169 for a Porsche from ebay and had nothing but problems with it from the start. When I fixed them the music player went wrong and sounded like satan performing a demonic ritual. Needless to say my 3 year old son was too scared to get in the car after that
 

Sandman

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I hadnt thought about plastic wheels vs rubber tyres but looking around all the ones in my budget are plastic so no opthion there I'm affraid. I am think I am going to buy from a web store and not ebay (I have heard horror storries about the ebay "hummer" models).
 

reddevil74

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I bought my daughter the red Ferrari one you see in the shops - it has the hard plastic wheels and I don't think it would be much use on grass either
 

nheather

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I bought my daughter the red Ferrari one you see in the shops - it has the hard plastic wheels and I don't think it would be much use on grass either
Just like a real Ferrari then. ;)

Cheers,

Nigel
 

SBT

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I hate the whirring noise these things make... if my child asked they would either get a push bike or a Kettler(sp!) car.
Don't think they were about when my kids were small.Even if they were they wouldn't have got them.

I hate that noise too.
 

Sandman

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Crocodile said:
That was brave. No reviews & a 30 day warranty... :eek:
The 30 day warranty applies to the battery, wheels and motor which given the nature of the product I can kinda understand. The reason I bought it from amazon is so they might be helpful if I needed any after sales service. Spare parts for this brand are also available should I need them. Anyway time will tell.
 

cunny678

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I had one like that for my little girl...but one of the chinese ones off ebay:eek:

Only issue with mine was its was two speed and on high speed it started doing wheelies!!! Sounds great, but it almost turned over once and the little one could have banged her head!

Nothing to do with the build, I think its because all the weight is over the rear wheels. Just worth checking before you let her loose:smashin:
 

IronGiant

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And site recommended by an employee of the website he recommends, how quaint.
 

imightbewrong

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What were the odds?!
 

Sandman

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Seeing as this thread has been bumped I can tell you that I took the ride on car to the dump last weekend. One of the motors wasnt working, the car only ran in high speed mode and the gear stick snapped.

So the car only lasted about 2 years of light use but to be honest my daughter has outgrown it anyway so even if we had bought an expensive version I imagine we would still be getting rid of it.
 

GaseousClay

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Our neighbours got rid of their kids car, along with pushbikes. A local scrap merchant took them all way, nowt wrong with any of it. Kids grown into a fat little lard, couldn't fit in it anymore. :rotfl:
 

wilbanat

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I have a wonderful home video of my eldest daughter at Christmas on her new 3 wheeled electric bike, riding straight into the Christmas Tree when she was about 3 :laugh:
 

IronGiant

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They don't ship to the UK :devil:

You're not having a good start are you :)
 

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