04 Jun What to look for when buying ride on toy (Ford Ranger explained)
Things to watch out for when buying a ride-on toy…
Number of Motors and Battery size:
The motors are what makes the wheels of a kid’s electric car turn. The old 6v ride on toy car- will have one motor on one rear wheel. 12v electric kids ride-on cars have a motor on each of the back wheels. These are called ‘dual motor ride-ons’ and they can carry heavier children and will have longer running hours.
Volts versus Amperage. Batteries will have stamped on them a secondary number such as… 12v 7aH, 10aH or 12aH to name a few. The higher the amperage the longer the playtime.
2WD versus 4WD:
If you’re looking to buy a kids Ford Ranger ride-on, you have the option of a 2WD or 4WD. The 2WD has a motor on each of the rear wheels and a 4WD has an additional two motors on the front wheels with a switch on the dashboard enabling the 4WD. In 4WD mode the car will handle more rugged terrain and carry more weight. The 4WD is a facelift model with an upgraded grill and light rack. Some 4WD Rangers also have an MP4 Player (LED video screen).
24v Ford Ranger:
There is no such thing as a 24v Ford Ranger. It is false advertising! The 4WD comes with 2x12v batteries. 2x12v batteries does not necessarily constitute a 24v power-pack.
Wiring 2 batteries together in parallel will double the playtime but the voltage will remain 12v. If they were to be wired in series, this would create a 24v.
The 4WD Ford Ranger has 2x 12v batteries wired in parallel! They are a 12v truck – period!
Who to buy your Ride- on Car from?
Can you easily contact the supplier to ask questions and get help?
Will you get the support you need if there is a problem?
How long have they been selling kid’s cars and do they have passion?
Wheels and Tyres:
When looking to buy a kids Ford Ranger or any other ride-on car checkout the wheels/tyres. The standard Ford Rangers come with plastic wheels/tyres which can be noisy and do not offer as smooth a ride as those with EVA wheels/tyres. (EVA – Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate; a light weight material which is rubber like in softness and flexibility). EVA tyres offer a smoother, quieter ride.
Design and Quality:
There are tons of different styles of kids ride-on cars. You have the two seater ride-ons, SUV style, luxury super cars, quads, pedals and small ones that you push with your feet.
Then there are non-licenced and licensed ride-ons. Licensed cars are of a superior quality. They mimic more closely the real car and the toy manufacturers have to meet strict design and build criteria set by the various car manufacturers; Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan etc. You get 2 in 1 with licensed ride-on cars. Design and Quality.
Painted versus plastic colour:
Painted cars have a slightly higher gloss finish. They look great when they’re new but as you will find out, it won’t take long before your little one scrapes a fence or backs into a gate. The painted finish is always a slightly different colour than the plastic underneath. Sometimes it can be vastly different like a black painted car on white plastic. The scratches standout! Plastic coloured cars on the other hand, look newer for longer, the scratches just don’t stand out the same, except for black which shows every mark!
What to keep away from:
Thin, light, cheap cars with heaps of stickers, generally 6v and just by looking at them, they look cheap and nasty. They are generally hard to assemble; the parts don’t fit nicely and the cars simply don’t last! Most non-licensed cars are like this.
Stay away from these kinds of electric ride-on cars!
Remote Control enabled:
If you want your ride-on to “grow with your child” then you want a car that is remote control enabled. Kids from the age of 14months can ride safely enjoy the car even though their feet don’t reach the pedals. Parents can take full control of the car. Things to keep in mind with remote controls is their frequencies. A lot of Radio Controlled cars operate with aerial remotes on a 27mhz or 41mhz frequency. Cars with a 2.4g remote frequency are paired individually to the car. 2.4ghz remotes have no aerial and will not allow interference from another source.
Children will start by taking over the steering and will progress to control of the accelerator pedal. Look for a remote that has a parental override or STOP function for safety.
Number of seats and type:
Larger two seater ride-on cars may accommodate two kids but most cars are single seaters. The issue that we have seen with 2-seater ride-ons is NOT the functionality or speed of the car but the constant fighting about who sits on the driver’s side!! Beware, many photos of cars show two headrests and it’s easy to jump to the conclusion these are 2-seaters when in actual fact they are single seaters
The 4WD Ford Ranger will accommodate two children as will the Mercedes GLS63, Lexus LX750 and VW Amarok Truck. Single seater cars can be stored inside whereas some of the bigger trucks won’t fit through the door! Keep in mind the single seater such as the Bentley or Nissan GTR are still good sized cars but may be able to be played with indoors as well as outdoors.
Having a licensed dual motor 12v kids ride-on toy car may mean that you pay a bit more money, but it will grow with your child. Pay close attention to the design and quality of the car. To get the best value make sure it comes with a remote control, EVA tyres and is a true licensed car – not a fake!