Remote control cars may have been around for years and years, but there’s still something fresh and exciting about them. Perhaps it’s the face of every kid who starts racing one, seeing his face light up as he watches the miniature car that he’s controlling do everything he asks of it. There’s something that speaks to kids and adults alike. The simple joy of sending Grudge Racing a small vehicle flying down a path at high speeds that, comparatively, would get you pulled over for a traffic violation on the highway. Just like Monopoly, Super Mario, and so much more, there’s lasting appeal and just something that’s innately fun about driving RC cars.

RC cars come in a variety of sizes, from just a few inches long to feet in length. This means two things: you can find an RC vehicle that can perform exactly the trick or maneuver you desire, and you can find one that fits into your price range. RC cars needn’t be expensive and huge; they just have to satisfy your hunger for control, freewheeling fun, and any other reason you decided purchase a remote controlled car or other electronic miniature vehicle in the first place.

For the younger set, you’ll want to consider a few things before buying a remote-controlled car. Size matters: if you’re afraid your kid will break it too easily, go for a small car that can take a lot of rough housing. If he’s older and would roll his eyes at a mini car, give him or her a larger model, which looks cooler and more substantial to children as they age. These toy cars come in a variety of colors as well, so go for a dangerous mix of black and red, something fun like blue and yellow, or any other array of colors and styles that would most please your kid or you, depending on who is doing the driving.

Make sure to consider several factors most buyers overlook when picking out an RC car. Battery life is perhaps the most substantial, as many remote controlled vehicles are known for poor battery life. For easiest use, go with a plug-in, chargeable RC car battery. However, the battery may need to be replaced as it ages. For convenience’s sake, go with an RC car that requires store-bought batteries, though these will die rapidly and will need to be replaced often. Also make sure to consider other things, such as how many controls the control panel has (some are very basic, others have lots of options for making extreme maneuvers), or anything else that might affect you or your kids’ happiness when playing with the car.

Don’t settle for an underwhelming toy car. Go big, bold, and electric with a remote-controlled car, and really impress whoever you’re giving it to. Just keep these factors in mind, do your research, and you’ll find the perfect one for you.