"The hobby is cheaper than ever. You can buy fully proportional and durable ready to run kits for less than $100 USD."
Photo: The Losi Micro-T (left) can be bought for around $79USD. The Nanda NRX-18 (right) is around $120 ready-to-run. These include a radio controller, painted bodies, assembled kits, batteries and charger.
There are many cheap rc cars to help you get started in the hobby. The 1/10 Traxxas Slash short course rc truck could be bought for less than $200 and revived the off-road class.
If your budget is less than $100 USD, try the 1/36 Losi Micro-T or their 1/18 Mini-T. Small but fully proportional, fast and durable.
Cheap RC Cars for Less Than $200 USD
Associated, Duratrax, Losi, HPI, Tamiya and Traxxas offer ready-to-run complete set for less than $200 USD. These are some of the well known brands in the hobby.
Above: Comparison of cheap remote controlled cars and trucks for less than $200 ready to run (RTR).
There are also other lesser known brands that sell cheap rc models. However I would recommend sticking to well know brands for quality and spare parts support. Cheap is no good if you cannot replace a broken part.
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