Product Type: Chad Valley baby toys
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Chad Valley Basic Ride On - Basically rubbish
Chad Valley Basic Ride On
Member Name: maxwell_star
Chad Valley Basic Ride On
Advantages: Cheap, my son likes it
Disadvantages: Poor quality, flimsy, tips over and falls apart too easily, unsafe if not supervised
- Why We Bought -
I liked the idea of buying my son a ride on car for his 1st birthday but after doing some research I discovered that most ride on cars cost upwards of £20. As we had already bought a few presents for him and he is always spoilt with gifts from other people, I decided to buy the Chad Valley Basic Ride On as it was on offer in Argos.
- Assembling the Car -
The car comes in several pieces that need to be assembled. There are some brief instructions on the side of the box. This isn't too challenging, however on my first attempt a piece of plastic snapped off one of the pieces, not my fault honest! At this point I was concerned about the cheap quality of the car but we decided to give it another go. So off we went to Argos to get a replacement. My husband wouldn't let me assemble this one and he quickly put it together in about five minutes. The car is a plastic foot to floor ride on aimed at one year olds and above. It consists of a turquoise chassis with a clock face at the front and a yellow seat which lifts up to reveal a tiny storage compartment. There is a red steering wheel with a squeaky yellow horn, a yellow telephone, a red back rest/handle and four red and yellow wheels. There are a few stickers on the car which my husband decided looked tacky so he immediately pealed them off. Overall I think this car looks cheap and flimsy. It looks like it can easily fall apart.
- Playing with the Car -
The first few times my son sat on this he looked very unsteady. If he sat too far back the car looked like it would tip him off. I certainly wouldn't describe the back as a back rest as it is very flimsy and if my son leant back on it I feel certain he would fall backwards. He seems to have got the hang of sitting a bit further forward now and is able to balance himself more easily. It is a reasonable size for my 12 month son and he does look comfortable sat on it and his hands nicely grip the steering wheel. His feet touch the floor but he hasn't yet learnt to push himself along so his feet drag a bit when we push him around. This is fine on our wooden floor if he is wearing socks as he will scoot around nicely but we have found it doesn't run so well on the grass. This is meant to be an outside toy so this is quite disappointing. In hind sight I would have bought a car with a big parent handle as my back really hurts from bending over when I push him around. The car is very light which means it is great for taking to the park etc but I think this makes it quite easy to tip over. My son loves it when we push him really fast on this but I hold onto the back of the car and the back of his trousers when I do this so he doesn't topple over. So far we have only had one tipping over incident when my son was sat on the car while it was stationary, he leant to the side just slightly and the car just tipped him off and the wheels unclipped from the chassis too. I always sit right by my son if he is playing with the car as I just don't think it is particularly safe. The phone seems a bit pointless as my son isn't interested in it. He loves the squeaky horn and finds it hilarious when we press it!
- Age Range -
This car is recommended from one year. This is fairly accurate as I don't think I would have felt comfortable giving it to my son before this point. I'm not sure how long we will be using this as I imagine it will be broken by the time he is two!
- Price and Availability -
We bought this in Argos where it usually retails for £9.99. We bought it on the two for £15 offer so effectively it cost us £7.50. This is obviously a good price for a ride on car but personally I wish we had spent a bit more and got a higher quality ride on.
- Would I Recommend? -
I wouldn't recommend this car because I think it is poor quality and because it is so flimsy it easily tips over. I think it is definitely worth spending a bit more to get a better quality ride on and I wish this is what we had done. Having said that we haven't wasted too much money and my son does like playing with it, as long as I closely supervise him I am happy for him to continue using it.
Summary: A poor quality ride on car