This Kobalt 40V Max motorized kid’s car – think off-brand Power Wheels – has dropped in price at Lowe’s. The kit, which comes with a battery and charger, launched as a Black Friday special at $299, and the bare tool was (and still is) priced at $279.
Now, Lowe’s is trying to clear these out of stores, as they dropped the price down to $149.50. In other words, Lowe’s is discounting this Kobalt kid’s car by 50%.
You can order it online for in-store pickup or pay a fee (I’m seeing $65) for home delivery.
Current Price: $149.50
Should You Buy This?
Personally, I am extremely tempted to. I bought a Power Wheels dune buggy car for my kids a few years ago as part of an Amazon Prime Day special, and this Kobalt car has several advantages. First, it’s powered by a Kobalt 40V Max Li-ion battery, as opposed to a lead acid battery that takes a very long time to charge.
But also, it comes with a remote control (for grownups), working LED lights, and some sounds, in addition to a built-in music player.
$150 seems like a fantastic price.
If I wasn’t short of garage space right now, I’d have purchased one for my kids. And if/when they exhausted its play value, maybe I could still drive it around – perhaps with some custom accessories. (I can’t shake the mental image of how much cooler this could be with a semi-automated Nerf foam dart or ball blaster attached to the plastic roll cage decorative pieces!)
This car only has one seat. And, its max speed is lower than that my kids’ Power Wheels. Although, I haven’t increased the speed of my kids’ car from 2.5 MPH to 5MPH yet, that’s something I might do in the winter if I can fit their car in my trunk for a trip to the park. The Kobalt car has a speed range of 1.86 to 3.72 MPH.
I was tempted when this kit was $299, and then $249, and am even more tempted now that it’s another $100 less.
One of my local Lowe’s stores is sold out, but another is reporting 6 in stock, and perhaps they’re the same 6 that were in stock last week and the week before. Or are they cancelling orders and not selling any because they can’t find the inventory?
I don’t want to deal with unnecessary freight deliveries right now, and I have also been avoiding stores due to COVID, except for the supermarket.
Frankly, I expected this to sell out rapidly, but it didn’t. Is that because people are wary of the purchase, the price is a big high for an impulse buy, because this is the wrong season to buy for a kids toy like this, or is it simply because Lowe’s and Kobalt didn’t promote it very well and so people simply don’t know it exists?
The Kobalt motorized kids car appears to be made by the same company whose similar products are sold on Amazon under different brands. Here are two examples:
If I did buy one of these, my kids would absolutely fight over it. Lights? Sounds? A USB port for playing music via flash drive? (I assume this is what they mean by “USB and AUX outlets allow little ones to listen to their favorite music while driving.”
At this time, the bare toy version is still $279. You can opt for free shipping, but you’ll need to supply your own Kobalt 40V Max battery and charger.
If I had space in the garage, I would almost definitely accept having to pay delivery fees, or order online for in-store pickup and simply visit the designated store location when I was sure it wouldn’t be too busy.
This seems like a great deal. The similar-looking Amazon cars have great reviews so far. So why hasn’t this sold out yet? Too bad this wasn’t a scale RC car – that might have sold really well. Ryobi had a 2017 Black Friday special that sold out rapidly.