Being new to the hobby you're going to need a lot of help, and thats most easily done by your fellow racers and if you have a similar car like they do then it makes it even more easy. People told me this before I bought my TC(a Losi Type-R) and I was pretty much S.O.L. when it came to getting some help on getting it dialed. Go to the track where you're gonna be racing and see what the most popular cars are and go from there. And like was previously said if your LHS doesn't stock parts for the car, you're gonna get real familiar with UPS and ebay waiting for your parts. Its pretty frustrating if you break something ten minutes after getting to the track, having to pack everything back up and knowing its gonna be at least a week before the replacement parts arrive in the mail.