In my mind cars would probably require a lot of different parts making them difficult to build. They’d be noisy as fuck so everyone would know exactly where you were, meaning you’d lose them pretty quickly to a good shooter. If you didn’t lose it driving around anyone with any awareness at all would know where you were parking it and would just offline raid you for it.
Between all those things it seems pretty balanced really.
What advantages would a car really give you? you’d get around quicker and you could run people over if they were out in the open or completely deaf. Perhaps a “chest” in the back would make it a little more useful.
As long as it didn’t prevent a signifigant amount of damage and didn’t have a m249 mounted to the roof it probably wouldn’t be too OP; if at all. The noise alone would be a pretty big disadvantage, every bolt action for half a click away would be aiming for your head.
motor cycles would be equally cool and a little more practical in terms of mobility and parking but without the extra storage and protection. Same with horses, obviously one would eat low grade fuel and the other would eat… horse meat, because it’s rust and he’ll eat what you fucking tell him to.
Bicycles would be slower than dirt bikes or horses and use your hunger bar instead of fuel, but would be much easier to craft and the quietest option, perfect for solos.
That’s how I’d do it. I don’t think it would be OP at all, even as a solo player. Ultimately they’d just be one more thing you could make that people would steal from you while you were offline. Especially cars, because they’d provide the extra storage your attackers would need to effectively clean you out.
I think for all of this to work however we need more unique crafting items. Like, way more. Pipes, chains, small engines, springs, glass, light bulbs, circuitry, cables, hoses, bolts, sprockets, belts, pulleys, gears and probably lots of other things. Make them things that you can only find in crates in rad towns. This would make rad towns a lot more relevant after the xp system makes them useless and make it so that building them is more epic than just grinding a bunch of HQM like all the other top tier stuff currently is.
Frankly I think all the gear should work that way. Bolts and AKs would be a lot more special if you had to find the right parts to make them. It’d also be nice to see a crude welding system, perhaps a torch tool that needs to be on your hot bar and make propane tanks a “material” type item you find in barrels and crates so you can use them to craft all those things that are obviously welded together. I know it’s a video game and I know realism is over rated but it’d be a really nice balancing tool to make all that top tier shit a little less common. If bolt actions were special maybe the other guns would have a purpose.
This is getting really off track, I’m going to stop now.
TL;DR Cars would be hella raid bait. you gotta park it somewhere after all. I approve of this idea.