How do you get a car in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot? It's a question that you may be asking yourself early on in the game, as you'll probably notice little racing icons dotted around the map. Visit them and the guy will tell you that you need a car in order to enter the competition. But how the heck do you get one?
A quick word of warning before we begin: don't sell your materials early on in the game! That includes things like gears, nuts, shafts, and various ores. You'll need these items in order to construct and upgrade your car later on in the story.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Car - Where to find a car
The good news is that you unlock the ability to get a car by playing through the story -- you can't miss it. The bad news is that this happens around halfway through the game.
Near the beginning of the Cell Saga, after Vegeta's training session, Chi Chi will demand that Goku goes and gets a driving license. After a quick introduction to how cars work in the game along with a test drive, Goku will get his license.
After visiting Bulma about buying a car, you'll open up the R&D menu. You can access this by visiting Bulma's lab inside the Capsule Corp building, so be sure to go back and check it out once you're free.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Car - How to build a car
In the R&D menu, you can build your car using different materials found throughout the game. Once you've crafted all of the car's key parts, you can take it for a ride whenever you like. If you want to upgrade, just come back to Bulma with additional materials.
If you're short on materials, keep in mind that you can buy some of what you need at a materials shop. There's one just across the road from the Capsule Corp building. For rarer materials, you'll have to get out into the world and explore. Look for speech bubbles that mention the materials you need.
You'll also need Zeni (money) in order to build car parts. It's not hugely expensive, but if you're short on cash, you can sell items to shopkeepers throughout the world. Animal parts, like fangs and horns, are an easy source of income. Try hunting down dinosaurs as well, as the items they sometimes drop can sell for a lot of Zeni.
It's also worth mentioning that once you've built your car, you can use it to scan for additional materials when driving around the world. This makes gathering materials a lot easier in the long run, so be sure to build your car as soon as you can.
Once you're done building your car, you can visit the racing icons on the map and take part in time trials. Beat the times that are posted and you'll be given various rewards, but in order to find victory across the world, you'll need to keep upgrading your car. The Soul Emblem development community grants bonuses to your car's abilities, so be sure to keep that up to date as well.
A quick tip that's easy to miss when racing: you don't have to drive on the road. Driving across grass and dirt doesn't slow you down at all, so remember to cut corners if you're looking to hit record times.