OK – you’re looking around at racing go karts for sale, so here are some things to consider, and some hints and tips.
If your heart is set on buying a go kart, then a great way to get started is head off to your local kart track. They’ll charge you of course, but make sure you get to drive both 2 and 4 stroke go karts, to find out what kind of kart is going to be best for you.
Make sure you do this kind of research on go karts before you spend any money – be fully informed about what is available. This is a great way to get a feel for go karting. Here's a couple of things to think about before buying a kart:
- Are you thinking of buying a used kart? Take your time and decide how much you want to spend on one. You can expect to spend $800 to $1500 or more for what is called a rolling chassis. It includes the chassis, rims, axle, a gas tank and various other parts.
- On the other hand, if you want to go for a new go kart, then there are other costs to think about. Buy a new chassis and engine, and you’ll crank up the total cost of your go kart. When you’re buying a new chassis, you need to think about what brand you prefer. The better known the brand is, the more expensive it’s going to be.
So, like with any sport, karting has a heap of choices. We already talked about new vs. used. There’s oval vs. sprint vs. endure. Also 2 stroke vs. 4 stroke. Sometimes making the right choice can be a bit daunting to new go karters. So, I’ll list some choices here for you so you can make a better informed decision.
- How much to pay is the first, and one of the hardest of the choices you’ll need to make. You’ve heard of "you get what you pay for", and it really does apply to go karts. So the question you need to ask yourself is this - "How long and how hard are you going to work and plan to commit to your hobby?”
- Now, if you are going to commit at least a year to your new hobby, and you are prepared to put in enough effort to WIN, then we suggest you buy NEW equipment. Why? Well, while buying a used kart may seem cheap at first, you’ll quickly discover that fixing up a used kart can get very expensive!
- But if you do insist on buying used gear – watch out for this one. Don’t spend too much. Your average go kart loses value quite fast, so a 10-year-old kart is worth almost nothing and anything over 5 years old isn’t much better!
Some more things:
- Is there a dealer to give you support in your area?
- Can you get parts for your kart and is it still sold locally? A kart that IS sold locally is worth FAR more than one that isn't!
- Will your dealer help you set up your go kart properly - chassis, etc?
- How much do the spare parts for your kart cost? Things can get very expensive very quickly!
- What's the resale value of your kart? Generally speaking, the more expensive your kart is, the more value it's likely to lose. ditto for "odd" brands, so stick to "middle of the road" brands.
Hopefully this article has given you some useful things to think about before you part with your money.