Once you’ve drank the Karting Kool-Aid and you’re officially hooked, it’s time to think about getting a kart of your own. There are a few things to consider at this critical juncture:

Step 05: Buying A Kart Based On Your Objective

If you’ll recall in step one, it’s important to consider how you intend to drive your kart. Are you planning on racing? Just driving laps as a hobby? Do you aspire to compete at the highest levels? There’s no wrong way to go about it.

Did You Know: It’s been posited that more than half the karts sold are actually never raced.

Step 06: What Type Of Kart Should I Buy?

This is probably the most commonly asked question for beginners. There is no short answer, but there are some important things to consider:

  • If you intend to race your kart, what race classes are offered in your particular region? You may want to pay a visit to your local kart club before making any major decisions. Get a flavor for which classes are offered and well contested.
  • Shifter Kart or single speed? By now you’ve probably seen that there are two diverse types of race karts. Those that have sequential shifting and those with a single gear. Typically, beginners cut their teeth in the slower classes and graduate upwards.
  • What kart or formats are offered by your local kart shop? The best deal on a kart in the world means very little if you don’t have a source for spare parts and guidance. Before purchasing

Step 07: New Or Used?

Karting can be relatively affordable, or it can be quite expensive. How crazy do you want to go? When starting out, we would highly recommend beginning with used equipment – especially for younger drivers. There’s no sense in spending a small fortune to later realize you really aren’t cut out for the sport. Many kart shops offer previous raced packages which have been thoroughly checked over for safety and structural integrity. Granted, the best deals are likely to be had via a private party, but be sure to read steps 05 and 06 carefully. Even a great deal on a kart you can’t use is a bad purchase.

Helpful links to search for private party karts for sale:

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