Go-karts can be powered by electricity, old-fashioned pedal power or by a small petrol engine. These karts are available from dealers new or as kits, or second-hand from classified ads. Depending on your budget and the amount of work you are willing to put in, buying a kart can be a bargain or could cost several thousand dollars.
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Choose whether you want to buy a new or second-hand petrol go-kart. New, fully assembled go-karts can cost several thousand dollars; second-hand karts can go for much less.
Decide if you want to build your own new go-kart from a kit or buy the go-kart from the dealer fully assembled. The advantage of buying a kit kart is that it can be personalised and you may be able to use second-hand parts instead of buying new parts. Make sure the kit you are buying covers all of the essential parts. For example, Gemini Karts in Northhamptonshire can sell you the assembled kart, the entire kit, a chassis kit only, the individual parts necessary to build the kart or even just the plans.
Ask sellers of new karts about the warranty and its length. Ask what safety features and extras are included with the kart.
Order your new kit or kart from the dealer. Kits can usually be delivered to your house but you may need to visit the dealer in person to buy a fully assembled kart. Ask if the dealer can deliver the assembled kart to your house. This usually incurs an extra delivery fee which depends on the distance the delivery will travel. Alternatively, bring a trailer and ratchet straps with you to the dealer so you can transport the kart home.
Search for second-hand karts on auction websites such as eBay or classified advertisements in the local paper, UK Karting website or the second-hand website Preloved. Make sure the kart has all the necessary components and that it's running. Take into account delivery charges or check if the seller needs you to come and collect the kart.
Ask the seller for a receipt and be sure to keep any warranty documentation in a safe place.
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