Buying used presents some issues:

  • Buying used from a kart dealer normally costs a little more (they have to make a living too), however most will have checked the kart and repaired any obvious faults. Don’t expect a guarantee, but most reputable dealers are reasonable and will try to assist you with any problems you may have. They have their reputation to protect!
  • Buying used in a private sale is normally the cheapest option, but generally leaves you no comeback if you have problems. You can sometimes get very good “package” deals when someone is quitting karting. Sometimes you can pick up a kart (or two), trailer, spares etc, as a complete package, for bargain prices. HOWEVER: We suggest that, if you’re buying privately, you should have someone who knows something about karts to advise you. Even then it’s no guarantee, as you don’t know the condition of the motor etc. If you intend racing make sure that the equipment you buy is current and racing in your region to avoid major disappointment.

When buying used (private or dealer), ask the following questions:

  • What model chassis is it? (This can make a difference when you want to sell/upgrade)
  • Has it been bent or cracked. Bends can be straightened, and cracks can be welded. Look for untidy welding on the main tubes. (The struts securing the sides of the seats often crack and need repairing so don’t worry too much about those)
  • What condition is the motor in? A bargain may not turn out to be such a bargain when the engine needs major work!
  • Does the seat fit you snugly? If not, budget on having a new one fitted (R 1600 +) as a loose seat is uncomfortable, tiring (your arms will always be fighting the G-forces), and can result in damaged ribs.
  • Are there any spares that come with the kart? Things such as trolleys, sprockets, chains, carbs, practise tyres, wet weather tyres, spare rims, hubs & axles all come in handy.