Used go karts are usually sought after by those on a limited budget or
those thinking of giving karting a go but do not want to commit to the
full price until they are sure they like the lifestyle.
If you are a parent or adult buying a used go kart for the kids then
you need to tread carefully as often those shining, flash looking
used go karts for sale online, going for a steal may end up costing
you as much or even more than buying it brand new and then it may only
last half as long.
You will learn here some insider tips on buying used go carts, what to
look for and what to avoid, questions to ask and practicle advice to
follow that will help to ensure your children or yourself enjoys years
of fun on cheap used go kart.
The first and most important tip is never buy used go karts online !
Yes it’s true never buy them online, you will inevitably end up with
somebody elses problems and seeking reperation or refunds after the
fact may prove near impossible.
People often make the mistake of buying a used go cart from the
internet from a seller out of state, then having it couriered to them
a few days later, based entirely on the sellers description and the
two or three photographs.
The sad truth is people often lie about the condition of their used
go carts and they will equally fail to reveal faults about the gokart
unless you specifically ask the right questions, if you do not want
to be caught out like this then don’t buy used go karts for sale on
Caveat Emptor ! Is the rule of thumb, Buyer beware, if the kart is
unbelievebly cheap then is is probably unbelievebly unreliable and
will blow up on the third outing.
If you insist on buying used online then make sure you get the sellers
home number and postal address.
Ask for his phone number so that you can call him and ask some vital
questions, if he is selling a dud then he will be reluctant to give
out personal information and will probably insist on communicating
via email only, if this is the case then leave it well alone.
If the seller is honest and thinks the go kart is in good, going
condition then he should not be averse to accepting a weeks guarantee.
That means you pay for the gokart, it is couriered to you or you pick
it up, and you run it for a week and if happy the deal is sealed, if
you are unhappy the go-cart can be returned for a full refund, minus
the courier cost which you carry, if you need to courier it back.
Ideally if you are looking for used gokarts then it pays to buy
locally, search within your driving range so that you can inspect the
go kart, give it a test run and ask all of the pertinant questions
you need to ask.
If the go kart has been raced or is from a go cart hire business, then
it is logical to assume it has had heavy and repeated use and has
probably been involved in a few crashes and spills, these are questions
you need to ask, if it has been crashed a few times then the go kart
chassis is probably out of line and there will be other problems that
are not visible or identifiable at the time of inspection.
Buying used go carts for sale from a fellow dad whose children may have outgrown
it or don’t think it is cool anymore is the best option for buying
second hand, if the go-cart is less than five years old and is in good
nick then you can safely bet it has had limited use and little wear and
The average family yard kart gets used less than 50 times a year and
for short periods, this option is the best way to buy. Try bargaining
if you think the price is a little steep, dad won’t mind and he wants
it to go to a good home and be appreciated.
When you make the first query by phone make sure you know the brand,
make, model and year. Use this information to research online the average price for the same gokart brand new and used, this gives you room for negotiation.
The final thing about buying a used go kart is don’t forget to have fun when you finally get one, it sure beats kicking a ball around.