Karting: how much does it cost and how do I begin?

2010

I am looking to get into karting, how much does it cost and how do I begin?

Answer: One thing that I like to point out to new racers is that there are racers running karts that have large enough budgets to race Indy cars, and someday probably will race Indy cars. However, there are also people who have minimum wage jobs who successfully race karts. So, in karting, you are virtually able to spend as little or as much as you want to spend.

For the average new racer, it makes the most financial sense to buy a complete used package. If you can find someone who is getting out of karting or someone upgrading his equipment, these will be your best choices. Hopefully if you shop around a little you can find an individual with a kart for sale who kept good notes.

Try to get him to include those notes with your purchase of his kart. This may prove more helpful to you than buying new equipment.

Consider buying a chassis and motor combination that is a proven winner at you local track, as well. This can save you a lot of time on getting your new kart competitive. Of course, don’t buy junk, something two to four years old will usually still be competitive if it was well maintained. Then, after a period of time, if you decide to upgrade or if you decide to get out of karting, as long as your equipment is well maintained, you should be able to sell it for about what you have invested in it.
If you buy a 4 cycle dirt kart package that is new should cost you $2,500 to $5,500. Add another $1,000-$2,000 to that for a 2-cycle.

At these budgets, you will be able to have enough spares and competitive enough equipment to be able to run in front for quite a period of time. Karting is very controlled in the rules department and additional money spent will do little in the area of competitive equipment.

If you have additional money to be spent, it should be spent on, first and foremost, track time, and secondly spare equipment. Thirdly, support equipment, such as tow vehicals, tools, ect.

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