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What to look for when buying used go carts

Aug 17, 2007
When you have come to the decision to invest your money into a hobby, only the best equipment or supplies will do. However, budget is often a determining factor as to how far you can extend your hobby, which is why when you are involved in go carting, used equipment can be very helpful. Some who are passionate about go carting prefer to create their own vehicle, while others are interested in the thrill of a race and enjoy investing in the top-of-the-line, factory made go-carts. No matter what your specific go-cart interests are, the hobby requires a monetary investment and looking into used go-carts or used parts can aid you in spreading your budget further.

Shopping for used go carts is similar in some ways to searching for a used car, but very different in other ways. First, the exterior appearance of a used go cart is not quite as important as it may be when buying a real car. While you do not want the go-cart to have major scratches, dents or tears on the body, you can afford to be a little lenient if there are a few wear and tear marks, because it is in fact used and performance is of greater importance.

If you are not familiar with the general mechanics of a go cart, it is be wise to have someone who is knowledgeable look over the used go cart you are potentially buying. When you check over a used go cart, look at the axels and any components connected to them, as they are vital in properly driving a go cart. Rust anywhere on a used go-cart is usually a bad sign because it can cause many parts to malfunction. Spin the wheels on the used cart and listen for any noise indicating bent parts or old and loose bearings.

Brakes, of course, are a very important component of any vehicle and they should work with no disturbances. Check for leaks in the fluid and test that the brake pedal, when pushed, reacts solidly. You should always test drive a used go-cart before making the purchase. A test drive can tell you things about a cart that just looking at it cannot. While driving a used go-cart, keep a keen eye and ear for any unusual performance.

At some point during the checkout of a used go-cart, you need to see the undercarriage. Any significant scratches or tears should be a strong caution against purchasing that go-cart; however, many worn out carts can be revamped easily and for little money. Price is an important factor in buying a used go-cart. Know the features of the cart you are looking at and find what the approximate new price is for a similar go-cart. Some people advise that half the new price is a reasonable used price for go-carts. Newer used go carts that have been driven occasionally and kept in tip top condition will typically sell for more than half the new price, but if you do a thorough check of the cart as described, you will be able to determine a reasonable price.
About the Author
Mitch Johnson is a successful freelance author that writes regularly for http://www.atv-parts-n-accessories.com/ , a site that focuses exclusively on atv reviews, as well as tips on choosing parts and accessories. His articles have also been featured on recreational automotive sites such as http://www.go-cart-plans-n-kits.com/ and http://www.best-scooters-n-mopeds.com/
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