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Welcome to the World of Karting
Karts, have been around since the late fifties. Karting has since developed into the international sport that is recognised as today's training ground for tomorrow's world champion drivers. 
We will try and give newcomers to karting some idea on how to get started and what to look for before going motor racing
Buying a Kart
Even if you never intend to race it would be best that you buy a kart designed specifically for racing.
The classes of kart listed in the classes section will serve you best as a beginner. Because they are designed for high speed, racing karts that are built tough. 
Competition rules prohibit suspension and so racing chassis designs involve few components and handle extremely well. 
When shopping for a kart the best place to start is a kart track on a race day.
While there may not be any karts for sale, there are lots of people who are all to willing to answer your questions. This gives you a good look at the different classes of karts and may help you know what to look out for.
Most Karting shops sell both second hand and new karts along with a range of spare parts. 
Try the classifieds (The Trading Post is a good place to start), as well as local papers. 
When buying a kart privately it is best to buy something that is still in use.
Karts that are being sold because nobody uses them any more are usually old and out of date.
Safety rules can change over time and what may seem like a bargain may end up costing a lot in new tyres, side pods, nose cones, exhaust pipes and engine rebuilds. 
Most regular kart racers will not sell an engine with the kart chassis unless they are changing to another class or quitting karting altogether. Getting an engine "blueprinted" is a major cost (almost the price of the motor again). If you buy a new engine, after running it in it will have to be blueprinted to become competitive. For this reason most karters prefer to keep their old engines and only buy a new chassis.
Things to look out for when buying a second hand kart
To avoid being "ripped off" when buying a kart you should visit the track you wish to race to get a feel for the difference between a good kart and a pile of junk.
Below is a list of things to look for when buying a kart:
What parts may need to be replaced
Does the Kart have Hydraulic brakes 
Is the Kart of Modern frame design
Availability and price of parts
Engine positioning
Cracks in welding and chassis components
How much does it cost ?
The price of a kart will vary according to it's class, age and how much has to be done to get it to race standard. The things that you may need to price are listed below for more information check with Kart club members.
(Prices are approximate)
Second Hand Kart Chassis 
Fit for purpose (Race ready) - No Motor      $800 -$1900
New Seat 
(if the one on the old kart you buy doesn't fit you)    $60 - $140
Brand new Chassis
This should include tyres, exhaust and a custom fitted seat.   $3200
Brand new motor
The price of the motor may or may not include the exhaust system so check for this when shopping around.  $1000
Motor Blueprint 
I.e. : Supe up motor to make it go fast. (If you want to race). $ 400
Motor Parts 
Engine Gasket kit  $20
Piston rings $20
Carburetor Kit (Gaskets, Needles, Springs etc.) $16
Box trailer (6" x 4.5") - (not to rusty) Refer to local classifieds
Covered trailer - Refer to karting magazines and classifieds
Safety Wear and Equipment
Helmet (How much is your head worth?) 
Driving suit, $120  and gloves $45
Running expenses
Tyres (set of 4 Bridgestone YEQ)
Oil and Petrol
Drivers Licence
Licences are required at all AKA affiliated tracks Licence fees pay for the administration of the sport, and injury insurance. 
Basic (Practice only - no racing - must be a member of a club) 
Full Licence (Required for racing - must be member of a club) $139
Club membership
Single Membership $75
Family Membership $90

Race Entry
Members and Non Members $25 second entry $15

You should check with your local kart club concerning an insurance policy to cover your kart while it is in storage or transit. Most home contents policies do not cover karts. The policy you choose should cover the kart for theft, fire, weather and natural disasters and also for damage during transport, e.g.. You crash your car with the trailer and kart destroying everything. Your car insurance may not cover this loss.
Unfortunately finding an insurance policy to cover the kart is not easy. You can inquire with CAMS in your state as they often act as a broker for companies offering similar policies on race cars.
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