There are a few reasons why people buy go kart kits:
For Fun: They enjoy building things
Bonding: It’s a project to work on with their child or friend.
Customization: Go kart kits allow you to custom build a kart to your own specifications.
Save money: People order go kart kits to reduce expenses
Go kart kits can be a great project if you enjoy tinkering with mechanical things, are looking for something fun to do with your son, or you want a custom go kart built to your specs. The end result is that you might save a bit of money over buying a pre-built go kart (though not always the case). However, buying go kart kits simply to save money is often a bad idea, as the time and energy required to put the kart together from a go kart kit will often result in frustration and unfinished projects.
Cheap Go Kart Kits – Unwelded Go Kart Kits
When selecting a go kart kit, you first have to decide if you’re going to get a kit that’s pre welded or unwelded. While you can save up to 30% by purchasing an unwelded kit, you’ll obviously need the equipment and expertise to weld the kart yourself in order to enjoy those savings. You can also hire a local welder to build it for you, but that would likely surpass the cost of just buying a welded go kart kit. If you’re looking for further customization though and you aren’t a welder, this might be an option though.
Welded Go Kart Kits
These are much easier to put together than un welded kits, but more expensive. These are usually quite simple to assemble, though of course they come in a wide range of difficulty. If you’re a novice, the best thing to do is to ask your dealer (or email if you’re buying online) if the go kart kit you’re purchasing is suitable for your skill and experience level.
These are really great projects to work on with kids aged 8-16. There’s lots of things even a young kid can help with (though make sure to keep a close eye on them and take proper care with power tools) and they’ll certainly have lots of fun building it with you. I have a lot of fond memories from childhood building go karts with my dad, and I’m definitely going to pass those experiences onto my son.
I suggest purchasing go kart kits online for 2 reasons: 1) It’s usually much cheaper than purchasing from local dealers 2) It’s easier to find additional go kart parts online if needed.
How Much Do Go Kart Kits Cost?
Obviously there’s a huge range in price depending on the type of go kart you’re looking for, but for most new hobbyists, general numbers are usually helpful.
Welded Go Kart Kits
- Yard kart welded go kart frame kit/parts/engine/shipping: 1000
- Offroad welded go kart frame kit/parts/engine/shipping: 2000
Un-welded Go Kart Kits
- Yard kart un-welded go kart frame kit/parts/engine/shipping: 800
- Offroad un-welded go kart frame kit/parts/engine/shipping: 1500
There are just general numbers for standard kits, depending if you’re looking at entry level products or higher end go karts, the numbers will vary greatly. You can get a better idea of specific prices by taking a look at my recommended go kart kits in the section below.
My Favorite Go Kart Kits