The benefits of electric go karts are well documented. They’re quiet, efficient & relatively affordable. They require little maintenance and are generally safer for children. But while electric go karts are great for kids and casual recreational use, the power of an electric go kart simply cannot compare to the raw horsepower generated by a gas powered go kart, especially if you’re looking to race.
Even if you’re a casual driver with no interest in competitive racing, the gas powered go kart still has its benefits. The feel of zooming slightly above the track with the roar of an engine whining and roaring behind you, the smell of fuel and rubber burning replicates that “race car” feeling in a way that electric go karts simply cannot replicate.
Not only does driving a gas powered go kart offer greater raw horsepower and a greater driving thrill, but you’ll simply have longer ride times with gas powered go karts than with your electric go karts, which usually require a charge after 20-45 minutes, depending on the model.
For those parents looking to buy a child their first serious go kart, gas powered is the only way to go. While electric go karts may be ok as toys, if your child has aspirations for racing or even just a liking for the ultra high powered racing cars they see on TV, getting a child into a gas powered go kart early will help them a lot when they transition to the more powerful competitive racing go karts that you’ll find at the track.
Finding Cheap Gas Powered Go Karts
Of course, one of the major downsides of gas powered go karts is the added cost. So what should you do if you’re looking for a cheap gas powered go kart? The best way to purchase a cheap gas powered go kart is to find one used. There are lots of cheap gas powered go karts available used online through auction sites like ebay, or local classified sites such as craigslist.
However, because used go karts, especially gas powered go karts, are more prone to breakdowns and mechanical problems, you probably don’t want to go this route unless you are mechanically inclined, as this may end up costing you more in the long run. Perhaps the best way to save money on gas powered go karts is simply to shop around online. By shopping around online, you can get much better bang for your buck than if you just go to your local dealer and pick out the cheapest go kart they have.
Remember, an electric go kart can never replicate the experience of a gas powered go kart, so don’t be afraid to spend a little more for the true go karting experience.
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