How Much Does a Go-Kart Cost?

Last Updated on March 14, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

A go-kart costs somewhere between $1,700 and $3,000, on average. Even so, depending on the type of go-kart you want, as there are quite a few different types available, the price will differ quite considerably. So for example, a professional, high-end adult racing go-kart has an impressive price of up to $10,000, while a pedal go-kart intended for children can be bought for as little as $150.

So as you notice, the price range is considerable, and this is because the cost of each go-kart will depend on several important factors. And even though the price of a go-kart will be somewhere between just $150 and $10,000, and the average go-kart cost is $1,700 to $3,000, let’s see how each type is priced and why.

How Much Does Each Go-Kart Cost?

As you will notice from the next part of the article, there are different go-kart types having very different price ranges. While shopping for such a kart, you’ll find adult racing go-karts, off-road go-karts, youth or kid go-karts, homemade go-karts, hoverboard go-karts, and basic pedal go-karts. So what is the expected price for each of these categories?

Kid & Youth Go-kart Cost Off Road Go-Kart Cost Racing Go-Kart Cost
Kid & Youth Go-kart Cost Off-Road Go-Kart Cost Racing Go-Kart Cost
$600 – $3,300 $1,200 – $2,400 $3,000 – $10,000
Pedal Go-Kart Cost Hoverboard Go-Kart Cost Homemade Go-Kart Cost
Pedal Go-Kart Cost Hoverboard Go-Kart Cost Homemade Go-kart Cost
$100 – $300 $300 – $500 $500 – $1,000

Kid and Youth Go-Kart

There are quite a few different go-kart types intended for children and teenagers. Off-road go-karts made for youths and kids will usually be smaller in size than the adult versions and will be a little cheaper. Racing go-karts for kids will come in several categories, each having its own specifications.

Kid and Youth Off-Road Go-Kart Cost

Off-road go-karts that are intended for kids and youths are anywhere between 20% and 50% smaller than adult go-karts, and will usually be single seater. They will be priced less than the adult version and will be equipped with a smaller engine as well. You will usually find off-road go-karts for kids and youths at prices between $700 and $1,300.

One example is the Powersports Go-Kart 110cc, which has a price of $1,050.

Powersports Go-Kart 110cc model

Kid and Youth Racing Go-Kart Cost

You will likely hear people that talk about racing go-karts for kids and youths refer to them as cadet, kid, or mini-karts. These go-karts should be cheaper than your average go-kart, having a smaller engine and also being smaller in size. Expect to spend somewhere between $2,200 and $3,300 for a kid or youth racing go-kart.

TonyKart Neos is an example of a youth racing go-kart and is priced at $2,500.

TonyKart Neos Model

Off-Road Go-Kart Cost

Expect to spend somewhere between $1,100 and $2,100 for the average off-road go-kart. When it comes to off-road go-karts, there are quite a few different types, all having different specifications and different prices as well. For example, you will pay an average price of $1,700 for a 1-Seater or 2-Seater off-road go-kart like the Coleman Powersports KT196.

You might also like our articles about the cost of four-wheelers, EZ-GO golf carts, or dune buggies.

Among the most important factors to influence the cost of an off-road go-kart are the quality of materials it is made from, the size of the go-kart, as well as the equipment it comes with. Expect to spend about $4,500 for larger types of off-road go-karts, due to them being equipped with large engines that help them move a heavier load. The more expensive models also contain a heavy-duty frame, a larger chassis, and more seats, so they can carry more people.

A great example is the Coleman Powersports KT196, which will cost around $1,652.

Coleman Powersports KT196 Model

Racing Go-Kart

Professional racing go-karts are considerably more expensive than your average go-kart, and this is because they are also way more sophisticated. They will come with larger engines, high-end parts, and a more elaborate design.

Professional Racing Go-Kart Cost

The higher-end professional racing go-karts will be toward the higher end of the price range, with costs that can easily reach $10,000. They will usually be used in international go-kart racing competitions and will be equipped with all the needed equipment to win the races. So obviously, their price will be way above the average price of a go-kart, somewhere between $5,500 and $10,000.

CRG DD2 Dark Rider is one example of a professional racing go-kart and is priced at $8,880.

CRG DD2 Dark Rider Model

Average Racing Go-Kart Cost

If you’re not looking to compete internationally, then you can also opt for an average racing go-kart. This can be used for national or local karting competitions and can cost between $3,000 and $5,000. They will be equipped with mid-range equipment, putting more pressure on the driver to do a great job to win the race. One example of a mid-range racing go-kart is the popular  CRG KT2 and BirelART AM29-S11. It is just above the middle of the price range, but some of these karts will come without tires or engines, parts that you will have to buy separately.

The BirelART AM29-S11 is a great example of your average racing go-kart with a cost of $3,495.

BirelART AM29-S11 Model

Homemade Go-Kart Cost

Your average homemade go-kart will cost between $400 and $1,000, depending on the parts you choose to use and the model of go-kart you plan to build.

The materials, type, and even size of the homemade go-kart depend on you. This is why you can spend just around $100 on all the needed parts, or you can spend a few thousand dollars if you want to build a more professional, go-kart with higher-end parts.

Hoverboard Go-Kart Cost

You will usually spend just between $300 and $500 for a full hoverboard go-kart. Some people call the hoverboard go-kart a hoverkart. This is a vehicle made of two separate components stuck together. You will usually spend between $200 and $300 on the hoverboard alone depending on the needed quality and the brand you’re going for.

You will also need a hoverboard conversion or attachment kit, which should cost between $100 and $200. There are all kinds of kits, each coming with different features, depending on what you plan on building.

Pedal Go-Kart Cost

Pedal go-karts are the cheapest of them all, with prices between $just $80 and $200, and are intended for kids and even toddlers. Pedal go-karts also come in different types and with different features. Of course, the price difference will ultimately be given by the features the vehicle comes with as well as its brand.

How is the Cost of a Go-Kart determined?

There are several things that will dictate the actual cost of your go-kart. Among the most important factors influencing go-kart prices is their type. Each type of go-kart will need different parts, and each of these parts will come at a different cost. Check out the list below, which is comprised of the most important factors to affect the cost of your go-kart.


Bigger go-karts will cost considerably more than smaller ones, as they will need more material to be made. As they are bigger and heavier, they will also need more power to run properly, so they will have to be equipped with bigger go-kart engines. And engines are among the most expensive parts, so they will influence the final cost quite a lot.


As said above, there are several different types of go-karts and each of them will fit in a different price range. When it comes to racing go-karts, these will usually be made of FIA-compliant, racing materials, that are lightweight, as speed is the most important for these vehicles. As these materials have a higher price, so will the go-kart. Homemade and custom go-karts, on the other hand, will be made of common materials, which also means they will be considerably cheaper.


The price of the go-kart will also be influenced by the number of parts it is made from. Go-karts made of more parts will also cost more. One example is the off-road go-kart, known to have additional parts like storage racks, headlights, additional seats, brake disks, and individual suspensions. As you’d expect, entry-level go-kart models with fewer additional features will cost considerably less than fully equipped off-road go-karts.


High-end racing go-karts and basic racing go-karts aren’t the same things. You can spend as much as double on a high-end go-kart than you’d spend for a standard racing model. This is because the high-end ones are made from lightweight materials. These materials will be anything from steel alloy like the AISI-4130 to carbon fiber.

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