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 Looking for a reliable race ready beginner car 
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I am looking for a reliable race ready beginner car preferably a small bore like a Sprite or Midget. If there are added accessories that would be a plus.

Jeff
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Mon May 18, 2015 11:43 am
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Jeff,
I was in your position a couple years ago and made every mistake in the book.
You've been given some great advice by experienced folks on the email forum.
I'll just add a little bit more

(1) Most sellers sincerely believe what they tell you about their cars being turn-key, or being totally refreshed, etc. But these are biased opinions. What you want is an expert, unbiased opinion to reduce the risks of getting a car that'll need lots of work before it's race ready. You can't drive that risk to zero as even a well built/maintained car can sustain a big and unpredicted failure.

(2) Unless you're an experienced mechanic, I suggest you have a professional race mechanic/shop evaluate any potential purchase. And yes, I think it's worth a few hundred bucks to have them do it. They should be able to help you determine how likely the car might need major repairs in the near future.

(3) Get a car that is actively run in VRG (or whatever org you will race with). That will help max your chances that the car is prepped to pass tech. Sometimes that's not of huge value, but it does eliminate the concern that the car needs lots of updating to be safe. I'd put VRG and SVRA's tech requirements ahead of a group like VSCCA.

(4) If you can find a car that is currently active AND maintained by a well respected shop that specializes in race car maint/prep, you'll maximize your chances of running rather than wrenching in the paddock. I did this the 2nd time around, and the car has run flawlessly for my first two events. Plus, the previous owner worked with the shop to get the car really well setup so I can focus on my inadequacies as a new driver and not worry about getting the car dialed in (or blaming the setup for my slow times). I would not hesitate to give the folks at GMT or KTR, for example, a call. I think GMT knows PBova's Turner, for example.

(5) The good race shops (GMT, KTR, etc.) will also know of cars for sale, including ones that the owner's have not advertised anywhere. Plus, they know the cars and can steer you to something that matches your needs.

John Feng

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