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What are the disadvantages of buying a cheap racing car?

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The primary disadvantages of purchasing a cheap racing car are reliability and long-term cost, according to automotive enthusiast website Jalopnik. Many less-expensive race cars have mechanical issues from long-term use, and even a car in good condition often requires extensive modification to conform to the requirements for a specific race.

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Most drivers purchasing inexpensive race cars choose either to purchase and modify an inexpensive street car or to find a suitable used race car. In the first case, necessary modifications to the street vehicle often add substantially to the overall price of the vehicle. As an example, adding a roll cage to a car typically costs approximately $1500, as reported by Jalopnik. The total price of a car when accounting for maintenance and other modifications could be on the order of $5000 for a car with a price of only $500.

Drivers who purchase a ready-made race car often still face significant post-purchase investments. Most inexpensive race cars are used, with significant mileage under racing conditions, so replacing and repairing outstanding issues is often an issue. In addition, many race organizations have different requirements for permissible safety and performance equipment, so a car prepared for use in one race series is potentially illegal under the rules of another. It is advisable to determine if a used race car conforms to the rules of the race it is intended for before purchase.

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