How to Buy Amusement Park Rides

An amusement park ride is a major purchase that comes with liability issues.
An amusement park ride is a major purchase that comes with liability issues. (Image: Amusement park, attraction image by Шульгин Сергей from

Used and antique amusement park rides can be purchased through several online businesses. This is a major purchase with an uncertain return because the rides are used, possibly in varying states of disrepair, and an extreme liability if you operate the ride and an injury occurs.


Purchasing an amusement park ride is best left to a serious collector who intends to display the ride as a museum piece. Then there is no risk of injury involved in operating or riding the ride. As of August 2010, cheaper rides start at around $50,000 to purchase. The price rises for large rides and carousels, which are more popular with collectors.


Have any ride you are buying inspected and installed by a ride inspection specialist. Businesses that sell rides can put you in contact with legitimate inspectors. You will need training and a permit if you do decide to operate the ride.


Most amusement park ride dealers require a 10 percent to 20 percent down payment on the purchase of a ride. Inspections will vary in cost depending on the type of ride purchased. You can sometimes work with the seller to negotiate shipping fees, as the cost to ship an amusement park ride can be exorbitant.

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