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Buying a Golf Cart

Buying a Golf Cart – Helpful Tips

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Golf Carts have been around since the early 1950’s and have served many purposes, aside from the traditional transport of 2 players on the golf course.  While EZGO, Club Car, and Yamaha are the well known brands many other golf car companies have come and gone.  Over the years, golf cars have evolved in many ways to better suit the needs of the wide variety of end users.  This includes 4, 6, and 8 passenger models, industrial models, carts set up for off-road use, and a variety of other configurations.  What started out as a very small business has now blossomed into a huge multi-faceted industry with dozens of cart manufacturers and hundreds of golf car accessory suppliers located around the globe.  Golf carts and industrial vehicles are very popular at golf courses and country club, and everything from ranches to cemeteries.
Here are some items to prioritize before you start shopping:

  • Budget vs. age and condition
  • Purpose and terrain
  • Gas or Electric power
  • Accessories
  • Street Legal

Budget – the amount of money you spend can have a direct impact on your satisfaction level with the golf car or industrial vehicle you choose.  Generally, price and quality are directly proportional but there are exceptions so be sure to read on.  Here are different purchase categories and general comments that we will detail in a later blog:

  • Late model fleet lease returns – can be a good value but often have only basic equipment such as top and windshield.
  • Private party sale – generally lower hours but not always.  Often have custom cart options and accessories which you may or may not need.
  • Golf Car Dealer sales – may have been inspected, serviced, or reconditioned.

Evaluating Golf Cart Condition – this is the key to determining overall value.  Many golf car buyers have purchased carts from friends or fellow country club members only to find that it needs new set of deep cycle batteries…an expensive proposition, typically in the $800 plus range.  Or perhaps it needs a new primary or secondary clutch which is also expensive.  Worse yet, the engine is worn out and the buyer has to write a check for more than $1000.   These are all points to evaluate prior to purchasing the golf car.

If you are purchasing from a private party it may be worthwhile to have a reputable Golf Car Dealer check the cart over and provide an assessment of the condition.  It may cost a few dollars but may save you much frustration and expense in the end.
Modifications – Many privately owned golf cars are modified by their owners to meet their specific needs or tastes.
Minor modifications often include headlight kits, custom tires and wheels, carpet kits, and other items which have little impact on the operation of the golf cart and will provide additional comfort.
Major modifications such as:

  • high amp motor controllers
  • large high speed or high torque motors
  • shunt by-pass systems

Again, it is advisable to have a reputable Golf Car Dealer evaluate the modifications to help you determine if these will provide you satisfaction in the long run.  Many manufacturers such as EZGO now provide factory built golf carts that will climb hills very well and provide overall smooth operation, and a full factory warranty.
Accessories –  if you plan to purchase a golf cart loaded with accessories, think about YOUR needs first, especially if you are not planning to keep the cart for an extended period of time.  Many buyers have signed a deal on a loaded golf car only to find it difficult to sell later without taking a major loss on the deal.  Not all buyers need or want a $2000 sound system or fringe on the top of their cart so don’t be talked into buying a bunch of accessories that empty your wallet.
Happy Shopping! And be sure to check back with us for more tips.

Please feel free to visit our showroom at:

All Cal Golf & Industrial Vehicles, LLC

1820 Arnold Industrial Way, Unit B

Concord, CA 94520