GOLF CART MAINTENANCE AND BUYING TIPS AND TRICKS FOR STREET LEGAL AND COURSE DRIVEN CARS
Wanting to Buy a Golf Cart? Maintenance is Where to Begin.
Excited about the possibility of buying your first golf cart? Whether you’re wanting a golf cart for cruising the fairways or a street-legal one to drive around town and save on fuel, there are a few things you should consider before your purchase. Cut down on wasted time and energy and save yourself some frustration by researching the maintenance different carts will need.
The upkeep between gas and electric golf carts does vary. For example, electric carts require far less care than gas-powered ones. However, electric golf carts’ batteries can corrode. If you do decide on an electric model, make sure you pick up a battery shield. While inexpensive, they protect the battery and its points from weather and water damage and are a great way to help prevent corrosion.
On the other hand, if you decide on a gas-powered cart, you’ll need to be prepared for a more rigorous maintenance schedule, much like the one you follow for your everyday car. Changing the oil and filters and performing regular tune-ups will extend the life of your golf cart’s gas-powered engine.
No matter which motor type your cart will have, don’t forget that regular tire maintenance will be needed. The type and amount of maintenance will vary by whether the tires are used on the roads (for street-legal carts) or on the fairways and paths of a golf course. Still, you can avoid many tire problems by maintaining proper tire pressure. An overinflated tire will wear out quickly and could develop structural issues. Avoid this by following the factory specifications for the correct PSI, which can be found on the sidewall. Checking and correcting your tire pressure frequently will prolong the life of your tires.
Another thing to keep in mind for most golf carts; the front suspension should be lubricated every three months. Refer to your owner’s manual for your cart’s specific maintenance schedule, then grease the rack ball joint and wheel bearings.
Whatever parts you might need for your cart’s maintenance schedule, The ROP Shop is here to help. Be sure to check out our OEM and aftermarket golf cart parts selection before you leave our site!
OK...Now what? New and Used Golf Cart Buying Tips.
Now that you have an idea of your future cart’s maintenance needs, you might be asking: Should I buy a new or used golf cart? We’ve put together a list of pros and cons for both options to help you make your decision. Take the following into consideration; risk tolerance, customizations that you want or need, and your budget. Doing your homework ahead of time goes a long way toward peace of mind and can help you buy the right cart the first time.
Pros and Cons of a New Golf Cart:
- Most new golf carts come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Or, if you’re purchasing from a dealership, they might offer warranties or extended protection plans. If something were to go wrong with your new cart, repairs or replacements could be taken care of at little to no cost to you. Thus, buying new could be the best option if you’re wanting to avoid immediate repair or maintenance costs.
- Buying new can give you exclusive access to a large variety of features, options, and accessories during the buying process.
- Peace of mind. You know the cart has been professionally built, and that it doesn’t have any hidden damage or previous accidents.
- A new golf cart can easily cost the same as a small new vehicle (depending on modifications and customizations). Some new carts can be cheaper than even used models, but the chances are if you buy new, you’ll pay more. Keep an eye out for sales and have a target price in mind. This will help you get the best deal possible.
- If you don’t have the budget, your new golf cart options will be pretty slim.
Pros and Cons of a Used Golf Cart:
- In most cases, buying a used golf cart is far more affordable than purchasing a new one. For those without cash on hand or financing options, this can be a significant benefit. In some cases, buying a used cart may be the only financially viable option.
- Many golf cart owners take good care of their vehicles or even recondition them to make them look brand new. You can usually find a few options in great shape as a result.
- Used golf carts can also come with a variety of modifications. In fact, because the cart has been around longer, the chances of finding add-ons may be better than for a brand-new cart on the market. Just keep in mind that some kits may require small to major revamping to older models.
- You may not know the history of a used golf cart. Was it ever wrecked? Has it been rebuilt? What has been replaced? Has it had regular maintenance? If the owner has inspection records, give them a look and see how detailed they are. If the cart is electric, you’ll want to check the battery’s age and take a test drive to see how well the cart was stored. Don’t hesitate to take a look underneath. Check for leakage and listen for suspicious sounds that could suggest a need for immediate or upcoming repairs.
- A lack of a warranty isn’t always a deal-breaker. However, when buying a used golf cart, it is unlikely they will come with a warranty. This means the cart is purchased ‘as-is’ with no guarantees. If you’re not mechanically inclined, bring along someone who is knowledgeable about golf carts, batteries, and engine repair to give you a heads up before you buy.
Now that you’ve reviewed your options and know what to look for, this may allow you to enjoy the process of picking out the right golf cart without the added stress. We hope you find a good cart purchase that brings you years of fun and adventure! Be sure to visit The ROP Shop when the time comes for regular golf cart maintenance and repair parts.
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