When it comes to purchasing a new (or at least new to you) golf cart, there are a lot of questions that you need answers to.
You would never want to make an investment like that without first knowing everything you can on the subject. Never fear! Here are the best answers to some common questions about golf carts!
Should I Purchase a Brand New or Pre-Owned Golf Cart?
Many aspiring golf cart owners have to decide whether they want to make the investment to get a brand new shiny golf cart, or save a little money and purchase one that has already had a previous owner.
Ultimately it is going to depend on you and your priorities, but here are some tips to make that choice easier.
New golf carts come with warranty protection, protecting you in case of breakdowns or unforseen repair costs. In addition, new golf carts are much less likely to have hidden existing problems, and having a new golf cart provides peace of mind.
However, if you’re on a budget and don’t mind passing on the warranty, a pre-owned golf cart could be the perfect fit for you. Pre-owned golf carts are very affordable and offer the ability to add modifications at a much lower investment price than a new one.
Once you’ve made your decision on purchasing either a new or pre-owned golf cart, you need to consider how your golf cart is powered. That leads us to our next common question.
Should I Purchase Gas or Electric?
Again, this decision is going to be based on your priorities and preferences. What do you want out of your golf cart? A gas-powered cart is going to provide you with a bit more power to go faster and also transport people and equipment.
On the flip side, the cost of gas to fuel the golf cart could be a prohibiting factor in your decision.
Electric powered golf carts are quiet, and less expensive to keep on the road than gas powered carts. Simply charge your cart at night and you’re good to go the next day. Usually, electric golf carts are a better fit for couples as opposed to groups or families since the engine power doesn’t have the same “heft” as a gas powered one.
Next on the list of questions is:
Can I Drive My Golf Cart on the Street?
While the short answer to this question is "yes," there are very specific regulations when it comes to whether or not you are allowed to drive a golf cart on the street.
Having a street legal cart isn’t a necessity for everyone, but if you think that you’re going to need a street legal golf cart you can check up on the legal requirements here!
What is the Right Way to Water Golf Cart Batteries?
One of the biggest responsibilities of owning a golf cart is to keep up with maintenance. Watering your golf cart batteries is an extremely important task that will pro-long the life of your golf cart battery if done correctly. Unfortunately, many people don’t know the right way to water their golf cart batteries and end up damaging them instead.
Your golf cart battery has plates inside of it towards the bottom of the battery. A good rule of thumb is to never let the water level go below the top of these plates (ideally keep it ½” above the plates).
Additionally, the water level should be ¼” below the battery vent. The best time to water your battery is after you charge it because if you add water before, it can cause acid bubbling that will wear away and eventually destroy your battery.
There you have it! Whether you are considering buying a golf cart, or had questions on the best way to take care of one, Garrets is the place to go to reach the next level of golf cart knowledge!