Should You Be Driving A Golf Cart?

by Frank Vanderlugt

Are you a golf enthusiast or a business owner who would love to own a golf cart? Regardless of why you want a cart, you’ll be happy to know many possibilities exist. From buying new to buying used, you can find golf carts in all sorts of price ranges. You definitely should investigate the possibilities thoroughly before you make your choice. Many golf carts are very affordable, and with a little research you may be surprised at the great deal you can find.

Standard golf carts hold two and sometimes four people. Knowing what size you need before you start shopping will help you limit your choices. In addition, you’ll want to decide before you start searching where you’ll store your golf cart and the types of roads and grassy areas where you’ll drive the cart. Golf carts are heavy, so you need to make certain any areas where you’ll operate the vehicle can support the weight.

Golf carts come in both gas and electric models. Although many people may still feel gas carts are better, electric golf-cart technology has really advanced in recent years. Now electric golf carts are not only reliable and environmentally friendly, they also are very powerful.

Most golf courses buy electric carts these days, so it’s usually easier to find used electric carts. Golf courses like to keep their carts in great shape. For that reason, they upgrade on a fairly regular basis. This is good news for you because you can probably find a great deal on a used golf cart. Not only are used carts available, but in many cases, you can find ones that have been refurbished and now come with warranties.

Of course, you can find golf carts that haven’t been refurbished and don’t have warranties, but you may be taking a chance on those. Consider how you’ll handle repairs and problems. Will it be worth the lower cost initially if you’ll have more problems with the cart?

If you look around and do your research, you should be able to find a reliable used golf cart for about half of what a new cart will cost you. Of course, most of the used carts are electric, but gas golf carts are available, especially if you’re interested in new.

When you start your hunt for a golf cart, consider how you’ll use it. If you plan to park the cart in your garage and then drive it a short distance to the course, you may need to have a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV). This means that you will be able to drive your cart on the street in a neighborhood. Your cart will have safety features such as turn signals, brake lights, and seat belts. You’ll also need side and rearview mirrors so you can operate the vehicle safely on a public street.

Owning your own golf cart can be a lot of fun. Do your research before you buy, so that you’ll end up with a cart you’ll enjoy for many years to come.

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1 comment to Should You Be Driving A Golf Cart?

  • Dawie Viljoen


    I have an electric 36 V Ez-Go Golf Cart.

    The cart has a problem that sometimes when you step on the pedal, it just do nothing. After a while (2 to 5 minutes) when you step on the pedal again, there is a click inside the controller unit (sounds like a relay switching) whereafter the cart is OK again. This is very annoying.

    What cauaes the problem and how can I fix it?

    Kind regards

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