In today’s economy, everyone is looking for ways to save money. One such avenue is opting for a used electric golf cart instead of a brand new one. However, it’s crucial to ensure that your cost-saving strategy doesn’t turn into a money pit. Over the past decade, I’ve sold thousands of golf carts, both new and used, and I’ve learned several things that can go wrong when buying a used golf cart. This article will highlight three key considerations to help you make an informed purchase.
The Importance of a Split Windshield
The first thing to consider when buying a used electric golf cart is the windshield. Many people find a golf cart they like, only to realize too late that it has a one-piece windshield. This might not seem like a big deal, but when you’re cruising down the fairway on a 100-degree day, you’ll wish you had that breeze a split windshield provides.
Unfortunately, a one-piece windshield is permanent and cannot be replaced with a two-piece. Therefore, it’s essential to ensure the golf cart you’re considering has a split windshield. These windshields fold down, lock in place, and allow for a refreshing breeze. They can also be replaced over time if the seam breaks, making them a cost-effective choice. For those in desert climates, a tinted windshield is recommended, while those in rainier climates, like the Northwest, might prefer a clear windshield.
Understanding the Difference Between an LSV and a Golf Cart
The second consideration is understanding the difference between a Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) and a golf cart. An LSV typically has a full windshield and a roll bar, unlike a golf cart, which has thinner roof supports. While an LSV can be used on a golf course, it’s primarily designed for roadways and requires licensing through the DMV.
The ride quality of an LSV on a golf course is not as smooth as on pavement, so if you’re primarily using your cart for golfing, a traditional golf cart might be a better choice. Remember, an LSV also has a one-piece windshield, which, as mentioned earlier, can limit your comfort on hot days.
The Pitfalls of a Sealed Battery
The third consideration when buying a used golf cart is the type of battery it uses. Many people are drawn to sealed batteries because they require less maintenance. However, these batteries cost more and only last about half as long as a Trojan lead-acid battery that requires regular maintenance. So, while a sealed battery might seem like a convenient choice, it could end up costing you more in the long run.
Verifying the Manufacturer’s Status
Finally, a bonus tip is to ensure the golf cart’s manufacturer is still in business. Some companies, like Star Car, are no longer operating, making it difficult to find parts for repairs. Always ask the salesman if the golf cart is still being manufactured and if the company is still in operation.
Buying a used electric golf cart can be a great way to save money, but it’s essential to make informed decisions. By considering the type of windshield, understanding the difference between an LSV and a golf cart, checking the type of battery, and verifying the manufacturer’s status, you can ensure your used golf cart serves you well for years to come.