Things to Avoid when Buying a Used Golf Cart
- Do not forget to check the licensing requirements for your area
Before buying a golf cart used, or any type of golf cart for that matter, you should familiarize yourself both with the state licensing requirements and local laws regarding the use or transport of golf carts on private or public roads.
Your golf cart may need to be modified to allow you to drive on public roads in some places. Some places will require you to add a Street Legal Kit. Other places only allow gas-powered golf carts to drive on public roads.
You should first check the rules and regulations for the golf course before using a cart. Many golf courses don’t allow golf carts.
Before you shop for a cart, ensure that you understand the rules. It is not a good idea to spend several thousand dollars on a vehicle and then find out that it can’t be driven where you intended.
- Not Getting Enough Information about the Golf Cart
As with buying a car used, you will want to be able to get some information about the golf cart dealers
This may not seem like an important detail at the time of purchase but if you don’t get the necessary information, it could end up costing you dearly in the future.
It would be ideal to know the conservation as well as the accident history of the golf cart and its origin (country or state). It’s great if you can get a logbook with receipts. You are ahead of the curve.
There’s a possibility that the seller of a golf cart you are buying from someone else may not have all the information, especially if they don’t own it.
Do not buy from a dealer that fails to give all the information. This is bad news for the vehicle’s rest if the dealer withholds the basic information.
You can at least get the serial number and/or manufacturer number for your golf cart to help you identify the make, year, and model. The website has a wonderful guide for all things related to this topic.
- Overlooking the Battery
Basic knowledge of the batteries is necessary if you’re buying an electric-powered golf cart. It is a good idea to inspect and test the batteries.
A new set of golf cart batteries can run between $1,000 and $2,000, so they don’t last forever. Other key components such as the battery or onboard charger can be damaged by old or defective batteries. We have experienced these ourselves.
Please note that these tips are for lead-acid batteries. These are the most common type of batteries you will encounter. You’ll need to find tips for specific types of lithium-ion or older batteries if you happen to come across one.
- Shopping for an Off-Brand Golf Cart
It might seem like a great deal that you’re getting on a cart brand that no one’s ever heard of, but it becomes a problem when you have to make alterations or upgrades.
Additionally, millions of customers can speak for each model from these top brands. If you’re interested in DIY maintenance, it can be very difficult to find information on lesser-known brands.
- Do not use it as a Real-World Test Drive
Prospective buyers may take a used cart out for a spin on a parking lot. Or worse, they purchase a golf cart and never ride it.
To ensure that your investment in a golf cart is worthwhile, you should take it on a driving test that simulates the way you plan to use it.
If you are going to drive it in a community that has steep hills, test it on one or two hills to see how it reacts.
You should also ensure that your cart is used for off-road driving.
- Avoid professional inspection
It is important to take your prospective golf cart to a trusted shop to have it professionally inspected.
An older cart may need a professional inspection, but a cart with many known problems is worth the expense. If you’re a first-time buyer and are looking at a cart asking for several thousand dollars, it would be a good idea to have the cart checked by a third party.
- You should not bargain for the price
Be aware that, even though the price is set at “Firm”, there are always opportunities for negotiation.
Particular attention should be paid to any problems that you discover during your inspection (or professional inspection, as we highly recommend), that weren’t disclosed by the buyer.
The flip side is to be cautious of buyers who seem too eager for a sale and willing to do whatever it takes to unload their incredible golf cart (unless they are insanely low or you know exactly what you are getting).