Contractor Tips Blog

Feb
17

DIY Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Golf Cart Running All Season

Posted in Golf Carts

The last thing you want when you are on the 18th hole or on a backwoods trail is for your golf cart to leave you stranded. Just like any vehicle, your golf cart needs maintenance to keep it running in tip-top condition. Preventive maintenance can help ensure you don’t end up with a dead battery or tire problem when you are outside enjoying your day. Here are some DIY tips and tricks to keep up on golf cart repairs and maintenance to make your vehicle run great all season.

  • Battery maintenance. If you have an electric golf cart, battery maintenance is essential. Without a well-charged battery, your day out on the course could be cut short. Make sure to fully charge after each use and keep your batteries full of water for longer life.
  • Check your tires. Like a car or truck, you want to make sure your tires are in good shape before each outing. While a flat tire or low tread is not as dangerous as on a road vehicle, it still is important to replace them when needed.
  • Keep up with tune-ups. Gas-powered and electric models both need tune-ups. Gas-powered carts need oil changes and similar tune-ups to your car. Electric motors are simpler, but still need maintenance. Check with your local golf cart dealer for tune-up kits you can perform at home, or bring your cart in for routine tune-ups at your dealer.

With a little maintenance on your golf cart, you can avoid having to tow your golf cart off the course or out of the woods. Keep up with preventive care to make your golf cart last all season with no troubles during your outings.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Jan
23

When Is a Good Time to Get a Golf Cart Tune Up?

Posted in Golf Carts

Like any vehicle, golf carts need regular maintenance to keep them in good running condition and to extend the life of the motor. Tune-ups are important, and should be done at least once a year. But is there a better time of year to do a tune-up? Yes and no, depending on how often and when you use your golf cart.

Seasonal Use

Golf carts are used for many activities beyond golf. Many times, this is a seasonal use. If you use your golf cart for a true golfing-mobile, you may only use it in the summer in some climates. For those who have a golf cart for hunting excursions, it may be primarily in the fall. When you only use your golf cart for part of the year, it is best to tune-up at the end of the season before you put it away for storage.

Year-Round Use

If you use your golf cart year-round for personal transportation, golfing or for your business, you can schedule your annual tune-up whenever it is convenient. It doesn’t matter the season, so long as you keep on top of the maintenance. Your local golf cart dealer can perform your tune-up, brake check, oil changes (if needed) and other maintenance for you to save you the trouble of trying to do it all yourself.

Gas and electric golf carts need different types of maintenance and tune-ups, so it is important to check your owner’s manual or talk with your local dealer about a maintenance checklist for your cart. The time of year you get your golf cart maintenance and repairs done is not as important as ensuring it does get completed every year.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Nov
30

Give Your Tired Joints a Rest with a New Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

If you have bad knees, a weak hip or ankle issues, it can be painful to get from one place to the next. Walking to the neighbor’s house or to outbuildings on your own property can be difficult, if not impossible. Personal golf carts are a wonderful solution for those with joint or other medical issues like arthritis that make walking painful. More and more people with medical conditions are investing in golf carts for home use to give them more mobility.

Golf carts come in all types and sizes, from small electric models to larger gas carts that can take on rough terrain. For personal transportation, there is a couple factors to consider to determine what type of cart will be best for your needs. Some things to consider include:

  • How many people will it need to hold?
  • How far will you travel with your golf cart?
  • How many hours during the day will it be in use?
  • Will it be used on the roads?

Answering these questions can help you determine whether you should invest in an electric or gas model, the size you’ll need and if you need a street legal kit. Electric models are cost and energy efficient for short trips; however, if you plan on making longer excursions, a gas model may be a better option. Both come in a variety of sizes and can be converted to a street legal model if it is allowed where you live.

Your local golf cart dealer can help you find the right cart for your needs to give you the transportation you need to spare your aching joints. You deserve the chance to stay mobile and have a higher quality of life, which a personal golf cart can help you achieve.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Oct
4

5 Golf Cart Safety Tips

Posted in Golf Carts

Golf carts may be smaller in size and go slower than many motorized vehicles, but they still need to be driven with care. Injuries can happen when you do not follow the correct safety procedures when you are using a golf or utility cart for transportation. To ensure you have a safe ride, keep this five safety tips in mind before you get behind the wheel of your golf cart.

  1. Never stand while the golf cart is in motion. It only takes a slight bump to throw off your balance if you stand up in a moving golf cart. The driver and passengers should remain seated whenever the cart is in motion.
  2. Follow speed limits and recommendations. Although golf carts are not speedy vehicles, you should still adhere to the recommended speed limits. Going too fast can lead to tipping around corners or endanger pedestrians.
  3. Adhere to weight and passenger limits. Your golf cart has weight and passenger restrictions for a reason. Too much weight can impact the performance, especially when you need to turn or brake.
  4. Follow driving rules and regulations. Signaling, sober driving, seatbelts and eliminating distractions are all rules that need to be followed when driving a golf cart. If you are on the road, adhere to all the same laws and regulations for vehicles and drivers.
  5. Keep your golf cart maintained. Just like any vehicle, proper maintenance on your golf cart is important for safety. Make sure you have the tires and brakes inspected, and tune-ups performed as specified by the manufacturer.

Golf carts are an economical, eco-friendly form of transportation that can be safe when you follow these tips. Talk to your local golf cart service company to schedule ongoing maintenance and to get more tips on safety.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Oct
4

A Quick History of the Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Nowadays, you see golf carts everywhere, not just on the golf course. Businesses use them for quick, economical transportation on large properties, even inside buildings. They are easy to use, affordable to maintain and a great asset for airports, parks and other businesses. Even homeowners and working farms have harnessed the power of the golf cart for local transportation. Millions of carts are used every day, all starting with a big idea over 60 years ago. Here is a quick history of the popular golf cart.

  • World War II. The idea for a small electric vehicle started in World War II during gas rationing. Merle Williams begin tinkering with the idea of a small vehicle for women to use for grocery shopping.
  • The first golf cart that was produced was in 1951 in Redlands, CA by Marketeer Company, owned by Merle Williams.
  • Golf cart boom. The popularity of the golf cart was almost immediate after the first was produced. By the end of the 1950’s, E-Z Go, LEKTRO, Cushman and Club Car all began selling these versatile electric carts.
  • 1970’s. Up until the 1970’s, most golf carts had only three wheels with a tiller-type steering device. In the 1970’s, the golf cart design evolved to four-wheels. Also, gas-powered carts began to emerge and become popular.
  • 1980’s. Golf carts began finding their way off the course and into other areas of business throughout the 1980’s. Club Car and Yamaha began designing carts for utility and personal transportation.
  • 1990’s. More features and innovations began emerging as large corporations began buying the smaller companies and expanding, bringing us the into the 2000’s.

There has been sixty-plus years that have led up to the amazing options available in the golf cart industry. To see the latest options, stop by your local golf cart dealer.

Posted on behalf of:
Action Specialty Carts
1891 McFarland Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 888-0892

Jul
21

Extend the Life of Your Golf Cart Battery

Posted in Golf Carts

If you have an electric golf cart, caring for the battery is vital to getting the most out of your investment. Not only is it the sole source of energy for your cart, replacing the battery can be expensive. Knowing how to properly charge for your battery can make it last longer and perform better. Here are some tips to care for your golf cart battery to extend the life and get the most out of your money.

  • Understand the limits of your battery. A golf cart battery is under much more strain than a typical vehicle battery. It is not recharged as you go, so when the juice runs out, it is completely dead. Plan your excursions around the typical battery life so it does not become completely drained or leave you stranded. Completely discharging a battery or even to below 80% can affect the life span.
  • Recharge completely. After each use, recharge the battery to full capacity. This is extremely important to improve the battery life so you get the most out of your investment. Even if you only use it for a short period, recharge after use.
  • Use a single outlet for charging. Do not plug your battery charger into an outlet that is being used for another electrical appliance. This can disturb the electrical flow to the battery.

Charging your battery the correct way is one way to get the most out of it and your golf cart. It also will need to be regularly cleaned and water added according to the manufacturer or dealer recommendations. Call your local golf cart dealer to learn more about maintaining your entire golf cart, including battery maintenance.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Jul
21

5 People That Would Love a New Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

When it comes to time to buy gifts, we can often can be stumped on what to buy. This is especially the case for the man or woman who seems to have everything they need. Whether you are shopping for Christmas, a birthday or an anniversary, there is one gift that could earn you some kudos from your loved one. A golf cart is an excellent gift for more than just golfers – here are five people that would to have a new golf cart.

  1. Have a loved one that is an avid hunter? Golf carts are an excellent option for scouting in the woods. Electric models are quiet, while gas motors can give a farther travel capacity.
  2. Disabilities. Those with bad knees, hips or foot problems can benefit from having a golf cart for their use for outdoor transportation.
  3. Outdoorsmen and women. Anyone who likes to enjoy time in the woods or outdoors will love having a golf cart for their adventures.
  4. A street-legal golf cart is excellent for local transportation in retirement communities. Retirees can use this green vehicle to visit friends, go to the clubhouse or hit the golf course.
  5. Farmers. Large tracts of land like farms are an ideal place for a golf cart. It is an excellent way to get around the property or to haul items from one building to another.

And of course, golfers are always happy to get a new golf cart with all the bells and whistles for their days out on the course. For you next gift purchase, consider the people in your life that would love a new golf cart for the ultimate surprise.

Posted on behalf of:
Action Specialty Carts
1891 McFarland Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 888-0892

Apr
19

Is a Golf Cart the Ultimate Dad Gift?

Posted in Golf Carts

Whether it is Christmas, a birthday or Father’s Day, dads are notoriously difficult to surprise with a good gift. For some reason, these male pillars of strength, advice and support are not easy to find a gift that really tickles their fancy. For the next special occasion that requires a gift for your dad, here is an idea. Consider buying him a golf cart. This is not just for golfers – many people can use a golf cart for personal transportation. Here are some dads that might appreciate their own golf cart.

  • Campers and RV owners. Have a dad that spends weeks traveling from campground to campground in their RV or just camps on the weekends? Golf carts are excellent for campgrounds, giving dad a quick way to jet down to the water or up to the campground store.
  • Retirement living. If your dad is retired and lives in a retirement community, a golf cart with a street legal kit could be an excellent gift. Dad can get around the neighborhood and to the clubhouse with an economical cart.
  • Dads that like to hunt, trap shoot or just go out in the woods to enjoy nature can use a golf cart. Choose a more rugged, gas model for longer trips into the wilderness.
  • Of course, if dad is a golfer, a golf cart is a perfect gift, especially if he doesn’t already have one of his own.

Golf carts are affordable and you can find quality used models at your local dealer. Next time it comes time to find the ultimate gift for dad, stop by and check out the possibilities at your local golf cart dealer.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Apr
19

Golf Cart Rental: Essential for the Destination Wedding

Posted in Golf Carts

You plan every detail of your wedding, from the flowers and cake to the perfect venue and caterer. However, if your venue is a beach or a rural, rustic farm, there is one more detail you might want to add to your list: golf cart rental. Most destination weddings involve your guests hiking through sand or fields to where you will exchange vows with your bride or groom. For some elderly or disabled guests, enjoying your nuptials may not be possible. Make sure everyone on your guest list can make your destination wedding with golf cart rental.

Anyone who has been to a beach or nature wedding has most likely experienced the small trek to the ceremony spot. Whether you are going over dunes to the beach or down a dirt trail to a back field, this is not easy terrain for many people. Injuries, arthritis and other health conditions can make it a disappointing day for your loved ones that cannot make the hike. Renting a golf cart to transport your guests from the parking area to the ceremony and reception is a courteous, and appreciated, gesture.

Since all rentals can get booked during the busy wedding season, you want to reserve your golf carts early. Call a golf cart rental place near your destination wedding to reserve your cart or carts. Rental golf carts come in many sizes and options. Be sure to ask about enclosures for your cart if there is a possibility of wet or windy weather. Also, plan to have designated drivers to manage the golf carts and bring guests to and from the wedding celebrations.

Adding a golf cart rental to your wedding plans can ensure that everyone has a wonderful time on your special day and can attend the festivities. Make sure to add it to your wedding list.

Posted on behalf of:
Action Specialty Carts
1891 McFarland Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 888-0892

Apr
5

Save Money by Buying a Used Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Have you been considering buying a golf cart but not sure you can afford a new model? Buying a used golf cart might be the right option for you. Whether you want it for the golf course, as personal transportation or for excursions into the woods, you can find many used golf carts that still have many miles left to go. However, you want to make sure you get a cart that has been well maintained and is worth the investment. Here are some tips to find a quality used golf cart for a good price.

  • Buy from a golf cart dealer. Don’t take your chances buying a used golf cart from a private owner. Many quality golf cart dealers sell both new and used golf carts. Ask whether their used carts have undergone maintenance or inspections before they are put up for sale.
  • Electric models. For electric models, make sure to find out the age of the batteries. These are one of the most expensive parts to replace, so if the cart will need new batteries soon, take that into consideration with the price.
  • Ask for maintenance records. Golf carts, like all vehicles, need regular maintenance for the best performance. If you are buying from a dealer, there is a good chance the cart was traded in for a new golf cart purchase from an existing client. Ask if the maintenance records are available so you know exactly what has been done on the vehicle.

You can save thousands of dollars buying a quality used golf cart that can still last for years. Contact your local golf cart dealer that offers used carts for sale to find out what is available in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

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