Contractor Tips Blog

Feb
26

What to Look for When Purchasing a Used Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Whenever you purchase a used vehicle, it can be risky. You never know if there are hidden issues that could cost you more down the road. The same is true of a used golf cart. Even if it seems to be in good condition, there could be problems that are not apparent. Before you purchase a previously-owned golf cart, here are a few tips to help ensure it is a good investment.

  • Age. How old is the cart? If it is more than fifteen years old, you could run into issues getting parts for repairs. Be careful buying too old of a cart as it may not have much life left in it, even if it was lightly used. Most golf carts made after 2005 will have a tracker in place that can tell you the number of hours and cycles it has used.
  • Batteries. For electric golf carts, batteries are one of the most expensive components to replace. Ask about when they were last replaced. If it has been over a year, you can expect that you will need to replace them soon. Also look for bulging or corrosion, signs that the batteries are at the end of their life cycles.
  • Refurbished or used? Many dealers will sell refurbished golf carts that have had maintenance done to ensure they are reliable. Be careful of “as-is” used carts bought from private owners; you may want to have it brought in and inspected to determine the condition by a local golf cart dealer.

Buying a used golf cart can save you money, but you want to ensure it is going to be reliable. Check with your local golf cart dealer to see if they have used models for sale that have been inspected or refurbished to protect your investment.

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

Jan
25

Why Your Equestrian Business Needs a Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

Big animals need big places to roam and thrive. When you own an equestrian business like a training facility, boarding stables or breeding operation, you most likely have many acres of land and several outbuildings for your horses and services. One of the tools that can make your job easier around your property is owning a golf cart for your business. Here are a few ways a golf cart can benefit your equestrian business.

Save Time

In any business time is money. The more time it takes you to care for your horses or go from one area to another, the less time you for growing and managing your business. Golf carts can quickly get you from point A to point B on your property – saving ten minutes several times or more throughout the week can give you hours more time to invest in your business.

Hauling Gear

There is plenty of gear and other heavy items that are used in most equestrian businesses that may need to be transported. Using a full-size vehicle is not always an option, especially when tack or feed only needs to be moved from one building to another. Golf carts with a cargo area can make it easy to haul smaller loads whenever and wherever you need to go on your property. Plus, it can save stress on your body and take less time than carry items short distances.

If you want to make it easier and more efficient to run your equestrian business, consider investing in a golf cart for transportation on your property. Visit a golf cart dealer to discuss the different features and options that will help your business thrive.

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

Dec
10

Benefits of Purchasing a Refurbished Golf Cart

Posted in Golf Carts

When you decide it is time to invest in a golf cart for recreation, business or personal transportation, you have many options to choose from, including size, model, power source and much more. When you decide between electric and gas, or the seating capacity, you also need to find a golf cart that is reliable and in your budget. You can buy used, which has risks, while buying new can cost more than you want to spend. However, purchasing a refurbished golf cart may be the right option. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Reliability. A refurbished golf cart has had the engine and other systems maintained and updated. While it is used, you are assured that the tires, brakes, battery and engine are in good condition.
  • Warranty. Many refurbished golf carts from dealers come with a limited warranty, giving you peace of mind that you are investing in a quality vehicle. Ask about what the warranty covers and whether it is based on mileage, time and if there are any specifications.
  • Best value. You can get a top-quality golf cart for a fraction of the price of what it would cost new. Instead of buying a new cart, but with less quality and features, you can buy a higher-end model that is refurbished for less money. You can get more bells and whistles, while still staying within your budget.

There are many options available when you want to purchase a golf cart. Talk to your local golf dealer and ask about the refurbished golf cart options that are available. You may find the perfect fit for your needs at a price you can afford.

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

Nov
8

Do You Need Insurance for Your Golf Cart?

Posted in Golf Carts

You have insurance on your home, vehicles and many other items you own, but do you have insurance on your golf cart? Many people never think about whether insurance is needed for their golf cart, but it may be wise to consider adding it for your protection. In most cases, golf cart insurance is inexpensive, but may come in handy if there is an accident. There are two main options for golf cart insurance: a homeowner’s endorsement and separate auto coverage. Here is the basics on each type and when they are appropriate.

Homeowner’s Endorsement

In many cases, an endorsement can be added to your homeowner’s insurance policy to cover your golf cart. This is usually used when a golf cart is only used for golfing or on your personal property. This is the least expensive option for coverage, but it is limited. If you use your golf cart as personal transportation on neighborhood streets, a separate policy may be needed for better coverage.

Auto/Vehicle Coverage

Your golf cart can be covered as a separate vehicle, protecting you in the event you are in an accident on the street or off your property. If you have a street-legal golf cart, this may be the best option for covering you when you are using your cart as a personal transportation vehicle. Some homeowner associations may require that you have insurance on your golf cart if you use it on the neighborhood streets.

To find out more about golf cart coverage, talk to your local golf cart dealer. They can recommend insurance agents that offer specialized coverage and other safety features you can add to protect against accidents and make your golf cart safer for use.

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

Sep
6

3 Tips to Keep Your Electric Golf Cart Running like a Champ

Posted in Golf Carts

Whether you use your electric golf cart for running the course or as personal transportation around your property, you want to keep it in tip-top shape. Maintaining your cart can extend the life of your investment and give you the most value for your money. Doing a few maintenance items can make sure your golf cart is always ready to go. Here are three tips to keep your electric golf cart running like a champ.

Maintain Your Batteries

For electric golf carts, one of the main areas to worry about is your batteries. They are the fuel that powers your cart and they are very expensive to replace. Make sure they are always kept completely charged, are filled with water and receive regular maintenance including cleaning the cables.

Schedule Regular Tune-Ups

Like any vehicle, your golf cart needs routine service to keep it running like it should. Schedule routine tune-ups at your local golf cart dealer as recommended by the manufacturer.

Check Your Brakes and Tires

You may not be speeding down the freeway with your electric golf cart, but you still want to ensure that it is safe. Checking the air pressure on your tires before use is important. You also need regular inspections and maintenance for your brakes to keep them working safely, including replacing brake pads and adding fluid as necessary.

By doing a few key maintenance items you can ensure the safety and reliability of your electric golf cart, helping it last for years before you need a replacement. Talk to your local dealer about maintenance options and bring your cart in for service as needed.

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

Aug
6

Do You Have Golf Cart Envy?

Posted in Golf Carts

When you head out on the course with your golf cart, are you a little embarrassed of your old cart? As other golfers zip by in new carts with all the bells and whistles, you may be a little envious. But if your existing golf cart still runs, it can be hard to justify spending money on a new cart. Here are some options to explore to give you a golf cart that you can be proud to own.

Add Some Accessories

If you are not ready to buy a new cart, consider adding some new accessories to your golf cart. You can add some new wheels, get a paint job or bolster the stereo system. A few little changes can make your golf cart look like new and give it a few more amenities until you decide it is time to upgrade to a new model. A quick customization can make a big difference in updating your old golf cart.

Trade-in for a New Cart

If your existing cart still runs and drives, you are more likely to get a higher trade-in. Many golf cart dealers sell used golf carts and will take used models in as trade. You can get the most value for your cart and find a new model that will make you the envy of the golf course. Make sure to ask about all the new options for your new cart to ensure it has everything you want and need.

Don’t live with an inferior golf cart. Head over to your local golf cart dealer and talk about updating your golf cart or springing for a new model with a trade-in this summer.

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

Jul
20

Does Your Golf Cart Need a Makeover?

Posted in Golf Carts

You don’t need to have a boring golf cart. If you have a run-of-the-mill golf cart, jazz it up with a makeover. Golf carts can be customized to improve the style and functionality. If you are ready to personalize your golf cart, consider these customization options:

  • New wheels. Every vehicle looks better with nice wheels, including golf carts. Upgrade your cart’s wheels to add a little bling and style to your ride. Larger wheels can also give you more clearance if you use your cart on rough terrain; you can also add a lift kit to improve the appearance and function of your cart.
  • Change the color. The standard colors in golf carts can be dull. Get a customized paint job to make your golf cart stand out in the crowd – it will easy to see you coming when you go with a bright color or interesting graphics.
  • Comfort amenities. Change the seats, add heat/or a fan – make your golf cart comfortable. You can install a stereo and many of the same features you have in your vehicle to your golf cart. An enclosure can also keep you dry when the bad weather hits.
  • Go street legal. Want to take your cart off the course or trails and onto the road? Consider adding a street legal kit to your cart and get more function for your cart. It can be a great way to get around the neighborhood.

Give your old golf cart a new look. Talk to your local golf cart dealer that offers customization and start your golf cart makeover – you want your cart to look great for the summer.

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

May
16

Golf Carts for Sporting Clays Courses

Posted in Golf Carts

Golf carts are not just for the sport of golf – they are popular for personal transportation for many other sports as well. If you are an avid sports shooter or bird hunter, you could benefit from owning a golf cart of your own. Sporting clays is a great way to enjoy sport shooting for advanced shooters and a beneficial way to prepare for a bird hunting expedition. However, sporting clays courses are usually spread out over many acres to create a realistic hunting environment. Golf carts can make the trips between stands quicker and easier, making them a wise investment.

Sporting Clays Shooting Courses

If you own a sporting clays shooting course, investing in golf carts for your clients is crucial for your business. Shooting enthusiasts have varying health and physical problems that may limit their ability to walk from stand to stand. Golf carts make it easier for all shooters to use your course. Plus, there are other advantages. Golf carts make it quicker for shooters to complete the course, which means you can handle more customers per day for more profit. 

Owning Your Own Cart for Sporting Clays

While most quality sporting clays course will have golf carts for rent, if you frequently go shooting, you may benefit from owning your own golf cart. You can forego the rental fees and ensure there is always a cart available for your use by investing in your own cart. You can also use your golf cart for hunting and personal transportation in rural areas.

Sporting clays enthusiasts can benefit from owning golf carts, whether they are course owners or customers. Visit a golf cart dealer to find the best option for your sport shooting needs.

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

Mar
31

Old Golf Cart – Repair, Recondition or Replace?

Posted in Golf Carts

Golf carts can provide personal transportation for many years. However, like any vehicle, they will eventually begin to have problems as they get older. If you have an older golf cart that is starting to wear out, you may not be sure whether it is better to continue spending money on repairs or if it is time to consider replacement. Weighing out the pros and cons can help you decide whether you should repair issues as they arise, invest in a complete reconditioning or opt for a replacement.

Repairs

Simple battery replacements or new tires are cost effective golf cart repairs that can be expected as your golf cart gets older. However, when bigger problems arise with the motor or other major systems, it may need an overhaul or be more cost effective to replace the vehicle.

Reconditioning

If your golf cart is in good physical condition but has many miles under the hood, a reconditioning may be the best option. Talk to your local golf cart dealer about reconditioning your vehicle and weigh the cost versus replacement.

Replacement

When repair or reconditioning is too expensive, replacement may be a better option. Most dealers have both new and used models to choose from for almost any budget. Many people buy golf carts and only lightly use them before they decide to upgrade or sell them back to the dealer. You can often get a lightly used golf cart for about the same price as reconditioning your old cart.

Not sure what is the best option for you? Bring in your old cart to your local dealer for a quote on repairs, reconditioning or trade-in value against a replacement.

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

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

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