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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

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

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