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

Mar
13

What You Need to Know About Golf Cart Battery Maintenance

Posted in Golf Carts

Your electric golf cart may not need fuel but it does rely on its batteries for energy, making them the most important element in golf cart maintenance. A quality golf cart battery can last for years if it is maintained properly. Since these batteries are expensive to replace, usually running several hundred dollars or more for two, you will want to make sure you know how to care for your batteries to get the most for your money.

Golf cart batteries require more maintenance than other vehicle batteries due to the large strain on them. They are the only source of energy for your golf cart and are depleted as they are used, similar to a cell phone battery. While a gas-powered vehicle charges up their battery with an alternator, golf carts drain their batteries until they die or are recharged, just like your cell phone, only much larger. But performing regular maintenance can help extend the life of these heavy-duty batteries.

Golf cart batteries require cleaning, watering, and charging. Here are the basics:

  •  After each use, your batteries should be charged fully. Try to always allow the battery to completely charge. Undercharging before using again can shorten the life of the battery.
  • Clean the batteries with a cloth at least once a month using a solution of ¼ cup of baking soda mixed in a gallon and a half of warm water. Wipe down, allow to sit on the battery for about five minutes, then rinse with pure water and towel dry. Make sure to wear gloves when cleaning.
  • After the monthly cleaning, check the water level. The battery should be fully charged before adding water – use only distilled water and keep at full level.

Make sure to check with your golf cart dealer for more maintenance tips for your batteries and golf cart, following the manufacturer and dealer recommendations.

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

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