Jan
08

What to Look For in a Used Golf Cart

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // Golf cart dealers in florida, Used golf carts lakeland

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to buy a golf cart — one of the most fun ways to get around. But… now what? How do you go about buying one? Are there golf cart dealers that you can check out or should you look online?

Buying one of these awesome vehicles can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s what you should know about buying pre-owned golf carts.

Look at the tires. - One of the first thing you should look at is the tires. Pre-owned golf carts that have tires with deep treads and no visible damage are best. Make sure they also hold air, too. Some old carts might have wheels that are leaky. Then again, if the tires are the only part of the cart that are worn, keep in mind that you can always replace them for about $90.

Check out the body. - After you’ve checked out the tires, check out the canopy. It should have minimal damage and rust, otherwise it’s going to get worse and worse. Plus, it’s a sign that the previous owner didn’t take good care of the vehicle. Test the canopy by gently shaking it to make sure it’s on firm. Then, check the body for rust and damage. Minor scratches, faded paint, and dings aren’t that big of a deal, but if the cart isn’t very stable — which you should check — something’s wrong with the body.

Inspect the battery. - The battery cannot be overlooked. Unlike the tires, replacing the battery can be expensive, costing up to $600 to replace. Take a close look, and try to find the letter and number on the battery that indicates the month and year it was made. The letter signifies the month (A is January; B is February, etc.) and the number is the year it was made. It should be a single digit — one through nine. Batteries only last for about five years, so you can get a good idea of how much life is left in it.

Pre-owned golf carts are some of the most fun vehicles you can buy. Keep these tips in mind when you go to one of your area’s used golf carts dealerships and you’ll get a great deal. If you have any questions about working with golf cart dealers, feel free to share in the comments.

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