People all over the country are using golf carts off of the golf course. Most of the retirement communities in the United States, that are spread out and are more like towns, allow their use on the roads and many even have put in trails for their residents to get to and fro. The Villages, located in central Florida, is home to more than 70,000 people and has an expansive system that includes 100 miles of trails. If you live in one of these areas, you may want to buy your own golf cart. You can buy a new cart or you can go with a refurbished golf cart. If you decide to look at pre-owned golf carts, there are some things you should consider.
- Think about the age of the refurbished golf cart. It may be tempting to buy an older golf cart because the price may be lower than newer models. Or maybe you have found an older golf cart that has more features or power than the newer models you are looking at. There is one real drawback to getting an older model golf cart is that it may be harder and more expensive to have repairs done. This is because it may be harder to get the parts for the older unit.
- Check to see if the cart was actually refurbished. There are golf cart dealers who get used golf carts and just sell them the way they received them. That is not a refurbished golf cart. Others will take the time and will make repairs and actually refurbish it. There are a few differences between the two. Used golf carts that are being sold the way the dealer received them are going to cost less, in most cases, than those that have been refurbished. Another difference may be how they are going to run, handle and how much work they will need. You should decide if you want to do work on your golf cart. When you are looking at golf carts, check the tires and for any bad rust. Make sure you can take it for a test drive and pay attention to how it handles, how the ride feels and listen for sounds that are strange.
- Look at how much you will have to spend. One good thing about refurbished golf carts is that you generally can get more features on them than you can on new models. The more accessories you have on the cart, the more it is going to cost. You will have to weigh how much you want the different add ons vs. how much you want to spend.
- Think about the features that you want. The features you are going to need on the refurbished golf cart are directly related to what you are going to use it for. If you plan to ride around in a very large retirement community, your needs will be very different from traditional golf carts that were only designed to be ridden around on a golf course. Think about the other things that you may want such as storage, lights and the like. Golf carts can be really tricked out so you can really go to town with it, should you want that.
- Ask about the manufacturer. Not every manufacturer is created equal. You need one that is big enough so that the parts for your refurbished cart will be available.
- You have different power options. The two power supplies that are available for all carts. There are some carts that are powered by electric batteries and other that are powered by gas. Again, you should think about what you are going to do with the refurbished golf cart. Golf carts that are powered by gas can go longer than those that have electric batteries. A fully charged golf cart battery will last for between two and three days. If you decide you are going to go with a battery operated refurbished golf cart, you should find out how old the battery is. They do not last forever.
Riding around in a golf cart your community or elsewhere is a lot of fun. These 6 tips can help you get the right one.