10 Things NOT To Do When Buying a Used Golf Cart | AWAYGOWE (2022)

Buying a used golf cart can feel overwhelming, befuddling, or just downright scary. Most of us have gone through the process of purchasing a car, pickup, or SUV. But when it comes to buying a golf cart, it’s hard to know where to start or what to look for.

If you’ve never owned a golf cart, there are a number of considerations specific to this type of vehicle that you’ll want to familiarize yourself with before even thinking about looking for the right cart for you.

A number of questions are bound to crop up along the way: Gas vs. electric? One or two seats? ClubCar, EZGO, Yamaha, or another brand?

To be able to answer these questions, you’ll need to give some good thought about your lifestyle, budget, and what your primary intended use will be. These things will help decide which kind of golf cart you ultimately end up with, and, more importantly, whether you’ll be happy with your purchase.

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Many first-time buyers are surprised by the price of golf carts relative to more mainstream vehicles. Golf carts are not cheap! All the more reason to do your due diligence to help increase the chances that the cart you get will end up being a good investment for your money and lifestyle.

In this guide, we highlight the most essential considerations to help guide and inform your decision making, empower you as a buyer, and ultimately help you find the right vehicle for you and your individual situation.

This guide is based on our own experience buying and owning a golf cart, in addition to numerous hours of research and conversations with experts and professionals.

While the focus of this guide is what NOT to do when buying a used golf cart, you’ll find plenty of tips for things you should be doing at each step in the process.

Let’s get started!

10 Things NOT To Do When Buying a Used Golf Cart

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1. Forgetting to Check the Licensing Requirements in Your Area

Before considering buying a used golf cart (or any golf cart, for that matter), make sure you familiarize yourself with the golf cart licensing requirements in your state, as well as local laws and community ordnances regarding the use of golf carts on public or private roads.

In many places, your golf cart will need to be modified to be permitted to drive on public roads. Some places require the addition of a street legal kit, while other places only allow gas-powered carts to use public roads.

If you plan on using the golf cart at a golf course, check the course’s rules and regulations first. Not all golf courses allow golf carts.

Make sure you know the rules inside and out before even thinking of shopping for a golf cart. There’s nothing worse than throwing down several thousand dollars on a vehicle only to learn that you can’t drive it where you had intended.

2. Failing to Get Enough Information on the Golf Cart

Like buying a used car, when buying a used golf cart you are going to want to know some basic information about your vehicle that the seller may be less than eager to share with you.

It might not seem like a big deal at the time of purchase, but failing to get this essential information may come back to bite you in the rear seat later on.

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In an ideal world, it would be great to know the maintenance and accident history of the golf cart, and its origin (country, state, etc.). If you can score a logbook and receipts, great! You’re ahead of the game.

Oftentimes, however, this simply isn’t a realistic expectation to have.

At the very least, you will need to know the following:

  • Make (e.g. EZGO, ClubCar, etc.)
  • Model (e.g. TXT, Precedent, etc.)
  • Serial #(often located on a plate inside the glove compartment or next to the charging port)
  • Year (e.g. 2013)
  • Rounds (i.e. # cycles, usually 2005+ records these on the controller)

If you’re buying a used golf cart from a private party, there’s a chance the seller won’t know some of this info, particularly if they’re not the original owner.

If you’re buying from a dealer and they fail to provide all of this info, walk away. If they’re withholding the basics, it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the vehicle.

At the very least, if you are able to get your hands on the serial number (and/or manufacturer’s number in some cases), that will help you figure out make, model, and year. This site has an excellent guide for figuring all that out.

Finally, if the golf cart is being sold as “refurbished” or “re-manufactured,” make sure that it was done by a certified dealer or shop, ask what specifically was done, and request any available supporting paperwork (invoice, etc.), particularly if the asking price seems much higher than a comparable used cart.

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3. Overlooking the Batteries

If you are buying a used golf cart that’s electric powered, you will also need to know some basic information about the batteries. If possible, you’ll also want to test and inspect the batteries as well.

Golf cart batteries don’t last forever, and can easily cost between $1,000-$2,000 for a new set. Faulty or old batteries can also damage other key components of the cart, such as the motor, or the onboard charger (this happened to us).

Keep in mind that these tips are specific to lead-acid batteries, which are the most common types of batteries you’re likely to encounter. In the off chance you come across a golf cart with newer lithium ion batteries or some other type, you’ll need to research tips specific to those batteries.

At the very least, you’re going to want to know:

  • Battery Brand – Ideally, you’re going to want to see Trojan or other top U.S. brands (In Mexico, LTH batteries are also pretty good); you’d also like to see a set of the same brand (e.g. 6 x Trojan 8v batteries for a 48v cart).
  • Manufacture Date (e.g. 4/2017) (this should be marked somewhere on the battery)
  • Manufacturer Warranty (newer batteries may still be under warranty)
  • Charging Habits (frequency/duration) – in the case of standard lead acid batteries, you are hoping to hear “every night” or “any time the golf cart is parked.”

Ideally, you’d also want to do three tests when the batteries are fully charged and cooled:

  • Visual Inspection Inside (e.g. electrolyte levels) & Out (e.g. bulging, cracks/leaks, excessive corrosion, etc.)
  • Voltage Test (each battery and total)
  • Hydrometer Test (Specific Gravity)

Always wear protective gear when performing any sort of inspection with batteries. If you don’t have the tools and knowhow, be sure to take the cart to a professional who does.

If batteries are cared for properly, they can perform well for many years. It’s also possible to find batteries that are only a year or two old that perform poorly due to neglect.

Having an idea of both the age and health of the batteries could save you a ton of money and headaches in the future, so it’s important to take a few moments to cover the inspection points above.

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4. Buying an Off-Brand Golf Cart

It may seem like a great deal you’re getting on that cart brand that nobody’s heard of, until you find yourself in need of your first repair or upgrade.

Generally, you can’t go wrong with one of the major brands like EZGO, ClubCar, or Yamaha. Parts are easy to come by and golf cart mechanics have lots of experience with the ins and outs of these vehicles, old and new.

Plus, there are millions of customers out there who can attest to the pros and cons specific to each model within the line up of these major brands. Finding similar information for lesser known brands can be extremely difficult, particularly if you are interested in DIY maintenance.

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5. Not Taking It for a Real-World Test-Drive

When buying a used golf cart, some prospective buyers take a golf cart for a short spin around a parking lot and call it good. Even worse, they buy a golf cart without riding it at all, or sight unseen.

The only way to ensure that a particular golf cart will be a good investment for you is to take it for a drive that mimics how you intend to use the cart.

If you plan to drive it in a community with steep hills, make sure you test it out on a hill or two to see how it responds.

Likewise, if you plan to use your cart for off-road driving, make sure you spend some time off the pavement, preferably on a variety of terrain that mirrors your intended use.

6. Skipping a Professional Inspection

An essential part of the process of buying a used golf cart that is frequently overlooked (due to time constraints, cost, or just pure laziness) is taking a prospective vehicle to a trusted shop or dealer to have it professionally inspected.

While a professional inspection might be overkill for an older cart with several known defects (and appropriately priced as such), if you are a first time buyer looking at a vehicle with an asking price of several thousand dollars, it’s well in your interest to have the cart inspected by a third party if possible.

Why? Unlike traditional gas vehicles, there are a few components in a golf cart that can seem perfectly fine to you in a test-drive, but that can quickly end up costing you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in a very short time period.

As touched on previously, assessing the health of the batteries should be a top priority. If you lack the tools, skills, and expertise to properly inspect golf cart batteries, critical deficiencies can easily be missed.

Another pricey component that can be challenging to assess is the battery charger, which can also set you back a good amount of money. That’s of course in addition to assessing the condition of tires, suspension, electrical, etc.

When it comes to electric carts, the good news is that the motors tend to be pretty durable and robust, and are less likely to fail for no reason, particularly if the cart performs well in a real-world test drive. Also, there’s no transmission to deal with, which can be a costly repair or replacement on gas-powered carts.

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7. Settling for the Wrong Golf Cart

When buying a used golf cart, choices can be limited depending on where you live. It’s easy to get impatient and jump at the first golf cart you come across for a decent price. But doing so may very well come back to haunt you.

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Consider the use– If you’re buying a golf cart to get you from A to B on a relatively flat golf course or retirement community, you’re likely to value comfort and easy maintenance over durability, clearance, and battery range.

Consider the climate you live in– EZGO golf carts are very rugged and dependable vehicles, but are built on a steel chassis (versus ClubCar’s aluminum chassis). While steel is stronger and superior to aluminum for hard driving and rough conditions (i.e. all-terrain use, ranching, etc.) it is more likely to rust in humid and coastal climates.

8. But…Don’t Get Too Hung Up On Features

While getting the options and accessories you want is important, try not to prioritize things like a rear seat, street legal kit, or even a lift kit, as these can all be added later at relatively low cost.

Instead, focus on making sure that the vehicle you are looking to buy is solid and dependable, the batteries are in good shape, its comfortable to drive, and that the make/model fits your lifestyle.

For example, if you’re really hoping to get an electric cart with a rear seat, and you are faced with the choice between a gas cart with a rear seat and an electric cart with no rear seat, you’ll be much happier buying the electric cart and adding the exact seat you want.

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9. Not Negotiating the Price

Keep in mind that even if the price is “Firm” there’s always room for negotiations.

Be particularly on the look out for any issues that crop up in the course of your own inspection (or professional inspection, which we highly recommend doing) that weren’t originally disclosed by the buyer.

On the flip side, be weary of buyers who seem too eager to sell and are willing to bend over backwards to unload their amazing golf cart (unless the price is insanely low and you know exactly what you’re getting).

10. Not Asking Enough Questions

By now, this one should be pretty obvious. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything, even if you know nothing about golf carts (though hopefully this guide has helped to change that).

Just like buying a car, if the seller gets defensive or makes you feel uncomfortable, there’s probably something fishy going on with the cart.

An honest and upfront seller should be happy to answer any and all questions you may have, as it should be in their best interest and they should have nothing to hide.

Essential Golf Cart Upgrades

Street Legal Kit

Depending on where you plan on driving your golf cart, you may need to get a street legal light kit, considering most stock golf carts don’t come with lights. If you plan on driving your cart on public roads or at night time, a street legal kit is an essential upgrade. Most kits are specific to the brand of your vehicle (e.g. EZGO, ClubCar, Yamaha, etc.) and usually include head lights and tail lights, brake lights, turn signals and hazards, and horn.

Seat Belt Kit

If you plan on riding around with small children, or have a faster gas cart that you plan to drive on public roads, you’ll want to consider a seat belt kit. I got one for our cart for our two small children and highly recommend the upgrade!

Rear Seat

If you find the perfect single-bench cart but decide later that you’d like to expand the seating capacity, a rear seat is a relatively easy and inexpensive upgrade that will add resale value to your cart in the long run.

All-Terrain Tires

Planning on driving your cart off pavement? Maybe you plan to use yours for getting around the farm or ranch. Or like us, maybe the roads in your neck of the woods are a little bit of everything. Then, nubby, all-terrain tires are a must for safety and drivability in all conditions.


Lift Kit

If you’re thinking of upgrading your tires, you may also need additional clearance for the larger tire size. A lift kit is also an essential upgrade for those who plan to drive their cart off road or on uneven surfaces. The last thing you want is to damage the battery compartment or batteries with a square hit on a sharp rock! Plus, a lift kit with upgraded suspension can significantly increase ride comfort when driving off-road.

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What is the average life span of a golf cart? ›

The average lifespan of an electric golf cart is between 20 and 40 years. However, it is important to keep in mind that if you do not keep up with the proper maintenance, there is no guarantee that the electric golf cart will last even ten years.

Does it matter what year a golf cart is? ›

AGE The first thing you should check is the age of the golf cart. Some dealers use deceptive tactics to sell a used cart as "new" if it has been reconditioned, so it's important to be able to tell the year of manufacture.

Is 36 or 48 volt golf cart better? ›

Is a 48V Golf Cart More Powerful Than a 36V Golf Cart? 48V golf carts have improved torque, better pulling/hauling power up hills and around rough terrain, and just have more overall power in general.

Should golf cart batteries be charged after every use? ›

1) Charge your batteries fully after each period of use.

Even if you only used the cart for 5 minutes, you'll want to give the golf cart batteries a good charge. Allowing your batteries to sit in a low state of charge for extended periods will decrease their capacity and life.

Does the age of a golf cart matter? ›

There are many old golf carts, from the 80s and 90s, that still run just as well as newer models. So just because the cart is old doesn't mean you shouldn't buy it. However, keep in mind it will be harder to find parts for older models.

What is the average lifespan of batteries in a golf cart? ›

That all being said, properly maintained battery packs in fleet carts tend to last about 4-6 years while private owners tend to get about 6-10 years out of their battery packs. Other major factors include the type of options on the cart that may increase the draw from the battery pack.

What lasts longer electric or gas golf cart? ›

Both carts are very reliable, but newer electrics do generally last longer than gas. On an electric cart, there are fewer parts and therefore fewer parts to go bad. with a gas cart, you have clutches, carb, fuel pump, belts, valves, starter and more.

What can go wrong with a golf cart? ›

  • failed battery.
  • solenoid issues.
  • ignition failure.
  • worn tires.
  • motor burnout.
  • faulty switches.
  • speed control problems.
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How far will a fully charged 36 volt golf cart go? ›

A 36 volt golf cart is adequate for 2 to 4 passenger use when you are primarily using it on flat a flat surface. The average drive time or range for a 36 volt DC system is about 30 miles on a full charge.

What's better AC or DC motor for golf cart? ›

An AC motor will last longer, and you will have fewer repairs to deal with in the future. Because DC motors constantly change their flow, they are prone to heating up more. Other aspects of the golf cart may need cooling features like oil. You prevent a lot of these basic problems with the purchase of an AC golf cart.

How fast will a 48v golf cart go? ›

The standard 48v golf cart will travel between 12 to 14 mph. However, if you apply modifications to the vehicle you can expect top speeds of 20 to 24mph.

How much is a good quality golf cart? ›

Depending on the brand and what kind of golf cart it is, new golf carts typically range from $9000 to $18,000. If you're looking for a 4 seater you can usually expect to spend between $9000 to $14,000. If you're looking for a 6 seater you can usually expect to spend $14,000+.

Is gas golf cart better than battery? ›

Pros: The advantage of Gas vs. electric golf cart speed is that gas-powered carts tend to pull heavier loads, run faster, and are easier to refill the tank. Gas golf carts allow you to move about the golf course in less time, and they are more likely to drive on roads because of the faster speeds.

Which is better push or pull golf cart? ›

Pushing is way easier than pulling and is less taxing on the shoulder muscles, muscles better used on the swing than on pulling a cart. It makes sense; golf push carts efficiently transfer energy from the natural walking position to the wheels.

Should you plug in your golf cart every night? ›

Manufacturers suggest leaving your golf cart plugged in all of the time while using an auto battery charger, as it will keep the batteries fully charged and always available. If batteries are not charged for prolonged storage, they may damage over time and deliver less capacity.

Can I leave my golf cart on the charger all the time? ›

No, it's not recommended that you leave your golf cart plugged in all the time. Although automatic chargers are designed to prevent over-charging, there is still the risk of the circuit breaker tripping, which would result in damage to your battery's cells.

How often should you fill golf cart batteries with water? ›

Always fill the batteries after charging. The typical schedule is about once every 30 days, but this may vary by several days depending on your specific situation. When filling the batteries, add just enough water to bring it 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch shy of the indicator ring to prevent overfilling.

How do you know if a cart isn't good? ›

Any THC cartridge that has a burnt flavor, a metal aftertaste, or that makes you cringe is a good sign that the cartridge is counterfeit. These “off-flavors” should not be present and may indicate that it has contaminants or other additives that are causing a bad reaction when heated up into vapor.

How much is a 10 year old golf cart worth? ›

Many come with features such as headlights and tail lights, windshields and zip covers. Street legal golf carts that are five to 10 years old usually go for $5,000 to $6,000. A standard cart that is five to eight years old normally sells for $2,000 to $4,000.

How many hours is alot for a golf cart? ›

Ask the dealer how many hours or amp-hours are on the car you are purchasing. A gas vehicle with good maintenance will provide 1,000-2,500 hours of use before a major overhaul. An electric car will provide 40,000 to 50,000 amp-hours of use before a major overhaul.

How much does it cost to replace golf cart batteries? ›

The Cost of Golf Cart Batteries

Typically, golf cart batteries come in packs of 4, 6, or 8 batteries. With that in mind, the cost to replace your lead-acid or AGM batteries will most likely cost you between $800 and $1,500.

How far should a golf cart go on a charge? ›

Depending on the manufacturer, most gas golf carts have between a 5 and 6 gallon gas tank and get about 40 miles to the gallon. Electric golf carts with fully charged batteries in perfect condition get about 35 miles to the full charge.

How do I know when my golf cart batteries are going bad? ›

Here are the signs of bad golf cart batteries that you should look out for.
  1. Irregular Charging Times.
  2. Less Power.
  3. Less Distance.
  4. Faster Discharge Rates (When Idle)
  5. Visual Signs.
  6. Low Voltage.
  7. Time For a New Battery?
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How fast can a gas golf cart go without a governor? ›

What is the Average Golf Cart Speed? The average top speed of a typical golf cart without any upgrades is between 12 and 14 miles per hour. Without any sort of modification or upgrade on a golf cart, the top speed that you will be getting on a golf cart is about 14mph.

Do golf carts have titles? ›

Most golf carts don't have titles because the authorities do not allow then to be driven on public roads. All golf carts have serial numbers which allow their owners to individually identify them. The only time you'd get a title for a golf cart is if it's converted to a low-speed vehicle (LSV).

Can gas golf cart climb hills? ›

For golfers, the ideal gas golf cart consumer should be someone that lives in rough terrain and has steep hills to climb up on the course. An electric golf cart might not be able to get the job done and a gas golf cart gives peace of mind.

Do golf cart electric motors wear out? ›

If your golf car won't start, is slower than it used to be, or is experiencing other technical problems, you could have a bad motor on your hands. Before resetting or replacing the motor, there are a few other parts you should check.

Is it safe to hose down a golf cart? ›

Yes, you can hose down your golf cart. But this can easily lead to damage of electrical parts. Instead, create a mixture of water and dish soap. Then, use a microfiber towel to wipe down the various plastic surfaces.

What causes golf carts to catch fire? ›

The batteries that propel golf carts to and fro can turn into serious fire hazards and even explosion hazards if they are charged improperly. The reason? Batteries naturally release hydrogen, a highly flammable gas. The smallest concentrations of hydrogen – between four and seven percent – can cause a deadly boom.

Can I put 4 12 volt batteries in a 36 volt golf cart? ›

The short answer is yes. Standard car batteries are 12-volts, and you could connect three or four of them in series to provide the required 36 or 48 volts to your golf cart motor.

Can I run 48V on a 36V golf cart? ›

It all depends on your battery bank used with this 36V to 48V conversion. can only be accomplished through installing a 48V motor capable of higher torque, or installing a 48V controller with a higher current limit (amperage). When DC power is discussed, amperage equals torque and voltage equals speed.

Will better batteries make my golf cart faster? ›

A new battery will increase a golf cart's motor output. The result of the motor output increase is higher speed. Purchasing new batteries with a higher voltage maximum will increase your golf cart's speed dramatically. We highly recommend Golf Cart Batteries, if you plan to replace.

What's better 2 stroke or 4 stroke golf cart? ›

For starters, 2-stroke engines are much lighter and also cost less to manufacture. In comparison to 4-stroke engines, they are also easier to repair. However, repairs are generally needed more frequently, unless you actively maintain the engine.

Which is easier to maintain gas or electric golf cart? ›

Gas golf carts require much less routine maintenance than electric carts, which is probably their biggest draw. Other than scheduling a yearly service to change the oil, replace filters, & look everything over, there's very little needed to keep your cart in top shape. Another benefit of gas golf carts is the range.

Which is better 48-volt or 72 volt golf cart? ›

48-volts are a popular option as they are more affordable to maintain, and they deliver a moderate level of power. The 72-volt options are more powerful and can deliver accelerated speeds for longer. However, they require more battery packs than a 48-volt cart, increasing the upfront and maintenance costs.

How fast is too fast for golf cart? ›

If your golf cart is used primarily for golfing, by your kids or your older parents, you may be a-okay with the standard electric golf cart speed of 12-14 mph. Even golf course golf carts go no faster than 15 miles per hour. Guess they want to avoid any Steve McQueen “Bullet”-like driving too!

Is 30 mph fast for a golf cart? ›

Depending on how far you want to go on a full charge, you might want a 40mph or a 30mph golf cart. At top speed, most golf carts do around 14mph. However, with the advent of street legal golf carts and modifications, it is possible to go 35mph and above.

What is the average mileage for a golf cart? ›

How you'll use a golf cart: Desired range: An electric cart's range is typically 15 to 25 miles, depending on the type of battery. With a 4 to 6 gallon fuel tank, you'll average 100 to 180 miles with a gas cart.

What are the 3 major golf cart brands? ›

As it pertains to golf cart fleets owned by specific courses, the market is dominated by three companies: Yamaha, Club Car and EZ-GO. All three are divisions within corporations that make much more than golf carts; Yamaha is part of Yamaha Motor Company, Club Car is part of Ingersoll-Rand and EZ-GO is owned by Textron.

What is the cheapest golf cart brand? ›

Best Affordable Golf Carts
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  • CaddyTek Caddylite EZ V8 Cart. ...
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  • Sun Mountain 2022 Speed Cart V1R Push Cart. ...
  • Clicgear 4.0 3-Wheel Push Golf Cart. ...
  • Motocaddy Cube Push Cart. ...
  • Tangkula Golf Push Pull Cart.
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What should I know before buying a golf cart? ›

10 Things to Look for When You Buy Used Golf Carts
  • Is the Golf Cart New or Refurbished? ...
  • How Old Is the Golf Cart? ...
  • Is It a Gas or Electric Golf Cart? ...
  • If Electric, Are the Batteries in Good Condition? ...
  • Are the Tires in Good Shape? ...
  • How Does the Golf Cart Run? ...
  • Who Is the Manufacturer? ...
  • Is the Cart Itself Damaged?
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What brand is the best gas golf cart? ›

The Beast Electric Hunting Vehicle is a registered trademark of Golf Cart World Customs based in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Are 3 wheel or 4 wheel golf carts better? ›

The main difference between a three-wheel and four-wheel golf push cart is the stability. A three-wheel cart is more stable on uneven terrain, while a four-wheel cart can maneuver better on tight spaces. If you're looking for a golf push cart to take on rugged terrain, then a three-wheeler is the better choice.

Which is faster gas or electric golf cart? ›

Are electric golf carts faster than gasoline golf carts? Yes, electric golf carts are the fastest on the market. The have a top speed of 25 mph and gasoline golf carts usually have a top speed of 19 mph.

Which is more powerful gas or electric golf cart? ›

Electric carts don't have the acceleration of gas carts. Gas carts are more powerful than electric carts. Gas carts will last longer than electric carts durability wise. Gas carts are cheaper because you don't have to buy a new set of batteries every 5 years approximately.

What is considered high hours on a golf cart? ›

Ask the dealer how many hours or amp-hours are on the car you are purchasing. A gas vehicle with good maintenance will provide 1,000-2,500 hours of use before a major overhaul. An electric car will provide 40,000 to 50,000 amp-hours of use before a major overhaul.

How many years do you get out of golf cart batteries? ›

When you drive a battery-powered golf cart model, it's important to charge it correctly and maintain your cart so that your battery will last as long as possible. When you take care of your golf cart's battery, you can expect it to last anywhere between five and ten years.

What is the 90 degree golf cart rule? ›

The 90-Degree Rule

Under this rule, carts are allowed on the fairway, but they must maintain a 90-degree angle from the cart path. You must take the cart path to a spot that is even with your ball, make a right angle turn and drive straight toward the ball. This rule may be in effect for all or some holes.

What's better gas or battery golf cart? ›

electric golf cart speed is that gas-powered carts tend to pull heavier loads, run faster, and are easier to refill the tank. Gas golf carts allow you to move about the golf course in less time, and they are more likely to drive on roads because of the faster speeds.

What kills a golf cart battery? ›

Any lights, radio, or electric components in your cart should always be turned off when you stop using it. Leaving the radio or lights running on an idle golf cart can run down the battery incredibly quickly.

What kind of mileage does a golf cart get? ›

How far will I be able to travel? Depending on the manufacturer, most gas golf carts have between a 5 and 6 gallon gas tank and get about 40 miles to the gallon. Electric golf carts with fully charged batteries in perfect condition get about 35 miles to the full charge.

Is AC or DC better for golf cart? ›

An AC motor will last longer, and you will have fewer repairs to deal with in the future. Because DC motors constantly change their flow, they are prone to heating up more. Other aspects of the golf cart may need cooling features like oil. You prevent a lot of these basic problems with the purchase of an AC golf cart.

How many miles should golf cart batteries last? ›

On average, this should cover a few miles. When a golf cart battery is at its peak, it should easily be able to cover seven miles without needing to be recharged.


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