We prepared this link to educate you, the buyer with important information to learn and ask before you purchase a new or used golf cart. This will allow you to compare apples to apples when buying rather than just comparing prices, the bottom line is that the cheapest car isn’t always the best deal. You could run into many components needing to be replaced right away, such as batteries, main engine parts, etc. and it could end up costing you more in the short run.
Gas –vs- Electric
We sell both type carts, more electric than gas. One reason for this is the ease of maintenance on an electric cart. Most electric cars are now more expensive new than gas cars.
Pluses for a Gas Cart
Longer Range: 100 Plus miles on 1 tank of gas
More powerful: better for pulling, climbing steep hills with a load
No charging required
No down time, just refill tank
Minuses for a Gas Cart
More expensive to maintain
More things can go wrong
Be more careful when buying used:ride much rougher, fumes and gas smell
Previous owner must have maintained it well or big problems will most likely occur. It’s better to buy new in gas.
Engine repairs are more costly
Difficult to run slow
Buying used gas is more risky than used electric; most owners never maintain the cart properly
Note: Be very careful when buying a used gas cart. Most owners don’t perform the necessary maintenance on these cars and therefore damage the engines.
Pluses for an Electric Cart
Much smoother ride
Simple maintenance needed
Easier and cheaper to operate
Fewer things can go wrong
Females prefer electric ride much more
Can be used indoors
Minuses for an Electric Cart
Limited range of 20-25 miles on a single charge
Needs electrical outlet to re-charge, overnight charge needed when totally depleted
Battery life is 4-5 years – replacement cost for a set of 6 batteries is $700-800
Monthly care of battery pack required (10 minutes)
We service all our carts to factory specifications and offer 2 year warranties on our refurbished golf cars, one year on our used golf cars. This is full bumper to bumper coverage. We offer free pick up and return as long as you are in the DFW area.
One word of warning on buying a golf car off of Craig’s List. Most sellers are selling for a reason; either bad batteries or an issue with the cart. This is risky. Also you will get no warranty when these things do go wrong. Most people decide to sell because they haven’t used the car in a long time. When an electric cart sits without use a lot of problems will arise.
Serial # Check
Always check the serial number with an authorized dealer. A 1991 model looks just like a 2008 model in lots of cases. If you verify the serial number through an authorized dealer you will know what year model you are getting. When purchasing such an expensive item it is always smart to buy from an authorized dealer, (one who sells new cars too, and not just used models.) An authorized dealer has knowledgeable technicians and access to factory parts to fix your cart.
A lifted car is a model that has a factory lift kit and bigger tires to allow more clearance underneath the frame for mostly off road use. Some cars come from the factory lifted or a lift can be added to a car.
Not all golf car models can be lifted without a proper engine & controller replacement. i.e. E-Z-GO TXT will do fine with a lift, PDS models need proper modifications added to work when lifted. Be sure if buying a PDS model that has been lifted it has the upgraded controller or it will likely burn out. Be wary if a dealer tells you it’s not a problem because it is!
We all know the difference in new and used carts but what is a refurbished golf car? Refurbished is not the same at all dealerships. Some call a refurbished golf car a used car with a new body. At Adventure a refurbished means the original frame, motor, steering unit and controller but with all new:
Body, trim, front shield, rear bumper, rocker panels, lights (head & tail), horn, key switch, tires, hub caps, charger harness, receptacle, batteries, cables, battery retainer, tie downs, wires, seat covers, battery level indicators, windshield, and mirrors.
Our refurbished golf cars also come with a two year warranty.
The most important component in an electric cart is the batteries. A set of six batteries should last 4-5 years, but only if cared for properly. Improper service or neglect and they can be damaged enough to only last 1-2 years. It is very important to understand before you buy a used set of batteries that they might not last or perform as you expect.
Batteries have a limited range. Most batteries have a date code on them (C9 represents March 2009). Batteries need to be checked for water monthly and system charged after every use.
There are 36 & 48 volt systems. The 48 volt system has a longer range than a 36. A 36 will go about 20 miles on a charge and a 48 will go 30 miles. There is no power or speed difference at all between the two systems.
Do not buy someone else’s history when it comes to set of batteries. This is a very risky move since you do not know how they have been cared for. If you have to install a new set of batteries shortly after your purchase you are looking at adding around $800 to your purchase price.
Parts & Accessories
Always ask if a dealer uses factory OEM parts. Many places use imported parts and accessories to keep their prices low. Imported parts break, have a shorter life span, rattle and can be dangerous.
You will be much happier in the years to come with original OEM parts. We do not take a trade in on any cart with after market parts. It has proven not to be worth it.
If your buying a cart with a rear seat kit, always look to see if the original leaf springs have been replaced to heavy duty ones, if not don't buy that cart. Many people cut corners and don't replace the springs, this is a must or you will have problems with the suspension.
LSV – (Low Speed Vehicle) An LSV is a vehicle with a maximum speed of 25 mph and is allowed to drive on a street of 45 mph or under. To be an LSV the car is built from the ground up at the factory to be driven on the street and titled. Standard carts can no longer be upgraded to be street legal.
Some dealers claim they can make a cart street legal by adding seat belts, lights, rear mirrors, etc. to your cart. There was a new Texas law passed in 2008 that no longer allowed a regular golf cart to be made into a street legal cart. No exceptions!
Also if you do buy a street legal car make sure your dealer has an auto license to sell and title your car.
When you visit a dealership besides checking out their inventory try to meet the owner and service technician. Look for a service department and check out their parts inventory. Also check for cleanliness and test their knowledge with the questions we have provided you with. All our carts are stored indoors and not left outside in the weather.
Don’t forget to ask if they offer FREE deliveries and pick ups on carts under warranty.
This type of service and product knowledge is what sets Adventure Golf Cars apart from the rest.
David Scott – Owner
Tyler Scott - Sales
Paul Rogers – Service & Parts
Battery Maintenance Requirements
- Batteries water level should be checked monthly. Do not fill to the top. Add distilled water just covering plates and up the bottom edge of side walls of the holes opening. Do not fill to the top, if over filled, water and acid will boil out of the battery making a mess as well as diluting the battery’s potential.
- Keep all battery terminal nuts and connection clean from corrosion. Clean with baking soda and water (50/50 mix) and a wire brush.
- Periodically tighten battery terminal nuts with 9/16 wrench. Be careful not to touch wrench on plus and minus terminal at the same time. This would spark and could damage battery.
- Charge golf car at the end of the night after every use. Recharge car if not used in one month’s time. Batteries will last longer if kept fully charged. Totally depleting the batteries without recharging immediately damages the battery pack.
- Water levels should be checked every month even if the cart is not used, the charging process heats up and evaporates the water inside the battery. FYI: A charger requires the battery pack to produce about 80% of the total volts to start the charger, so letting the batteries go dead will cause the charger not to be able to turn on.
- DO NOT FILL THE BATTERIES TO THE TOP.
- DO NOT LET THE BATTERIES GO DEAD
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