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Old 02-21-2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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Buying a golf cart...

We are downsizing and moving into a high end RV park for a year or so. Golf carts are a big thing in the community and in the park.

We can't afford new, and have never bought one used. What are some things to look for on a used unit, other than the batteries?
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Old 02-21-2016, 05:18 PM   #2
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On electric batteries are #1 I would stick to 48 volt besides the batts there is a speed controller,brakes,and motor 99% of the time you get what you pay for.
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:52 AM   #3
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Are they expensive to work on, or replace parts on?
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Old 02-22-2016, 06:54 AM   #4
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There are places that sell used carts in Myrtle Beach SC refurbished with tricked up paint and lift kits. Starting prices are around $3500. We have a local guy here in Maryland that gets 4 or 5 year old EZ GO carts and sells them for around $2500 and the ones he gets look like new. There is not much to go wrong with an electric cart and if you keep it charged and water in the batteries they will last on average of 7 to 8 years. A new set of good batteries for a 48 volt cart (4 batteries)are about $800.
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Old 02-22-2016, 11:07 AM   #5
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I think these are a little more than you want to spend But I was sure interested in these. Just some ideas
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Does it have to be electric? I have a gas EZGO that we use for tolling around the neighborhood. 30-35 MPH top speed and only 1 battery to worry about.
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Does it have to be electric? I have a gas EZGO that we use for tolling around the neighborhood. 30-35 MPH top speed and only 1 battery to worry about.
It doesn't. In fact I would prefer gas, but they are usually out of our budget.
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look into a used UEV - one that is street legal for < 35 mph...

there were MANY of them bought when the gooberment decided they would give you a tax credit ....
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I did a search on the Houston craigslist and found several golf carts listed. There were one or two dealers that might be worth taking a look at to get familiar with gas vs electric and what to look for. They are like buying any other used vehicle check tires, batteries, suspension, maintenance or lack there of, and overall condition which will drive price up or down. After looking at a few and test driving them you will get a feel for what to look at and find the bargain you desire.

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I am going to be the fly in the ointment here. I wish all campgrounds and state parks would outlaw them. Nothing worse then trying to enjoy a nice campground and having to constantly dodge golf carts running all over the place. I see so many overweight adults and kids riding around on them just for entertainment. They can't even walk a block from their campsite to the camp store or bathhouse. They have to take the golf cart. Get out and get some exercise. Save the gold carts for the truly handicap. Ok, I have ranted now good luck on your search.
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I used to buy off lease electric carts and refurbish and resale them. These off lease carts are your most bang for the buck. Most golf course leases are for 3 years, some 2 but that is rare. Cosmetically these lease carts are more rough than a privately owned cart but generally they are maintained better because the batteries are checked on a regular basis. Five years is pretty much the life of batteries and less if the water is not checked and maintained. For a 3 year old lease, figure you have 1-2 years left before you need to replace batteries at around $800 for a 48v cart. I mainly bought Club Car 48v DS and President carts and think they are the best carts. For a gas cart, I would recommend Club Car or Yamaha with C C being the better cart but Yamaha is the best engine. The only negative for the Yamaha is they are light in the front end and if you add a rear seat and passengers, you will pop a few wheelies. I sold 3 yr old Club Car Precidents for $2200- $2500 depending on physical condition and DSs a few hundred less to give you a reference price.
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I bought an 2008 Precedent about 3 years ago. Electric. Got it from a guy that refurbished them in Pearland, on Bailey Avenue. Not sure if he is still open, but you can look him up and see if he is.

Mine had all new batteries, and it has been pretty much flawless.

I put bigger knobby tires on it so we don't get stuck (as often) out here on the ranch.

Then two gun racks, a rear seat, cupholders for the rear seats, headlights, etc. It is addictive, when you start adding stuff on and personalizing it.

Here it is from last weekend. With my ugly mug on it.
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We ended up finding a 2008 Club Car DS with brand new batteries for $1500 in Lake Charles LA. We've bought a lift, wheels, light kit, and custom seat covers for it already. We're 2700 into it and all we need is a custom paint job now.
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...the batteries are checked on a regular basis. Five years is pretty much the life of batteries and less if the water is not checked and maintained.
We bought our cart for $1500 from an elderly couple who used it to drive their property. The old man passed and she just wanted to sell it to move with her kids. She installed new Trojan batteries on 9/4/15 to the tune of $768. So essentially we got the cart for $732.
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