When purchasing a golf cart or performing maintenance, there are important things to consider. Decide how and when you are going to use your cart. How many people and sets of clubs will the cart need to hold? There are certain parts you will need if you plan on driving the cart down the street. Below are 5 key terms that will help you with your golf cart purchase or maintenance.
Golf Cart Engine - The engine in a golf cart can be either gas or electric. When choosing a motor, you must find one that matches the voltage output of the current battery system in your cart if you decide to go with an electric engine.
Batteries - The batteries for a golf cart can vary in its voltage output. The most common are 24, 36 and 48 volts.
Charger - You will need a charger that matches the voltage of your golf car battery.
Street Legal - A golf cart that includes safety features that allow you to operate the vehicle on roadways with posted speed limits less than 35. These golf carts generally will seat between four and six passengers. A store that sells accessories for golf carts will know what parts are necessary.
Lift Kit - A kit sold at most stores that sell accessories. This is a way to lift your cart and customize it in your own way. The kits are designed specifically for the type of cart you own. Common kits are designed for Club Cars and Yamaha.
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A stylish way to get from point A to point B, golf carts are handy vehicles for traveling short distances. Usually seen on golf courses, golf or club carts are also used in other areas that require back-and-forth walking like airports, malls, and parking lots. Available for sale in virtually any size, these miniaturized cars come with plenty of optional parts to tack on to suit your tastes like leather seats and a custom body. Basic cars can be purchased new with batteries for around $3,000 while electric carts with fancier parts sell for thousands extra.
Whether you’re in the market to buy a heavy-duty golf cart or simply rent a used club car for recreational use, there are plenty of optional supplies and features available. Electric cars for the eco-friendly rider are powered by electricity, though their batteries do require overnight charging latched to a wall charger. Golf carts have a gas-powered engine instead of a bulky battery, and while it’s not as good for the environment, the gas engine lasts longer and can achieve higher speeds. Buying parts for a cart is often what runs up the bill; adding engine kits, lifts, or a better battery, or other items will cost you a bit more, but are good accessories to have. If you choose to buy or rent a pricier cart, be sure to buy a cover or tarp to protect it.
Check your local laws to find out which roads you can or can’t take a street-legal golf cart on before you test it. Local publications, tractor supply shops, and auction sites are great resources to find a new or used club car. Affordable and easy to drive, carting is the best way to drive across a parking lot or carry your bags from a golf course.