Instead of buying new, a lot of first-time buyers prefer to look at used gas golf carts for sale. If you’re someone who is considering used carts, you’re probably also on the lookout for one that is both in your price range and in the best condition possible.
For experienced buyers, this is easy to do. However, if you’re a new buyer, there are some things that you should keep in mind.
The Age of the Cart
When buying used gas golf carts for sale, one of the most important things to consider is how old the cart is. There are three things that you should pay attention to:
- The Make
- The Model
- The Serial Number
Aside from helping you determine the age of the cart, these details will help tell you how easy it would be to find parts for the cart. It can be great to find a cheap cart, but if the parts are difficult to come by, you’ll probably end up paying a lot if you ever need to replace or maintain those parts.
Another thing you should ask your dealer is how many hours (or cycles) are on the cart. These essentially function like miles on a car, and the fewer hours, the better.
The Features on the Cart
When buying used gas golf carts for sale, you should keep in mind all the details that you want in a cart.
Cart features include:
The Utility for Your Needs
If you’re planning on using your cart on rugged terrain or for off-roading, you probably shouldn’t be looking at a cart that will not be able to keep up with those demands or one that has been modified to work best on a golf course.
Your location may require that a cart be licensed. In that case, you may be able to buy a used cart that is already licensed.
Many used gas golf carts for sale have already been customized with accessories. If you’re looking at such a cart, make sure you’re okay with the existing accessories. For example, if you’re planning on using your cart on the course, you probably don’t need one that has been fitted with a gun rack. Accessories can increase the cost of a used cart, and if you don’t need them, you may be able to find a more affordable alternative.
On the other hand, if you’re on the lookout for accessories for your cart, you may be able to save money by buying an already accessorized cart as opposed to buying all-new accessories. Another consideration is whether or not the existing accessories match your tastes. When it comes to personalized carts, there are many things that you should keep in mind.
Make sure the cart is comfortable to drive. A cart can look great – and then you take a seat and realize that the seats are too small, or you don’t have enough leg space. Before you buy, always take a cart out for a short drive.
Batteries can get expensive, and the last thing you want is to buy a cart and realize that you have to spend more money to replace or repair the existing batteries. In order to avoid this, make sure to check the batteries before buying.
Things to consider regarding your battery condition include:
- Whether there is a manufacturer’s warranty that is included with the batteries.
- What the brand of the batteries is. Is it a well-known brand with a reputation for being high-quality and lasting a long time? Trojan Batteries and US Batteries are amongst the best-known golf cart battery brands, and replacements are relatively easy to come by.
- What the age of the batteries is. The older the batteries, the faster you will have to replace them. On the other hand, if you find a cart with batteries that are a year or less old, you will be fine for the next few years.
There are many things to keep in mind when you look at used gas golf carts for sale. Many of these questions will only be able to be answered by a knowledgeable salesman, which is why you should always buy from a store rather than an individual seller.