While you may have considered buying a used car or truck, how about a used golf cart? Besides being used on a golf course, carts are also popular at places such as campgrounds, construction sites, and retirement homes. And while you’d probably first consider buying a new model, you can also find a quality used golf cart. Here are some tips to help you accomplish that mission:
1. Determine how much money you’re willing to invest for repairs.
That includes exterior and mechanical items that need to be fixed. The good news is that exterior repairs, such as covers and seat cushions, can be easy and inexpensive to fix. However, mechanical repairs can be somewhat pricey, so consider how much you’re willing to invest for repairs. After some consideration, you might determine that a particular used cart isn’t worth the money you’d need to spend on repairs (including the cost of custom cart parts).
2. Try to negotiate a price.
How good are you at negotiating? One of the perks of buying a used cart is that you’ll have a better chance of negotiating the price, than you would when buying a new cart. While there’s no guarantee that the cart’s owner will be willing to negotiate, there’s a chance that he she might be. It’s worth a try!
3. Examine the cart in-person.
This could save you a lot of potential headaches in the future, such as when you’d need custom cart parts. If you’re very familiar with the mechanics of a cart then you could examine the go cart yourself. Otherwise, you’d need to have someone else check the machine. You should also take the cart for a spin, to see how it handles. The time to make these checks is before you buy a cart, rather than afterwards.
4. Examine a golf cart’s batteries.
Make sure to take this step for any used cart that you’re considering. Typically cart batteries last for about five years. Examine a golf court’s batteries to determine the month and year that the battery was produced. Also, check the battery for any leaks or corrosion. An old and damaged battery could add somewhat significantly to future repair costs of a cart.
5. Test-drive cart.
Typically you should test-drive it for about half an hour. Check how well the cart handles and turns. Check the acceleration and breaks. Check the steering wheel. All of these checks can help to ensure that the machine is road-worthy.
If you’re in the market for a cart, these tips will help you to find the right one. Ultimately, you’ll minimize future repairs and custom golf cart parts needed.