People choose to buy utility cars and golf carts for a variety of reasons. Some choose to buy them to make getting from one point to another easier than walking. Top speeds top out at 15 to 25 mph. Others feel as though they are necessity for daily activities. No matter what your reasoning is, deciding what to buy is important. Here are a few considerations many people are faced with when considering the purchase of one of these vehicles.
Gas or Electric
One decision many people looking for used golf carts or utility carts must make is whether to look at electric ones or gas powered ones. Electric carts tend to be slightly cheaper than gas and the cost of operating them tend to be lower as well. Prices vary based on model, make and specific features.
Gas powered golf carts or utility carts have 10 to 12 horsepower engines. Engine operation is similar to that of a car. Gas powered engines usually run longer than electric ones do and higher horsepower can make climbing hills easier. They make more noise than electric utility carts or golf carts and release emissions into the atmosphere. Electric carts require a charged battery to operate. This battery usually lasts two to three days, not as long as a tank of gas. They release no emissions, but they require extra maintenance especially during cold winter months. Using accessories such as lights and radio make the battery die faster. Chargers are expensive to care for the one that comes with your cart.
New or Used
Just like purchasing a car, buyers have the option of purchasing a new or a used golf cart or utility cart. Newer models will cost more naturally, and used ones will be cheaper. Prices can range from $3,000 to $30,000 depending on what model you choose and what features you choose. These carts typically have the same build and features don’t typically change, meaning even if you are choosing used over new, you will still have the opportunity to get features on your used model.
If buying used, make sure to investigate the utility cart thoroughly to ensure there are no underlying issues with it. New vehicles typically come with a warranty, but used vehicles will not, therefore any issues will be your responsibility. Ask about the history and get as much information as possible about the cart before buying it. Check the battery to see what year it was built in, so that you will have an idea of how much life it has left.
Carefully consider all of your choices before jumping into a decision. After careful consideration you will feel more comfortable with your choice. A little due diligence while searching will produce a golf cart or utility cart that you will be happy with for years to come.