Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Custom Golf Cart
Welcome to Southern Sportz! Whether you want us to build an Awesome Custom Lifted Golf Cart, spruce up your existing cart, need service or maintenance work to keep you up in going, Southern Sportz is here to help. If you decide to conduct business with us or not we are here to make sure you are well educated & informed about everything Custom Golf Carts. That’s not all, no matter your budget; we can provide you with a Custom Golf Cart Build unique for you! Start small with Custom Golf Cart Seats and a Phantom Golf Cart Body Kit or go big with a Custom Lifted Golf Cart, Custom Golf Cart Wheels and Tires, Your choice of 15 Custom Body Colors, Street Legal Kit, Kicker Golf Cart Sound System, Golf Cart Rear Seat Kit , High Speed Golf Cart Motor & Many More Custom Golf Cart Accessories. Looking for a Hunting Golf Cart, 6 Passenger Stretch Limo Golf Cart, Luxury Golf Cart, Street Legal Golf Cart or 2 Passenger Electric Golf Cart we have you covered? Searching for information ? Need an education on the do's and don't s of owning or buying an Electric Golf Cart? Our blog is very informative, but if it doesn't answer your questions Come by our showroom, shoot us an email email@example.com or give us a call 903-799-2000: we would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have. GOLF CARTS 101 –BASIC BUYING KNOWLEDGE What you should know about buying a Golf Car?This article has been prepared with the first time Golf Car buyer in mind. The sub sections appear in no particular order. Your first decisions are the most important! Before you go any further you have to decide on the following: Do I/we want a gas or electric golf car? What type of maintenance will I need to do to it -Gas? Electric? Buy from a dealer or private partyor other? How much will my wife let me spend? Electric or Gas Golf Cars ? In some cases this decision is made for you. Some campgrounds/resorts/communities only allow Electric golf carts. .Do not let any dealer talk you into one or the other -this is a decision only you can make based on knowledgeable, truthful information.Okay, which are better, Gas or Electric golf cars? There is no right answer to that question. This is why Golf Cart manufactures make both. It boils down to circumstance and personnel preference. The longevity of both is equally as long as you perform regular maintenance. With Club Cars, they have more value due to their aluminum frames ( no rust ever ), Curtis 1268 Programmable Controllers & Sealed Maintenance Free Smart Chargers. With all other brands-EZ Go, Yamaha, etc...They make them with steel frames and they will rust and eventually break. Longevity ranges between 30-40 years or longer for the various manufacturers. To dispel rumors by non dealers -gas carts are not going to be done away with. To the contrary, manufacturer's such as Club Car have a shortage on used electric carts from lease and the factory is trying to keep up with the demand. ELECTRIC GOLF CARTS- Golf Cart Batteries come in three different voltages, 6, 8 and 12. Six 6 volt batteries will give you a 36 Volt operating system. Six 8 volt batteries will get you a 48 volt operating system and four 12Volt batteries will give you a 48 Volt operating system. If you do not know the voltage -look at your batteries. There are 2 volts per water fill hole. These are special deep cycle batteries designed for golf cars. Use the batteries recommended for your golf car. I know what is going through your mind; I’ll get 3 -12 volt batteries from ABC Auto supply for my 36 Volt car and save some money. Don’t try and reinvent the wheel here, it will not work. You will get frustrated, say a lot of things you did not mean (most people will be amazed at the range of your vocabulary) and spend a lot of money that was not necessary. See battery care and maintenance in this site or your local dealer. It’s important you do this one right.Some electric golf cars have made tremendous advances in the last decade. Computers run them, have about 50 moving parts, very little down time and a pleasure to drive. One manufacture, Club Car, has cart models called IQ models. These carts are capable of going 21 mph when coding the controller and up grading battery cables, whereas most golf cars run about 12 MPH. 36 or 48 volt? A 48 volt cart will run twice as long as a 36 volt on a charge. That equates to longer run time and less time being charged. Golf carts have deep cycle batteries so they require an overnight charge. Keep this in mind after a long day of driving, it will have to sit and get charged, as with a gas cart -it keeps going until the gas tank is empty. On a new set of batteries you should average about 20-25 miles to a charge. Figure in the charging cost of approx. $10-20 a month. Also, many campgrounds charge extra for electric carts.Now let’s look at when you will need batteries. This is a science here and this is one aspect of the old adage -"YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR". The whole science behind a deep cycle battery is the lead in it. The morelead, the more charging capability, the more run time. Cheaper batteries like the Sam's club battery (cheapest on the market at this writing) have less lead than the Cadillacof batteries-Trojan batteries. A Sam's Club Battery can weigh almost 15 pounds lighter than a Trojan. This equates to less run time and less power to all the electricalcomponents. This means that the cheaper batteries put more of a strain on the electrical components and they wear out faster. But more important -they will only last between 1-3 years and the medium is usually2 years. Whereas a Trojan Battery will last between 7-9 years. Next do the math -a cheap battery set will run you approximately $520, a set of Trojan Batteries -$750 a set. I'll show you an example of a Trojan Battery and Club Car (longest lasting because of the aluminum frame). Let's use the 30 year average life. You will need to buy 3.3 sets of Trojan Batteries @ 750/set=$2475.00. The Sam's Club Battery you would need to buy 15 sets @520/set=$7800. Let's factor in also -these batteries weight between 48-63 pounds each and this job is not fun to do since it is a back breaker! To equal a set of Trojan batteries at $750, you would have to buy 4 sets of Sam's Club batteries at $2080. The other brands of batteries -Deka, Interstate and US Battery will last approx. 5-6 years, the up and coming Crown Batteries have the identical specs as a Trojan and are poised to take over the Leadership as the longest lasting. Any other batteries are branded under one of these major manufacturers’sname. All the major manufacturersoffer a 1 year guarantee that is pro-rated. The older the battery the less they pay on a warranty claim. The warranty does not cover improper maintenance so make sure you checkthem and putin distilled water every 2-3 weeks. Runninga battery dry and having the plates show can shorten the life by half! Too many people are under the assumption that there is no maintenance with an electric, well thats close there is ALOT LESS Maintenance but you will still have to grease the front end, and every 3-4 weeks check the battery connections and water if needed. Also tighten and clean the electric posts and cables, keep them free from corrosion or your cables will get weak and break and the cart won't run! Todays electric golf cart chargers are zero maintenance enabling it to be left plugged in 365/24/7. GAS GOLF CARTS- Today’s Gas Golf Carts are not the gas carts of yesterday. Gone are days of a blue trail of smoke going down the fairway backfiring and sputtering. They are quite and reliable. Most of the major manufactures usea 4-stroke engine that has oil in the crankcase and regular unleaded gas in the gas tank, no need to mix the two anymore. These carts average about 7 miles to the gallon and most tanks on the average are about 7 gallons. Most people that use their carts just on a weekend at a campground or cottage, driving casually will go through 1-2 tanks of gas a summer. Even at $5.00/gallon you are only going to spend between $35-70. If you are an occasional driver, you won't go through one tank a summer. Heavy drivers will probably go through 3-4 tankfuls and this is heavy non-stop driving, always on it cruising.Other than that, a tune up and oil change every 300 hours or once a year (approx. value $30), check the belts for wear, grease the front end, and check transmission level.Tune-ups/MaintenanceTune-ups for both Gas & Electric are an important annual function. An annual inspection on your golf car is much the same as going to your Dentist. Not only will the Dentist clean your teeth, they find out if something is wrong when it is small and easy to fix. Getting your golf car inspected once a year can be a very inexpensive way to maintain your golf car and fix any problems when they are small. And it’s painless.Gas & Electric Golf Cars annually require the following:Pressure wash car, undercarriage, batteries, Brakes inspected, cleaned and adjusted Increase tire pressure Grease points greased Check differential oil levels Check steering for tightness and wearTighten all front suspensionand check for wear on springs, spindles, bushings, etc.Specific to electric golf cars: Clean all battery tops with water and baking soda.Remove and clean all battery cables, change as required Top up water levels in batteriesSpray battery cables with Battery Protective Spray Charge batteries, inspect battery charger for proper operation. Check battery trays for rotting/corrosion due to overfilling Every 8-12 years chargers do have parts that wear out and will need to be rebuilt when they quit working. However if your Cart is a 2014 Club Car or newer chargers are built 90% better and have alot more function than that of older Golf Cart chargers. Specific to Gas Golf Cars: Oil change and filter Air filter change Fuel filters and spark plug changed as required. Check and change all belts as required Check battery charging Inspect Starter Generator brushes Inspect fuel pump for leaks Inspect clutch for wear or rattling Inspect carburetors for proper operation and clean if necessary. Refer to your owner’s manual or local dealer for specifics about your car. Why is there such a range of prices on golf cars? It could be the way they are sold. Here are some examples:“As is”, means exactly that, what you see is what you get, no more. It is the least expensive was to get into a golf car but the most work required on your part.“Remanufactured Golf Carts”, this one is very hard to nail down because my definition of Remanufactured and yours may not be the same. A Certified Remanufactured Golf Cart from Southern Sportz is very througly checked and 90% of the componets mechanical and cosmetic are replaced. See guidlines http://www.southernsportz.com/southern-sportz-certified-remanufactured-program.html This type of cart will be & look showroom condition & all replaced and aftermarket components and accessories are under warranty. The more a dealer has to put into a car, the more you will have to pay, but a much higher quality golf cart you will have. BUY FROM A DEALER OR PRIVATE PARTY? First and foremost-would you buy a cart from a golf car dealer, other type of retail business or private party? If you have knowledge of mechanics and can thoroughly evaluate a cart -by all means buy from a private party-there are many good deals out there. If you can not assess a cart and are not mechanical you are best to go to a reputable full time golf cart dealer and, preferably an authorized dealer of the brand of cart you are looking for. As much as there are good deals out there by private parties there are MORE not so good deals out there. Buyer beware! Not everyone tells the truth.Now just because you sell some golf carts don't make you a golf cart dealer! Would you have a golf cart company repair your windshield or glass?? Why would you buy a car from a non golf cart dealer?? A legitimate golf cart dealer will have knowledgeand trained sales staff, full running year round retail facility, maintenance shop, large inventory of carts and also large inventory of parts and accessories. They will accept all forms of payment including all major credit cards and offer financing and will have been in business for many years. In addition to that an Authorized dealer is backed by the full sales, service, and tech support of the factory. The factory also provides many yearly classes in sales and technical service for their dealers.Authorized dealers have earned the "authorized" status by proving and adhering to strict manufacturer policies for their retail facility standards, shop facility standards, inventory of carts, parts and accessories, and mechanical staff. Mechanics go through ongoing training every year. Valuable to you when you need it! Authorized dealers are also required to carry liability insurance against theft, loss and liability. Dealers have a lot invested in their facilities, inventoryand employees. After all, let’sface it -you never expect a breakdown and with the summer being so short you do want your cart up and running as fast as possible. Find a dealer that has all this to offer and you can be assured that you will get knowledgeable service when you need it. Remember, small business is what keeps America working. If we lose businesses who will we take our carts to for repair? parts? Ask your dealer if they will service your car after the sale. Some "dealers" DO NOT offer service after the sale. If they won't service it then, what makes you think they serviced it before the sale? If you think this will not be an issue, wait until it breaks down and you call all around and then try to find someone reputable to work on it. Here at Southern Sportz we take a different approach because so many of our customers buy carts that are 300 sometimes 1,000 miles away we won't them to feel comfortable in knowing that no matter the distance we have you covered. You are assigned a servce coordinator the day your cart is purchased and are not only given out dealership phone number but your service coordinators personal cell phone so we are here every tep of the way. Have a minor issue after the sell? We have a huge network of authorized Club Car Service Centers and will link you with one quickly. If you decide not to buy from us just know Dealers are more likely inclined to put priority on their past customers repair than a non customers repair.Check your dealer’shours and make sure they are an all year round operation. Check if they open after 5pm, open weekends, holidays? Do they offer service during these hours also -not always are the service hours the same as sales hours. You'll be likely to be on your cart on the weekend or holiday -what good is it if you can't get parts or repairs? Your weekend just took a nose dive! Will they do road service to your cart location and the cost of a service call? This proves invaluable if you get stranded needing a repair especially once again on the weekend or holiday especially. Custom Lifted Electric Golf Carts - Discover the Southern Sportz Difference. Customizing a golf cart is an amazing experience. It takes and changes the whole golf cart from something everybody has, to something very unique to you, an extension of your lifestyle. Sometimes, adding that one perfect item to customize your Club Car makes all the difference. From custom wheels and tires, luxury seats, upgraded lights, Bluetooth speakers, and more, our quality ensures your vehicle will be in top condition for years to come. Don't choose between style and substance - enjoy the best of both! Southern Sportz wide range of available premium seats provide supreme comfort and style. Our plush seats make it easier to relax and enjoy the ride, whether around the neighborhood or to the nearby store. Many accessories complete your Custom Golf Carts look and feel, but it all starts with the color. When premium seats are combined with our crisp, automotive-quality body finishes that boast best-in-class durability and rich shine, it's the perfect way to highlight your ride.Our metallic bodies bring an additional "Wow!" factor, with a multi-coat process for enhanced luster and protection. Your Club Car is built upon legendary quality and our commitment to using the best parts throughout the vehicle. It's the little things that take your golf cart or utility vehicle from good to great, and everything we manufacture is done with you in mind. You expect the best, and we love giving that to you in every part of our vehicles. That's why we recommend using genuine Club Car parts, accessories, and service at all times. While other aftermarket retailers may have parts that that can fit our vehicles, they can easiliy compromise the quality and integrity you trust - devaluing your car in the process.
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