Buying Guide: New vs. Used Carts

Buying a golf cart is a major buying decision that should not be taken lightly. Between new, used, gas, electric, lifted, non-lifted, etc. the process can be a little confusing.

The first consideration you’ll want to make is whether to purchase a new or used golf cart. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

New Pros:

  • Pristine condition – You won’t have the worry about the history of the vehicle, whether it has been in any accidents, or whether parts are soon to fail.
  • Warranty – New carts come with a manufacturer’s warranty which is sure to give you peace of mind.
  • Customizable – Whether you need your cart lifted for off-roading, lights for driving at night, a rain guard for tropical climates, or the ability to convert the back seat to a utility box, new golf carts give you the freedom to customize your cart to your exact preferences and specifications.

New Cons:

  • Cost – Obviously, new carts are going to cost several thousand dollars more than a used cart. If this is a big concern for you, a gently used pre-owned car may be best for you.

Used Pros:

  • Upgrades are taken care of – While you give up the power of choice as it relates to customizing and upgrades, many used golf carts already have the features included from lights to blinkers, to lift kits.
  • Cost – Buying a used golf cart is a much more economical choice with used carts generally starting around $2,500.

Used Cons:

  • History of the vehicle – When purchasing a used cart, you never really know what kind of condition the cart has been kept in and if it has had any major issues. One way to mitigate this risk is to have a mechanic check out the cart before purchasing it.
  • Less choice – Purchasing a used vehicle inevitably means giving up the power of choice. While you may be able to find a cart with some of your desired features, additional upgrades and changes may be needed after the sale.

As you can see, both new and used have their advantages and disadvantages. Come see one of our local sales experts to help you make the best decision for you and your family.