So you’ve taken up golfing as a hobby, or you’ve got a large farm acreage that you need to get around easily. Grandma just turned 80 and needs to get to the neighbor’s house down the road, or you just need to move things around your landscape without wearing out your back. Welcome to the golf cart buying community!
So, how much does a golf cart cost? Around $2,400 average for a good used golf cart, and an average of $6,800 for a basic brand new cart. Additional options of course, will raise and lower the price.
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How Long do Golf Carts Last?
A long time – if you take care of them. Seriously, on gas-powered carts, if you make the effort to change the oil and filters when it is scheduled to be done, the gasoline engine will last a good long time. My own cart is 23 years old and the engine is original and quite strong on hill climbs.
You can count on the battery(ies) being replaced periodically, and the gas engines can be around for many years with proper care, but we are seeing some golf carts that are 60 years old.
Electric carts are (aside from the batteries) around a long time because of the fewer moving mechanical parts.
So, New or Used?
Used golf carts don’t have a Blue Book for determining value, so you will have to look at the average price people are asking for and paying in the classifieds. Check Craigslist and eBay also to get a good ballpark idea.
The following sections in this article should help narrow down your choices
How Much Should You Pay for A Used Golf Cart?
As with all purchases of used equipment, there is always the risk of a major part breaking down or wearing out shortly after you have traded your hard-earned coin for your new ride. The savvy buyer will look at the high-dollar components closely and determine if there is enough value in the purchase price to warrant the risk of potential future expense.
A used golf cart’s price can also depend on how many options the previous owner has installed. If I’m going to be working on the cart by myself and don’t want a turn-key basic cart, I will be purchasing one that has only the basics and all the customizations will be to my tastes.
An electric golf cart will have the expensive golf cart batteries (not the same as automotive batteries) to consider. Always remembering that the average battery life is 5-7 years, check the date stamped on the battery terminal and determine about how much longer before replacement is necessary.
Flooded lead acid batteries have the date code stamped on the top of the terminal using two letters and a number. The first letter refers to the month it was manufactured: “A” through “L” refers to January through December. The number refers to the year in which the battery was made. As an example, a “7” would be 2017 (batteries do not last long enough for it to be 2007). If the date code has been painted over or removed, count on having to replace the batteries in order to have reliable transportation.
Golf cart tires would be the next things to take into consideration for replacement. Checking them for rubber rot (especially carts from a very hot and dry climate like Arizona) and the degree of wear and can be checked out and added to the overall price consideration.
A used golf cart is the best way to go if you’re working on a budget and you don’t mind putting in a little extra maintenance and upkeep time. There is the added advantage of not worrying about a scratch or two if you’re ready to get right down to hauling materials around the property.
When buying a used golf cart from a dealer, they usually take care to inspect the cart thoroughly and take care of any issues that might devalue the cart. Buying from an individual means that you’ll have to take the owners word on how reliable the cart is, but you can usually get your best price from a one-on-one negotiation.
I recently went to an estate sale that had a used golf cart in the inventory for sale. It was a 2008 model E-Z-GO electric and they had it priced at $1,950. I checked the batteries and they were only three years old, and took it out on a test run. The cart seemed to check out okay to me and by the time the sale was over, the price had dropped to $1,500. I happened to stop by the cart dealership that I bought mine from and mentioned the particular vehicle for sale.
This brought about much rolling of the eyes and admonitions to stay away from that one. It seems that this particular cart had a history of always having something wrong with it and that the previous owner had abused it quite a bit. Yes, the batteries are only three years old, but the owner had boiled them dry twice and they weren’t holding a charge for nearly as long as they were supposed to. There were also electrical problems that could be directly attributed to the cart being left out in the elements.
I had thought it was a pretty good deal, but it appears that I got lucky after hearing the true history of this cart. You can never tell.
How Much Is A New Golf Cart?
The new golf cart is going to have reliability and a warranty…definitely an advantage over a used vehicle, but it’s going to get a little spendy.
Let’s look at a few basic models to get an idea of what you will spend for a new golf cart.
Club Car is the best-known golf cart brand and so the pricing is a bit higher for the name and reputation.
Club Car Onward 2 Passenger
This model has an MSRP of $7600 at this writing for a basic 2-passenger electric and no roof ($310 extra), 8,239 for the 2-passenger gas powered model. Extras include a windshield, mirrors, enclosures and tire upgrades.
While the gasoline version of this cart is quite a bit more expensive, it has some features that put it above and beyond the electric version. It has a 14 hp engine with a top speed of 19 miles per hour. There’s a fuel tank capacity of 6 gallons and comes equipped with a Subaru 404cc 4-cycle engine. It also weighs about 300 pounds less than the electric version allowing you to go faster.
Villager 2 LSV
Club Car makes a street legal model called the Villager 2 Electric LSV. Starting MSRP for this vehicle is $9,856. The Villager comes with a 360 degree wrap around bumper and also comes equipped with the Subaru 404 cc 4 cycle engine.
This is a basic people-mover and has a top speed of 21-23 MPH, plus it is street-legal on roads with speed limits of 35 mph or less. All of the Club Car models feature a corrosion-resistant aluminum frame.
The Freedom RXV Personal Transport Vehicle Gas powered cart starts at $7,538, the electric models start at $7,819, and the zero maintenance lithium battery models start at $9,638.
The frame on the E-Z-GO RXV is welded steel with powder coating. The body is made of an injected molded TPO and the available colors are Almond, Black, Bright White, Burgundy, Electric Blue, Flame Red, Forest Green, Inferno Red, Ivory, Metallic Charcoal, Patriot Blue, and Platinum.
The Freedom TXT Personal Transport Vehicle 13.5-hp Gas cart starts at $7,338, and the 48-volt electric model starts at $7,419.
Yamaha has a wide selection of carts available for both personal transportation and off roading. The golf model is the Drive2 Fleet with the base gas model starting at $6,192, and the electric model starting at $6,142. The cart comes standard with a glacier white color, and different color combinations run $50 – $100 extra.
The Drive2 PTV Starts at $8,654 for the gas model and $8,754 for the electric.
It has a hill climbing capacity of about 15 degrees and the gasoline version comes with a Yamaha 357cc single cylinder engine.
The Yamaha Adventurer Sport 2+2 begins at $9,150 and is capable of running the backwoods trails. It has a maximum output of 11.5 hp with a top speed of 15 miles an hour.
Okay, now we get into the more expensive brands.
The Polaris GEM e2 2-passenger starts at $9,799 and is available in a 4-passenger model for $12,799 and a 6-passenger model starting at $15,799. The GEM e2 is marketed as a golf cart alternative and is actually a street-legal lsv. They’re equipped with headlights, taillights, power steering, windshield wipers, etc.
The Star EV Sirius 48V electric 2-passenger starts at $9,499 And is a street-legal LSV. Star electric vehicles (star EV) is owned by J H Global Services. It is primarily sourced out of China, so getting parts may be an issue.
The Garia Golf electric 2-passenger starts at $14,480 and you can see that this vehicle from Denmark has a kind of BMW luxury feel to it. This cart’s price goes through the roof when you add options like lithium batteries and custom accessories.
Bad Boy Buggies
Bad Boy Buggies is a line of Textron ATV vehicles that are still generating a great deal of interest from the off-road and sport vehicle enthusiasts. Textron acquired Bad Boy Buggies in 2010 and rebranded to them Textron Off Road Vehicles (ORV).
True, these are not golf carts and aren’t a comparison to how much a Golf Cart costs, but many prospective buyers are looking for carts to take on the trail and not necessarily the golf course.
The mid-priced 2-passenger Wildcat X starts at $15,999 MSRP and boasts a 951cc dual-cylinder closed-loop engine. This line of ATV tops out with the Wildcat XX Ltd priced at $21,999 MSRP.
As you can see, a golf cart can cost you anywhere from $1,500 on up. While I realize it is easy to say “it depends” when asking how much does a golf cart cost, I’ve always found it reassuring to know how little I might pay as well as the crazy rich price should I happen to win that ol’ lottery.
I would suggest not buying a used golf cart for under $2,000 where the risk of buying a lemon is too great, if reliability is your goal. If you are into rebuilding and refurbishing golf carts, the under $2000 range would be perfect and leaves cash for the rebuild and customization.
I also wouldn’t go for a high-priced brand new elite Model golf cart because you are probably the only person that would know how much you spent for it.