It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of purchasing a golf cart, just like all major purchases. At Ponte Vedra Golf Carts we want you take a few minutes to learn the basics so you don’t end up regretting your decision! The first rule of shopping for a golf car is to take your time and ask plenty of questions. We are here to help!
For an electric car, the age of the batteries is a significant factor to consider when purchasing. Battery life is dependent on usage and the level of maintenance provided to ensure that they have proper water levels at all times. Batteries typically last 4-6 years based on the usage and maintenance, however batteries can fail much earlier if not properly cared for. A quality set of replacement batteries will run approximately $800 and up. At Ponte Vedra Golf Carts if you purchase a refurbished or new cart, we guarantee brand new batteries.
Battery Date Codes
The main suppliers of batteries to the golf car industry are Trojan. The date code can be found either stamped into one of the terminals or on a sticker. The code will have a letter followed by one or two numbers. The letter indicates the manufacturing month and the number indicates the year. For example, an A1 or A11 code would be January of 2011. Likewise, a G4 or G14 indicates July 2014 production. So make sure you verify the battery date code so you can make sure that they are not old batteries with your new purchase.
Serial Number Decoding for Current Model Cars (2007-up)
Club Car – the serial number will be located in one of three places. Just to the right of the top of accelerator pedal, in the dash on the passenger side or near the passenger’s right foot. It will start with two letters followed by 10 digits. The letters indicate the model number and the first two digits indicate the year model of the cars. Below is an example of a 2009 model car
New or Used (Refurbished)
With a new cart you get the peace of mind of knowing that you are the first owner of the cart with up to a three year manufacturer warranty. For an electric cart, this also means that you know the history of the batteries. Likewise, a new cart provides the latest in technology, performance and comfort.
A used or refurbished cart can be an economical choice. Unfortunately, it has become a standard practice for some companies in our industry to not fully disclose the year of the model cart and in the case of electric cars, the age of the batteries, which could be very pricey. Purchasing a used or refurbished cart requires a buyer that is educated to ensure that you are getting what you have paid for and that you will be 100% comfortable with your purchase.
A refurbished car is primarily cosmetically refurbished, but typically still has most of or all of the original working components (motor or engine, controller, solenoids, transaxle, batteries, etc.). See below to learn how to decipher the year model of the car and batteries. If you can’t find the serial number on the car, consider that to be an alarming red flag. The year of the cart is a strong indicator of the amount of wear and tear the mechanical parts have endured, so it is imperative that when you are comparing carts and prices you are aware of the year of the cart. We at Ponte Vedra Golf Carts replace all wear and tear parts with new components, not every company does this.
It is also necessary to learn how your dealer will service your car should you have any problems. Does the dealership have a service department or will they out-source the repair work? At Ponte Vedra Golf Carts, we have same day service department and a pickup service!