There are very few people who actually have a good reason for purchasing a golf cart for their own personal usage, but if you decide that you do need a golf cart there are a few things that you should keep in mind so that you can make the best buy decision possible. Of course purchasing a used model will allow you to save a lot of money, but you should know what you are looking at when you look to buy a golf cart to make sure that you get a good deal, rather than waste your money on something that does you no good.
Your first step if you want to look into purchasing a golf cart for your own personal use at a golf course is to find out if the course even allows you to use a cart on the course. Many do not allow carts, however many others do. The main reason you may want to buy a golf cart is if you live on a golf course and would rather drive the cart to the clubhouse rather than your actual car. With the increasing expenses for gas alone, this can be a huge savings over several years and more than pay for the expense of the golf cart itself. However, still check with your local area to make sure that it will not be a problem driving it on the roads in your area, as well as with the golf course to make sure that it is ok with them.
Once you have done all the research for your area you have several things that you need to consider. An electric golf cart is obviously a much wiser and cheaper buy in the long run. Not only are you not having to buy gasoline continuously but there are typically fewer parts that may need to be repaired or fixed as well. This will make the maintenance expenses much cheaper as well which will allow you to get further usage from the golf cart before it needs to be replaced or repaired.
As you look around at golf carts, you need to look for a cart that has a new battery as well as battery connectors. You should also look for a cart that has a nice clean connector and charger that looks in good condition. The cart itself should be clean and in good working order. Never buy a cart that is not working with the hopes that you can fix it cheaply. Many times this turns into a nightmare project because of the continuous repairs that are needed. If the cart does not operate correctly at the time of buy, you simply should move on.
You want to also make sure that you can take the cart for a test drive. If you are not able to take the cart for a drive, you should walk away. If you do take it for a test drive make sure that you can stop within a space of 10-15 feet without sliding. Golf courses are not going to appreciate you bringing a cart to the green that can cause damage of any sort. You also want to check the steering and make sure that the cart turns properly. Your final consideration should be looking at all the wheels to make sure that they are in good shape. With a big of careful research and knowing what you are looking for you can save as much as 75% off the price of a new golf cart by purchasing a used model.