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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GOLF CART PURCHASING AND OWNERSHIP 

HOW LONG WILL AN ELECTRIC GOLF CART RUN ON A FULL CHARGE?

An electric golf cart will usually run anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes of solid “pedal to the metal” run time on a full charge, depending upon the age of the battery pack. As the batteries age, the solid run time decreases. Other factors that may impact the run time of an electric cart are the condition of the batteries (appropriate water levels, tight terminals, and clean surface areas), the load it carries, the terrain, and extremely hot or cold temperatures. If you aren’t getting at least 45 minutes of riding time from your battery pack, it may be time to consider purchasing all new deep cycle batteries for your golf car. At Custom Cart Connection we offer same day battery installation while you wait!

DOES A GOLF CART REQUIRE A SPECIAL OUTLET FOR CHARGING, AND CAN I LEAVE IT PLUGGED IN?

Your Club Car will plug into a regular 3 Prong, 110 Volt outlet, and will cut off when it reaches full charge. 

HOW LONG WILL A GAS GOLF CART RUN ON A FULL TANK?

A gas golf cart can get up to 100 miles on one full 5 gallon tank of gas. No ethanol, regular unleaded fuel is recommended. If ethanol-free fuel is unavailable, you may use a fuel treatment such as Stabil or Seafoam. We suggest you start with ¼ tank of fuel at first, to gauge how much fuel you will use on a regular basis. This will reduce the likelihood of gas going bad in the tank.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN ELECTRIC CART?

Electric golf carts are powered by a rechargeable battery pack, 36 or 48 volts, and fully recharge by plugging the cart charger into a regular outlet. They are especially useful for a quiet, more peaceful ride. They don’t generate fumes or scents, which may be especially helpful when using a golf cart to hunt or fish, or for use at an indoor facility. Electric carts are also well suited for stop-and-go use, such as playing a round of golf, going to and from the neighborhood pool, doing light yard work, riding from the camper to the bath house, etc.

WHAT TYPE OF MAINTENANCE IS NEEDED FOR AN ELECTRIC CART?

    Get the most from your electric golf cart by performing the following maintenance tasks:
  • Check water levels in each battery at least once a month and top off using distilled water. Filtered tap water is acceptable, however, well water is not recommended due the potential for sediment.
  • Clean battery packs, tops and terminals using battery acid neutralizer (1 cup of baking soda per 1 gallon of water).
  • Protect terminal connections using battery terminal protector spray.
  • Check Alignment.
  • Check Tire Pressure.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A GAS GOLF CART?

Gas golf carts allow riding enthusiasts to drive longer distances with more confidence. For instance, if you plan to cruise with friends at the beach, or go site seeing around the country side, owning a gas cart empowers you to do that without concern over losing power. The 14 horsepower engine is also well suited for hauling heavier loads and pulling hills. If the cart will be used on property with rough or steep terrain, or in mountainous areas, a gas golf cart may better suit your needs.

WHAT TYPE OF MAINTENANCE IS NEEDED FOR A GAS GOLF CART?

    Get the most from your gas golf cart long-term by having us provide the annual service tune-up, or by performing the following tasks yourself:
  • Check Belts for drying or cracking and replace if needed.
  • Check Brakes
  • Check Alignment
  • Check Tire Pressure
  • Change Oil & Filter (when applicable)
  • Replace Spark Plugs
  • Replace Fuel Filter
  • Replace Air Filter
  • Grease Unit

WHAT IS THE COST COMPARISON FOR ELECTRIC VS GAS GOLF CARTS?

For new units, the purchase price of gas vs electric is fairly close, however, as golf carts age, gas carts tend to cost about $1000 more than a similar age and model electric cart. Operation costs for gas carts include the recurring cost of fuel and the recommended annual service. Electric cart costs include a slight increase in your power bill and the lump sum battery pack replacement, at least once every 5 years.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RECENT ELECTRIC CART IMPROVEMENTS?

New Club Car Charging System: Beginning in 2014, new electric Club Cars come with the new ERIC style charger; Efficient, Reliable, Intelligent & Connected. This smaller, lighter weight charger is designed to better communicate with you through signals you can see and hear. It is enclosed in a strong, aluminum housing and offers a voltage range of 85 to 270, the widest voltage range in the industry.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RECENT GAS CART IMPROVEMENTS?

New Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) Engines: Club Car’s new Subaru 14 hp, 404 cc engine has electronic fuel injection and no longer relies on carburetors and chokes. This single cylinder overhead cam engine delivers more torque and power, more precise ignition timing and starting when cold, improved reliability of the steel timing chain and features a splash lubrication system that eliminates the need for oil filters. The new EFI engine has 30% more horsepower, fuel efficiency and range than previous Precedent models, with 30% lower emissions. The result is lower annual cost of ownership with faster acceleration and superior hill-climbing ability.

WHAT SIZE TRAILER DO I NEED TO HAUL MY GOLF CART?

The dimensions of a standard Club Car are (LxWxH) 92 x 47 x 69, and can be transported on a 5 x 8 trailer.

A four passenger is 104 x 47 x 69, and will fit nicely onto a 5 x 10 trailer.

The dimensions for a six passenger cart are 144 x 47 x 69, requiring at least a 12 ft long trailer.

When transporting your golf cart, always be sure that your windshield is folded down and secured to prevent flapping, breaking or removing while the vehicle is in motion. Secure the park break once the cart is pulled to the front of the trailer. Securely strap the cart to trailer using ratchet straps prior to driving. We reccommed using at least 2 straps one in the front of the cart and one in the rear larger carts may require more than 2 racchet straps.

CAN I DRIVE MY GOLF CART ON THE ROAD?

First, you need add the golf cart to your home owners or auto insurance if purchasing a (LSV). Then, take proof of insurance with you to the DMV to get a golf cart permit. The state of Florida outlines the following golf cart operating restrictions:

  1. A low-speed vehicle may be operated only on streets where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. This does not prohibit a low-speed vehicle from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour.
  2. A low-speed vehicle must be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps, turn signal lamps, tail lamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields, seat belts, and vehicle identification numbers.
  3. A low-speed vehicle must be registered and insured in accordance with s. 320.02.
  4. Any person operating a low-speed vehicle must have in his or her possession a valid driver’s license.
  5. A county or municipality may prohibit the operation of low-speed vehicles on any road under its jurisdiction if the governing body of the county or municipality determines that such prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety.
  6. The Department of Transportation may prohibit the operation of low-speed vehicles on any road under its jurisdiction if it determines that such prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety.