1. What should I buy, a gas or electric cart?

Well, the answer to this is based on personal preference, however, in certain cases, the option is limited. For example, certain trailer parks and residential communities stipulate all cars must be electric because they don’t produce any fumes or make any noise. Other trailer parks may not want you to draw on their electricity and therefore, gas becomes your only option. In cases like equine farms, electric may also be a better option since the quiet nature of the vehicle will not startle the horses. Others prefer to plug in their golf cart rather than be bothered going to get gas every time the tank is empty, even though a tank of gas in many cases, can last the whole summer.

An electric cart also has less moving parts which means there is a reduced chance that anything will go wrong, however, when it comes time to replace the batteries in six or seven years (or sooner if it’s an older model) then that can be expensive. Gas carts also seem to retain their value better as the carts age since there is no need to replace the batteries, but keep in mind, used electric carts, for the most part, are cheaper than gas carts of the same year. Furthermore, when it’s cold, electric carts do not require choking and generally go faster overall. In any case, our sales staff will be more than happy to assist you in finding a cart that is right for your application.

2. How far will these golf carts go on a full tank of gas/full electric charge?

A gas cart tank usually has a 6 gallon capacity and this will enable you to travel approximately 250 miles. An electric cart will go between 25 and 40 miles depending on your battery configuration.

Further Comparisons?

Both types of carts have about 1000 lbs. hauling capacity and will last for 15 to 25 years, depending on the quality of maintenance. Gas carts have a 9.5 to 11.5 horsepower motor while electric carts have 2.5 to 3.5 horsepower. Both gas and electric are able to navigate a 50% grade, however, gas carts will climb a hill faster than electric. Turning radius for both is about 18 to 21 feet and maximum speed is 12 to 18 mph on level ground and 6 to 12 mph up embankments.

3. What is the approximate width, height and weight of a golf cart?

Most carts are about 48 inches wide and about 46 inches to the top of the steering wheel. The wheel base is about 65 inches and they weigh approximately 650 lbs, although electric models with the batteries can weigh as much as 950 lbs. They are also about 93 inches long.

4. Can I tow a trailer?

Yes, golf carts can easily tow a small trailer. Some come with a basic hitch, however, if you want to tow a trailer with a ball hitch, then a golf cart can easily be outfitted with a ball hitch receiver.

5. What is considered normal maintenance for a cart?

Gas – gas filter, air filter, oil, oil filter, spark plug

Electric – keeping the batteries topped off with water. (It is recommended you use distilled water to avoid adding minerals that are present in regular tap water).

It is recommended carts are plugged in every time you finish using it. The cart should also stay plugged in when it is being parked or stored. Most chargers will shut off after the charge is complete and restart if the charge becomes depleted from prolonged periods of inactivity. There is no danger in leaving it plugged in, however, make sure that your charger has this automatic shut off option available because damage can occur if the batteries are overcharged.

6. How do golf carts compare to ATV’s?

First of all golf carts are considered to be much more stable than ATV’s because of their low centers of gravity. Secondly, both the maintenance and original cost of a cart is significantly less than an ATV.

7. Do used golf carts retain their value well?

Absolutely! There have been many examples of people who have bought golf carts for $2900 to $3500 and then sold them 5 or even 10 years later for as much as $1900 to $2500 in private sales. That only amounts to $100 to $200 depreciation a year, provided the golf carts were properly maintained.

8. Why are Canadian golf carts preferable to those from the southern states?

The answer is obviously related to use. While the golf season in the southern states can last 12 months, here in Canada we are lucky to get 7 months of use per year. Less usage means less moisture, less hours and less wear and tear.

9. Can I choose a custom colour paint for my cart?

Of course! We offer a wide variety of paint colours put on by a professional. Check out our gallery of pictures to see some of the current custom painted carts we have in stock.

10. What is the purpose of a lift kit?

Usually lift kits elevate your golf cart 6 to 8 inches which can make the ride more comfortable and enable you to navigate rougher terrains.

11. I realize golf carts are made to carry 2 passengers, but what if I want to transport more people?

No problem! Fold down back seats are available and mount to the rear of the golf cart where you would normally rest your golf bags. When folded down, the seats provide you a platform to carry tools, groceries, coolers or other belongings. In the “up” position, the seat enables you to carry an additional 2 passengers.

12. Do you take trade ins?

Yes, we would be happy to take in your cart on a trade for a newer one.

13. Is a license required to operate a golf cart?

No, at this point there is no license, ownership or registration required for the operation of a golf cart.

14. Can a golf cart be used to plow snow?

Yes. Golf carts can be used to plow snow, however we suggest putting a lift kit on your cart with larger tires to increase ground clearance.

15. Can I afford a golf cart on my budget?

Yes, I’m sure we will have a golf cart that will fit your budget. If it’s not in stock, we well make every effort to get one for you that fits your budget.

16. What other custom options are available?

The sky is the limit! We can equip your cart with a stereo, winch, heater, custom steering wheel or sunroof, just to name a few of the possibilities. If you ask for it, we can probably make it a reality.

17. How do I get my cart serviced?

If you make an appointment, we will be glad to service your cart in our shop. If you are unable to get it to us, we can make arrangements to have it picked up and returned to you when the work is completed.

18. What is the best way to clean my cart?

It is advised to wash your cart with an auto wash liquid and a soft, clean sponge. Try not to use dishwashing detergent, laundry soaps or other soaps not designated for automotive applications. Waxing your cart once in a while is also recommended, but stay away from waxes that contain abrasive compounds.

19. How do I protect my golf cart from the weather?

Most people store their carts in the garage or barn, however if you need to keep your cart outside, then a cover is recommended. Not only can you get a weather proof cover for storing your cart, but also you can get a cover that when it’s on, it still allows you to drive your cart.

20. Can you store my cart during the winter?

For a small fee, we can not only store your cart indoors for the winter, but also maintain the batteries and service it in time for spring use. Please call us for more information on this service.

21. Will you rent me a golf cart?

Yes, by the spring of 2010, we will have a rental program in place and offer daily/weekly/monthly rates. We will also be able to service the needs of golf courses with their rental needs.

Any questions? E-mail us at info@ottervillecustomgolfcarts.com or phone 519-879-9900