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BUYING A NEW GOLF CART VS. USED
A little background, I work as a golf cart technician at a dealership in Arizona and we sell a ton of golf cars every year. Within 20 miles of my shop there are 7 golf courses of which 4 of them are high end country clubs. Needless to say there is a lot of money where I’m at. You would think that we would sell mostly or at least half of the carts we sell are new right? Wrong, we only sell four or five new carts out of the hundreds every year. Why you ask? Well I’ll tell you.
Golf carts are not like cars for the most part. In that they usually have little to no significant improvements over the previous year. So let’s say that you want a Club Car Precedent. A Brand new bare bones cart with no accessories or even a windshield is going to have an MSRP around $7000. Once you start adding accessories like lights, windshield, beverage tray, high speed motor and some custom upholstery you’re looking at $8000 or more.
Now let’s take a look at a three year old cart. Yes it probably came from a golf course and was well used in that time. But if you can find a good golf car dealer that offers in-house refurbishing you can save some serious cash. When we go through these carts we know exactly what to look for we know what wears out first and most importantly we know what it takes to make these carts run and drive like brand new. So what is the price for a 3 year old golf car with brand new batteries, high speed motor, body, wheels and tires, custom upholstery, beverage tray, dash, windshield, and a cooler? Well I’m looking at one in my shop right now and its only $5495. Every day I have someone coming in and asking if it is new. It is the ultimate compliment.
With those kinds of savings why buy new? In my opinion there is no reason except when there is a new model being introduced and you don’t want to wait 3 years for a lease to end so you can get your hands on one.