Buyers Guide

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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!  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! 

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! 

Batteries

 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.