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Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Used Golf Cart

New vs. Used Golf CartsBuying a used golf cart is a great option to get a new-to-you golf cart at a significant cost savings versus buying new. Just like with buying any used vehicle, however, there are some key factors to pay attention to and keep in mind while evaluating carts on the market.

Examine, examine, examine

Every detail is important when evaluating a golf cart, so it’s a good idea to take a close look at all key components and replaceable items. Many recommend checking over the body and canopy frame in close detail, looking for signs of excessive wear and tear, rust corrosion or major damage. Press each major panel or component of the cart, and give the canopy a light jostle to test how secure and stable the body of the vehicle feels.

In addition, don’t forget to look over the tires. Just as with cars, you want to see a good deal of tread and no problems with air pressure. If the cart you’re looking at has a cloth canopy, take a look for any signs of tearing or ripping. Both are replaceable components at a reasonable cost, depending on the other qualities of the cart you’re considering.

Test the mechanicals

To ensure that the cart is in good running order, ask to take the vehicle on a brief test drive. This affords you an opportunity to see how well it runs, how it handles and how the acceleration and braking feel. An otherwise pristine looking cart may have hidden issues that only become clear with a test drive.

Before or after the test drive, be sure to also check the vehicle’s battery. Batteries are one of the most expensive components to replace in a golf cart, and typically last for five to six years of use. Look for any identifying marks that may spell out the age of the batter, such as a two-character alphanumeric code. eBay suggests that many batteries will list the month of the year with letters A through I, followed by a single digit for the most recent year. For example, “G3” would be “July 2013.”

Consider the whole package

Buying a used cart from a dealer may leave you with two main options: as-is or reconditioned. Reconditioned carts go through a thorough exam, repair and maintenance regimen, and are often backed with a dealership warranty. On the other hand, as-is are carts are more or less just that: as is. They are generally reviewed for major issues or concerns, but do not receive a full inspection and repair. However, these vehicles are generally available at a slightly greater discount.

In relation to that, consider the manufacturer of the cart you’re looking at as well. Carts from leading brands, such as Yamaha or Club Car, have parts more readily available, and usually at a lower cost when compared to less well known suppliers. This can save you money down the road on repairs, replacements or routine maintenance.

With careful attention and evaluation, you can find a good deal on a great cart that will last you for many years to come.

The Importance of Tuning Up Your Golf Cart

Golf Cart Tune UpsGolf carts are like cars in that they need a tune up– a time of maintenance, repairs and servicing– in order to ensure they perform as needed and last a long time as hoped.

If you stored your golf cart for the winter because the weather wasn’t conducive to using it outdoors, now that Spring is upon us, it may be time to inspect your cart and determine what needs fixing and/or replacing.

DIY Golf Cart offers tune up kits for your EZGO, Club Car, or Yamaha golf cart. Most tune up kits include an air filter, fuel filter, spark plug, and oil filters. DIY Golf Cart also offers deluxe tune up kits which include starter and drive belts.

Consider this: it’s cheaper to perform a yearly tune up for your golf cart than it is to deal with a major problem during the year when you really need and want the use of your cart. Would you rather the cart be laid up for repairs during your prime golfing or hunting season? No. So Springtime is a good time to tend to your cart, looking at wear points in need of lubrication, seeing whether or not the tires look properly inflated, and, of course, asking yourself, “How’s my battery doing?”

There are mechanics who can give your golf cart a tune up, or you can do it yourself. A typical tune up involves inspecting batteries, brakes, cables, grease fittings, lights, and the engine. If something needs replacing, you can most likely buy the part from DIY Golf Cart, and, if you plan to do the tune up yourself, DIY Golf Cart’s handy tune up kits will help you get the job done so you’re confident your cart is ready for the season.

Visit this page to find DIY Golf Cart’s quality tune up kits for sale: http://www.diygolfcart.com/tune-up-kits-s/630.htm

The Benefits of Adding a Body Kit To Your Golf Cart

Body KitsOwning a golf cart is an enormous convenience when playing larger course or if you don’t have a caddie to lug around those heavy clubs. They’re also great for carrying a cooler with some beverage or snacks. The only thing wrong with stock golf carts is that they’re boring.

What comes to mind you hear golf cart? Probably the traditional egg shell white golf cart with tiny black wheels. Yawn. They’re convenient but not very fun and pretty to look out.

Not to worry. DIY has a solution for this. Customize! Customizing a golf cart is an easy way to add some fun and excitement to your cart. Make it stand out at the course. With a custom cart there’s no confusing yours from the rental or your buddy’s.

With custom body kits, wheels and even sound systems now available for golf carts, the options are endless. DIY offers custom body kits that will give your cart a sleek yet rugged look. Custom headlights, taillights, brush-guards, and lift kits are available for many makes including Club Car, EZGO TXT, and Yamaha.

Ever noticed how the guy with the sweet golf cart, and sound system is always the life of the course? Everyone wants to ride on the golf cart.

It’s not always about looks and having fun. Sometimes you may need to traverse some terrain that a normal golf cart couldn’t handle. Add a lift kit, brush guard, and diamond plate and you’re ready for some off-roading.

Check out our website’s expansive inventory of custom parts for your golf cart and start having some fun. If you’re looking for something specific feel free to give us a call at 855-DIY-GOLF.

Here’s Why Wheel Spacers are a Good Idea For Your Golf Cart

Wheel Spacers When you’re out riding the course, you want a golf cart you can rely on to make it through both the back nine and the front nine. And this vehicle has to withstand different slopes, based on the course’s layout and terrain. Put simply, you’ll need a machine that is driven by its own performance and durability. Believe us when we say, one of the secrets is easy: wheel spacers.

A wheel spacer is a small, circular part made up of four bars, and can range between one and three inches. What it does is, of course, in the name: provide a much-needed space between the wheel and the axis. By having the spacers installed, your wheel will fit the cart’s axis more precisely, so you’ll be able to better maneuver your vehicle.

In addition, on the course, that’s a necessity, especially for your suspension. Having a solid grip on your wheels’ suspension is a driving principle of all automobiles, from a golf cart to a semi. It means that your golf cart can more sufficiently absorb shock from the different slopes we mentioned. So whether it’s the rough, the fairway, or even the sand pit, your golf cart will be ready to get over anything more smoothly and efficiently. In other words, suspension is a good thing.

The same goes for the golf cart’s brakes. With wheel spacers in place, your brakes’ usage will be enhanced, solely based on the renewed comfort between the axis and the wheel. Of course, we’re not saying that you’ll need your golf cart to be stopping short on the back nine anytime soon. But I think we can all agree: the harder the brakes, the better.

Put simply, wheel spacers are proven to be a safe, beneficial add-on to your golf cart; something that deserves to be invested in. At least for the sake of your ride.

 

 

Tips For Getting Your Cart Ready For Golf Season

Golf CartsGetting your golf cart ready for golf season after a long winter typically involves checking its battery and doing some other maintenance check-ups.

Most golf cart owners keep their battery connected to a charger over the winter months. A charger automatically monitors the voltage, charging the battery up if it should lose its charge. It’s a smart way to maintain the battery’s charge when the golf cart is not in use over a period of months.

Some golf cart owners remove the battery from the cart and let it sit in their garage without anything attached to it during the winter.

In order to “get back into the swing of things,” before you reattach the battery to get the cart going, you need to make sure the battery is fully charged. Also, consider that batteries need time to literally “warm up.” They’re used to running in warmer temperatures. When the weather outside is very cold, their runtime may decrease.

Springtime is the right time to perform maintenance check-ups on your golf cart. Before golf season starts you or a mechanic should inspect various components of the cart to make sure they’re in good, working condition.

First things first: how are the tires? Do they need more air? Does a flat one need replacing? Next, is the reverse warning buzzer functioning? How do the brakes feel? Is it time for new brake shoes? Are the spark plugs working well? Do bushings need replacing this year? Are there any cracks in the starter belt?

Each Spring it’s a good idea to check your golf cart’s filters to see if they need replacing. You or a mechanic should check the air filter, the fuel filter, and the oil filter. Also, consider when the last time you had the oil changed– it may be due for a change before this golf season starts.

Did you know that DIY Golf Cart ships quality golf cart parts from the manufacturer to your door? If you want to save money by not paying a repair shop up to $95 an hour, DIY Golf Cart also has an online mascot named Bobo who shows you how to “do it yourself” via instructional videos.

 

 

Common Sense Golf Cart Etiquette

Golf CartsGolf carts are a wonderful convenience both on and off the golf course. For most golfers, a cart on the course is a necessity. If you have plans to tee off in the near future, there are a few basics rules of golf cart etiquette so that you and your fellow golfers can enjoy the course.

Golf carts are not the same size as a regular vehicle, which makes them ideal for driving on a golf course. However, even though limited space is needed for maneuvering, you should still be mindful of walking golfers and other carts.

Review the cart rules for the course you plan on playing. Not all country clubs are run the same. For example, you will want to know ahead of time if you can or can’t drive on the fairway.

Drive on designated golf cart paths and keep within 10 yards of water hazards and bunkers.

After a rainy day, the course might be wet and muddy. Steer clear of mud pits along the course as golf carts can easily get stuck in the mud.

Golf carts have a purpose and on your own time in your own territory, joyriding is something you have a right to do. On the course, however, you should respect the purpose of the golf cart.

If you own a golf cart and are in need of repairs or golf cart parts and accessories, contact DIY LLC today. We are experts in golf cart repairs and maintenance.

 

 

Why Flip-Up Windshields Are Ideal for Golf Carts

Flip Up Windshields Could you imagine driving a car without a windshield? Maybe if it was 1899, but the reality of today’s modern society is that people need proper protection when they’re in moving vehicles.

At DIY Golf Cart, we sell American-made windshields for golf carts which all come with the necessary hardware for easy installation. Whether you have an EZGO TXT, Marathon, RXV, Medalist, or ST350 Workhorse golf cart, know this: a flip-up windshield is a vital and excellent thing to have on the cart.

With folding/flip windshields, perhaps the best benefit is its flexibility. If it’s a hot summer day and you want the breeze, flip the window down so you’re not suffocating. If it’s a cold, miserable weather day, the windshield can be flipped up to protect you from the elements. Also, on particularly windy days, when all sorts of objects are hurtling through the air, a flipped up window is going to protect you from getting hit in the face with God knows what.

FYI: most windshields for golf carts are made of either polycarbonate or acrylic. If cost is an issue, go with an acrylic windshield. It’s somewhat scratch resistant and a common material used for golf cart windshields. If, however, you want the kind of windshield that can handle a direct hit from a golf ball and not break, go with a polycarbonate one.

DIY Golf Cart offers folding/flip-style windshields in a clear or tinted form; they’re DOT-approved and certified street legal. Check this link to see what great deals we’ve got on golf cart windshields: http://www.diygolfcart.com/golf-cart-windshield-s/273.htm

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Did you Know You Can Add a Radio to Your Golf Cart?

snippyOne thing about most people is that they always want to know the score of a game. When they’re out on the golf course, they’re playing their own game but wondering how their favorite baseball, basketball or football team is doing. That said, did you know you can add a radio to your golf cart?

Having a radio in your golf cart means you can listen to sport games (and scores), news and talk shows like Rush Limbaugh, and/or music during the time you’re out on the golf course, staying informed and entertained. And even if you don’t use a golf cart to play golf, but, rather, to get around a resort town or festival event, it’s nice to have a radio to help pass the time in a pleasant way.

For under $500,DIY Golf Cart sells a fine roof mount weather resistant stereo radio for golf carts. It includes a high quality AM/FM antenna, as well as a CD player. You can also connect your portable devices directly thru the system’s front AUX input. It’s small enough not to be getting in the way, but big enough to do a good job of playing sound for the people in and near the golf cart. The unit even includes a foam kit to suppress rattling.

Modern day cars and trucks almost always come with factory-installed radios, but not all golf carts do. Should you want to add a radio to your cart, the option is now yours.

Check out the radio for golf carts here: http://www.diygolfcart.com/Roof-Mount-Stereo-Console-White-p/rmt-wht.htm

Preparing Your Golf Cart For Winter

Winterize your Golf CartSome of the best golfing in the world is in places that don’t have to worry about cold, harsh winters. It must be nice, right? For those who live in more temperate regions, the cooling air is a warning that it’s time to prepare for the winter. It may not seem like it needs much protection, but year after year, winter can start to eat away at your golf cart in many ways.

The first element working against you is time. While sitting in storage, any dirt or grime on your golf cart will remain, potentially damaging its exterior. Your first step should be to clean it from top to bottom, inside and out, over and under the hood. Just be careful to use the right type of cleaner in sensitive areas.

Next, you’ll need to winterize the batteries. After cleaning, fill them with distilled water, just a little bit over the plates. Disconnect the batteries from the cart to give them a winter’s rest.

Then, decide where you’ll be storing your golf cart for the winter. You’ll need to keep an eye out for different threats depending on whether it’s inside or outside. Inside, dust can build up, while outside, violent weather and extreme temperatures are the most common culprits. This just means you’ll need more outer protection.

Once the golf cart is in its right place, turn it off, put it in neutral, and engage the tow switch. You’ll also want to disengage the brakes and place heavy blocks in front of the tires to make sure the golf cart doesn’t roll away on you.

Give your golf cart a pat or a kiss on the hood and say goodbye until springtime (actually, it’s a good idea to check on it from time to time). It might be difficult to let go, but you’ll thank yourself when your golf cart and its parts last for a long, long time.

Winter is also a great time to make adjustments and improvements to your golf cart. We’ve got everything you could possibly want or need right here at DIY Golf Cart.

 

The Benefits of Stainless Steel Golf Cart Accessories

Stainless SteelDIY Golf Cart sells many stainless steel accessories for use with golf carts, and the reasons you’d want stainless steel accessories for your golf cart are numerous.

 

Stainless steel gives you the best deal for the lowest price– it’s a durable, low maintenance material that looks good and resists corrosion in both high and low temperatures. Stainless steel is made of iron, chromium, carbon, nickel, molybdenum and small quantities of other metals. The rich content of chromium in stainless steel makes it highly corrosion resistant, and therefore popular for many uses.

 

As a fairly common material, stainless steel is easily cut, welded, formed and fabricated into all sorts of golf cart accessory pieces which end up being solid and strong (but not bulky or too heavy) and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

 

Because stainless steel doesn’t easily corrode or stain, doesn’t require much maintenance, and has a familiar lustre people like, it is used for many applications, from cookware to cutlery, household hardware to major appliances, and, even, golf cart parts and accessories. Should dirt, grime or fingerprints get on stainless steel, you can simply use a damp cloth to clean it.

Available in a variety of surface finishes and easily cleanable, stainless steel accessories for golf carts include kick plates, grille guards, wheel spacers, and front/rear bumpers. DIY Golf Cart offers golf cart owners a plethora of stainless steel items to choose from.

 

Try typing “stainless steel” into DIY Golf Cart’s convenient website search bar, and you’ll discover three pages worth of high quality stainless steel items currently available for your golf cart(s). And if you have any questions, call us at 1-855-349-4653.

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