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Renting a Golf Cart vs Buying Your Own: Things to Consider

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Having a golf cart out on the fairway can certainly mean a quicker game as you zip from shot to shot. Many golfers, particularly those that have a home club where they play most of their golf, have probably considered buying their own golf cart at one point or another instead of coughing up for the rental fees every time they play a round. Before you make the decision, there are a few things you should consider. Let’s have a look at some of them.

The Benefits of Renting

Renting has many benefits over buying a golf cart, principle amongst them is that if you don’t play golf very often, it’s going to be much cheaper for you to rent a golf cart than buy your own. Many people think that over time, the golf cart will be cheaper for them to own rather than rent, but in truth this simply isn’t true most of them time. You need to play golf at least twice a week before it makes more sense to own a cart rather than rent one. You’ll also not need to do your own maintenance if you’re renting, which has its own costs above the purchase of the golf cart and should be planned for.

Of course, if you rely on rentals, you may find there might not always be one available for you and it’ll probably be a pretty entry level one if there is, without the customizations you might want.

Maintenance Considerations

It might sound so far as though we’re not all that positive about owning a golf cart, and it might sound a bit daunting, but that’s not true. As long as you abide by the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance, a golf cart can last you a very long time.

This means looking after the batteries properly if it’s an electric cart or performing the required engine maintenance if it’s a gas powered one. It also means keeping the tires in good working order and replacing them when needed. Lastly, you’ll want a good quality cover for your golf cart to protect it from the elements. You get hard and soft covers for your golf cart and both are effective.

What About Buy a Used Golf Cart?

Of course, you can save a bit of money looking out for a second-hand golf cart, and sometimes you can find some great deals. Before you part with your money for a used golf cart, you should get as much information as you can about it, like the make, model, year, and serial number.

Some golf carts will even be able to tell you how many rounds of golf it’s been used for on the dashboard display. You should also ask the owner or salesperson for a breakdown on the maintenance and accident history as well as where it was bought and used. Sometimes you might be lucky enough to get access to a logbook with the cart, which can help you decide if it’s a good deal easily.

Don’t forget to do your due diligence on the batteries too by doing voltage tests and hydrometer tests on them to check they’re in good order.

As you can see, there are many things you’ll want to consider before you take the plunge and buy your own golf cart. In the long run, it could easily cost you more than paying the rental fees, but your own cart will mean it’s to your specification and is always available to you – provided you have the space to store it and the budget to maintain it.

1 Comment

  1. June 14, 2022 at 9:55 pm — Reply

    My dad likes to play golf, and we want to see him play more often now that he is retired and does nothing at home; in this way, he can exercise and enjoy his time off.
    We are torn between buying him his golf cart or just renting one.
    I’m glad I came across this article and read the benefits of both.
    My sibling and I will have to look into golf rental carts and see what works best for our dad.

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