The lowly golf cart is no longer just a vehicle found at the eighteenth hole. No, today a golf cart may be found at the beachside parking lot, at your local general store, at manufacturing plants or perhaps out on the back 40, where it doubles as an animal herder. And, while one may typically think of them as unexciting means of transportation, custom golf carts are fast becoming favorite transportation options, complete with many custom features.

Today’s golf carts have become the perfect vehicle because they can go to places where a larger car or truck would be in the way. You can buy them used or new, and then upgrade them to meet your needs. If you opting to buy a used golf cart, you have the best of all worlds. You can have it customized!

Things to Consider Before Making the Decision to Buy

Do you want a gas or electric powered cart?

Gas carts are noisier, require more maintenance and have been banned in some states. However, they have more horsepower and can run longer on a single tank of gas than the average battery can last. They are also ideal for uneven terrain and can even pull and tow.

Battery powered carts are less expensive to operate and are better for the environment. However, they must be recharged after a full day of use and do not typically have the ability to tow something.

What type of body do you want it to have?

From size to color, there is a variety of choices available. Talk to the dealer to learn what offerings there are.

Do you want to have an affixed windshield?

Depending on where you live, this could be important. If going for a custom cart, this is a great feature.

What about a radio?

If you are a music lover, this would also be a nice feature to include.

Seat material?

Customize your cart by opting for leather or a specific fabric. You could keep it the standard white, or opt for a logo or other pattern.

How many seats?

Choose one seat, rear facing seats, or even an extra row of seats. The choice is yours.


If you will be driving at night or where low visibility is an issue, headlights are important. You will also want to learn if headlights are required in your area.