Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my Golf Cart with the Town of Cape Charles?

First fill out the form here: www.capecharles.org then come visit us with a current insurance card. We will take care of the inspection and the registration for you. The inspection and registration is due every April 15th with $46.

How/Where will I use my Golf Cart?

Identifying how you'll be using your golf cart is very important. There are two main categories to choose from: Standard Golf Carts for personal/golf use versus Commercial/Industrial use. Standard Golf Carts generally hold two to four people (we custom stretch golf carts for up to 6 people) and are typically used for personal use - getting around a home, yard, neighborhood, campground or community. Commercial/Industrial models are often used for "utility" purposes - hauling tools, parts, equipment etc. These vehicles are often have stronger engines, heavier suspensions, larger tires, and can carry bigger payloads.

Electric vs. Gas Golf Cart?

An often-asked question is "should I buy a Electric or Gas Golf Cart?” Electric Golf Carts operate by using a bank of standard lead-acid batteries (36v-48v). They're designed for use all day (10-30+ mile range per charge), then recharged at night. Electric cars are obviously quieter and can be cheaper to buy, easier and less expensive to operate/maintain than gas powered golf carts. Gas Golf Carts give you a greater range and may provide more power for carrying heavy loads. This makes them a good choice for long expeditions, hunting/ farming use, security patrols, or using for extended periods of time without the ability to "recharge". However, gas carts produce much more noise, typically emit an odor (exhaust) and can be dirty to operate.

What features are important to me?

Common features that can be added to a golf cart are: stationary rear seats, rear flip seats, dump cargo boxes, cargo beds, extended tops (80-116”), head lights and tail lights, windshields, seat covers, seat belt kits, custom paint jobs and more. We "customize" carts on-site and can get as intricate as you want: lift kits, upgraded tires/wheels, customized paint work, stereo/MP3/Satellite players, performance enhancements, and the list goes on. Browse our lot and website for ideas and options.

What budget do I have in mind?

You can typically expect to pay within a range of price from $1500-$4500+ for used or reconditioned and up to $5000-$8000.00+ for brand-new. Variables that affect this price range include: new vs. used, the brand of cart, gas vs. electric, the age of the car, how much "reconditioning" it needs or has been done, and the various options/accessories add to the vehicle

What is a “Reconditioned” Golf Cart vs. “Used” Golf Cart?

Our reconditioned carts are completely dismantled down to the frame and built back from the ground up. The process includes –

  • Removing of all body and trim components from the frame
  • Degreasing, compounding and cleaning of all body parts
  • Degreasing of entire cart
  • Acid washing of entire frame and suspension
  • Repainting of all cup holders and trim components
  • Priming and painting of all front and rear suspension components
  • Inspection of all electrical connections
  • Load testing and grading of battery bank (batteries must pass 60 minute load test – minimum of 60 minutes)
  • Inspection of all battery terminations and leads
  • Computer diagnostic test – check for system faults and drive history
  • Brake test and adjustment/replacement
  • Cleaning of all upholstery replacement of any cracked/damaged/stained upholstery
  • Full lubrication of suspension
  • Refinishing (polishing-if requested) of all exposed aluminum trim components
  • Replacement of worn/uneven tires

How do I take care of my electric golf cart?

  

The most important aspect of electric cart care is maintenance of the batteries as these are expensive items to replace. Two things should be checked regularly:

  • The water level in each battery cell (compartment) should be checked every 6-8 weeks. Water should always cover the cells inside and should be about 1 inch from the top. Distilled water must be used. 
  • Battery terminals (where the cables attach) should be clean and free from ionization. They can be cleaned with water or a battery terminal cleaner. Make sure the nuts attaching the cables are tight otherwise this can lead to a “blown” terminal.

Other items which should be checked regularly for good golf cart maintenance practice are:

  • Tire pressure should be checked monthly. (typically 25psi)
  • Steering alignment
  • Brakes 
  • Tire tread
  • Grease points, typically on the front-end

How do I take care of my Gas golf cart?

  

Taking care of a gas golf cart is the same as taking care of any small gas powered engine. Annually it should have a tune up where the oil is changed, the fuel and air filters are changed and the belts are checked. If it is stored for a period of time then either non ethanol gas should be used or a gas additive/protector should be added to ensure the carburetor does not get clogged.


Other items which should be checked regularly for good golf cart maintenance practice are:

  • Tire pressure should be checked monthly. (typically 25psi)
  • Steering alignment
  • Brakes 
  • Tire tread
  • Grease points, typically on the front-end

My golf cart does not charge or run after winter storage.

This is because the batteries have slowly drained of power over the months in storage. When reconnected to the charger, the charger fails to detect the presence of any batteries (they are effectively dead) so does not turn on. There are two approached to fix this problem:


  • Set up a jump start from another golf cart, for example if the cart is a 48 volt then another 48 volt cart would be used to “jump”. Jumper cables connect across the battery packs in parallel (red to red and ground to ground). The charger now sees power and will switch on. After a couple minutes the jumper cables are removed and the charger will continue to charge.


  • For 6v and 12v battery carts a regular car battery charger can be used. Each battery would be charged individually. If the charger is 12v only then 2 6v batteries would be charged together. 

A “used” golf cart is an “As-Is” sale and involves none of the steps taken with reconditioning a golf cart. We sell our reconditioned Club Car golf carts ONLY as reconditioned. Choosing a Golf Car Dealer Choosing the right golf cart dealer is important. The dealer will provide the service and support to keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come after the sale. It is critical that you find one who is reputable, stable, and can provide top-notch service. A well-stocked parts department, factory trained mechanics, transportation availability (pickup and delivery), and knowledgeable sales staff is all-important things to consider in the buying process - not just the "cheapest price". Golf carts are like everything else, you get what you pay for. 


Please give us a call at 757.999.CART (2278) and let us know what we can do to help you with your golf cart rental, sales, service, parts, accessories or transportation needs today.