Frequently Asked Questions About Golf Carts

Do you have questions about golf carts? Well, we have lots of answers. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you on your quest to find your next golf cart.

 

How much does a used golf cart cost?

A used golf cart will cost on average between $4,000 - $8,000.

 

How much does a new golf cart cost?

The price of a new golf cart will vary based on make and model. You can expect to pay anywhere from $8,000 - $15,000 for a new golf cart.

 

Can you finance a golf cart?

Yes, at RMI there is financing for both new and used golf carts.

 

Are golf carts street legal?

Technically golf carts are not DOT approved. However, many municipalities have passed ordinances to allow them on city streets with some requirements. We recommend you research your local ordinances before taking them on the streets.

 

Is a golf cart considered a motor vehicle?

No, golf carts are not considered motor vehicles.

 

What golf cart is the best?

At RMI, we feel that E-Z-GO and Yamaha build the best golf carts.

 

Are electric golf carts better than gas golf carts?

Both electric and gas golf carts are very reliable and great golf carts.

 

Do golf carts need insurance?

We recommend you contact your insurance provider as every plan is unique.

 

Do golf carts need license plates?

Nope. Since golf carts aren't street legal, no license plates are needed.

 

Will a golf cart fit in a truck bed or a trailer?

You bet. A standard 2 passenger golf cart will fit in a truck bed. However, the longer golf carts will not fit in a truck bed. A 10’ and 12’ trailer is recommended for transporting most golf cart models.

 

How fast can a golf cart go?

The top speed for a golf cart is around 20 mph.

 

Do golf carts have seat belts?

They sure can. Seat belts are an easy add on to install to a golf cart.

 

Can a golf cart tow a trailer or a jet ski?

Most golf cart models can pull a light trailer or jet ski.

 

My gas golf cart ran the other day, but now wont do anything. I've tested the battery and know its good. What's my issue?

More than likely you need to replace the starter generator brushes. This is a very common issue. You'll need part # 529.

 

How often should I check the water in my batteries?

It's a good idea to check it at least once per month. Adding distilled water when needed.

 

How much oil does my cart take?

If you have a Yamaha then its 1 qt. If you have an EZ-GO, then its 1.5 qts. Needs to be changed once per year.

 

How often do I need to charge my batteries on my golf cart?

You should give it a full charge at the end of every day of use.

 

How often should I have my golf cart serviced?

It's a good idea to do it once a year. Gas cars should have the oil and filters changed every season. For electric carts, its good to have the batteries tested, transmission fluid changed, and brakes inspected.

 

When should I water my batteries?

Water is lost during charging. Therefore, the best time to water your batteries is always at the end of the charge cycle. However, if the electrolyte level is extremely low or the plates are exposed to air, add some water to cover the plates before starting the charge cycle.

 

Can a golf cart battery freeze?

The only way that a battery can freeze is if it is left in a state of partial or complete discharged. As the state of charge in a battery decreases, the electrolyte becomes more like water and the freezing temperature increases. The freezing temperature of the electrolyte in a fully charged battery is -92.0oF. At a 40% state of charge, electrolyte will freeze if the temperature reaches approximately 16.0oF.

 

Does my deep cycle battery develop a memory?

Lead acid batteries do not develop any type of memory. This means that you do not have to deep discharge or completely discharge a battery before recharging it. For optimum life and performance, we generally recommend a discharge of 20 to 50% of the battery's rated capacity even though the battery is capable of being cycled to 80%.

 

Do batteries self-discharge when not in use?

All batteries, regardless of their chemistry, self-discharge. The rate of self-discharge depends on the type of battery, the age of the battery, and the storage temperature the batteries are exposed to. As an estimate, Trojan batteries self-discharge approximately 4% per week at 80o F.