Club Car Tip Sheet: 9 Factors to Consider When Buying a Pre-owned Golf Car from Craig's List or E-Bay

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A pre-owned golf car can lead to hours of fun ... or a serious case of buyer's remorse. A Club Car expert shares his insights.

Club Car's Gold Standard Factory Remanufactured golf cars are the next best thing to a new golf car. They carry a Club Car warranty.

Pre-owned golf cars can be great investments, or they can be rolling money pits.

According to Ray Bentley, director of aftermarket sales and operations at Club Car, most pre-owned golf cars sold by wholesalers and dealers are former fleet electric cars, reconditioned for personal use.

This often includes a speed upgrade. “Make sure the car you buy has a maximum speed of 20 mph. Anything over that can lead to legal and safety concerns,” Bentley says.

Bentley also suggests buyers:

1.    Identify a clear serial number. This reveals the origin of the vehicle and when it was made. If the number has been hidden or removed, the seller may be trying to hide something.

2.    Determine the age of the batteries. The batteries are the most expensive components on electric cars. Lift the seat and find the month and year of manufacture. Look for a car with batteries that are no more than two years old. Months are represented by letters, with A for January and L for December. Years are designated by numbers, with 1 standing for 2011, 2 for 2012 and 3 for 2013.

3.    Check the batteries. Look for leaks and corrosion and make sure the battery fluid is clean and clear. Inspect the battery cables and ask if the charger shuts off automatically when the batteries are charged. This is a better option than a manual timer.

4.    Inspect the body and frame. Look for misuse, rust or body damage. Look underneath the car for welds or other signs of frame damage. If possible, buy a car built on a rustproof aluminum frame.

5.    Make sure the vehicle has tail lights, turn signals and other safety gear required for street use.

6.    Look for tire wear.

7.    If the vehicle has a canopy, make sure it is secure. Shaking the canopy will help determine if something is loose or broken.

8.    Test drive the car. Watch for noises and vibrations and test the brakes, acceleration and turning stability.

9.    Make sure the vehicle is made by a reputable manufacturer. If it’s not, parts and service can be a problem.

“You could also consider a pre-owned golf car that has been factory remanufactured, such as a Club Car Gold Standard Factory Remanufactured Precedent golf car,” Bentley says.

“They’re the next best thing to a new car.”

In a demanding 12-step process, skilled Club Car technicians disassemble each of these cars to its aluminum I-beam chassis and carefully inspect the frame to ensure it is free of damage or defects. After inspecting select components, they install new batteries, body, cowl, bumpers, tires, steering gear-box assembly, pedal-group assembly, on-board computers and many other parts.

The car is test driven, assigned a new serial number and covered by a Club Car warranty.    

Gold Standard Remanufactured Precedent golf cars are available in two- or four-passenger models and in cargo models that carry up to 150 pounds. All feature safety equipment and Club Car’s exclusive Monsoon™ canopy top, that channels water directly to the ground.

“These vehicles take the worry out of buying a pre-owned golf car,” Bentley says.

About Club Car
Club Car, one of the most respected names in the golf industry, is the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles. The company’s Precedent golf cars and Carryall turf utility vehicles are integral to successful operations at thousands of courses around the world. The company also offers a complete line of new and used golf cars, XRT utility vehicles and street-legal, low speed vehicles (LSVs) for personal use, all backed by Club Car’s 50+ year legacy of superior design, manufacture and service.

Club Car is part of the Industrial Technology Sector of Ingersoll Rand, and is based in Augusta, Ga. Visit

About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Club Car has been one of the most respected names in the golf industry for more than half a century. The Club Car product portfolio has grown to include much more than golf cars, now encompassing golf and commercial utility vehicles, multi-passenger shuttle vehicles, rough-terrain and off-road utility vehicles and street legal low-speed vehicles for commercial and consumer markets. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit


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