Golf carts are meant to sail along the golf course taking passengers from one shot to the next. Unfortunately, golf carts don't last forever. At some point, every golf cart owner has to buy replacement parts to keep the golf cart running at full speed. It has never been easier to find the parts you need. Since golf carts are relatively simple vehicles, replacing parts on golf carts is usually a simple process.
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Check the owner's manual to find out whether the golf cart is still under the manufacturer's warranty. You may need to find a manufacturer-approved repairman to fix the cart. You may have to compare the price of paying for labor versus buying the needed part and repairing the golf cart yourself.
Count the cost of transporting the golf cart to and from an authorized repair shop as part of the repair cost if it is under warranty. Depending on the location of the shop, it may be cheaper to order a new part and fix the problem yourself.
Find out whether the part you need to fix can be ordered as a stand-alone part or is part of a larger and more expensive unit. Look in your owner's manual for the part you want to replace, call the manufacturer or download detailed schematics from the manufacturer's website.
Ask about projected delivery times for the part if you order it from an online store or from the manufacturer.
Buy additional tools you may need to install replacement parts on your golf cart. You may need a tire tool, new wrenches, a socket set or a jack.
Tips and warnings
- Always start your search for replacement golf cart parts with the manufacturer of the golf cart. You need to know whether the replacement parts are in stock and how much they cost to buy.
- Consider buying a used golf cart from the same manufacturer. Use the second cart for spare parts when the original cart needs them.
- If the list of replacement parts is long, replacing the whole cart at once may be less expensive than replacing it one part at a time.
- Set aside a small amount of money for golf cart repairs on a monthly basis to make sure you can afford the repairs when you need them.
- Make sure any work you do on the golf cart doesn't void an existing warranty.