Golf Cart Cost

How Much Does a Golf Cart Cost?

Last Updated on December 27, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Whether you’re looking to move around the golf course or zip around your neighborhood, buying a golf cart can be a big purchase. Prices can really vary based on the cart’s features, passenger capacity, and whether you go new or used. So how much does it cost to buy a golf cart either new or used?

How Much Does a Golf Cart Cost?

The usual golf cart you can buy from a dealer costs anywhere between $6,000 to $18,000. Of course, factors like new vs used, number of seats, included upgrades, and customization make a big impact. We’ll go over all kinds of things that influence the price of a golf cart as well as different brands of golf carts and their prices in the next sections of the article.

Let’s break down the typical costs for different types of carts.

How Much Does a New Golf Cart Cost?

Brand new golf carts bought from a dealer are usually the most expensive options out there. But you get the peace of mind of buying straight from the manufacturer with full warranties.

For a new gas or electric golf cart, plan to spend:

  • Basic 2-seater: $6,000 to $9,000
  • Loaded 4-seater: $12,000 to $18,000

The entry-level Streetrod model from Club Car provides a simple gas-powered 2-seater for around $7,500. Upgrading to the Villager 4 adds two more seats and a quiet 48V electric drivetrain for about $15,000.

New carts from top brands like Yamaha, E-Z-Go, and Polaris will have similar pricing. The more seats and features you add, the more you’ll pay.

How Much Does a Used Golf Cart Cost?

You can save a fair bit by going with a pre-owned golf cart. Private sellers may offer older carts under $5,000, but a dealership is a safer bet for $6,000 to $12,000.

The condition and included features make a big difference. Expect to pay:

  • Older gas 2-seater: $6,000 to $8,000
  • Loaded electric 4-seater: $10,000 to $12,000

A used 2010 Yamaha Drive with a gas engine might cost around $7,000. A 2015 Club Car Precedent with an upgraded stereo and lifted suspension could run over $11,000.

Check the batteries, tires, and overall maintenance when buying used. Replacing worn parts adds costs later.

Golf Cart Costs by Passenger Capacity

The number of seats is a top factor in the price. Here’s what different capacities typically cost:

  • 2 passengers: $6,000 to $9,000
  • 4 passengers: $10,000 to $15,000
  • 6 passengers: $12,000 to $18,000
  • 8+ passengers: $15,000 to $22,000

You might also like our articles about the cost of 4 wheelers, car insurance, and Bellerive Country Club Membership.

Fewer seats mean lower prices on the base cart and batteries. But don’t limit passengers just to save money if you’ll need the room.

EZGO Golf Cart Costs

EZ-GO – NEW

Usually, the cost of EZ-GO golf carts can vary anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000. Let’s take a better look at specific design costs for EZ-GO carts.

EZ-GO Express (4 Seater) – MSRP starting at $8,000 – $10,000

EZ-GO Freedom (2 Seater) – MSRP starting at $6,000 – $9,000

Used EZ-GO Golf Carts

Typically, an EZ-GO golf cart can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000. This all depends upon the age of the automobile, the condition, and whether it is a battery or gas-powered model.

EZ-GO RXV

The typical cost of this design is around $4,200.

2019 EZ-GO Express L6 (Gas Powered)

The typical rate for this design will be around $9,900.

Club Car Golf cart rates

Club Car – New

When purchasing a Club Car brand-new, you should be ready to pay anywhere from $7,000 to $12,000.

Club Car Onward (4Pass) ELC DLX – MSRP will start at around $9,800

Club Car Villager – MSRP will start at around $10,400

Used Club Car

Typically, a used Club Car can choose anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000.

2016 Club Car Precedent (2 Seater) 48 Volt – The typical rate is around $3,500.

2015 Club Car Electric – The typical rate is around $5,200

Yamaha Golf Cart Prices

Yamaha- New

When buying a brand new Yamaha golf cart, you should be ready to pay anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.

2019 Yamaha Drive 2 QuieTech EFI – MSRP starting at around $6,500

2019 Yamaha Traveler – MSRP will start at around $8,500.

Used Yamaha Golf Carts

When acquiring a used Yamaha Golf Cart you should be ready to pay anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000.

2014 Yamaha G29 – Typical cost is generally around $6,500.

2018 Yamaha Drive2 (Gas) EFI – The typical cost is normally around $7,800

Purchase Price – What Impacts the Upfront Costs?

Golf Cart BuggyAside from whether you buy it new or used and the number of seats it has, other important factors that influence the price include:

Model Year – Newer model year carts cost more but may have better technology and features.

Gas-powered Cart vs. Electric Cart – Electric golf cart prices are often higher upfront than gas models.

Brand Name –  Major brands like Club Car and Yamaha come with a price premium over lesser-known brands.

Condition (Used Carts) – Well-maintained used carts with good batteries and tires cost more than worn models needing repairs.

Cost Difference Between Gas and Electric Golf Carts

When buying a brand-new golf cart, you’ll most likely see that electrical golf carts are normally more costly than gas ones. Have a look at a couple of examples listed below:

  • EZ-GO Freedom (Electric) – MSRP: $7,800.
  • EZ-GO Freedom (Gas) – MSRP: $7,500.

The difference in this example is around $300.

  • Club Car Onward (Electric) – MSRP: $8,700.
  • Club Car Onward (Gas) – MSRP: $8,100.

Common Golf Cart Upgrades and Add-Ons

Getting your new ride custom addons and upgrades can get expensive. Here are some popular options with average costs:

  • Lift kit: $400 to $1,000 installed
  • Custom paint: $600 to $2,000 or more
  • Sound system: $200 to $800
  • Performance chip: $150 to $500 installed
  • Enclosure: $600 to $1,500 installed
  • Custom cargo bed: $500 to $1,200
  • Off-road tires: $600 installed
  • Light bar: $150 to $300

The more upgrades you get, the faster costs add up. Focus on the features you’ll really use so you don’t overspend just for looks.

Golf Cart Maintenance Costs

Don’t forget about ongoing maintenance and part replacements needed to keep your cart running well. Here are typical cart upkeep costs:

  • Tires: $50 to $100 per tire
  • Battery replacement: $400 to $1,000 every 5 years
  • Engine tune ups: $100 to $300 yearly
  • Oil changes: $40 to $60
  • Wheel alignments: $70 to $110 yearly

The Big O’s Golf Carts website offers information on golf cart maintenance services, including the price for specific services such as brake service, seat cover replacement, and alignment service. Prices for these services range from $85 to $370.

Properly maintaining your cart prevents more expensive repairs down the road. Factor these recurring costs into your golf cart budget.

Other Golf Cart Ownership Costs

Beyond the cart itself, you’ll have other expenses that come with owning one:

  • Storage space: $50 to $150+ monthly
  • Home charger: $500 to $1,000 installed
  • Gas: $10 to $20 weekly, for gas models
  • Insurance: $100 to $500 yearly
  • Registration: $30 to $150 yearly

Secure storage is essential to keep your cart protected. Gas, maintenance, insurance, and registration add up too.

Tips for Saving Money on a Golf Cart

Looking for ways to keep golf cart costs affordable? Here are some smart tips:

  • Buy used to avoid new cart depreciation
  • Skip expensive addons and keep it simple
  • Learn DIY maintenance to save on repairs
  • Shop low-cost dealers for better deals
  • Buy lead-acid batteries instead of lithium
  • Use independent mechanics for service
  • Clean and cover it when not in use
  • Pay yearly instead of financing with interest

Should You Buy a New or Used Golf Cart?

When deciding between new and used, there are tradeoffs to consider:

Benefits of a new golf cart:

  • Full warranty and no wear issues
  • Modern features and tech
  • New custom build options
  • Peace of mind with a big purchase

Benefits of a used golf cart:

  • Much lower upfront cost
  • Still reliable if well maintained
  • Can buy from a dealer or private seller
  • Good way to test out owning one

Weigh your budget, how much you’ll use it, and desired features. Either route can work out well!

Building Your Custom Golf Cart

For something truly one-of-a-kind, you can custom-build a golf cart from scratch! This lets you add the exact features and performance you want.

Expect to spend $8,000 to $20,000+ for a fully customized cart. The sky’s the limit when selecting:

  • Engine or electric motors
  • Paint colors and graphics
  • Seating types and capacities
  • Lift kits and wheel sizes
  • Audio systems and electronics
  • Cargo beds, canopy enclosures

Work with a shop experienced in custom builds to design your ideal cart. It’ll cost more than a stock model but deliver a totally unique ride.

Final Words on Golf Cart Costs

Golf cart prices cover a wide range, but plan on budgeting $6,000 to $18,000 if buying from a dealer. Factors like new vs used, number of seats, included upgrades, and customization make a big impact.

Add in maintenance, storage, and operation costs too. While not cheap, golf cart ownership brings freedom and fun that can be worth the price!

Alec Pow
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