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Unread 05-14-2014, 01:16 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm in the process of buying my first cart and are a but confused about over paying. I found a 1986 Club Car for $1700 which looks stock with new new batteries. Is that a normal price for these? Is there a premium on these because of their age? I'm not looking for a classic, but I've found 2000 and newer club cars going for around $2000. I want to spend as least as possible on the cart so that I can put upgrades on it, like a lift and tires. I would appreciate anyone's input. Thank you!
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Unread 05-14-2014, 01:32 PM   #2
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Hello, I'm in the process of buying my first cart and are a but confused about over paying. I found a 1986 Club Car for $1700 which looks stock with new new batteries. Is that a normal price for these? Is there a premium on these because of their age? I'm not looking for a classic, but I've found 2000 and newer club cars going for around $2000. I want to spend as least as possible on the cart so that I can put upgrades on it, like a lift and tires. I would appreciate anyone's input. Thank you!
Prices are regional with carts - for a REALLY nice 86 with new batteries, I'd be looking to get $1700, so that's not too far off depending on where you're located. However, for the small price difference it would help you out with upgrade availability to go with a newer cart. I'd recommend a 48 volt series drive Club Car DS - the oldest one of those is roughly a 95 model.

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Unread 05-14-2014, 02:12 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for the advice and for your time. If I'm able to negotiate a better price on the 86, what are some of the draw backs of a cart that old?
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You have to remember that a set of new batteries are probably $700 or more, so you have to take battery age and condition into serious consideration when shopping for electric carts. You might find a 5 year old cart around that price but the batteries may be about shot. I just bought a 2007 Precedent with 2 year old batteries for $2800. But that included a new paint job, brand new light kit, a brand new back seat, a new front seat bottom, and refurbed suspension parts. In the area I was looking, that was a good price. The cart in my sig pic is a 2006 and I paid closer to $2k for it with only the rear seat being new. I added the light kit and other things and had to put a new set of batteries in it last year.

The 86 with new batteries may be worth $1700 but you have to decide if you want to put that into an almost 30 year old cart or putting a little more into something newer. When I was searching, I sort of set the bar at nothing with batteries older than 2 years and was willing to adjust my budget accordingly based on age and condition of the cart and the batteries. For example, if the cart I bought had brand new batteries in it, with everything else the same, I would have been willing to pay a little more for it. Because you are going to pay it now or later when it comes to the batteries.
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Thank you so much for the advice and for your time. If I'm able to negotiate a better price on the 86, what are some of the draw backs of a cart that old?
Fiberglass body instead of the newer and less prone to break ArmorFlex. Older and more worn front end parts, resistor coil drive system (that's the biggie).

Everything SaltLife said is spot on too.
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Unread 05-14-2014, 02:29 PM   #6
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That makes a lot of sense. I need to keep researching carts. I don't think an 86 would be right for what I'm looking for. How can you tell the age of the batteries? Do you ask for receipts or area like vehicle ones that have the month and year peeled off? What's is the average life span of cart batteries? Winters tend to be long here, so I'm expecting yo use the cart about 5 months a year.
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If you get a 2002 or newer they have a motor control or MCOR and you do not have a Vglide system to deal with. Less parts to have do bad. I paid $1900 for a 2002 with two year old batts and a rear flip flop seat.
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The MCOR is a better setup than the v-glide. I paid $1700 for my 2002 and it had two year old Trojan batts...
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Think of it not much unlike buying a car. There is older technology and older parts can be more worn than newer ones. But you can't go only by the age of the cart, or the batteries, to a certain extent. The batteries should be stamped with a letter and number indicating the year and month they were made. A red flag would be if you see all different combinations on each battery, as they should really be a matching set. The life span of batteries is largely determined by how they were cared for. A set cared for decently should last anywhere from 5 years or more but if they've been neglected, it could be far less. It definitely takes a lot of guess out of it when you get something with brand new batteries. That's why I wouldn't pay top dollar with one with less than new batteries.

What is your budget, if you have one?
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Unread 05-14-2014, 02:55 PM   #10
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I'm assuming these are are Club Cars, should I consider other brands and years with a budget of about $2000. I can't thank you all enough! My wife has wanted a golf cart for about 5 years and I always put it on the back burner and never researched them much, you have definitely prevented me from making an impulse buy.
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