Golf Carts: Gas Versus Electric

Golf Carts: Gas Versus Electric

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Which Golf Cart is Right for Me?

If you’re thinking of adding a golf cart to your vehicle collection, you have some decisions to make. One of the big ones is choosing a gas vs electric golf cart, and several factors may affect your choice.

How You’ll Use It

  • Desired range – an electric cart’s range is typically 15-25 miles, depending on the type of battery. With a 4-6 gallon fuel tank, you’ll average 100-180 miles with a gas cart.
  • Business or pleasure? If you’re using a cart for maintenance work, you may need something more powerful. Gas carts tend to have more power, with their ICE motors averaging 10-14 hp. Electric carts typically have 4-6 hp motors.
  • Custom built – if you’re planning to modify your golf cart, gas is usually preferred since add-ons can reduce the range of an electric cart.
  • On the golf course – most golf courses are switching to electric golf carts now because overall costs are lower, mostly because the cost of electricity is less than the cost of gas.
  • Indoors – electric is the clear choice.

Cost & Maintenance

If one of your priorities is buying a golf cart that’s easy to maintain, electric is the way to go. Your main maintenance will be checking and maintaining electrolyte levels in the cart’s batteries and keeping the batteries at the appropriate level of charge.

With a gas cart, you’ll need to change the oil regularly and replace spark plugs and oil filters. Both carts will require regular maintenance on tires, suspension, steering, and brakes. Be sure you have a place to store your golf cart too. If you don’t, you’ll have additional maintenance costs to consider.

Resale Value

If you’re buying new, the initial purchase price is similar for gas and electric golf carts. Once you’re looking to resell though (or if you’re buying used), gas golf carts are worth considerably more than electric carts because of the high cost of replacement batteries in electric carts.

Whichever golf cart is more your speed, talk with your local State Farm® agent to make sure you feel you’ve selected the right coverage for off-road or recreational vehicle insurance, like the coverages offered by State Farm.