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Have you ever attempted to buy or sell a golf car/cart and then tried to find the book value of a used golf vehicle, only to discover that there is no golf cart industry “blue book” to inform you of price values? And so in frustration you go to eBay and Craigslist and Google to see what everyone else is asking for their golf carts-and what a trip that turned out to be!
Automobile dealers have long had reliable information provided to them by NADA and Kelly Blue Book, including wholesale and retail values, condition limitations, mileage factors, etc., but not the golf car industry.
For example, administrative staff of a well-know golf car distributor recently authorized extensive research to determine the current average wholesale and retail value of a pre-owned 2007 Club Car Precedence they wanted to sell and they found other sellers were marketing the model in a staggeringly wide price range of $1,375 to $4,495! But how is it possible to compare the condition of the hundreds of 2007 Club Cars (or any other model) listed for sale by dealers, classified ads, the internet, and elsewhere, when there is no industry-wide accepted standard for rating the quality and condition of a used golf car?
That was the next dilemma encountered: comparative value – comparing apples with apples! And when looking deeper, the researchers found that many golf car manufacturers, dealers and wholesalers often DO provide some sort of rating system to describe the comparative value of their golf cars.
Many of these dealers had a sort of “report card” rating: A to F; others used a system of stars, 1 to 5 stars, or 1 to 4 stars, etc.; many dealers simply used terms such as “excellent,” “good,” “average,” and so forth; and still others gave numerical ratings for the condition of their cars.
The rating system which appeared to be most commonly used was a 1 to 10 rating, like the Hollywood Movie “10” starring Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews, with Bo Derrick being a “10”. In this rating system, a “10” is a new car and at the bottom end, “1” is junk. However, in their efforts to establish value the researchers were NEVER able to locate a standardized definition of the various numbers since none of the dealers ever provided a table or legend to accompany their numerical value.
Since necessity is the mother of invention, the researchers concluded to establish a new rating system that would match a numerical value with a written legend or explanation thereby setting an industry standard for describing the condition of golf cars that everyone could commonly use and understand. Hopefully, the new system will help everyone to match a number with an industry-standardized value of condition.
The researcher’s qualifications who created this new golf car rating system is based upon over 25 years of experience in buying, selling, and servicing tens of thousands of new and pre-owned golf cars with numerous full-service dealerships under their corporate umbrella. Here is the new standard rating system and legend:
IGC STANDARDIZED GOLF CAR RATING SYSTEM 1-10 RATING LEGEND
10 – NEW – NEVER USED
9 – NEARLY NEW: These cars are almost brand new-having very little use. There may be some minor wear on the tires and brakes, but no body chips, dings, scratches, or upholstery wear and tear. Battery discharge times are near new capacity and the chargers are in nearly new condition. The wiring, front and rear ends, hubs, bearings and frame are in nearly new condition. In the case of gas vehicles, the motor, engine parts, battery, oil, wiring, and controls are in nearly new condition and nearly perfect working order. These cars are usually less than a year old and may still be under factory warranty.
8 – EXCELLENT: Even though these cars are not new, they appear so and need no repairs, parts, or service, having had very little use. There may be some minor wear on the tires and brakes, but no body chips, dings, scratches, or upholstery wear and tear. Battery discharge times are excellent and the chargers have been well maintained and are in excellent condition. The wiring, front and rear ends, hubs, bearings and frame are in excellent condition with no signs of rust, corrosion, and/or fractures. In the case of gas vehicles, the motor, engine parts, battery, oil, wiring, and controls are in excellent condition and working order. They may possibly be under factory warranty.
7 – VERY GOOD: These cars are top-of-the-line vehicles and appear in a very good condition. They have been kept very clean and have had on-going service performed. There may be some wear on the tires and brakes, but very limited body chips, dings, scratches, or upholstery wear and tear. Batteries still have good life remaining and the chargers have been well maintained and are in very good condition. The wiring, front and rear ends, hubs, bearings and frame are in very good condition with no signs of rust, corrosion, and/or fractures. In the case of gas vehicles, the motor, engine parts, battery, oil, wiring, and controls are in very good condition and working order. Depending upon age, there is a slight possibility that these cars are still under factory warranty.
6 – GOOD: These cars are above the average quality compared to a car of the equivalent year and model. There is little need for repairs, parts, or service. They have been kept very clean and have had on-going service performed. The wear on the tires and brakes, body chips, dings, scratches, and upholstery are consistent with the age of the vehicle. Batteries still have good life remaining and the chargers have been well maintained and are in good condition. The wiring, front and rear ends, hubs, bearings and frame are in good condition with no signs of rust, corrosion, and/or fractures. In the case of gas vehicles, the motor, engine parts, battery, oil, wiring, and controls are in good condition and working order. Depending upon the age of the vehicle, of course, these cars are probably no long under factory warranty.
5 – AVERAGE: These cars are in average condition with average wear and tear for the year and model, including the batteries. They have been kept clean and have had on-going service performed. There may be some wear on the tires and brakes, and normal body chips, dings, scratches, or upholstery wear and tear for the model year. Batteries still have some life remaining and the chargers have been well maintained and are in average condition. The wiring, front and rear ends, hubs, bearings and frame are in average condition with some slight, if any, signs of rust, corrosion, and/or fractures. In the case of gas vehicles, the motor, engine parts, battery, oil, wiring, and controls are in average condition and working order. Normally, these vehicles will be out of factory warranty.
4 – FAIR: These cars need a lot of minor repairs, parts, and service. They start, stop, and steer and have some visible tire wear, upholstery cracking, and body fading, scratches, and cracks. The batteries are typically in less than average condition with replacement needed soon. The battery charger is in fair but still useful condition. The wiring, front and rear ends, hubs, bearings and frame are in fair condition with some signs of rust, corrosion, and/or fractures. In the case of gas vehicles, the motor, engine parts, battery, oil, wiring, and controls are in fair condition and are nearly always sold As-Is.
3 – POOR: These cars are in need of extensive repairs, parts, and service, including battery and possible charger replacement. The body is typically in poor shape with visible scratches, tears, and/or holes. The frame may be in need of extensive repair and there may be visible signs of rust or corrosion. The upholstery is poor, worn, and typically torn-and all in need of replacement. In the case of gas vehicles, the motor, engine parts, battery, oil, wiring, and controls are in poor condition and are always sold “As Is”.
2 – VERY POOR: These vehicles are in need of major repairs, parts, and service, including battery and probably charger replacement. The body is typically in very poor shape with visible scratches, tears, and/or holes. The frame is usually in need of extensive repair and there may be visible signs of rust, corrosion, and/or fractures. The upholstery is very poor, worn, and typically torn-and all in need of replacement. In the case of gas vehicles, the motor, engine parts, battery, oil, wiring, and controls are in very poor condition and are always sold “As Is”.
1 – JUNK: Only good for parting out or trashing.
At times, sellers feel that their golf car is not quite an “8” but better than a “7”. In these cases it is acceptable to rate a golf car a “7.5” for example. Oh, and as a sidebar, the reason the industry now prefers the term golf car instead of golf cart, is because the environmentally-conscious vehicles that are now manufactured and sold around the world are much more sophisticated and advanced compared with the old noisy, rattling, smoky, gutless carts of the past. Many of the new golf cars are equipped like a modern automobile in many ways.
Now meanwhile, the company who put out the new Standard Rating System are currently working diligently to complete a new IGC Golf Car Blue Book which should be completed soon and made available for the golf trade and the public both in printed as well as digital internet formats. The goal of this new publication is to standardize golf car/cart and other ATM-type vehicle price values nationwide.
Paul Jensen is a nationally published author, freelance writer, ad agency exec., and successful businessman living in Utah with his beautiful wife and family. Contact: (801) 255-8828. email@example.com
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Choosing the golf car accessories for your new — or new to you — turf vehicle is exciting.
You want to make the most of your purchase, and the Curtis Climate Control add-on is the best way to do it. Available for either electric or gas vehicles, it instantly provides more usage options, whether your golf car is for personal or business purposes.
The StreetPro Cab Systems are high quality, easy to install and offer parallel doors with “swing-back door action,” enclosing the car instantly.
This feature protects you and passengers from the elements, which is ideal if you regularly take your car in the rain or snow. It also offers protection from the sun’s damaging rays, keeping riders more comfortable and safeguarding the interior from sun damage.
Nearly a must for golf cars used at airports, golf courses, retirement homes or any space where heading outdoors is necessary, it provides a touch of luxury while also extending the life of your investment.
Only select dealerships are approved as authorized distributors of the innovative Curtis StreetPro Cab Systems, which are renowned for their sleek designs that increase the value of your turf vehicle.
Within the Curtis line, you’ll find a selection of styles sure to complement any golf car and every style. From the Precedent to the CarryAll lines and everything in between, adding a little extra coverage is the simplest way to get a better, more enjoyable and safer ride.
As an added bonus, adding coverage to your golf car enhances security. If anything is left inside, whether it’s a bag, costly clubs or even the keys, thieves may “see and snatch.” The cab system allows for a little more privacy, and it requires much more effort to snoop.
With a great feel and fit along with the famous Curtis reliability, it’s a popular addition when purchasing a new or gently loved golf cart.
Not Your Average Cover
Unlike golf car covers you may have seen before, the Curtis line features hard-shelled sides which don’t only look better but also provide better protection. It’s like comparing a soft-top convertible to a hard-top. It’s sturdier, the noise from the elements outside is decreased, and it lasts longer, especially in stressful environments.
Available in a variety of colors, the swing-back door turns your golf cart into an instant hatchback, making it easier to get in as well as take out and store items. Known as the finest golf cart enclosures on the market, a Curtis car will instantly stand out in all the right ways when you zip along your favorite course or take guests on tours.
The Curtis system is ideal for any location and region, but if you’re in an area prone to harsh weather, it’s nearly a requirement. To learn more about golf car accessories, including enclosures, contact Intermountain Golf Car today.
Golf cars can be a fantastic investment for those who hit the links at least once a week.
But for many people, renting is a better option. How can you decide which is right for you?
It all comes down to how much you’ll use the golf car and for how long. It’s tempting for a new golfer with deep pockets to go all out on equipment. The best clubs, the perfect clothes and accessories, and even a personal golf car are sure to get you deep into the golfing community, right?
Not necessarily, and quickly spending a lot on a new hobby can make you resent it. If you’re considering a golf car for your sport, it’s a good idea to golf at least once a week for a year before you start to shop around.
Benefits of Buying
Buying a golf car is akin to buying a regular car. It’s yours, so you can customize it as you like and you don’t have to worry constantly about hidden rental fees (some companies have them!), taxes or ensuring you return it on time.
At the same time, it’s not really yours, and in some cases there might be evidence left in your golf car by renters. Tiny scratches and other telltale signs can drive you crazy.
Buying your own golf car can be an investment and a means of bettering your sport, your business or your life.
Compared to commuter vehicles, golf cars require much less maintenance and upkeep. They’re built to withstand tough elements, and in some cases give owners renewed independence. For example, if you want a specialty car for getting around a large estate, it’s much more comfortable and leisurely than using a wheelchair.
Renting a golf car is much more cost-effective if you only need one from time to time. It’s also the only option (unless you’re incredible wealthy) if you’re far from home and only need a golf car in a certain location for a set amount of time. Renting lets you try out a number of makes and models, you don’t have to worry about maintenance and at the end of the day, you know somebody else is going to take care of the insurance, storage and inspections.
Renting is also a fantastic way to test out models before buying your own. Maybe you’re sure you want a Precedent i2, but after test driving it, you think not. Perhaps the Signature Edition 4-passenger was never on your “to check out list,” but since you rented one, you’ve seen just how perfect it is for you.
Contact Intermountain Golf Cars today to see all the rental, new and used selections available.
If you are looking to buy a golf cart, whether you want a new one that was previously unowned or one that was used, spring is the best time to make the move. Whether you buy from a private owner or dealer, you may find the best selection at this time the year, especially among preowned models.
Great Deals from Private Owners
In the spring, many snowbirds return home, often with the knowledge that they may not return for seasonal living. With families in the North, they may opt for spending more time with their families, so they put their golf carts on the market. Even permanent residents may seek to upgrade at this time of the year and decide to sell their old vehicle themselves rather than turning it in. While purchasing from a dealer has advantages for most buyers, some prefer the lower prices that they can often get if they buy from individuals instead of dealers.
Benefit from Golf Cart Trade-ins
During the early spring, used golf carts spring up on dealer lots like daffodils and tulips – in great supply and in a variety of colors.
Why? During the winter, golf courses and other entities that utilize large quantities of golf cars turn in their whole fleet in pursuit of new vehicles. High-end golf courses want to offer their sportsmen vehicles that are free of dents and free of the maintenance that may be involved with older units. Every four or five years, they go shopping for new units at the time of the year when off course usage is down.
These units offer excellent values for residential buyers, as well as small business buyers. Even though the owners may trade them in to prevent having to make a major investment in them, most of the carts have been on service contracts, which means that they have been well-maintained during their previous ownership. When a vehicle comes in for a trade, a good dealer will refurbish them to make sure that they run and look great.
Shop Now for the Best Choice
The big advantage you will have if you visit a dealer in the spring is that you will have the first pick of the refurbished trade-ins. You might find one that has just the accessories you want; if not, you will have time to get your new golf car decked out as you want it.
You will also get the best choice of color early in the season. The rule of thumb in the golf cart industry is that if you want a sedate beige vehicle, wait till the summer. If you want an attractive model in white, gray, blue, black, or green, shopping early pays off.
When you are looking for the best in new and used golf carts, visit Intermountain Golf Cars today.
Golf cart shopping? Deciding between a new or used golf cart for residential use is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make. Cruising around in any type of golf cart is more economical than a regular passenger car or truck made for the road. The common wisdom is that you will usually save money with a used one, but you can get the best value when you purchase the vehicle that is right for you.
What’s Right for You?
Deciding what is best for you depends on your usage. If you live in a close community where golf carts are the common mode of transportation and seldom go outside your complex, your standards might be different than if you anticipated driving off the property to go shopping or do your errands. Some residential developments are self-contained, so that most of your needs are met on site without having to travel far.
Pros and Cons of a New Model
You may be the type of person that always preferred to buy a new, previously unowned car when you needed to trade in your vehicle. The same thinking may transfer over to your golf cart purchase. When you buy a new golf cart, you will pay more money, but you will enjoy the benefit of being the first owner, which also gives you the certainty that the vehicle was not involved in an accident or has mechanical problems that were undisclosed. You will have the luxury of deciding on the color and the features, so that what you drive off the lot is exactly what you want. Moreover, you have a manufacturer’s warranty, and maybe one from the dealer as well.
Pros and Cons of a Used Golf Cart
A used golf cart offers a lower price tag and as an added bonus, may include accessories as part of the price that would be costly to add on if you were buying a new vehicle. You may find a used product that has the modifications you need for your disabled spouse, or has special roofing or windows that might cost you hundreds to add.
If you are willing to consider a used vehicle, here are some questions you should ask:
- What was the history of the vehicle? If possible, talk to the original owner and review service records and talk to the owner.
- How good is the battery? The typical lifespan is 4 to 6 years if they have been properly maintained, but negligence can reduce their lifespan. Be prepared to invest in new batteries, which may cost about $800, when you buy a used vehicle.
- Are the accessories properly installed? For example, if a used cart has a rear seat kit, the previous owner should have replaced the original leaf springs with new heavy-duty ones.
- Is it street legal, or can it be easily modified for use on the streets if you plan on driving the cart outside your community?
- Is there a warranty? If you buy a used cart from a dealer, verify that it has been inspected, maintained, and comes with a warranty.
For the best in new or used golf carts, visit Intermountain Golf Cars today.
A street-legal golf cart is not only an economical way to move around your local area, but it makes even mundane tasks like running errands more enjoyable. If you live in an area that has speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less, a street-legal golf cart can get you where you need to go and you’ll smile more and be more relaxed when you get there!
What is a Street Legal Golf Cart?
States, counties, and municipalities can make specific laws for their areas of jurisdiction, but in general, in order to be considered street legal, a golf cart must have a top speed of 25 miles per hour, and have the following equipment:
- Lights – A street legal vehicle must have headlights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, and reflectors on the front, rear, and sides.
- Seatbelts – Most regions require 3-point safety belts on a street-legal vehicle.
- Mirrors – One internal mirror and at least one (many states require two) side mirrors on the exterior of the vehicle.
- Windshield – A windshield made of approved material is required on any street-legal vehicle.
- Vehicle Identification Number – Since a VIN is required to register a vehicle, and all street-legal vehicles must be registered, your street-legal golf cart will require a VIN.
That’s Great, But You Mentioned Smiling More?
Have you ever noticed how pedestrians and bicyclists tend to smile and wave or say hello to each other? We don’t do that when we’re in our cars because we feel, in a way, like it’s a private space, and so we tend not to acknowledge other drivers in their “private spaces.” It’s subtle, but riding around isolated in an enclosed box generates more stress than most of us realize. Driving a golf cart gives you the best of both experiences. You get the convenience of a motor-driven vehicle without being “boxed in,” so you can enjoy the ride and the fresh air. You can smile and wave, or even say hi to pedestrians you see on your way. You can go shopping or meet friends for dinner, enjoy the ride there, fit your vehicle into parking spaces your car could only dream of, and arrive in a more relaxed frame of mind.
If you need more reasons to smile, think about how much cheaper it is to drive a golf cart that can run about 60 miles on a single charge, and that charge costs a lot less than gasoline to drive your car the same distance. Golf carts cost less to insure, too.
Get the Best Value and Support
Intermountain Golf Cars carries a premium selection of Club Car golf carts and a full range of accessories. We’ve been in business for more than 25 years, so you know that when you buy your golf cart from us, we’ll be around to support that sale, help you with any additional accessories you may need in the future, or get you back on your wheels when your street-legal golf cart needs repairs.
Winterize your golf cart, so it does not have to spend the snow season hiding in the garage under all the stored pool and patio gear! Sure, you are not likely to be playing much golf for the next few months, but you can still get plenty of use and enjoyment out of your golf cart.
Accessorize for Winter
There are several options you can add to your golf cart to make it comfortable and functional for cold weather. Stay warm and dry while leaving the car in the garage, and you can even ditch the snow shovel by putting your golf cart to work!
- Golf Cart Enclosure – First off, you will need shelter! For the fastest installation, and easy removal during sunnier days, there is the zippered enclosure, which covers all of the open areas, keeping you dry and out of the wind. If you want a more permanent solution for all-weather use, you may want to consider a hard-side enclosure, like the Curtis Climate Control System, which uses swinging doors instead of zippers.
- Heat – Now that you have got an enclosed space, you can enjoy the benefits of heat! With a catalytic heater, you can safely warm the interior space to keep your passengers and yourself comfortable, whether you are running errands or doing chores.
- Snow Tires and Chains – Stay safe while driving on snow and ice with snow tires, and chains for even more extreme conditions.
- SnowBlade – The SnowBlade system turns your golf cart into a snowplow for the winter, and is easily removed with a quick-release when the snow thaws. The powder-coated blade prevents rust and corrosion for years of service, and the surface sheds snow easily. The blade position is fully adjustable (left, right, center, up, down) and is spring-loaded to prevent damage, in case you run into a solid object while plowing. With SnowBlade mounted on a golf cart, you’ll be able to move 3-5 times as much snow as you would with a snow blower, and you won’t have to wrestle a tipping, annoying blower.
- Automatic Salter/Sander – The SnowBlade system offers an electric salter/sander unit as an option, so you can prevent ice and improve traction as you go, instead of having to make a second pass later.
Enjoy Winter More
We’ll let you in on a little secret: With the right equipment, it is actually kind of fun to clear the sidewalks and walkways of snow. Better yet, you’ll be done more quickly, and ready to go build a snowman with the kids or sit in the warm house and sip cocoa by the fire. Intermountain Golf Cars carries a full selection of snow accessories to help you make the most of your investment and winterize your golf cart!
Security golf carts offer the most versatile range of options available when it comes to selecting vehicles for your security staff. Whether your company occupies a single building or a sprawling campus, you’ll find that golf carts give an excellent return on your company’s investment.
Your security golf carts need to be reliable transportation for your security team to keep your property safe, but what else do you need them to do?
If you’ve got a large campus, your security team may be responsible for transporting VIPs or transporting people with physical disabilities. Golf carts can carry up to six passengers, and have options like zippered enclosures to protect passengers from rain and wind, or a totally enclosed climate control system with substantial doors and windows, for more severe weather conditions.
Security golf carts can also be configured with a cargo box or a flatbed, so your staff can always be at the ready with first aid supplies and a defibrillator, and they can carry urgent deliveries or emergency supplies whenever you need.
Street Legal Options
If your company has multiple locations, security golf carts can allow your staff to move from one to another quickly and efficiently, with some options that make them legal to drive on city streets. Because golf carts require far less maintenance than trucks and cars, they’re a more economical option if your security team needs to drive on surface streets.
Today’s companies are working toward becoming more environmentally conscious. Security golf carts are a perfect solution for reducing pollution and energy use without sacrificing utility. With a range of about 150 miles per tank, gas golf carts have the advantage of always being ready: No downtime for charging.
Their modern 4-cycle engines sip gas daintily, and their emissions are far cleaner than in previous generations. They’re also safer and cleaner to refuel, because you no longer need to mix gas and oil before refilling.
Zero-emission electric golf carts are greener still, and are an ideal solution for many companies. A typical electric golf cart will run 30 miles on a charge (the exact range depends upon the specific batteries, and factors like the weight being carried and terrain being driven). The batteries in an electric golf cart last between four and six years, with proper maintenance, and they get recycled after they’re removed from service.
Get Complete Support
A good dealership makes all the difference when it comes to getting the best performance and value out of your cart fleet. At Intermountain Golf Cars, you’ll get complete support, with everything from new and used cart sales, and a full range of options and configurations for security golf carts.
For many seniors, living in a golf cart community offers many advantages that start with nearness to their favorite sport. Those who love playing golf and other sports on or near the course can live onsite in a housing community that includes many services and amenities they need. Often, the mode of transportation within the community is a golf cart, the ultimate commuter vehicle.
Carts Offer Convenience in a Golf Cart Community
For residents, having a golf cart offers great mobility options within the complex, as well as many advantages. As they can drive their vehicle from home to the golf course in a matter of minutes often without having to transverse public streets, a cart allows residents to live and play the way they want to. Many golf course communities have grocery stores health services, other retail shopping opportunities and entertainment within them.
Vehicles intended to be driven only within the complex may not, depending on state law, require the driver’s license as you would need to drive a car. The potential lack of licensing does not relieve the need for safety within the community; carts that are that are street legal may require a driver’s license. However, for some residents, who have lost their license due to physical impairment or other problems, the looser licensing restrictions means they can retain their independence while having to go far to access to the services they need. The golf cart does have to be registered by having a license plate and needs to be covered by insurance.
Cost Advantages of Golf Carts as Transportation
The cost of the golf cart are much less than a car or truck while offering options to customize the vehicle. Within the new and used market, there are plenty of available golf cart options that can start as low as $1,000 for a preowned model or between $6,000 low and $10,000 for a brand-new one. Either way, the costs are much less than a car or truck.
The models can be upgraded with special tires, radios, custom paint, roofs and doors to enclose them from inclement weather and even retrofitted for wheelchair-bound drivers and passengers. In some well-known communities, such as The Villages in Florida, many residents add additional custom features to make them go faster and perform better. Depending on the locale, the carts can be outfitted with safety features that make them street legal.
Electric golf carts are economical to run as does not cost much to charge them while replacing the battery every few years requires an expense of the six or $700. Even gasoline powered models cost less to operate than a car.
Find a Good Dealer
If the advantages of living in a golf community appeal to you, check with the community of interest before buying a cart to find out their rules and then visit Intermountain Golf Cars for the best vehicle for your needs.
Thinking of buying a golf cart? Club Car is considered the premier cart on the market, whether you are looking for a vehicle for playing golf, transportation around your community, or a utility cart. Available in both electric and low-emission gas vehicles, Club Cars offer more than 40 base models that can be customised with many options that make them suitable for the needs of most buyers.
First built in 1982 in Augusta, Georgia, where the Masters Golf Tournament is held, the Club Car started out as a prestigious, well-designed vehicle that was innovative throughout. While it might have initially captured interest because people tie into the famous golf event, it has been the constant level of quality that has continued to capture people’s interests. The carts remain trendy by adding new technology while keeping what has worked effectively over the years.
The Key Components of a Club Car
- Powerful engine.
- The original Club Car engine was a Kawasaki FZ340 9 horsepower engine that was replaced in 1992 by the more powerful 286 cc FE290 9 horsepower engine. Due to a change in transaxles, the company changed the engine’s rotation for increased displacement, a trend that has continued. Currently, the engine has continually met and exceeded SAE J1940 standards for small engine performance.Today, the company offers a Kawasaki FA 350 11.5 horsepower and the FE 400 13 horsepower engine to allow for needed power on both utility vehicles and golf carts.
- The I-beam frame system used in the early Club Cars is still in use today. Current gas models use four beams that span the length of the vehicle and have a lateral and vertical bend, while electric models use two beams that span the length of the vehicle. This design yields a sturdy, strong frame with fewer welds.
- The 1982 Club Car body had plastic front panels and fiberglass rear body panels that were redesigned and replaced by ArmorFlex in 1993 to be stronger, smoother, and stiffer than rival vehicles. Although the panels were built to withstand abuse, they had a tendency to break rather than bend with continual impact. In 2003, the company’s mindset of continuous improvement led them to incorporate Suralyn material on many models; the flexible, durable material features built in color that requires no paint.
- For most of its history, the suspension has utilized leaf springs on the bottom and a delta shock tower assembly on the top that eliminates the need for coil-over shocks, struts, or double wishbone suspension. This simple arrangement has proved durable and easy to manufacture and maintain.
A Quality Line with Many Choices
The original models released in the 1980s have expanded to a line of personal and commercial vehicles that include street legal models as well as some designed for use on grassy golf courses or unpaved private property. Many of the commercial models are intended to serve as people movers or as the base of modified vehicles used as refreshment trucks or for other special uses. All models have a variety of accessories that expand their usefulness.
This versatility, coupled with the classic quality of the Club Car is why Intermountain Golf Cars is a proud distributor and service center for the brand.