Unfortunately today’s entry was supposed to discuss the completion of our latest and greatest creation. However, things went a little sideways on us and so it remains on the lift unable to move under it’s own power. Thus our subject for the day is the importance of understanding your cart.


With today’s carts able to reach greater distances, and across tougher terrain, they are quickly becoming more popular amongst the outdoor enthusiasts. But like any vehicle, they are machines and are susceptible to failure from time to time. However, if you have at least a basic understanding of how your cart works, you are less likely to be walking back to camp one day.


To begin with, let us explain the history of our current problem. For this cart we stole the lithium batteries from our old 4X4 demo cart, which was also dead in the water. But after our initial diagnosis we assumed that the problem with the 4X4 was buried somewhere deep within it’s overly complicated electrical system. And so we proceed to install the lithium batteries into our new cart. And of course everything functioned flawlessly, until we were putting the final touches on the cart. As we prepared to take the cart out and test the newly installed speedometer everything just simply died.



Without going into great details, you must appreciate that this lithium pack is a particularly complicated setup, with fifteen individual cells (batteries) and chargers, plus one BMS (battery management system). Then there are four wires running between each cell and charger, and another dozen or so wires that integrate the BMS with the factory electrical system. All in all there are many possible points of failure.


While this may sound a lot like Greek to many of you, there is a point to be made. Even though this cart appears to be completely immobilized, one small wire connecting the battery pack to the run/tow switch would allow us to drive this cart home.   Granted, this is not the recommended practice, as it may cause permanent damage to the batteries.  But there are situations when your safety is much more important than any cart, and this is why it’s important to understand your cart.


Regardless of whether you have a gas or electric cart, there are many simple things that you can learn to make your life easier when you are faced with a breakdown.  Luckily for us though, our cart is still in our shop. So next week we will simply swap out the old batteries for a new, much simpler, set of lithium batteries.


Registering Your Golf Cart

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As of November 1, 2015, it became mandatory in BC for golf carts to be registered and insured as off-road vehicles (ORV). The full info is available on ICBC’s Website.

Off-road vehicles

Off-road vehicles (ORV) include snowmobiles, snow vehicles, golf carts, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs or quads), restricted use motorcycles (dirt bikes) and utility vehicles/side-by-sides (Gators, Argos, Rhinos etc.).

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Golf Carts are considered Off-Road Vehicles

Do off-road vehicles need licence plates and insurance?

As of November 1, 2015, ORV registration with number plate display will be mandatory on Crown land, including resource roads on Crown land, on Nov. 1, 2015. Off-road vehicles that will be operated in limited circumstances on a highway have been required to obtain registration, a plate, a licence and insurance since Nov. 17, 2014. ORVs operated solely on private property do not require registration or a number vehicle (ORV) operators who are not operating on a highway have the option to register and obtain a number plate for their ORV through an Autoplan broker.

Golf carts

As of November 1, 2015, it is mandatory to register your golf cart as an off-road vehicle (ORV) through an Autoplan broker and display a number plate, depending on how you plan to use it.

Golf carts are allowed to be driven at a golf course or to cross the road to get to another part of the golf course.

Do I need to register and license my golf cart?

Golf carts should not be confused with low speed vehicles.

Golf course owners or operators

Golf carts and utility vehicles owned or leased by a golf course owner OR owned or leased by the golf course operator (if the golf course operator is different than the golf course owner) are exempt from having to register, license and insure with ICBC if operated at their golf course or between two parts of their golf course.

Insurance for unlicensed golf cart

If you are a golf course owner or operator with golf carts that are exempt from registration and licensing, you may wish to refer to other insurers for golf cart coverage. ICBC insurance is not available for the operation of unlicensed golf carts.

Golf club members (private cart owners)

If you’re a golf course member who owns or leases a golf cart, you’ll need to register and license your golf cart. To register and license your golf cart, please visit an Autoplan broker.

Buying a golf cart in Canada (with your US dollars!)

So, you are a US resident, considering buying a cart in Canada? You want to make your dollar stretch, and get the best value possible. Right now there are many questions going through your head! Can you do this? Is it cheaper to buy in Canada? Will Canadian dealers take your foreign currency? Does Canada have the same kind of golf carts as the US? Lastly, what can you expect at the US border, and is there a way to make it easier?

Guess what! We have the answers to all of these questions, and more!

First question is, can you do this? In short, yes you can. You just have to be aware of a couple of rules, and some simple tips.

Are golf carts cheaper in Canada? Over all, they are a little less money, once exchange is factored in. In our research, we have seen the average 4-5 year old electric golf cart advertised for $2800 to $3800 US dollars, depending on the options and condition. With current exchange of 1.33%, that means that $1000 US dollars is worth almost $1330 Canadian. So a basic golf cart that is selling in the US for $4160 Canadian is only $3133 US! Now, look at a fancy orange golf cart with additional options like an upgraded body with lights, custom seats, and custom wheels, and you only pay $4700 US dollars! Do your research ahead of time, and you will save money!

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Fancy Orange Cart

Most private sellers and dealers will prefer Canadian currency, as it makes it easier for exchanging and depositing. If you pay with a credit card or debit card, be aware that your bank will automatically do the exchange for you, and most banks will also charge a service fee to do so. Some dealers will even insist that they take your money at par, and you will not get the value you were hoping for. Take an extra minute before getting on your way through the border, and exchange your money at a bank or currency exchange. Remember that if you cross the border with more than $10,000 (US or Canadian) you have to declare it at Canada Customs. You will still be allowed to cross, as long as you can prove that it is not proceeds of crime!

Canada has the same kinds of golf carts as the United States; as a matter of fact, most of the golf cart sold in Canada came from either Georgia or California. The exception to this is Chinese and other foreign made carts that are not Yamaha E-Z-GO, or Club Car. GEM (Global Electric Motorcars) cars are mostly made in Canada through Polaris, but they aren’t golf cars, so we won’t get into that!

What can you expect at the US border crossing? According to Michael Jones of Jones & Jones Customs Brokers and Trade Consultants, if the golf cart is gas-powered, then it must conform to EPA standards. The easiest way to tell if the gas golf cart conforms to the EPA standard is to look for a label inside the engine compartment. The label says, quite literally “This equipment conforms to…” If it has that label, you are good to go! If not, then ask the dealer why not! It should! Electric golf carts do not have to conform, as they are electric.

You should not have to pay duty at the border, as long as the golf cart was manufactured in the US. If the cart was manufactured outside of the US, you will likely have to pay a 2.5% duty.

If you plan on registering your golf cart with your State’s DOT as an off road vehicle, please check with your local DMV office. Some states require an ORV to be registered and even insured. If you are planning on operating your golf cart on privately owned property, then check there.

If you are a reseller, and you are planning on reselling your golf cart, you must use a customs broker. The rest of us are okay though; as a private buyer, you do not have to employ the services of a customs broker, but if you would rather avoid the potential hassles and paperwork that some of us envision, you still can. Some of us could be a little intimidated at border crossings, and might want to avoid this mess altogether. If so, give Michael a call!

It’s easy! It is potentially a great deal! It means you can finally afford that new golf cart! If buying from Canada means saving money, then why not do it!?


4 Things to Consider When Buying a Used Golf Carts

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Thinking about purchasing used golf carts? Luckily, we’ll share some important things to consider when buying a used golf carts, including: features, age, price and manufacturer.

Below are 4 things to consider when buying a used golf carts:


Golf carts have many features buyers should consider before making a purchase. Some features are essential for the needs of the buyers, and other features offer convenience, comfort, and luxury.

  • Windshields: Some carts come with windshields affixed. They often can fold down or can be removed completely. Windshields are especially useful in areas that frequently experience poor weather.
  • Radio: Some carts have radios installed that allow riders to listen to music, sports, or talk radio while in use.
  • Seat Material: Buyers can select seat materials that provide more comfort. Leather, for example, looks nice and provides comfortable seating for riders.
  • Rear Seats: Some carts come with rear seats to add extra riders facing backwards at the rear of the cart. This is useful if the cart will be used to carry a large number of people.
  • Extra Seats: Some golf carts are built with an extra row of seats. These carts are longer and allow up to six riders.
  • Horns: Horns are useful for those taking carts on public roads to alert other drivers of the cart’s presence.
  • Mirrors: Carts should have side and rear-view mirrors so drivers have better visibility and can see behind the cart.
  • Headlights: Some areas or establishments mandate headlights on golf courses. Any golf carts operated at night or on roads must have headlights to increase visibility.                 Source: eBay

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    Good Used Golf Cart


Most golf cart battery manufacturers stamp the date of manufacture on the top of one of the battery posts. You can easily see a ’08’ or ’09’ etc, even with the battery cable connected. Be aware that batteries that are more than three years old will require replacement sooner than later. Expect to pay $900 or more for a new set of batteries, no matter what the configuration or voltages are. Never assume that the batteries are of the same vintage as the model year of the cart either. Also, batteries of mixed years in the same cart could be a clue that the cart has seen some serious use in a fleet environment. Source: Electric-cars-are-for-girls


You can purchase a good used golf cart for between $3000 and $5000. If you rent golf carts often, this will pay for itself within a year.
If you have any family or friends who have owned a golf cart before, ask them what they liked and disliked about their golf cart, how much they paid, and where they have it serviced at. Source: Streetdirectory



Obtaining a golf cart that has been manufactured by a well-known company may ultimately be more cost effective as replacement parts will be easier to find and there will be more repair options available in the event of a breakdown. Source: Doityourself



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4 Tips to Increase the Speed of a Golf Cart

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There are simple ways to increase the speed of your Club Golf Cart. Here are few tips to help increase the speed of your golf carts, including: power cleaning, replacing tires, changing out the engine and hiring a professional.

Below are 4 tips to increase the speed of your golf carts:

Power Cleaning

Power clean the cart using a hose and soapy water. Make sure to clean the entire cart and around the wheels and wheel wells. This will make sure that your cart is moving at its most efficient.

Remove any unnecessary racks or items that might be weighing your cart down or slowing down the speed of the cart. Source: eHow

Replacing Tires

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Bigger Wheels and Tires

Replace the current tires with tires that are larger with thicker tread. The larger, thicker tires will give you better traction when you are going fast, which will help you to stay safe. Just keep in mind that really large tires may require a lift kit, and going to fast on a lifted cart can cause tipping! Source: GolfLink


Changing Out the Engine

On a gas golf cart, you can adjust the governor to gain a little more speed, but know that upping a cart’s top speed will cause the engine to wear faster. You’ll likely need to get repairs and replacement parts faster on a cart with an adjusted governor. On an electric golf cart, you can reprogram the computer chip (on some carts), or change out your motor and controller for something with more horsepower. Source: wikiHow

Hiring a Professional

Ultimately, you may choose to leave the modifications to the pros. While this can cost more, you will know that the project is done correctly and safely, and you will save yourself the frustration of replacing one part, only to find that now you need to replace one or more additional parts. Source: DoItYourself


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5 Facts About Yamaha Drive Golf Carts

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It’s time for a “new” golf cart, and you are trying to decide between the three major manufacturers. Let’s shed some light on what Yamaha has to offer in their Drive golf carts.

Easy Maintenance

Yamaha Drive Gas model has no oil filter. Yes, you heard right, no oil filter. So changing the oil just got one step quicker and easier. Just drain and refill. The same applies to the crankcase oil in both the gas and electric models, although the gas model still has a fuel filter and a 2-stage ail filter. Remember to do regular maintenance on your golf cart, and get your oils and filters changed at least yearly.

No Brakes!

I’m kidding! But the truth is, the Yamaha Drive (G29) up to 2014/2015 do not have conventional wheel brakes like your car, or like the “other” carts; rather the Drive has an internal “wet brake” system in the transaxle, which is virtually maintenance-free. The brake is still adjustable, so if you find that you have less stopping power, get the brake cable adjusted right away!

Get Framed!

Every golf cart has a frame, whether it is Yamaha, Club Car, or E-Z-Go, but the Yamaha Drive has a steel frame, as opposed to aluminum. Steel tube frames are stronger, allowing less bend and stretch that aluminum. Yamaha also coats the frame to protect it from rust and elements, rather than leaving it exposed. If you notice some rust on your frame, take care to clean it off and re-coat it to protect the frame from further damage.

Built By Yamaha

Yamaha has been building motorcycle engines for a long time, since the YA-1 in 1955, so it stands to reason that they should build a great motor for their golf carts. The Yamaha Drive gas model has a Yamaha-built motor, with the same great quality and workmanship.


Maybe you’ve heard the ongoing arguments, but what really is better, more batteries or less batteries? In the Yamaha Drive 2009/2010 models, you would find 4-12 volt batteries. In 2011, Yamaha switched to 6-8 volt batteries. The argument behind this is that more batteries means more lead, and more lead means a longer run time on the batteries. Instead of 2 rounds of golf on a charge, they can get 3. Instead of a week running back and forth to the boat launch or beach, you can get 2. By the way … what is “golf”?

So there you have it; a little more ammunition in your support of the Yamaha Drive golf cart. Remember that everyone has an opinion, and these are currently our opinions.

Have a great week, and enjoy the weather!

How to Clean Your Golf Cart Seats

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Continuing our theme on cleaning, lets talk about seats. Cleaning most golf cart seats requires using a mild vinyl cleaner and a towel to loosen dirt and stains. Clean golf cart seats after each use will help keep your golf cart looking good as new. Here are some insider tips to remember in cleaning your seats.

Rinse the Mud Off

If you have seat covers, remove them, set them aside, and clean them separately according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are already washing your golf cart, rinse the seats using a light to medium setting on the spray nozzle. Don’t worry too much about the corners; just focus on getting the dirt or dust off the seat.

Clean It Up

You can use a cleaning solution that is formulated for vinyl, or you can save a couple bucks, and use mild dish soap. There are some that cut grease better than others, but the main tip to remember is to be sparing in the amount of soap you use … only a few drop to a bucket is all you need. It does not need to be foamy, just soapy.

Use a clean, soft cloth or wash mitt. Avoid any sort of abrasive cloth or brush; even a nylon wash brush, can damage the vinyl. You should not have to scrub too hard; if the golf cart seats are really dirty, prespraying them might help, letting the cleaner soak in a little. If you use too strong a cleaner, you will damage or weaken the vinyl. You will be better off doing a mild cleaning more than one time, rather than a harsh cleaning one time.

Get into the edges, corners, and seams with a soft bristle brush; a toothbrush works perfect, but make sure it is an old one … not your kid’s! Also, make sure that toothbrush hasn’t been used for solvents or other abrasive cleaners. Use the toothbrush to get into the corners, in the seams, and under the plastic molding that covers the seats.


Make It Shine

Give the golf cart seats a final rinse with water, getting the soapy residue off. You can dry the seat off with a shammy or soft towel. To make the seat shine, use a vinyl protector, but be careful which one, as some can make the seat very slippery, and nothing is funnier than watching someone slide off the a seat … unless it is you!

Remember, if you can’t get your gold cart seat clean, you can always buy a new seat!


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4 Tips in Cleaning Golf Carts

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Caring for your golf carts involves keeping them clean. In this short post we’ll discuss 4 tips in cleaning your golf cart:

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Shiny and clean!


Remove the Clutter

Clean out the interior of your golf cart first. Remove anything that might be damaged by water, such as a GPS or portable heater. If the cart has removable floor mats or seat covers, take them out as well. Vacuum and shake out the mats to remove debris, and clean the seat covers according to the manufacturer’s directions. Stray ball markers, golf tees or other evidence of past rounds should be picked up and put away. Source: eHow


You can wash your golf cart like you wash your car, using mild car wash soap and water. Use a soft cloth or wash mitt, but do not use a brush, as the plastic or nylon fibers could scratch the surface. If your cart is electric, pre-clean the batteries with acid neutralizer, and spray of with an indirect mist; don’t spray the electronics and batteries with a direct spray, and only use enough water to rinse; try to not soak the batteries and electronics.

Cleaning the Interior

Wipe everything. This includes the steering wheel, the seats, the pedals, and the dashboard. Spray the inside window with and acrylic-safe window cleaner. Never use regular glass cleaners like Windex or anything with solvents or ammonias, as this will cause irreparable damage to the soft acrylic and poly windshield. The best way to clean the glass is with a soft cloth or wash mitt and mild car wash soap, so do the windshield while you wash the rest of the cart. If you want to remove water spots and streaks, do so with a soft cloth. Wait for everything to dry. Spraying a little bit of air freshener here and there makes the cart smell fresh and clean. You can add a little extra shine to your golf cart with tire shine on your tires, black plastic trim, and bumpers.  Source:  wikiHow

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Shiny and clean!


Checking Your Battery

Be sure to check your battery cables and make sure the connections are tight. A loose connection or bad battery cable can burn up a battery post in no time.

If you follow these simple pre-season tips you will be sure to have a great trouble free season with your cart.  Source: Predatorridge


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Give it a Face Lift!

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Nice Sturdy Cart

You’ve got a nice golf cart. Maybe it’s white, with good sturdy tires for the course, but you’ve been looking online, and you’ve seen some really cool looking custom golf carts for sale. You lift kits, light packages, custom bodies, coloured seats, and you think “I need one of those!”. Then you look at the price, and you wonder who or what you could sell to get that much money! Well, your wife and kids are safe, and you don’t have to trade in your ride-on lawn mower. You can give your golf cart a face lift for a lot less!

There are some quick and easy options for upgrading, as well as some bigger options. We’ll go through a few, and you can decide how little, or how much, you want to spend on your golf cart.

Quick and Easy Options:

Windshield – It’s a pretty easy change, and you can go for an inexpensive clear split windshield, a tinted split windshield, or you can upgrade to a windshield with graphics on it, or even a solid windshield. Whichever way you go, it’s usually a matter of a few bolts or clips, and you’re done!

Mirrors – Mirrors add more than visibility; they can also add some sportiness. Dual side-mounted mirrors can make almost any cart look better, and they have the added advantage of being able to see behind you!

Seat Covers – You can change your seats, but sometimes all you really need to do is cover them up. There are a few types of covers readily available, and some that are more custom, depending on your golf cart, and your preferences. You can also get your seat reupholstered with an original-style cover fairly inexpensively.

Dash Kit – These come in different options, the easiest one being an adhesive-style cover than goes over your existing dash, adding compartments and covers, and a look of carbon fiber or wood grain.

Graphics – Sometimes, some decals or flames are all you need to spruce your cart up, but try to not go overboard. And a cart covered in Chiquita Banana stickers does not look cool. Sorry.


Bigger Options:

Coloured Seats – Replacing your existing seats with a custom-coloured seat package is fairly easy on most carts, but could require a few more tools on some. While it is a little more money than a seat cover, you have a wide array of colours and options to choose from.

Wheels and Tires – This is an easy option, but a little more money that hubcaps, but it can be the most effective for the amount you spend. Simply swapping out your plain 8” wheels and turf tires for a set of aluminum alloy and black 12” wheels with low profile tires not only gives your cart a whole new look, you might even get a little more speed out of it! And the heads will turn when people see the shine!

Lift Kit – If you decide to go with larger wheels and tires, and give your golf cart a more off-road look, you will have to add a lift kit … your tires will likely not fit otherwise! We have found that a 3” kit will work with a maximum tire height of 22”; bigger than that works best with a 4” to 6” lift kit, especially with knobby tires. There are a number of manufacturers of lift kits, but our favourite is Rhox, with Jake’s a close second.

Custom Body – You can upgrade your golf cart to look like a truck, a sports car, or a 50’s classic automobile, but if you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend, you should consider a custom-style body made for your cart. Whether you have a Club Car, E-Z-GO, or Yamaha golf cart, we carry a line of aftermarket bodies that are different enough from the original to turn heads, and they come in a crazy array of colours!

Light Package – Head lights, tail lights, signal lights … these are all options that can be added, as well as off-road lights, amber flashers, and even coloured mood lights. Some of our light packages can be mounted on bumpers, while some require cutting holes in the body.

Vinyl Wraps – Some people have their golf carts painted, either basic repaint, or a custom air-brush or sparkly metallic, but what if you want a pattern? Vinyl wraps are readily available, and come is a wide array of colours, style, and patterns. Do want your cart covered in camouflage? Maybe carbon fiber?

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The Works!

These are just a few of the possible upgrade options available. We have all kinds of parts and accessories to add to your golf cart. And if you still want to buy a new golf cart, we can help with that, too! Come and see us at