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Old 01-30-2015, 08:12 PM
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I keep kicking this around in my head. I can buy a cosmetically perfect cart from The Villages for about $1,400 less than New. They're nice, New paint, New seat New umbrella New wheels and tires, etc. They have 3 year warranty vs 4 or 5 for New. What is my best value? I never say money is not an issue but I don't suppose $1,400 will make or break us, just want to get the best value (and yes there is always another way we could spend the $). TO TV members have never steered me wrong in the past.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:25 PM
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A friend of mine bought a reconditioned one from TV Golf Carts and I swear, it looks brand new!
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I am having one built by Village Discount on 466. It's a 2012 Yamaha gas being completely re-built with everything new. The nicest part is they have a mechanism that coverts back and forth from a 2 seater to a 4 seater. The upgrades they make to the cart are far cheaper than any of the other places selling new carts.
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If you decide to go reconditioned, I recommend Villages Discount Golf Carts also; if you go new, go with Carts and Clubs in Ocala. The wife's will be new, mine will be reconditioned......😁
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If you decide to go reconditioned, I recommend Villages Discount Golf Carts also; if you go new, go with Carts and Clubs in Ocala. The wife's will be new, mine will be reconditioned......😁
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Cosmetically, the reconditioned carts will look almost new. Put a coat of paint, new tires, canvas and upholstery and they look fine. How about the drivetrain??

Some carts have hour meters which will tally up the amount of usage. My EZGO electric can get plugged into a computer and it will show mileage and total amperage used which will give you an idea of the amount of use. Some golf carts do not have either to judge if the cart was driven 5,000 miles, 25,000 or 50,000 miles.

Not trying to spend your money, but if it was me and $1400 was the difference between a reconditioned and new, I would go with new every time!
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I bought a reconditioned yamaha. Great vehicle. I've found that folks who buy new will recommend new, folks who buy reconditioned recommend reconditioned. No surprise there. What was your question again?
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If you want a reconditioned cart, go to Grandpas & Grandmas on 441. I bought mine there and they have been great. You pick out everything, colors, seats, etc. It looks like new.

I wanted a cart t hat was pretty well "decked out" and I shopped around new and reconditioned and decided on one from Grandpa & Grandma's not only for price [about $3000 less, but also because of Scott's knowledge of carts. They sell Club and Yamaha both gas and electric.

At lease you owe it to yourself to go see them for yourself. 352-552-8478
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If you want a reconditioned cart, go to Grandpas & Grandmas on 441. I bought mine there and they have been great. You pick out everything, colors, seats, etc. It looks like new...
I second Grandpas & Grandmas, they do a great job. When I was shopping for a cart in 2011 I was stuck between buying from them or TV carts at LSL. The refurbished Club Car at G&G had everything, Ultimate seats, black roof, big mirrors, 2 sand bottles, ball & club washer, SS Wheels, etc. priced at $8300. At LSL a compartive new 2011 Yamaha with everything was $10,300. Even though the Club Car was only a year old, I didn't feel at the time $2,000 was a big enough difference to go off campus. Also, even thought their Club Cars are only a year old, they buy their used carts from a golf Course in Virginia, so they are probably used everyday on the course for that entire year and have quite a few miles on the engine.

As the previous poster indicated, it's now a $3,000 difference. So maybe Grandma & Grandpa have come down a little on their prices. They are at least worth checking out before you decide to buy. Here's my cart, photo taken about a year ago. One suggestion, if you get the Ultimate Seats, get the model with the center armrest like mine.

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Two years ago, I bought a new gas E-Z-Go from Golf Cart Depot, just north of Tampa (about an hours drive), and saved $2,500....they deliver to The Villages all the time (delivered 2 the day I got mine). I get it serviced at the E-Z-Go dealer on 44 (they don't care where you bought it)....
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Last year I bought a new 2014 gas Yamaha from The Villages store on LSL. They had a shipment of brand new carbureted models and the difference in price was approximately $1400 less than an EFI model. Same equipment, warrantee etc. The out-the-door price with sales tax etc was under $9000.
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last year I bought a cart from a 9 hole course in Minnesota. The golf course went broke and sold there two year old EZGO carts for $3100 each. I bought one and brought it down here and paid a shop $900 to enclose the cart and redo the seats to match the enclosure. I adjusted the governor from 6 mph to 22 mph. For $4000 I couldnt be happier. Carts are much cheaper and have a lot less hours on them from the snow country then what you will find down here where they run the wheels off them and want almost new prices for them. If you are planning a trip up north you might want to look at the Craig's List up there.
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Just as the discussion between gas and electric, the new vs recon will have their supporters and their detractors.......based on their own preferences. My advise, do what you feel comfortable doing, spend what you feel comfortable spending then get in whatever you buy and enjoy the ride.
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Grandma,and Grandpa's 352-552-8478. I've had mine 4 years, no problems still looks new.
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Grandma,and Grandpa's 352-552-8478. I've had mine 4 years, no problems still looks new.
GAS OR ELECTRIC --Does Grandma and Grandpas have mostly electric or gas? Where are they located?

If you buy a Yamaha gas cart from someone besides the villages will you be able to get service, after the warranty period from the villages new service station?
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