View Full Version : Looking for good golf cart dealer

07-27-2009, 11:44 AM
We are coming to TV in about a week as soon as we close on our new house. One of our goals is to buy a golf cart. It's unbelievably difficult to research golf carts for use in TV while we are in Rhode Island. There are a couple of dealers that have decent websites. One is the Village Golf Cart Man and the other is Grandpa and Grandma's Village Buggies. I've searched past postings and found some references to Village Buggies but hardly any for the Village Golf Cart Man and most references to these dealers have to do with rental of carts. Does anyone have any knowledge or experience in purchasing used or rebuilt golf carts from either of these dealers. I would also appreciate the names of any other dealers that might have good prices and reliable service especially for used carts.


07-27-2009, 12:13 PM
I have used Don's Carts in Leesburg. Very happy with deal I got on a used cart, have used them for service as well. They are just about to do some work on a used cart I bought elsewhere, add Curtis Cab and some other upgrades. Owner's name is Ed.

07-27-2009, 12:39 PM
Try Golf Cart Connection at www.golfcartconnection.com. Very, very happy with them from sales to service.

07-27-2009, 06:48 PM
I purchased my Club Car from CART WORLD 352-753-1800
they are the factory dealer for Club Car. I've had a great
salesperson { debbie } & the road service guys are very
good as well.

07-28-2009, 12:36 AM
We went with Carts & Clubs in Ocala. http://www.cartsandclubs.com/ Give them a call before hand.
You are dealing directly with the owners Ted & Connie Dunlap customer service oriented and personable. Priced lower then The Villages Yamaha dealers.

07-28-2009, 04:17 PM
We got a remanufactured electric cart at Golf Cart Connection and are quite pleased.

07-28-2009, 04:55 PM
We bought an EZGO Golf cart from Town and Country in Spanish Springs and can't say enough good things about their service. I go back once a month and they check batteries, tires, etc. In addition we had a problem, (our fault) with the shield that falls down in the back to protect the clubs. They took it off, sent it to the factory and replaced it at no charge. I asked one of the employees there who I should call in The Villages if our cart broke down, got a flat, etc. He said to call him and he would come and I have faith he would.
They don't forget you after you buy and I would not think of buying from anyone else.

Summerhill Golfer
08-17-2009, 09:27 AM
I have purchased two Golf Cars from The Villages Golf Car store in Lake Sumter Landing. One was refurbished and the other one was new. They are both gas because I don't want to mess with adding water to the batteries every month, etc. Also I drive over 50 miles in a day sometimes and I know I will get there and back home again without running out of power.

The Villages Golf Cars is a great place to buy and the service is first class. They add an additional 1 year on the warranty Yamaha offers. They will pick up and deliver your Golf Car for $10. You can drop it off at the store and pickup and delivery is free.

08-17-2009, 09:47 AM
We've been exceptionally happy with Carts & Clubs in Ocala. We purchased a 2007 Gas Yamaha that was in a lease program that they refurbished. Nice people and fair pricing. I think it is Tuesdays and Thursdays that they come to The Villages to deliver and pick-up golf carts. It has been a VERY pleasant experience dealing with them.

Army Guy
08-17-2009, 11:25 AM
I second the Village Golf Cart Store at Lake Sumter. We bought a Yamaha gas, treated us great, and gave us a great deal.
Joel Lassiter was our Sales person and was great!
Army Guy

08-17-2009, 02:40 PM
I purchased my cart from a member of TOTV a couple of years ago and I couldn't be happier. The cart was extremely well taken care of and I don't think I would have gotten such a good price from a dealer. I'd research all and see what comes up best. Good Luck and let us know when your in town. Kath

08-24-2009, 08:07 AM
Try Golf Cart Connection They rebuild club carts and I understand they are very good on service. Also, look at the new Alumacart on 466 just west of 441. 466 is under repair so need to get there from 441 ( 27 ) and go i block west on 466. I just bought one and it is a very nice ride and 60 mile range. speed 20 up or down a hill. Traded in my EZGO and I am very happy with the new cart. They are a part of Don's golf carts in Leesburg.

08-24-2009, 08:10 AM
We have purchased both of our carts from The Villages. As everyone has said they stand behind their carts. Service is always great. Good luck and welcome to TV.

08-24-2009, 06:32 PM
Try the Tomberlin USA store on 301, they have great looking carts and they have a tax credit of over $4000 if you buy a new LSV.

08-25-2009, 09:12 AM
I bought the Alumacart and rate it as number 1. They are at Dons in Leesburg and on 466 in Lady Lake just west of 441. Great cart and great price. Dons also has a varity of used carts. 352 561-4642 , 352 326-2327

08-25-2009, 10:31 AM
We have also purchased from the Villages Golf Cart Shop in Lake Sumter Landing. Glen was the sales rep. We bought a new Yamaha Electric in 2005 and are extremely happy with the sales and service. Last year we had the batteries changes from a 4 12 volt battery system to an 8 6 volts battery system and are getting over 60 miles per charge.

08-25-2009, 10:33 AM
ronsgc and gego3650, I notice that both of you post exclusively on issues related to Tomberlin and Alumacar respectively. Are you just happy owners of these carts or do you have a business relationship with the companies?

09-06-2009, 10:45 AM
Is the general opinion that a gas golf cart or an electric cart is best?


09-06-2009, 10:55 AM
imho.....Gas carts have a better range than battery powered but are noisier and gag those that drive behind them in the tunnels. Better to be a leader than a follower in tunnels. :beer3:

09-07-2009, 10:24 AM
Is the general opinion that a gas golf cart or an electric cart is best?There is no clear-cut, prevailing opinion on this subject. The opinions expressed are split close to 50-50. Chuckster hit on the differences that are most frequently discussed.

If you read through old posts in this section, you will see and learn of the pros/cons of both types. It really boils down to your personal choice.

Ron Hamilton
09-10-2009, 02:30 PM
My wife and I just returned from the Villages, and after checking out several Golf Cart dealers, decided to go with Clubs and Carts :eclipsee_gold_cup: on Hwy 27 just before you get to Ocala. Ted was great, and we got a very heavily loaded 2010 Yamaha gas cart for $9600 including tax. I priced a similar model at Lake Sumter and it came to about $800 more. I also think the quality and workmanship Ted puts into his carts is very customer centrix. He really goes out of his way to explain and help you decide on how to "pimp" up your ride. We got a good deal, and can't wait for it to be delivered... Good Luck.

09-11-2009, 06:34 PM
I and several of my friends bought our carts at Carts and Clubs on 27/441 just south of Ocala. They have a new large showroom just past the old drive-in movie on the left side of the hwy. They sell new Yahama carts but also sell used carts. They cannot advertise in the villages so word of mouth is how they have sold hundreds of carts in the Villages. They must be doing something right. When I sat down with Ted (owner) and selected all the custom items (color,enclosure material,blower, wheel type,dashboard style,etc.) he said it would be 10 days for him to build it to my specs. I then expected him to ask for a down payment but he just said a hand shake is all he needed.

Bob S
09-14-2009, 10:38 PM
I got prices on a new Yamaha gas cart from The Villages Yamaha and Clubs and Carts. I found the price of new carts to be virtually identical. Is there any real reason not to buy in The Villages for convenience?

It seems that the base price of a factory model is about $6400 from either. Online, I see many places offering the same version for $4800, so I think that Villagers are getting somewhat taken by both. Has anyone been able to bargain on a new cart. I can't imagine walking into a new car showroom and paying whatever the sales person decided to first quote me.

Accessories also seem to be with large markups. A Yamaha cooler is $85 from the dealer and about $25 online. Can you imagine walking into Walmart's and paying $85 for a small 6 pack cooler?

09-15-2009, 04:45 AM
We also did shop both Ocala Yamaha and The Villages and found pricing very close. It boiled down for us to buying from someone we believe will be there to service us in the future. We can't imagine The Villages golf Car Stores going out of business as we understand they are owned by The Villages. We have watched over the years alot of stores close their doors.

09-18-2009, 03:28 PM
We purchased from Carts and Clubs in Ocala. 4450 S.Pine Avenue on Rte.27 about a quarter mile from the old drive in movie screen on the left going north. Phone 352-351-2278. Yamaha gas and other carts. C & C is owned by Ted and Connie Dunlap from Illinois. Ted spent two hours with us explaining how his carts are better than others. The Sunbrella enclosure by Red Dot has fasteners that are not in the fabric so that fabric fatigue is not a problem. They replace the wiring harness with one that is more heavy duty. The exhaust extension is welded on and is ĺ inch tubing. The warranty is 6 mos. bumper to bumper whereas other dealers only offer 90 days. While other dealers offer a balance of five years, it is only a power train warranty. C&C offers two years B to B beyond the first six months, but those two years exclude the battery that is only warranted for one year. In addition belts, tune-ups and oil changes are not included in those two years. Beyond that C&C offers 2 extra years power train plus an additional year. Thus, C&Cís warranty is superior to many others. There is extra insulation in the car and many extra bolts and screws are added for attaching accessories including the enclosure. Ted took us back to the manufacturing part of the shop so we could see for ourselves the quality that goes into each cart. C&C manufactures its own speedometer bracket that is very strong and the speedometer is mounted on the steering column. The steering wheel is raised and the turn signals are wired separately from the headlights so the headlights do not dim when your turn signals are on. They connect the speedometer to the wheel hub, rather than the wheel itself. That way if you have your tires rotated it doesnít affect your speedometer readings. The windshield air dam is excellent with rubber seals top and bottom.

All in all Ted and Connie took the time to make us feel at home and even provided us with bottled water. We felt comfortable with them. Ted gave us straight talk about which accessories to purchase and which ones were not a good idea.

We recommend that when you are ready to purchase a golf cart that you start your research at Carts and Clubs. Oh yes one more thing, donít expect to buy any golf clubs at Carts and Clubs, Ted isnít in that business anymore and the only golf clubs he has left in his office appear to have been new around the time Noah was trying to avoid that REALLY BIG water hazard.