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How To Determine Your Golf Cart’s Year and Model

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Your golf cart will likely need to be repaired at some point during its lifetime. You must know your ride’s specifications to ensure you get the right parts. Follow this resourceful guide on how to determine your golf cart’s year and model if you have no clue where to start. The process is more straightforward than you may think.

Golf Cart Illustration in an orange circle

What’s a Serial Number?

The first step in determining your golf cart’s provenance is locating the serial number. Manufacturers place a unique number on each vehicle they produce so that owners know what parts they need for what model.

These numbers can be located in various places, depending on the type of cart you own. Let's take a look at some of the most popular golf cart manufacturers and where they place their serial numbers below.

Club Car Golf Cart Serial Number Locations

Typically Club Car serial numbers are located either inside or under the passenger-side glove box.  If it isn't there, it may be underneath the driver's side front seat somewhere on the frame.

Club Car Serial Number Locations

EZGO Golf Cart Serial Number Locations

EZGO golf carts have two numbers that are used in determining cart details: the manufacturer number and the serial number.  Thankfully they are usually both located together in the same location. Here are a few places to check for your OEM plate to determine your EZGO golf cart model:

  • Under or inside the passenger-side glove box
  • Drivers side frame rail under the seat
  • Passenger side frame rail at the back of the cart
  • Below the charger port
  • Frame cross-member underneath the access panel

Yamaha Golf Cart Serial Number Locations

Yamaha has been producing golf carts since 1975 and as a result, they have a vast amount of models that are still out on the road today. 

Locating your serial number on your Yamaha cart will depend significantly on what model you have.  Below we have highlighted some of the most common locations but for more details (and photos!) head over to our Yamaha golf cart models page.

  • Driver-side frame member in the battery/engine compartment
  • Passenger side frame member in the batter/engine compartment
  • Driver-side glove box
  • Top frame member in battery/engine compartment

What Do The Letters Mean?

Confused Lady

Once you locate the serial number, you should be able to figure out the cart’s year and model. For Club Car and Yamaha golf carts, the serial numbers will start with two letters. EZGO on the other hand will only use letters.

How To Read Club Car Serial Numbers

Club Car Serial Numbers will start with a letter (or two) followed by a string of numbers. Thankfully, the letters and the next four numbers are the only pieces of information you need to worry about.

The letters at the start of the serial number indicate the Club Car Model. Here is a breakdown of the letters and corresponding model:

  • A: DS Electric Golf Car
  • AA: DS Electric Golf Cart, 48 Volt
  • AB: DS Electric Golf Cart, 36 Volt
  • AC: DS Electric Golf Cart, 48 Volt Regen
  • AQ: DS Electric IQ, 48 Volt Regen
  • AG: DS Golf Cart, Gas
  • PG: Precedent Golf Cart, Gas
  • PQ: Precedent Electric Golf Cart IQ, 48 Volt

Don't see your serial number? Check out Club Car's model list.

The next two numbers after the letter(s) determine the year of manufacture and the next two numbers are the week during the year that the cart was produced.

Example Club Car Serial Number

How To Read EZGO Serial Numbers

Unfortunately, EZGO golf carts have serial numbers that are notoriously difficult to read. EZGO has changed its serial number coding process a few times over the years and has also had a few years of model crossover (two different models being produced during the same years).

As a result, using the serial number/manufacturing code is often an unreliable way of determining your make and model.

Typically, we have most of our customers send us a few photos of their EZGO so we can use the body to identify what model they have. If you are having a hard time figuring out what model your EZGO golf cart is, don't hesitate to contact us

With all that being said, it is not impossible to extract some information from the manufacturing code. The last two digits of the manufacturer's code will tell you the year your cart was produced.  However, please note that if your cart was produced between 1976 and 1978 it will be the first two numbers.

EZGO OEM Plate Example

EZGO Serial Number and Manufacturing Code Plate Example

How To Read Yamaha Serial Numbers

When it comes to Yamaha golf cart serial numbers, you will often find a string of letters and numbers in the following format: XXX-XXXXXX.  The first three digits will often be one or two letters followed by one or two numbers. 

These are the most important pieces of information to be used when determining your specific model.  Here is a breakdown of Yamaha golf cart models and their corresponding digits:

G-Series (G1-G22 Models)

G1 Models (1979-2002)
  • G1 Electric
    • J36 | J26 | J22 | J14
  • G1 Gas
    • J31 | J24 | J17 | J10
G2 Models (1985-1991)
  • G2 Electric
    • J41 | JE2 | J56
  • G2 Gas
    • J38 | JA2 | J55
G3 Models (1986-1987)
  • G3 Electric
    • J46
  • G3 Gas
    • J42
G5 Models (1990-1995)
  • G5 Electric
    • J51
  • G5 Gas
    • J50
G8 Models (1990-1994)
  • G8 Electric
    • JF3
  • G8 Gas
    • JF2
G9 Models (1991-1995)
  • G9 Electric
    • JG6 | JH7
  • G9 Gas
    • JG5
G11 Models (1993-2001)
  • G11 Gas
    • JJ3 | JR3
G14 Models (1995-1996)
  • G14 Electric
    • JN4
  • G14 Gas
    • JN3
G16 Models (1996-2002)
  • G16 Electric
    • JN8
  • G16 Gas
    • JN6
G19 Models (1996-2002)
  • G19 Electric
    • JR1
G20 Models (2000-2002)
  • G20 Gas
    • JR8
G21 Models (2001-2004)
  • G21 Gas
    • JR6
G22 Models (2003-2007)
  • G22 Electric
    • JU2
  • G22 Gas
    • JU0
G23 Models (2004-2010)
  • G23 Electric
    • JU6
  • G23 Gas
    • JU5
G27 Models (2004-2008)
  • G27 Electric
    • JU8
  • G27 Gas
    • JU7
G28 Models (2004-2009)
  • G28 Gas
    • JU9

The Drive Series: Drive (G29) and Drive2 Models

Drive (G29) Models (2007-2013)
  • Drive (G29) Electric
    • JW2 | JW9
  • Drive (G29) Gas
    • JW1 | JW8
Drive2 (also known as "Drive PTV") (2009-2018)
  • Drive2
    • JC1
  • Drive2 Gas
    • JC0

I Don't Have An EZGO, Club Car, or Yamaha Golf Cart

Frustrated Man

Unfortunately, if you have a golf cart that was not manufactured by one of the above 3 manufacturers, it will be hard to tell exactly what model you have.

Most of the new golf cart manufacturers (ICON, Star EV, etc) have not been out on the market long enough to have a consistent customer base and system in place for easy serial/model number identification.

The good news, however, is that those carts are new to the market and a quick online search or a quick rummage through your paperwork should tell you everything you need to know!

Can't Find The Serial Number?

If you can't find your serial number, your best bet is to use your golf cart's body and physical characteristics.  If you aren't super familiar with golf carts this may be difficult for you, but as we said above you can always contact us and we would be glad to help!

Once you determine your vehicle’s year and model, you can begin your search for superior golf cart supplies. Golf Cart Stuff has everything you need to kit out your cart, like batteries and new seats. Please give us a call when you notice something needs to be replaced. Your cart will be driving smoothly again before you know it.

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GCS Customer Service - October 13, 2023

↓(Replying to Richard’s comment below)↓

Richard, the A in your serial number indicates you have a Club Car DS
the 90 that follows the A indicates that the cart was built in 1990

Please let us know if you have any other questions!

richard briesch - October 13, 2023

still dont know for sure the year of the cart. the wiring diagram i have found does not match the cart. serial # A9607-487342

Jason - October 13, 2023

Hi i have a western golf and country with the serial number 30073787. I can’t find any info whatsoever. Please help.

Golf Cart Stuff Customer Service - August 15, 2023

↓(Replying to Dave’s comment below)↓


Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately Hyundai golf carts are extremely rare and as a result there isn’t much information available on how to decipher their serial numbers. However, we may be able to help. It looks like the information you sent to us is just the serial number for the motor. Are you able to send us the serial number/manufacturer for the cart itself? It should be located on the driver’s side under the seat on one of the frame rails. Thank you!

Dave - August 15, 2023

Hyundai high-1
Motor v271-008640
Could you tell me the year?

Golf Cart Stuff Customer Service - June 28, 2023


Thank you for your question! According to the information you provided, you would have a 1996 EZGO TXT. We based this on the last two numbers in your provided manufacturer’s code. Please let us know if you have any other questions! Thank you!

Golf Cart Stuff Customer Service - June 28, 2023

Eileen, thank you for the question!

We wanted to reach out personally to let you know that with a manufacturer’s code of H2696, your EZGO was made in the 26th week of 1996

Let us know if we can help you find anything specific!

Thanks again!

Eileen - June 28, 2023

What year iui s my EZGO txt golf cart. My manufacture code is H2696. THANKS

Ed Larsen - June 15, 2023

I bought a Western brand golf cart, private party. I have no idea what year, or model it is. I believe I will soon need brake shoes for it, as well as a set of batteries (it gets tired pretty fast). It has a 48 v system. I have the serial number of 14V5621141WD19865. I would like to find an owners manual for it also. Can you help me with any of these concerns?

Roy Alexander - May 30, 2023

I have a EZGO golf cart with a serial number 5167386. Can you tell me the year and model?

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