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Maximizing Your Golf Cart's Potential: A Guide To Choosing the Right Accessories

Author Photo: Christian Attlesey

Author: Christian Attlesey

Read Time: 2-3 minutes

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Golf carts have come a long way from being just a mode of transportation on the greens.

They can now be employed for various purposes, including personal transportation, recreation (hunting anyone?), and utility/maintenance vehicles. As their uses have diversified, so have the accessories available for them.

With so many options, deciding which accessories to invest in can be overwhelming, especially if you are on a budget. This guide will explain how to prioritize what accessories to add to your golf cart based on your needs and goals.

By the end, you should have a good blueprint for finding the next addition to your golf cart!

Please note that while we provide specific examples for each golf cart accessory category, our lists are not exhaustive. With that out of the way, let's jump right in!


Introduction to Golf Cart Accessories

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Golf cart accessories are add-ons that improve your golf cart's functionality, performance, and appearance. Some accessories improve one aspect, while others can increase all three.

A wide variety of accessories are available, ranging from essential items like headlights and brake lights to more aesthetic options like custom paint jobs and decals.

Like most things, every golf cart accessory will have pros and cons. For example, golf cart accessories that can do the most to increase your golf cart's performance can also be the most expensive and time-consuming to install (think lift kits and motors).

Conversely, golf cart accessories that are cheaper or easier to install often don't provide that overwhelming positive impact on your cart.

Why it's Important to Prioritize Accessories

Not all golf cart accessories are created equal, and not all may be necessary for your specific needs.

Prioritizing accessories is critical to ensure you get the most out of your investment. After all, no one likes putting their hard-earned money into something they never use.

Investing in the right accessories can make your golf cart more comfortable, convenient, and safer, enhancing its performance and aesthetics.

Assessing Your Golf Cart Needs and Goals

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Before investing in accessories, assessing your needs and goals is essential. Consider the purpose of your golf cart and how you intend to use it.

Do you use it primarily for transportation, or do you use it for hauling equipment and materials? Do you use it for recreation or as a utility vehicle?

You can also think through what you dislike the most about your golf cart: Do you hate how slow it is or how poorly it handles? Or does riding in your golf cart cause you embarrassment because of how badly it looks?

Once you understand your needs and goals clearly, you can prioritize what accessories to add.

Essential Golf Cart Accessories

Some accessories are essential depending on where you live and how you plan to use your golf cart. For example, if you plan to get your golf cart approved for street use, certain accessories are required to pass inspection.

These include accessories such as headlights, brake lights, turn signals, mirrors, and seat belts. These accessories are not only required by law in many areas but also make using your golf cart much safer.

Comfort and Convenience Accessories

Comfort and convenience accessories can make your golf cart more enjoyable to use. After all, who doesn't want to enjoy driving their golf cart?

These include things like cup holders, storage compartments, replacement seats, or new golf cart tires.

Other popular comfort accessories include golf cart fans and seat covers (when your seats aren't that bad.)

Consider adding a sound system or GPS navigation if you regularly take your golf cart to new places like unfamiliar campgrounds or resorts.

Performance and Maintenance Accessories

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Performance and maintenance accessories are designed to improve the performance and longevity of your golf cart.

These include high-performance batteries (if you want the best in golf cart battery technology, lithium is the way to go), upgraded motors, and lift kits.

Other popular performance accessories include larger wheels and tires, which can improve traction and handling, and storage covers to protect your golf cart from the elements.

Aesthetics and Customization Accessories

Aesthetics and customization accessories are, no surprise here, designed to enhance the appearance of your golf cart. These include items like custom paint jobs, body kits, decals, and graphics.

Try a custom nameplate if you fancy a cheaper option than painting your whole golf cart. In addition to these items, golf cart owners like to add new floor mats and upgraded steering wheels to change the look of their buggy.

These accessories can help you make your golf cart stand out from the crowd and reflect your style. If you live in a place with many golf carts, it also makes finding your golf cart after parking it somewhere easier!

Safety and Security Accessories

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As the name implies, these accessories protect you and your golf cart. These include items such as rear seat safety grab bars, keyless ignition, seatbelts, and windshields.

Another popular safety accessory is a keyless ignition switch which replaces your golf cart key with a number pad so you can set your unique code to turn your golf cart off and on. This not only helps prevent your golf cart from being stolen (almost every golf cart manufacturer uses the same key for every golf cart) but also makes worrying about losing your keys a thing of the past!

How to Research and Choose the Right Accessories

Once you have assessed your needs and goals, it's essential to research and choose the right accessories. Start by researching the various options available for each category of accessory.

See the price range for each accessory so you can determine what you are comfortable spending. Look at product reviews and ratings to see what other golf cart owners have to say about specific accessories.

In addition to product reviews, check out the company reviews of the places you are considering buying from. In the golf cart industry, having available customer support is essential to ensure you can get help if you run into any issues.

You can also consult a professional specializing in golf cart accessories to get expert advice on what accessories are best suited for your needs.

Installation and Maintenance Tips

Unfortunately, this stage in the golf cart accessorizing stage is often overlooked. Proper installation and maintenance are crucial for ensuring that your new accessories function correctly and last for a long time.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully when installing your accessories.

Consider hiring a professional if the installation is out of your range of skills and expertise. Trust us, getting halfway through a lift kit installation before realizing you don't have the tools or skills to finish the job is no fun.

Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and lubricating any moving parts, can also help extend the lifespan of your accessories.


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Adding accessories to your golf cart can be a lot of fun and bring new life to your golf cart.

Whether you want to enhance its functionality, performance, or appearance, there is a golf cart accessory for you.

By prioritizing your needs and goals and choosing the right accessories, you can maximize the potential of your golf cart.

Remember to research your options, select reputable brands, and properly install and maintain your accessories to ensure you get the most out of your hard-earned money. With the right accessories, your golf cart can be transformed into a versatile and enjoyable vehicle for all your needs.


Author Photo: Christian Attlesey
Christian Attlesey is the Marketing Manager here at Golf Cart Stuff™, and, in addition to the marketing department, he oversees our website and advertising responsibilities.

...You probably know him as the humorous & relatable host of our YouTube channel!

Prior to taking on marketing, however, Christian honed his industry knowledge as our Customer Service Manager. Fast-forward to present day: it’s his mission to deliver the best and most current products, resources, and overall expertise to Golf Cart owners everywhere.

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