Whether you use it to tool around the neighborhood or on your property, or if you actually take it out onto the course, your golf cart is really only fair weather transportation. Come winter you will need to find a place to store it that is protected from the elements. If your garage is feeling a little cramped, then a storage unit may be your best option. The following tips will help you store the golf cart properly.
Tip #1: Make Sure It's Off
When parking the cart, make sure that the cart isn't just turned off, but that it is also in the tow position. This ensures the vehicle won't roll or move during storage. Remove the key and take it with you. You don't want to leave it with the cart since this could increase the chance of theft if a break-in were to occur.
Tip #2: Tend To The Battery
Start by fully charging the battery before you place the cart in storage. Once it's stored, you have a few options for preventing it from going dead. First, check that the battery connections are tight and clean. Next, visit the cart monthly to recharge the battery so it doesn't go completely dead.
The second option is only if you have power access in your storage unit, you may be able to simply leave the regular charger plugged in. Check your cart's manual to make sure that it has the capability to regulate the charge from and shut off the charger whenever the battery is topped up. Most newer models are suitable for this method.
Note: Gasoline powered carts can have their battery hooked up to a trickle charger to maintain the charge, or you can start and run the cart for about 10 minutes every month to fully recharge the battery.
Tip #3: Top Up The Tires (And Everything Else)
Make sure your tires are inflated to the recommended PSI, which should be printed on the sidewalls of the tires. Slightly deflated tires can develop flat spots from where the weight of the cart presses them into the ground. While you are at, check all other fluids under the hood and make sure they are properly topped off. An oil change is also a good idea if you have a gas powered engine.
Tip #4: Protect The Interior
Finally, make sure the cart's interior is safe during storage. Clean it out and wipe down the upholstery to remove residue from sweat, food, and spilled drinks, which could otherwise attract pests. Wash the exterior of the cart and repaint over any scratches or dings. This is especially important if the scratch is on a metal panel, since you don't want it to rust. Place a golf cart cover over the cart. These covers are breathable, so moisture won't build up, but they will keep dust off of the interior.
For more information, consider contacting companies like Northwest Self Storage.