How much do golf cart batteries cost?
We’ve all been there. Our golf cart isn’t working and we dread that it is time to replace the batteries. So, we pick up the phone to call our local golf cart dealer and we ask the parts department, “How much do batteries cost?” And before they speak, the person on the other line says trepidatiously, ”…are you sitting down?” We wait in anticipation as our jaw drops in exclamation to the high price of batteries.
Now, pricing on batteries does vary from pack to pack. The general consensus for battery replacement ranges from $800 on the low end to $1500 on the high end. Some packs cost as much as $2000 when you start dealing with 72 Volt systems and sealed batteries. But, for the typical lead acid battery pack, $900 to $1500 is about the norm. This price range is assuming you are working with a local golf cart dealer. Batteries can be less if you install them yourselves, however we recommend you prevent long term back pain from picking up heavy batteries and have your local professional dealer provide the service.
Of the 48 Volt systems, the 4-12 Volt system is typically the least expensive (not always) since only 4-12 Volt deep cycle batteries are required. However the 4-12 Volt system has the least range. The more lead and the heavier the battery pack as a whole typically leads to a more expensive but higher quality battery pack. And a higher quality battery pack will have longer life for your golf cart and generally better performance in terms of range.
What to expect getting your batteries replaced
So, now that we have discussed the cost of having batteries installed by a dealer, what else does it typically include? Well, since batteries are a hazardous material and contain acid, depending on how well you take care of your batteries will determine the amount of extra cleaning and repairs needed to allow for new batteries to be installed.
Batteries that are not maintained properly will require acid cleanup and potentially replace cables and connectors in the battery bay. Now, these extra items are not typically included in a normal battery install. However, general cleaning typically is. Then, when the batteries are all installed, the dealer will ensure the batteries properly charge and perform a safety check so that you can drive off without any worries. While you’re getting the batteries replaced though, have your dealer perform a preventative maintenance check as well. You might as well get it all done at once and keep yourself safe while driving on the road.