Blog posts for March 2015

BEAT THE SUMMER HEAT!

Well spring is here and we are just a few short months from that scorching summer heat here in Florida.  Of course a little heat never discouraged a true golfer right?  Well those of us not native to the humid heat of Florida, or even let’s say the dry heat of the deserts in Arizona or California, may need a few tips on how to beat the heat.

Well, here we go! Now I know what you’re thinking, what could I possibly tell you about a hot day that you don’t already know? Well it’s not always what you know, it’s what you do with that information.  For instance we all know the first essential tip to beating the heat is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, but how many of us really drink as much as we need to? Follow this easy tip to stay hydrated on the course

  • If it's in the 90s, you should be drinking one bottled water every three holes. If it's over 100, make that a bottle every two holes. Nine full bottled waters per 18 holes. And yes, you might want to bring your own from the supermarket to save some cash.

Now that you’re hydrated let’s talk about the best time to golf.  Again, I know what you’re thinking, the earlier the better right?  Well guess what?  That IS what everyone else is thinking too!  So starting earlier and spending 5 and a half hours rubbernecking the course in 80 degree weather may prove to be more frustrating than spending 4 hours actually enjoying your tee time later in the day, even if it is 10 degrees hotter. 

Another great tip is to use an extra towel to keep cool on the course.  Take one towel and soak it then seal it in a gallon Ziploc bag, freeze it and then take it with you on the course in your cooler. As it slowly defrosts it will become pliable again. Draping it across the back of your neck or just dabbing it on the face will offer much needed reprieve from the heat throughout the course of your day. Keep it cool and wet at drink stations along the course. 

The last tip I can give you is to RELAX, take your time and pace yourself.  Take short breaks (in the air-conditioned club house if possible) and enjoy the game!

Ashley Widmer

Stentens Golf Cart Accessories

I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game: it's called an eraser. ~Arnold Palmer


AutoTrader for Golf Carts?

Wouldn’t it be great if dealers had a resource to connect them directly to customers?  The auto industry has a good platform for this in websites like AutoTrader and Cars.com but golf cart dealers and forced to either build up their own website or resort to Craigslist or Ebay.  This can be a very expensive and not always a great experience for buyers or sellers.  It can be very expensive for dealers to invest in trying to increase their websites pagerank and this process generally takes a very long time to become a trusted site, and when you sell on Craigslist or Ebay buyers are usually expecting used equipment at bargain basement pricing and that is not what most dealers are providing.  So what is a dealer left to do? 

Don’t fear there could be a solution.  Let me introduce you to www.SmallVehicleResource.com this is a site that allows dealers to list their carts and equipment so that consumers can easily browse and purchase.  The site is loaded with many makes and models of small, task-oriented vehicles to allow dealers to list and customers to use as filters.  SVR’s layout is similar to auto sites so buyers will already be comfortable navigating to exactly what they want and not abandoning searches in frustration.  If you are selling carts I would suggest that you check out www.SmallVehicleResource.com.

Small Vehicle Resource

As with anything you will only get what you put into it so if you are going to sign-up and start listing your vehicles for sale I would make sure that you take the time to fill out your information completely so that consumers can contact you via telephone, email, fax, ect. Also when you put your vehicles on for sale make sure to list all features, upgrades, flaws, several photos and most important price, if you neglect any of these points a potential buyer will most likely just scan your listing and move on.

It is nice to see developers creating websites geared specifically for the SMVs and I’m sure that this trend will only continue to grow with the ever increasing popularity of “green” vehicles.  With smaller electric vehicles becoming a staple in many communities like The Villages, FL it is only a matter of time before other sites start popping up to connect golf cart dealers and service stations directly to the consumers.


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.


Getting the Golf Cart Accessories Installed Correctly the First Time

A large majority of our dealers that we supply to have been in the business of golf carts for a very long time so they have seen many accessories and have installed various components on the carts so they may rarely even glance at the instruction sheet.  Well it doesn’t matter if you have been selling carts for 5 years or 5 weeks it is always a good habit to take a look at the instruction sheets because sometimes styles change and suppliers are constantly modifying and improving designs. 

Case in point our Club Car DS rear folding seats.  Recently our supplier modified the design and increased the length of the supports for the step plate to produce a better feel when sitting on the rear seat.  When they stretched this piece in added an additional filler plate.  They also redesigned the armrests and added a horizontal bar so that the rear seat backs attach to the horizontal bar and not the standard seat back supports this caused some confusion because dealers were used to bolting the seat backs to the same support brace but this would create a greater angle than you would want.  The addition of these two additional pieces caused some confusion but had the dealers glanced at the instructions before installation it could have been avoided and could have increased the install time dramatically.

Club Car DS Rear Seat Instructions

So you never know when changes to current parts may take place and we will make every effort to notify you when they do but if you miss our email or notes it is always a good idea to read over the included instructions before you start your installs.


Steve WilmerWritten by Steve Wilmer

Steve started with Stenten’s in October of 2011 and currently maintains Stenten’s digital footprint.  This includes contributing to our Blog, monitoring our technical Forum, and posting to our various social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest.  Along with increasing Stenten’s digital market Steve also has knowledge on many performance parts for golf carts including controllers, motors, and tire & wheel combinations.