King of Carts – Come Join the Cart Life

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Above, the team at their location in Surfside Beach

By Melissa LaScaleia

King of Carts in Surfside Beach, sells, rents and services golf cars. They specialize in buying off-lease vehicles and remanufacturing and customizing them for their retail store. 

Pat Dye is the general manager, and oversees all day-to-day operations along with his right hand, Todd Barlow. King of Carts has a sales and service team, staff to manage the rentals, and a customer service team to help coordinate custom car builds and accessory sales. 

King of Carts was founded in 2009 and has been under its current ownership since 2015. It’s located in the historic Legends in Concert building. Step inside what was once a concert-seating area to find a showroom full of custom golf cars, built to exacting specs and with a full warranty. 

R.J. Hart replaces a golf cart seat
King of Carts specializes in remanufacturing and refurbishing golf carts to customers' specifications. Here, R.J. Hart replaces a seat. (Photo by Meganpixels Parker and Latoya Grayson)

“A brand new car similar to ours can cost between $10,000 to $14,000, but our remanufactured, customized ones are around $7,000,” Pat says. “We can completely rebuild a car and it can look brand new. We install lift kits, custom tires and wheels, brush guards, LED lights, blinkers, arm rests, golf bag attachments, custom steering wheels, custom paint, and more. 

“We have a lot of people who come in, look around and ask, ‘Do you have anything used in here?’ But the answer is, they all are.”  

Since the beginning of Covid, King of Carts began offering a refreshment program for current car owners. 

“We can do a lot of different things to increase the looks and value of cars, and also people’s enjoyment of them,” Pat says. “Our refreshment program contains most of the items we use to refurbish our cars for sale.” 

Those items include: trim restoration; roof replacement; windshield replacement; limo conversions; battery replacement; engine tune-ups; custom dash replacements; and brush guard, nerf bar, racks and cargo installations.    

Don Osika (above), sales manager of King of Carts
Don Osika (above), sales manager of King of Carts. (Photo by Meganpixels Parker and Latoya Grayson).

“We have a jovial, light atmosphere here,” Pat says. “A lot of the time, we’re the first stop that people will make when they arrive for their vacation. After many hours in the car, they’re ready to decompress. They’ll come here to get their car before they even check into their vacation property, so we try to make it a positive, fun experience.  

“It’s a great work environment and everyone is well trained. Everybody has a job to do, but we all have fun while we do it. We also have a tremendous number of customers that come back year after year, and those customers are like family.”  

King of Carts has over 200 cars that they rent over the summer. And during June and July, their rentals stay open from 8am-7pm daily to accommodate those customers who may arrive in town later. They offer both short-term as well as long-term rentals; and can deliver your rental so it’s waiting for you as soon as you get to town; or pre-order and pick it up yourself.  

They exclusively carry the Club Car brand, because it’s the only major brand that won’t rust in the salty ocean environment of Myrtle Beach.  

“Being at the beach, you have a lot of issues with salt air and salt water,” Pat explains. “Our units have an all-aluminum alloy frame which limits corrosion and wear and tear.” 

Their laid-back, happy vibe, quality of their offerings, and excellent customer service have paid off; the company has more than doubled in growth in the past few years. And they’re competitively priced.  

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