How to Determine if an EZGO is Real

Ez Go, also known as EZGO, is a luxury golf cart manufacturer. Given this sophisticated status, knock-off golf carts are occasionally sold under the brand name. To ensure the EZGO golf cart you want to buy is real, check the serial and manufacturer code. These character strings reveal valuable information about an LSV that can be leveraged in a deal.


If, that is, an EZ Go enthusiasts knows how to decode the code. Read on to find out more.


Early 1970s


Before 1976, EZ Go used multiple serial number methods, none of which specify model type. To further complicate the identification process, different plate locations were implemented. Due to this, some EZ Gos have a serial number plate behind the battery. Others have an id tag on the fender skirt. Nevertheless, once the plate is found, the next task is to decode the serial number.


In models made prior to 1976, a single, unintuitive coding method was used. Here are the easy-to-digest portions.


  • Last four digits signify the production number
  • X is a place marker with no significance
  • The 4 or 4s before the X signify if the golf cart has three or four wheels


From there, things get a bit tricky. 


To denote a LSV was made between January and September, EZ Go placed a correlating number. As in, 1 for January and 8 for August. Since the single digit months were not accompanied by a leading 0, the serial number lengths differ greatly. To elaborate, 10-12 is used to denote October-December.


As a result, the second or third digit is the last number of the year, which can be very confusing. Here are a few examples.


  • 104X0001: first three wheeled EZGo made January 1970
  • 10144X0002: second four wheeled EZ Go made October 1971


To address the above issue, EZ Go changed the number identification methods as of 1977.


After 1976


From 1977 on, EZ Go generated new, separate character strings. In three different formats. The various combinations of letters and/or numbers can be found in the passenger side storage compartment. To decode the manufacturer code, determine which coding format is used.


First, if an LSV is made after 1976, feel free to ignore the last six digits, since these represent the product counter per assembly group. As in, 000001 would be the initial LSV made on a specific production line. 


The next step is to see if a manufacturer code has a dash or letters. If it does not, the EZ Go was likely made before 1988. To confirm this, check the first two digits of the character string. These placeholders represent the year the golf cart was made. In contrast, the second, third, fourth, and possibly fifth digit represent the month, as well as day, the LSV was produced. 


After 1988, EZGO opted to denote the month with a letter based on fiscal year. As a result, L represents June and A reflects July. To keep things complex, where the letter appears in the manufacturer code varies. Some character strings have a letter in the first position, with the second and third digit denoting the day, then the next few placeholders representing the year.


However, if the letter is in the middle of the character string, the first two digits are the year.


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