Having moved to Walton County 30 years ago to “slow down”, Tom Waldrop became not only a witness to, but a participant in the area’s growth and changing needs. From early business ventures in marina management and powerboat rentals in Destin and Sandestin in the mid-80’s to almost 25 years of custom homebuilding in Sandestin beginning in 1990 and later the 30A corridor, Tom has been a part of change in our local community.
His son, Jon Waldrop, literally grew up in this ever-changing vacation and retirement destination. After Jon graduated from the University of Florida in 2002, he came back to the Beach and got involved in the building materials business. Since 2010, Jon has been a resident of Sandestin along with his wife, Misty, and their two children; Macey and Jackson.
In 2008, Jon observed more and more golf carts beginning to be used as people transportation in developing neighborhoods, especially Sandestin. He tested the market. He bought a few and sold a few…quickly. Jon shared this experience with his Dad and, after a little research, a new business was born: Electric Cart Company, LLC.
In eight years, this family business is recognized as offering the largest selection of “street legal” electric vehicles in the Southeast, USA. It’s no secret that residents move to our area, and especially the Beach, to enjoy a higher quality of life, relax and play in the ideal weather and enjoy the company of others that like to do the same. Electric Cart Company was fortunate to not only discover, but then to develop a niche that allows our residents to enjoy all of these attributes even more.
Jon and Tom’s combined experience and knowledge became a valuable part of their brand as they work with the highest quality manufacturers of street legal LSVs, electric golf carts, and utility vehicles. They partner with Polaris GEM, Club Car, StarEV, as well as Tomberlin and Garia, to name a few.
From basic entry- level models to the more expensive and stylish to the rugged off-road vehicles, Electric Cart Company has a cart to suit our customer’s individual and unique needs. “Selection” is paramount, since Jon and Tom do not believe that “one-car-fits-all” is a viable business model. This year they have added another new brand they even helped to design, the Cruzer by USEV. This electric “street legal” vehicle is long on capacity with even a nine-passenger model available, not to mention an optional Li-Ion battery management system.
The Electric Cart Company brand depends on customers that are extremely pleased with a high-quality vehicle and a lifelong relationship. Not only does Electric Cart Company sell the top brands in the industry, but they are also certified to repair and service all makes and models, even those not offered in their extensive lineup. This dealership is truly full-service with financing, extended warranties, as well as a great parts and accessory department.
Not surprisingly, Electric Cart Company continues to
grow. Jon and Tom’s current adventure is
a new dealership complex, which combines a huge showroom with a service center
in Santa Rosa Beach. Only 3 miles east of Sandestin on US Hwy 98, the new
location opened its doors in Fall of 2017. The
Electric Cart Company makes almost any address at the Beach “just around the
corner”. They offer pick-up and delivery
service, field service, and even rental maintenance programs.
As part of this community since inception, Electric Cart
Company is proud to be the top provider and award winning dealership for street
legal LSVs, golf carts, and utility vehicles on the Emerald Coast. As members
of local area chambers, sponsors of local charitable events, and provider of the
highest quality products in the area, they pride themselves in serving their
customers and community. Tom and Jon are always available to walk you through the showroom and
help pick out your new golf cart or “street legal” cart. Please stop in today!
Electric Cart Company offers the largest selection of new and pre-owned carts including GEM by Polaris, Star EV, Club Car, American Custom Golf Cars, Tomberlin, Cruzer, and the Reeper by Oreion. We specialize in Gold Standard refurbished Club Cars, which are vehicles that go back to the Club Car manufacturer in South Carolina where they replace every part that needs replaced then sell them to certified dealers like us! We special order them with headlights, taillights, directional signals and a deluxe backseat kit. Our commercial range is expanding, so be sure to check those out too. Along with these top brands, Electric Cart Company has several types of carts and accessories including:
Collegiate Collection Coolers are perfect for tailgating
Electric Cart Company doesn’t just sell electric carts, we also rent them. Whether you need to rent an electric cart for your vacation or need a cart for work, we are your one-stop shop. Our cart rentals include insurance, and we will deliver to most locations. Visit our rentals page for more information.
We are quickly becoming recognized as “The Street Legal Dealership” along the Florida Panhandle. Electric plug-in vehicles are changing the way we think about local and resort transportation. The low speed vehicles (LSVs) give their owners a direct entry into the “green” lifestyle. Our LSVs are legal to drive on public roads with speed limits of 35 MPH or less.
The Electric Cart Company services electric-powered vehicles of all makes and models. Electric vehicle parts and custom accessories for your LSV are also available. We believe that plug-in battery-powered electric vehicles are a viable transportation alternative in our local market. Read more about all the services we provide.