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A buying guide for car trailers

Feb 25th 2020 at 3:12 AM

Whether you’re familiar with the automotive industry or not, it’s important to know what to expect when buying heavy duty car trailers or used car trailers, as there are different buying factors involved. No matter if you intend on buying a used car trailer or a new one, please note a well maintained and working trailer typically holds its value, so no trailer is really cheap. You may wonder this might not be the case as you have recently done some research and found some relatively cheap trailers. However, don’t be fooled here, as this may not mean they’re in good working order. Ultimately, this is why it’s a good idea to always view any trailer in person to gage properly on its condition. To help you have the ability to spot what you’re looking for (or not), the following is a handy guide to keep in mind.


It’s a good idea to get clued up on the various laws that surround owning and using heavy duty car trailers first. This is due to the fact that your license type and age can mean you don't have the opportunity to drive used car trailers at all. So, make sure you check this before committing to any investment! Not only does your driver's license matter here, but so does the ID of the used car trailer you’re purchasing. When looking at the plate for the trailer you’re planning on purchasing, you need to look out for some information. Upon observing any car trailer plate, you should be able to see the manufacturer’s serial number, the maximum weight, the number of axles and the weight the axles can hold.


Another thing to look out for when purchasing your car trailer is the brakes installed. It’s a good thing to know that not all trailers require brakes, though ones which carry loads over 750kg do. If you’re found towing a used car trailer over this gross weight, without brakes, the police can confiscate your trailer as you’re breaking the law. So, when checking out the trailer you intend on buying, ensure they working brakes, especially if the maximum gross weight is high.


Although it’s not a major blunder coming across a broken coupling on a trailer for sale, as they’re usually up to £60 to replace, it’s still something to look out for. And of course is spending extra money after already giving away a good amount really worth it? Moreover, it’s important to note the couplings are crucial when it comes to being able to attach heavy duty car trailers to vehicles, so if a coupling needs replacing this will prevent havoc on the tow ball.


When you’re shopping for used car trailers, you also need to look at the wheels, tyres, axles and suspension. Whenever checking the tyres, look to see if there are any worn or torn areas as well as the tread line. This way you can see whether they’re in need of replacing or not. For the wheels, axles and suspension, you should always look out for any rust that might be forming, as this can indicate it’s nearing the end of its life depending on how deep the rust is.

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