In today’s expensive times, people are looking to save money on all quarters. So it’s natural that when searching for utility trailers the temptation to go in for a used one is strong. However purchasing a used utility trailer must be a wise decision based on thorough research and inspection for it to be a successful buy.
Being lackadaisical on this front will result in you spending more on your used trailer as repair and upgrades could make it an even more expensive proposition than going in for a new one. Often a used utility trailer will be half or even less of the sticker price you will find a new trailer. So provided you do the ground work you can end up spending half the money on a trailer for just as good as a new one.
You can start off your used utility trailer search in Georgia or elsewhere by scanning online classifieds, message boards, newspapers or sales publications like Auto RV or Peddler’s Post. Allocate a budget for this purchase and then make a list of what how best a used trailer should meet your needs. For example, should it be wired for electricity, what should the wheel size be?)
Here’s a five-point purchase checklist:
Your inspection of the vehicle must begin at the bottom. Check out the trailer floor for a start to ensure that it is stable and not rusting This is important as often this is usually where problems begin for the chassis of the trailer. Look beneath as well to see that there are no rusted pillars.
Tires: No cracks or plugged holes, uneven wear dry rot or bulges. The tires should be able to carry the load you intend to haul on the trailer.
Bearings: Ensure that the bearings in the wheel are lubricated and seated properly, and don’t have any side to side or up and down play in them.
Hitch: The hitch should latch and unlatch properly with no missing parts
Brakes: Are the brakes on the axles working? Question your seller and go ahead and If possible, inspect the pads, shoes, drums, rotors, and magnets.
Suspension: Check the leaf springs and spring hangers for cracks, breaks, and repairs which will indicate if there’s an extra load on the trailer or if there has been a sudden impact with something on the ground and the axles have shifted.
Also examine the frames, electricals and flooring before you purchase.
The vehicle you purchase must have a clear title. So play the devil’s advocate to find out the previous ownerships of the vehicle: was it stolen or borrowed? Where was it purchased from or where the owner or previous owners before him brought the vehicle from?) As the new owner you need to be kept current on these things.
Keep a tab on the real cost you would be paying for the used utility trailer. If it is going to involve a lot of repairs and upgrades, it will make better economic sense to go in for a new trailer that would involve warranty.
Trailer size does matter, for you don’t want to be running out of space. If you cannot reach an exact measure of about how much you would need to fit into the trailer, go for one foot or two larger than what you think you’ll need If everything is in.
If you are satisfied with the price you will be dishing out for the new vehicle, get a notarized bill and title. Then, enjoy the experience of driving away with lots of money still in your pocket!