Reducing the cost of buying a Trailer or Horsebox
Are you in the market for a horse trailer or a horsebox. Has looking at some of the asking prices for a new trailer depressed you? Horseboxes in particular can be very expensive largely because most have been made bespoke to an individual customer requirements. Horse trailers can also be pretty expensive, especially if the previous owner had splashed out and given it a star makeover.
On that note after you have made the big purchase do insure your take out a separate horse trailer insurance policy, as relying just on your car insurance will most likely not provide adequate cover. Most auto polices will at best only provide third party cover so go the extra step and take out cover specific to your trailer.
Secondhand might be the solution, but be careful
Have you considered second hand, like any commodity that is not built to last trailers will lose value over time. However, this is to your advantage as you can purchase a second hand trailer or fully equipped horsebox much cheaper than buying new.
First Impression are important
Some of this advise can also be applied to horseboxes. First impressions are important and fall back on these if the owner is trying to persuade you that it will be a great investment with a little work here and there. Try to buy a transporter that is not only in good condition, but made of quality materials, aluminium over wood for example.
If time is on your side wait for until you find a good buy
You may come across a model that you are after, but it is in need of a lot of attention. Unless you fully understand and are willing to undertake this extra work it may be wiser to wait. If you have time this approach will most likely enable you to find that treasure, a near perfect trailer that has been lovingly cared for plus the current owner has a genuine reason for sale.
Has it been stolen?
Another often overlooked piece of advise is to check if it has been stolen, all trailers like cars are securely marked by the manufacturer so check that the plate has an unique serial number and has not been reported stolen. For Ifor Williams trailers you can contact them direct to perform this check.
Is the suspension dodgy?
One simple check to help evaluate any underlying problems is to check the tires for uneven wear as this is a sure sign that the suspension needs fixing.
Recent spray job?
Has the trailer been resprayed recently? This often is a measure taken to cover some bodywork problems so you need to treat with extra caution and dig deeper as to why.
Meeting in a car park should set alarm bells ringing
Do not agree to meet in some car park insist on going to the owners house, this should lessen chances of being conned out of your money.
Call in the experts for the final check
Before making the final decision complete a full mechanical check or have a mechanic complete this for you, the added expense may save you lots of money and heartache later.
Experience how it drives
If it passes the above to your satisfaction the final stage is a test drive, during this stage you can inquire further on the history of the vehicles past. For example when was it last serviced, does the owner have documentation to prove this.