Buying your First Trailer

Whether you need to carry equipment around for work, or need extra space for luggage that won’t fit in the car, a trailer is a great option. Rather than having to buy a larger vehicle, a trailer can simply be attached when you need it.

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When you decide that you are going to go and buy a trailer, the first thing to consider is what you want it for – are you after a horsebox, or something smaller? Think about the load that it will need to carry and also factor in the load that your car can pull (this is known as the maximum authorised mass or MAM and can be found in the manual for your car).

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A brand-new trailer will of course be guaranteed to have no problems however it is more expensive to buy a brand new trailer than a second hand one. When you are searching, compare all of the trailers that are for sale and the prices to make sure that you know what your trailer is likely to cost.

You also need to make sure that you check a second hand trailer thoroughly before you buy it – look out for signs of damage. Some repair work you can do yourself and trailer parts are easy to order online from places like this but you do need to make sure that the damage isn’t going to cost you more to repair than the price of the trailer itself!

Author: Kei Taylor

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