Purchasing a used cargo trailer automatically saves a large percentage of what it may have originally cost. Used models are often available at less then half of their listed base prices, and can also include several new additions that go along with it, such as new wheels and tires.
There are many factors that may either save money or increase the cost of the trailer. All of these factors depend on the condition of the components. A used cargo trailer with a rust-free frame, long tongue length and wiring system all in good shape will make its purchase price worth it. Buyers should use the following information to see whether or not a used cargo trailer can save money. A thorough inspection of the mentioned areas of the trailer, which includes the frame, electrical system, axle, wheels and tires, is also necessary.
Trailer buyers need to look underneath the chassis and check the overall health of the frame. If there are any cracks, or areas filled with rust, pass on the trailer. Areas heavily impacted with rust can often lead to other issues, such as overloading the trailer. The welds on the frame should not have any cracks and the finish should look good. The axle, wheels and tires should also be inspected. If the wheels are bent, the tires will run out of tread a lot faster, and if the tires are too old, they are more likely to fail when experiencing a load.