What are some disadvantages of buying a used cargo trailer?


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Some disadvantages of buying a used cargo trailer include the possible lack of a manufacturer's warranty, few options of recourse if the trailer breaks, and not knowing how much the trailer was used. Buyers should always inspect a used cargo trailer before buying to look for damage.

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What are some disadvantages of buying a used cargo trailer?
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Purchasing a used cargo trailer allows the buyer to save money compared to purchasing a new model, but the lower price comes with several risks. One of the biggest disadvantage to purchasing a used cargo trailer is that the buyer has fewer options for replacing or returning the trailer if it breaks. Any fully licensed business selling new trailers is legally obligated to provide ways for the buyer to return the item if it is defective. While many certified used trailer resellers are also required to offer protection to the buyer, the warranties are less comprehensive and harder to invoke than with a new trailer. Private sellers are under no legal obligation to accept or facilitate returns of any item.

Buyers also need to take greater steps ensure the condition and safety of a used trailer. The buyer should always check the wheels, tail lights and axles to look for damage or signs of misuse before paying for a trailer.

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