Pro Tips for Buying Your Next Truck Trailer

If you are considering buying a trailer for your truck, the market has ample choices to offer. You also have the option of choosing between buying a brand new, used, or damaged trailer for sale from an auto auction platform such as AutoBidMaster. Many people, however, find it difficult to evaluate the various trailer makes and models and decide what best suits their vehicles and needs. To help you navigate through auction trailers for sale at AutoBidMaster and any other platform, this blog shares some basic information to keep in mind when going ahead with .

Truck Trailer for sale

Why evaluate?
It goes without saying that we wish to derive optimum value from every investment we make, but that’s not the only reason you need to thoroughly evaluate a trailer before buying it. Here are a few other vital reasons:

  • A trailer serves you for years and even decades, making it important to have something that actually holds long-term value
  • Friends or family may borrow it here and there to haul their possessions
  • It might be overloaded at one point or the other
  • If you are buying from damaged trailers for sale at salvage trailer auctions, you need to have an idea of the cost the repairs needed

What to evaluate?

The material used to construct the frame makes all the different in the quality and integrity of a trailer. From among the three types of steel used to construct trailer frames, box tubing is rated as the best as it doesn’t allow the frame to twist and flex, which affects welded joints overtime. A combination of the other two options, channel iron and angle iron, is also a great choice, with angle iron frames being the least preferable but more affordable.

It is advisable to go for an axle for which you will have ease finding replacement tires, wheels, and wheel bearings. Mobile home axles present a few challenges in that respect and one easy way to notice them if the characteristic 14.5” wheels. Check to see how the axle links with the rest of the trailer. The best method is by way of a suspension as opposed to directly tothe frame.

Wheels and tires
There is a connection between the trailer capacity and the tire capacity rating. The tires should have equal or more capacity as compared to the trailer. Other aspects that you need to check before buying or after restoration include:

  • Tongue length
  • Couplings
  • Wiring
  • Fender
  • Welds
  • Taillights
  • Fit and finish

Register to Start Bidding!
AutoBidMaster has a huge collection of damaged trailers for sale, all available at affordable prices. There is something for every need and budget and you can check out the trailer or make arrangements for it before you can start to bid. Browse through the available auction trailers for sale to find the one that suits your requirement and budget and register to start bidding! For more information, you can reach us at +1 (503) 298 4300 or filling out our contact form and we will get back with you, shortly.

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