When buying a trailer, should you buy new or used? What type should you get? Who should you buy from?

Will your vehicle be able to tow it? Can you even afford it? And how do you know it’s a good investment?

If you’re in the market for a trailer, you may have so many questions that you don’t know where to start. But that’s okay because we do know where to start. You start right here with this guide.

Below are the top considerations to keep in mind when buying a trailer. Simply follow this list to learn all you need to know about how to buy a trailer.

1. Why Do You Need It?

The first thing you need to do is to figure out what you’ll be using the trailer for. The second thing is to do some research on the different types of trailers and their various features.

For example, is the trailer for transporting passengers and for camping? Or do you need it to haul your dirt bikes or ATVs?

There are far too many options and varieties to cover here. But you should definitely do your own research to decide what type of trailer is best for your needs.

Don’t forget to check the payload capacity of the trailer. That is, make sure that the trailer is able to handle the weight of the load you intend to haul with it.

2. Can You and Your Truck Handle the Trailer?

Next, make sure your truck can handle the weight of the trailer plus the weight of the load it’s hauling. And that’s not all.

Do you know how to handle a vehicle that’s hauling a trailer? For example, you need a lot more time to stop when hauling a heavy load. Make sure you’re educated on proper driving techniques when towing a trailer.

3. Can You Afford the Trailer?

In your research, check how much your desired trailer type/features typically cost. If the average is more than you can afford right now, you’ll have to come up with a Plan B.

Specifically, you might need to take a few more years to save up. Or you’ll have to decide what features you’re going to do without.

4. Can You Trust the Seller/Trailer?

According to this blog, it’s surprisingly easy to sell stolen trailers by peeling off and replacing the VIN label. This is one of many horror stories that emphasize the need to check the reputation of the seller before you buy.

In addition, bring an automotive-savvy individual with you to inspect the trailer itself. This decreases the chance of the seller “pulling the wool over your eyes.”

5. What Kind of Warranty Does the Trailer Come With?

Lastly, make sure the warranty is really, really good, especially if you’re buying used. Specifically, find out what is covered and how they fix any issues that arise.

That last point’s very important. Even if the coverage is good, you may get the runaround for months before the covered problem is dealt with. Check reviews of the seller’s warranty on Consumer Reports, the BBB, and other such sites.

Consider These Factors When Buying a Trailer

When buying a trailer, do not forget the points in this guide or you will live to regret it. In fact, keep this page bookmarked for reference until your purchase is complete.

Don’t go just yet. We have way more automotive tips, news, and reviews to share. Learn about new car technology and features, what to do before junking a car, and more on our blog.