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    Buying a Used Trailer from out of state

    After reading "The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaining, and Servicing a Horse Trailer", I'm finally ready to start looking for my first trailer. I have a good idea of what I want and they're pretty much non-existent in my area, especially with my budget. I've seen quite a few that match what I'm looking for, but they're all a good 12+ hr drive away. I really don't want to drive that far to pick up the trailer. Has anyone used a delivery service to get your used trailer? I know lots of dealers will deliver but I'm having a hard time finding info about it for a private sale. Also, any tips for making sure the trailer is in good shape? Would it be out of the ordinary to request to see proof of any maintenance or a recent inspection?

    #2
    I’m not sure I’d have the intestinal fortitude to do this with a private seller. I did with a dealer. I’m in PA. Dealer in OK. I met them in Atlanta. It was a great experience (shout out to Turnbow Trailers) but it was very stressful at the time and that was with a BBB report, etc. Good luck!

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      #3
      You can hire a professional driver, the same way the dealers do. In fact... you might contact a dealer near where the trailer is and ask who they use.

      A quick search turned up this, there are others: https://wehaulrvtransport.com/transp...horse-trailers

      I'm not sure how anyone would prove that they have done maintenance on it and not every state requires inspections of trailers.

      How do you see this working? Are you going to buy sight unseen from a private seller? Or are you going to be driving or flying out to examine it and pay for it?

      Desirable trailers usually sell quickly. You may have better luck contacting a bunch of dealers and letting them know what you are looking for in case they get one in trade. Then they can deal with delivery, etc.

      --
      Wendy
      ... with Patrick and Henry

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        #4
        Myself, I preferred to buy my used trailer from a private party. wsmoak is right - good ones go FAST. As in, I called and she had 3 full cash offers in the time it took me to drive to her place. I bought mine on the spot. I had done a ton of consumer shopping, knew the value, knew what she was asking and reviewed the pictures. You want someone to climb underneath to see how things look and also pick up those mats, if there are any, to inspect the floor. Depending on the price you might negotiate a bit if you find something. I was looking for something in the between $2,000 - $5500 range so I knew they might have some issues but I also knew what my non negotiable were. I shopped for about 6 months and finally one popped up 45 minutes from me. I agree - I'm not sure I'd drive more than 4 hours or so to find the right one. Good luck!

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          #5
          I sold one that I’d listed online to someone 9 hours away. I had all measurements, photos, and video inside, outside, all doors working, underneath; gave the contact info of the dealer I bought it from and of the guy that did all the servicing in case buyer had questions, along with a timeline of the maintenance work dates, and I offered to bring it to a trailer shop if she found one in my area for a 3rd party “vetting”. In my opinion, if you’re a serious buyer and the seller knows it, they should be willing to give you the info you need to be comfortable buttoning up the deal with
          Mine was a relatively unique type of trailer- had the features the buyer was in the exact market for, and she decided to buy it sight unseen. I had checked transfer & registration requirements for my state & the buyer’s. As the buyer, if you don’t feel comfortable believing the information the seller is give you about transfers & plates, be sure to research what’s required for the states you’ll be driving your new trailer home through, to save yourself time & headache

          When I bought my new trailer, it was delivered to me. I bet if you have trailer dealerships or manufacturers in the general area between your state and where you’re buying from, you could see if someone they contract for delivery could be hired to bring your new trailer to you.

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            #6

            I did this and it was a great experience.
            I got photos of everything, measurements, talked to the manufacturer (it is a Turnbkw, and they are all custom, so there was a record), and the seller was a gem.
            Trailer had been hauled to Oklahoma from Ca for a complete refurbishing, and I was sent a copy of the invoice and services performed.

            I went on Uship, got bids, and had it delivered for a resonable price.

            the seller was available for tech support via phone.

            maybe I was lucky, but it all worked out well.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Arlomine View Post
              I did this and it was a great experience.
              I got photos of everything, measurements, talked to the manufacturer (it is a Turnbkw, and they are all custom, so there was a record), and the seller was a gem.
              Trailer had been hauled to Oklahoma from Ca for a complete refurbishing, and I was sent a copy of the invoice and services performed.

              I went on Uship, got bids, and had it delivered for a resonable price.

              the seller was available for tech support via phone.

              maybe I was lucky, but it all worked out well.
              did you buy the trailer first from the person in California or did you buy the trailer from Turnbow trailers ?

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                #8
                Originally posted by clanter View Post

                did you buy the trailer first from the person in California or did you buy the trailer from Turnbow trailers ?

                I bought it from the person in Ca, who had sent it to Turnbow for the work to be done. Sorry I wasn’t more clear.
                Both the seller and the trailer maker were lovely to work with.
                the seller even went through the trailer, took photos of all of the systems and switches, and made me a “user’s manual”!

                If I ever buy a new trailer it will be a Turnbow.

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                  #9
                  I don't think this is something I would do. 12 hours really isn't that bad of a drive to make sure what you're buying is really A) what you want and B) that you're actually getting what you are supposed to be getting.
                  And how does that work with tags? Unless the person who is selling leaves the tags on for it to be driven (which they would be insane to do in my book)
                  Wouldst thou like the taste of butter ? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by tabula rashah View Post
                    I don't think this is something I would do. 12 hours really isn't that bad of a drive to make sure what you're buying is really A) what you want and B) that you're actually getting what you are supposed to be getting.
                    And how does that work with tags? Unless the person who is selling leaves the tags on for it to be driven (which they would be insane to do in my book)
                    I think many states (including MD) have temporary/transport tags you can get for a case like this. I just sold my old trailer, and the buyers didn't come with a tag. I suggested they put their truck's rear tag on the trailer, which at first glance would raise no suspicions on their 45 minute drive. I didn't have a tag to let them use since they were transferred to my new trailer, but I would never have let them use my tags anyway. If they hire a professional to ship it, they may have dealer tags they can slap on for the ride.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Mango20 View Post

                      I think many states (including MD) have temporary/transport tags you can get for a case like this. I just sold my old trailer, and the buyers didn't come with a tag. I suggested they put their truck's rear tag on the trailer, which at first glance would raise no suspicions on their 45 minute drive. I didn't have a tag to let them use since they were transferred to my new trailer, but I would never have let them use my tags anyway. If they hire a professional to ship it, they may have dealer tags they can slap on for the ride.
                      You can get temp tags in MD but you have to have all title in hand, pay the sales tax already etc. When I've bought out of state before- I've done similar to what you suggested but with a tag from another one of my trailers not legal but I wasn't too worried about it. I was more wondering how it would work if you hired a driver to bring it? Unless the driver had some kind of dealer tags or something ?
                      Wouldst thou like the taste of butter ? A pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

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                        #12
                        I bought from a private seller out of state. My friend, who was driving through, picked it up for me. I had sent my friend the check, and he gave it to the seller. The seller let us keep their tags on to drive it here, then I overnighted them back.

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