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Market for wrecked carriage

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  • Market for wrecked carriage

    Unfortunately, I now have a damaged marathon carriage. Does anyone know if it can be repaired and/or a place to sell it? It is less than one year old and cost $7,000.

  • #2
    You might try Troyer's Carriage Company . I saw one they were working on in the shop --don't know if they were repairing it or making a new one.


    • #3
      Check with some Amish shops. I've also dealt with the (non-Amish) proprietor of Working Horse Tack and was happy with them. No idea if they can fix a cart but it would be a good starting point.


      • #4
        Did you contact the manufacturer of the carriage? Maybe they could recommend someone or even do the repairs.


        • #5
          I would second starting with the dealer for repair, new parts, before going to the Amish. As with regular repair folks, some Amish are just better at things than other Amish repair people. Much can depend on what parts need repair, how hard it may be to fix. Got any photos to share?


          • #6
            Also depends on what the damage is. Definitely recommend going to the dealer to see what your options are. Are you selling because it is too wrecked to use or because the accident changed your mind about driving? There’s a bit of distance between those 2 scenarios


            • #7
              You have my meadowbrook got debrooked so to speak. Horse decided to take himself for a drive and cut a corner at a full gallop with it. He was okay, cart not so much. Local cart guy gave me about $12oo to repair--I had paid $700. Went shopping for a new (used) cart. Not a lot of $700 here in Texas but got a lovely Mill Run road (?) cart.
              Very challenging to get it and out of and seat not nearly as comfortable as my old one. Amish made in PA but company no longer in business. Drat...I'd like to redo the seat arrangement.


              • #8
                What Hilary said.
                Depending on what got wrecked, how it affects the integrity of the carriage & cost to make it safe for intended use, it might be a total loss. Or not.
                The manufacturer would best be able to tell you.

                ​​​​​​ IF it can be repaired for resale, please disclose the repair to any potential buyer.
                I know I would be very hesitant about buying a used marathon vehicle if it had been damaged.
                Seeing the record of repairs (detailed invoice) might change my mind.

                My own starter cart - wire EZ-Entry - has a bent fender from a Close Encounter with a stall door.
                But damage is cosmetic only, cart has had many miles added since the damage occurred. Performance and safety for both driver & driven are unaffected.
                If I sell, I will point out the fender to any interested buyer.
                *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                • Original Poster

                  The cart is manufactured in Europe, so having them repair it is not feasible. Both my horse and I were very traumatized, so I will not be driving anymore, and I hate to just “junk” the carriage. My husband thinks a car body shop can repair it; I’m not so sure. One front wheel frame is bent, the shafts are bent, and the side rail (or whatever it’s called) that holds the whip is bent. Thanks everyone for your input.


                  • #10
                    Sorry to hear of your crash.
                    I hope both you & your horse were not badly hurt and can recover from the trauma.

                    Euro-made carriages have US distributors.
                    Whoever you bought the carriage from may be able to point you to someone who could assess the damage & advise if it can be repaired.

                    Wheels can be replaced. Shafts can be replaced.
                    I think you are referring to the dash when you say "holds the whip". Like my bent fender, that might be cosmetic damage only.
                    If the frame itself is undamaged the carriage might be salvageable for resale.
                    Probably at a greatly reduced price as wheel & shafts need to be replaced.
                    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                    • #11
                      I would think if the axels and frame are okay it is far from junk. A car or motorsport (think roll cages for dune buggies, etc.) body shop should be able to fix it and they understand the need for structural integrity.

                      I'm sorry to hear you were in a wreck. Best wishes for both mental and physical recovery od you and your horse.