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What to Consider When Buying a Used Trailer

Are you seeking a trusty travel companion that won’t break the bank? Well, look no further than the world of used trailers. Buying a used trailer can be an exciting and cost-effective option. But before diving headfirst into things, you will want to learn the ins and outs of the trailer market. Let’s look at what to consider before buying a used trailer.

What Do You Need to Know Before Buying a Used Trailer?

Before purchasing a used trailer, you should consider several essential factors. By checking these things beforehand, you ensure you have a satisfactory vehicle.

  • Condition

One of the most important things to consider before buying a used trailer is its condition. You should check for any signs of damage, rust, or excessive wear and tear. Examine the frame, flooring, walls, and roof to ensure they are in good shape. Please pay attention to the trailer’s structural integrity and ensure no significant issues could affect its performance or safety.

  • Maintenance History

Ask about the trailer’s maintenance history before purchasing it. Ask for records of past repairs, servicing, or any modifications made. Knowing how well (or poorly) the trailer has been maintained can give you an idea of its overall condition and potential future maintenance requirements.

  • Usage and Mileage

Next, you need to find out what purpose the trailer fulfilled in the past. Was it primarily used for recreational purposes or commercial hauling? Consider the trailer’s mileage or usage hours if available. Higher mileage or extensive usage might indicate more wear and tear, so consider that when assessing its condition.

  • Age and Model

It would help if you determined the age and model of the trailer before purchasing it. Older models may have outdated features or technology, while newer models offer more modern conveniences. Research the specific model to gather information about its reputation, reliability, and potential associated issues.

  • Legal Documentation

Before purchasing a used trailer, you should ensure it comes with legal documentation. Check the title and registration to confirm the trailer’s ownership and legality. Verify that there are no liens or outstanding debts attached to the trailer that could cause issues for you in the future.

  • Compatibility

Next, consider the compatibility of the trailer with your towing vehicle. Check the towing capacity of your vehicle and compare it with the trailer’s weight and size. Make sure your vehicle can safely tow the trailer you are interested in.

  • Price and Budget

Research the market value of similar trailers to determine if the asking price is fair. Consider the trailer’s age, condition, and included features when assessing its value. Set a budget for yourself and stick to it, considering the purchase price and any potential repair or renovation costs.

  • Hitch Options

Finally, find out if the trailer comes with a hitch. On top of that, you need to determine whether the hitch is quality. The hitch is the connector between your vehicle and the trailer. A high-quality hitch helps prevent accidents on the road.

If you want to ensure that you end up with a quality trailer hitch, consider contacting a professional company. The automotive industry is full of generous businesses that will cooperate with you and ensure you and your vehicle are safe and sound.

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GEN-Y Hitch Limited Lifetime Warranty

This Limited Lifetime Warranty covers defects in the materials or workmanship of All GEN-Y manufactured products and is limited to the repair or replacement of the product by GEN-Y Hitch. The decision as to whether the solution is replacement or repair shall be at GEN-Y Hitch’s sole determination. This Limited Lifetime Warranty is provided only to the original purchaser and applies only to the original installation.

TORSION-FLEX Hitches

All rubber components for TORSION-FLEX Hitches are assured for 5 years from the date the unit was purchased.

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This Limited Lifetime Warranty Warranty is expressly IN LIEU of any other express warranty and is further IN LIEU of any implied warranty, including, but not limited to, any implied WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE except as may otherwise be required by applicable Federal or State law at the time the hitch was manufactured.

This Limited Lifetime Warranty does not cover the following:

  • normal wear and tear 
  • the finish on the product  →  wear around the shank of the hitch, the ball mount & the pintle saddle is inevitable and should be expected with normal use of the hitch due to metal on metal contact from trailer couplers / lunette rings
  • replacement of the product by any person or entity other than GEN-Y Hitch
  • any consequential or incidental damages including, but not limited to: commercial loss, loss of time, loss or damage to personal property, lodging, meals or other related travel costs or any other incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use of the product, the inability to use the product or for any other reasonable delay in performance under this Lifetime Warranty
  • service or labor charges for:
    • installing the product 
    • removing the product
    • returning the product to GEN-Y Hitch or replacing the product by anyone other than GEN-Y Hitch
    • damages caused by abuse, neglect, misuse, misapplication, overloading or improper installation, improper maintenance, repair, negligence or acts of God
    • alteration of the product in any way other than by GEN-Y Hitch
    • failure to utilize the product in compliance with it’s User Manual
    • failure of any product to which the GEN-Y product was attached

GEN-Y Hitch shall not be held responsible for any or all “compatible parts or products” being used or being utilized for towing with or around a GEN-Y Hitch product. GEN-Y Hitch products shall never be altered in any circumstance or for any reason and will void any warranties if done so.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This Limited Lifetime Warranty gives you specific legals right, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. The laws applicable to any litigation, dispute, mediation, arbitration, or any claim whatsoever arising from the sale, purchase, or use of the product shall be the laws of the State of Indiana, without regard to rules pertaining to conflicts of law. The exclusive jurisdiction for deciding any claims, demands or causes of action relating in any way, from the sale, purchase, or use of the product shall be with the courts of the Circuit or Superior Courts of Elkhart County, Indiana.

Changes in the Design of and/or Improvements to GEN-Y Hitch products and substitution of parts or components

GEN-Y Hitch reserves the unrestricted right at any time and from time to time to make changes in the design of and/or improvements upon GEN-Y Hitch products without thereby imposing any obligation upon itself to make corresponding changes or improvements in or upon GEN-Y Hitch products already manufactured. GEN-Y Hitch further reserves the right to substitute parts or components of substantially equal quality in any warranty service required by the operation of this Limited Warranty.

If your GEN-Y product was involved in an accident, do not continue to tow with it. There may be structural damage to the hitch that you cannot see that could result in product failure