Every trailer owner gets to the point where it’s time to trade in their old trailer for something brighter, newer, shinier, sturdier, and more reliable. That reliable trailer you had still has a significant trade-in value, and the financially responsible thing to do is make sure you get what you deserve.
However, knowing your trailer’s trade in value is not necessarily easy. After all, appraisal requires a significant amount of experience that you may not have if your main occupation is something else.
Remember, you can always get guidance about trailer trade-ins and repairs at The Trailer Parts Outlet repair center page.
Find a dealer, manufacturer, or mechanic near you who is willing to do appraisals. Have this person evaluate your trailer and break down why they came to the conclusion they did. If you’re satisfied with their reasoning, start with that as an asking price. Don’t be afraid to go a little bit over and allow yourself to be negotiated down to a point where you are actually happy.
If for some reason you can’t get appraised, you can always look up what trailer similar to yours went for. Talk to friends who haul. Maybe they got a deal they were happy with, or even have some advice about hazards you can avoid. One form of research, if it fits the budget, is to get the trailer appraised by a second professional. That will give you an opportunity to get broader context on how trailer’s get evaluated.
Now that you are armed with a little information, it’s time to drive over to the dealer and start talking shop. Get an appointment if you need it. Determine if their estimate of the trailer’s worth is similar to that of the previous estimates you received. Don’t make it an emotional matter if they lowball you on price, or go far beneath your previous appraiser’s offer. They’re just doing their job. You might have to go to a new dealer if you don’t budge. Nobody on either side has made a commitment yet, so follow what works best for you. Negotiation is part of the game. It might intimidate some people, but it is well worth trying.
You need someone who knows the trailer game and is on your side. Contact The Trailer Parts Outlet for advice on how appraisals are done, or whether or not you could update your trailer game in other ways. We offer parts, replacements, repair, and knowledge, so go ahead and give us a message or call and we will be happy to talk shop.