For many buyers, choosing a used hydraulic boat trailer is a cost-effective option to consider. This can be a very good way for a marina, boatyard or even a boat owner to pick up a top of the line, fully accessorized boat trailer at just a fraction of the price of a new model.
There are some important considerations when buying a used hydraulic boat trailer. Unless you are very familiar with trailer construction and with evaluating equipment, avoid buying from a private individual. These types of purchases are always “buyer beware” and a simple coat of paint can over a lot of potential damage and signs of wear and tear.
The Price Factor
For a private boat owner or for a boatyard, boat storage facility or a marina, having a few different sizes of trailers on hand can make moving boats around much easier. For any of these types of buyers, a used hydraulic boat trailer can save one-quarter to one-third of the cost of a new trailer.
When buying from a reputable boat trailer company, you can compare the trailer with the new models and understand the differences. As many trailers have specific features requested by the original purchaser, there is often not an exact match on the website, but there will be similar new trailers to compare.
Amount of Use
Keep in mind that most boat trailers are not used extensively, unless they are used by a boatyard where they will be used on a regular basis. This means they are a good investment as a used trailer, provided they are well-maintained and used with care.
Often with used hydraulic boat trailer models for sale through reputable sites and manufacturers, they will be located in different areas of the country and not specifically at the yard of the manufacturer. This often means that you will have to rely on images on the site, and then contact with the seller, to make the decision if you want to make the purchase.
The purchase price for these used hydraulic boat trailer models will also not include the transportation of the trailer from its current location. However, this is often negotiable, and it certainly can be addressed with the seller. Usually, the cost savings in the trailer more than makes up for the cost of arranging to have the trailer hauled to your location.