Whether you are buying a trailer second hand or if you are hiring one for a short period, before you sign the papers, it is important to make sure that you have inspected the trailer.

Trailer safety is a big deal. It doesn’t matter if you are highly skilled at towing a trailer or completely new to the experience, knowing more or less what to look for is important. When inspecting the trailer, looking for any sign of damage or possible future damage, you will be able to figure out if hiring or buying the trailer will be worth the money you spend.

At Newlands Trailers, we are one of the Pretoria area’s leading trailer hire companies. We have one of the widest ranges of trailers, of all sorts of shapes and sizes, available to our clients. Each of our trailers is properly maintained and so you can be sure that when you inspect one of our trailers before signing the hiring contract, you will find nothing concerning. Our trailer hire services are also designed to be incredibly affordable, meaning if you are just looking for a quick hire option to move house on a weekend, we are the perfect option for you.

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Trailer Inspection Checklist

From walking around the trailer taking in every part of it, to getting stuck in there and looking closely at the finer details that are often easy to miss unless you know where to check, your inspection needs to be as thorough as possible. One way to make things easy, is to only ever hire or buy from a reputable dealer but even then, it is important to have a quick checklist to go through.

  1. Look at the corners

The corners of any trailer are usually where the wear and tear is the most visible. This is because water and moisture can so easily go unseen in these out of reach places, and when left to settle, can eventually start rusting. This might not be a big issue if the trailer is a closed one, but it is still worth looking at. If you are just hiring the trailer, you might not need to be too concerned, because such wear and tear won’t compromise your use of the trailer.

  1. Look for any sign of rust

Whether it is rust on the bottom or rust along supporting structures, it can be a problem, especially if it has set in deep. Rusted parts of the trailer can lead to the kind of damage that can’t be undone, so if you are thinking about buying the trailer it might be best to give that particular trailer a skip.

  1. Look at the wheels

The wheels of a trailer, or rather the structure that holds the wheel in place, are the biggest safety concern of all. Before you hire or buy a trailer, it is so important that you carefully check every part of the wheels. You don’t want to see rust or any other sign of the components wearing away.