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Four Things to Remember When Buying a Used Sem-Trailer

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Our team at Mount Trailer offers up a quick list of things to remember when shopping around for a used semi-trailer.

Do Your Research

Whenever you purchase a used semi-trailer, you want to do a market, background, and compatibility check. The trailer must have had a recent FHWA inspection. Additionally, remember to inquire as to why the trailer is up for sale. Always request to see the repair and maintenance history of the trailer.

Also, keep in mind your budget and investigate to see what provides the best value for your price/budget. Make sure that you research the average prices for used trailers that you are interested in.

Brakes & Lights

Regarding brakes, check that the ABS system is good to go, and see that the linings and drums don’t show any excessive wear. For lights, check that all lights work correctly – don’t forget the brakes and the signaling indicators.

Inspect the Trailer

Like any used vehicle, you’ll want to inspect the trailer and its parts. One of the first things you can do is check for signs of rust in the undercarriage. Structural rust can compromise the lifespan of the trailer and lead to higher costs down the line. If you notice any indications of new welding repair, that could be a sign of recent repairs, and always look out for cracks or anything else that pops out.

The interior is vital to inspect; therefore, always look inside. And pay attention to details and aspects such as flooring, ceiling, and the overall sealing. For reefers, always be certain that everything is in working order and that the refrigeration maintains temperature.


Often, a semi-trailer’s tires can sometimes give you some insight into potential issues it may have. Look for tread wear and see if there are any bumps or lumps along the sidewalls. Things like unequal tire wear can sometimes be a sign of issues with rims, brake drums, axle, shocks, and more. Always be sure to look for these issues as they can indicate poor maintenance and potential problems.

Get Used Semi-Trailers from Mount Trailer Today

If you’re looking for used trailers around the Portland area, we have you covered. From semi-trailers, flatbeds, demolition trailers, and more, you can find them at Mount Trailer Company. We also can handle all your repairs as well as service parts.

Contact our team today for more information.

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