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Should You Rent or Buy an Enclosed Trailer?

Trailers are very versatile and can be used in a number of different ways. Most small to midsize business owners consider trailers to be useful and a good investment. However, these vehicles are expensive and require regular maintenance. Some companies offer enclosed trailers for rent for a specified amount of time. You just need to determine if you want to purchase an enclosed trailer or rent it. Here are some suggestions and tips that can help you make the best possible decision.

Consider your finances

Cost is the most important factor to consider when you are making this decision. Buying new or used trailers requires a higher upfront investment, which might not be the best idea for people on a tight budget. Renting a trailer has a lower upfront cost, but it has a higher cost over time. Take a look at your finances and determine how much you are willing to spend on the trailer.

The duration do you need a trailer for

If you need the trailer for just a couple of days or weeks, renting might be the best option for you. The rental costs are quite reasonable so they are a good choice for short-term requirements. Some rental companies also provide monthly trailer rentals that are more affordable than an outright purchase.

If you need the trailer for a year or more, renting it will be more expensive. Sometimes a year’s worth of rent might come close to the purchase cost of the trailer. If you need the equipment for a long period of time, consider buying it.

Buying used or new 

This depends on how you intend to use the trailer and how long you want to use it for. If you have room in your budget, new trailers are a good idea. They have warranty coverage, you can choose between different colors and designs, and these trailers will cause fewer problems. Newer trailers are in better condition and don’t have rusted or weak metal components.

If you are on a budget, a used trailer is a wise investment. Conduct some research and get some advice from professionals while looking for used trailers in a good condition. Used trailers have a more affordable upfront price but they will not last as long as new trailers and some might even develop frequent problems.

Renting a trailer

Renting is also a big responsibility and it’s important to make the decision carefully. A good renter will provide reliable customer service, competent support, and well-maintained trailers. Study the reputation of the renter and examine their fleet of trailers thoroughly. This ensures you don’t spend money on a trailer that’s weak and doesn’t perform well. Once you are satisfied with the quality of the trailers, request a quote and compare the prices with other local renters. Look for any kind of hidden costs and study the terms and conditions before renting the equipment.

Size and design of the trailer

The trailer comes in different sizes, shapes, and designs. Some enclosed trailers are designed for specific purposes so consider what you intend to use the trailer for before you make the purchase or rent the equipment. Most companies will have three to four different size and different variations in the design. Consider the factors mentioned below during the time of purchase or renting:

  • The vehicle that will be used for hauling the trailer.
  • The type of cargo you will be hauling.
  • Required load capacity.
  • Required distance to travel on a regular basis.
  • Size requirements.

By considering these factors, you might be able to find a trailer that fits your requirements well. Professionals and experienced experts will also be able to provide information and advice on the matter.

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If you want to know more about maintaining your trailer, don’t hesitate to contact us at Brinkmans Trailers or give us a call at 763-972-3932.