What to Look for When Buying a Used Semi-Trailer

Posted by Winston Madrigal on Apr 9, 2021 12:11:36 PM

Mckinney_Semi_TrailerIf you’re an owner/operator or fleet manager, you understand the importance of having the right equipment for the job. 

Maybe you’re ready to upgrade your older trailer, or perhaps you need a cost-effective option to increase the size of your fleet. Whatever the case, there are a number of options to consider. You can always purchase a new trailer, but that can be costly. You can also rent or lease a trailer, but if you need a semi-trailer for a long period of time, it may make more sense to purchase it

The good news is that you don’t always have to buy new. A used semi-trailer is a great way to increase your capacity without taking on the expense of a brand-new trailer.

The Benefits of Buying Used

Cheaper upfront cost and lower depreciation: New trailers are expensive and in high demand in this market. Used trailers have a lower purchase cost, no F.E.T. tax and lower total depreciation cost. The lower upfront costs mean that a change of course down the line is not a huge blow to your wallet when a particular trailer doesn’t work out the way you might have initially intended. While a new trailer loses a great portion of its value the moment it drives off the lot, older trailers lose value at a much slower rate, which can improve the resale value as well.

There’s less risk involved: Because the initial cost is lower, it also lowers your risk factors in terms of financial loss. A low initial investment helps you keep your losses in check if you decide on using your trailer seasonally, don't intend on logging that many miles or simply shift the direction of your company.

Guide to Buying a Used Semi-Trailer

When looking at used semi-trailers for sale:

Assess Your Needs

  • What type of freight are you hauling?
  • What kind of specifications do you need for your trailer?
  • What are the safety features you find important?

By considering questions like these, you’ll narrow down the types of trailers that you want to look at. For example, if you know that you transport temperature-sensitive, perishable goods, focus on a used reefer trailer for sale with low engine hours. 

Know Your Budget

As with any large purchase, when you’re looking at used semi-trailers for sale, it’s important to know your budget. Used semi-trailers are a fantastic way to save startup costs, especially when beginning a new segment of business.

Things to consider when making a budget can include:

  • What can you comfortably spend?
  • Do the features on the used semi-trailer align with what you need?
  • Is your budget fixed, within a certain range or flexible?

At Mckinney Trailer, customers also have financing available through multiple lenders and can handle almost every credit situation, often with no money down and low payments. So ensure to ask what your options are when purchasing.

Consider Trailer Specifications

Knowing what kind of specifications you need will help you in the long run. One thing to keep in mind is the work you’re doing. Are you making deliveries in urban areas where you may benefit from a shorter trailer to reduce weight and maneuverability? Or, are you servicing locations or states where there may be noise restrictions or strict environmental regulations? 

Becoming familiar with different trailer specs and state and federal regulations is always a good idea before choosing your trailer. 

Mckinney Trailer Is Your Source for Used Semi-Trailers

Mckinney isn't just a leading provider of trailer equipment for rent or lease. We also have a large selection of used semi-trailers for sale. Our commonly-available inventory includes:

  • 28' Reefer Vans
  • 48' Dry Vans
  • 53' Reefer Vans
  • 53' Dry Vans
  • 48’ Flatbeds

When you buy a used tractor-trailer from Mckinney, you're buying a Mckinney-inspected trailer serviced by our certified maintenance technicians—which creates efficiencies, increased productivity and less downtime for you.

We understand that reliability from a flexible partner is a must. This is why we make selecting the right trailer for your needs as simple as possible. Every Mckinney semi-trailer for sale is backed by expert guidance, honesty, integrity and an easier way of doing business.

Also, Mckinney can help you enhance your cash position by sourcing newer trailers and we can even purchase your existing fleet. We'll buy your trailers and lease them back to you. If you're looking to sell, contact us with your current inventory!

Topics: Semi-Trailer for Sale, Used Semi-Trailers, Used Semi-Trailers for Sale

Winston Madrigal

Written by Winston Madrigal

With over 35 years of experience, Winston Madrigal is the Director of Trailer Sales for Mckinney Trailer Rentals. Winston is excited to be at the helm of the Mckinney Trailer sales division and is busy building a great team to support the continued growth. Winston lives in Orange County, California, where he enjoys surfing, fishing, swimming and just about anything that has to do with the water. Spending time with family and friends gives him the greatest pleasure in life.

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