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The lease for my Quantum IV work space started May 1st. For the past three weeks or more I have been scouring local ads for used trailers suitable for hauling the Quantum home from its current steward who lives in North Central PA, just across the border from Watkins Glen NY.
I assumed I needed an aluminum trailer for light weight since I will be using my 9-5 as the tow vehicle. I was checking FB Marketplace, CL, and RacingJunk.com daily. I would contact the owners of every hot prospect in the area for viewing. I discovered that nearly every trailer was priced at the same point. Every trailer was also misrepresented regarding condition, and/or age, and/or size, and sometimes all three.
I found a 2 year old used trailer on the website of a local new trailer dealer. That was a bust too. Not sure if it was a true Bait & Switch, but it sure seemed like one! Trailer had been 'sold' only an hour or so before I arrived, but it remained listed on their website for three days later. Every sales person I contacted at this Dealership had a different price for a new substitute trailer, many of which were too short for the Quantum IV's 10'-9" length. Even after telling them the width, length, and weight of a Quantum IV!
Today I tried a different new Trailer Dealer and was surprised to discover that a steel and wood trailer can be lighter than the aluminum and wood models I had been seeking! Price new was within $100 of the amount that most everyone selected to price their used trailers.
No 25 year old bearings and wiring. No rotted wood decks. No butchered DIY 'upgrades'. No dry-rotted tires. No missing Vehicle Registration documents. No missing parts. Etc.
Being a low bed Utility Trailer it is not as sleek or pretty as some of the units I inspected - when they were new. But the deck is lower for easier car loading, the price is almost the same (or less!), and nothing is worn out due to age or incompetent repairs.
FYI - Buying a used trailer is not always the lowest cost!
->Posting last edited on Wed, 20 May 2020 11:55:02.
2008 9-5 Aero Sedan
2006 9-3SC 2.0T
2000 Viggen Convertible
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2000 9-5lpt Sedan, sold at 318K miles
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