Demand for used trailers surges

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Schmitz Cargobull has reported that orders for used trailers have doubled since last year.

However, the trailer manufacturer is warning buyers to “do their homework” before committing to a purchase, rather than face making a “costly mistake”.

Brian Parkinson, general manager for Schmitz, said: “Before buying, think about what it is likely to cost to get the trailer back on the road in the condition that you want it to be in.”

For refrigerated trailers “check how many hours the fridge engine has on the clock.

“All fridge motors have a digital read out on the front of the unit. As a general rule I would suggest that any five year old reefer with over 12,000 hours on the fridge has been worked quite hard.

“Also make sure that the fridge has a current ATP certificate and if a used reefer has been fitted with a temperature recorder, check that the recorder itself has been regularly serviced.

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