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FOCUS: Tips for buying a second-hand horsebox

Tips for buying a secondhand horsebox

  1. Make sure that you inspect the horsebox thoroughly or get someone knowledgeable to do this for you.
  2. Lift the mats in the box and check the condition of the floor and ramps, prodding and poking to check for softness. Rotten, wet or damaged floors are dangerous.
  3. Check that the ramps are not too heavy.
  4. Check that the electrics work. It is especially important to make sure that the electrical connection on the box’s lights isn’t corroded.
  5. Look at any springs or hinges and see if they are in good condition.
  6. Ensure all tyres are in good condition.
  7. Hitch up and take the box for a test drive to see how it handles.
  8. Ask to see any paperwork related to servicing or repairs.