Routine trailer maintenance often involves replacing worn-out parts. Most people will have a difficult time when buying trailer parts. This article discusses how to source and purchase parts for your trailer.
Go For OEM
As a rule, you should purchase original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. Below are some compelling reasons as to why you should buy OEM parts:
- They are fully compatible with your trailer. Consequently, you will have an easy time fixing the parts.
- OEM parts undergo rigorous stress tests to ensure they can withstand challenging conditions such as off-road driving or heavy loads.
- Most OEM parts have a warranty and guarantee. Simply put, you will get a replacement part if the component is faulty. Besides, you know how long the part will last.
Unique circumstances may force you to purchase aftermarket parts. For instance, you may be unable to source original parts if you own a trailer that is no longer in production. You could also want to modify your trailer. Take a case where you need to raise the trailer's ground clearance to enable it to travel off-road.
Aftermarket parts should be purchased from reputable manufacturers. Conduct some background research on trailer blogs and forums to ascertain their durability. You may want to avoid manufacturers accused of low-quality parts or poor customer support. Consider parts made from quality materials such as steel or aluminium. Some manufacturers will make the part on demand. Typically, they will require you to provide them with the original part since it enables them to prepare technical drawings to make a replica part. Preferably, work with companies that offer warranties and aftersales services such as shipping and installation.
Buying Used Trailer Parts
Used parts are an ideal option for people on a budget. You can buy them from your local trailer dealer, auto recyclers or individuals selling trailer components on the internet. Below are some tips to help you purchase used trailer parts.
- Carry your original part to ensure the part you purchase is an excellent fit.
- Thoroughly inspect the used part. Cracks, dents and rust may affect the functionality of the used part.
- Ask how long the component was used. Preferably, purchase parts that have been used for a few months.
- Some dealers and car removal businesses will give a guarantee. However, you will only get a replacement if you return the part in its original state.
Buying trailer parts should now be an easy task. Go for OEM components and observe the recommended tips when purchasing aftermarket and used components.Share