If you are in the market for a trailer, and you are not buying a brand new one from the dealer, you need to verify all the information about it before making the purchase. You also need to verify with the Department of Motor Vehicles in your state what is required if you plan on taking the trailer on public roads. Here are a few things you may run into when buying a used trailer that may end up costing you extra money.

VIN Verification

Some of the first things you need to know are that the person selling you the trailer has the right to do so and that the trailer is what the seller is claiming it to be. Different types of trailers may have different road registration and insurance requirements. The best way to verify the owner and type is with a VIN check. This 17-digit number will tell you when the trailer was manufactured, by whom, how many axles it should have, and how long it is. You can run a VIN check to find out whom it is currently registered to and if it has been "totaled" in an accident and is listed as salvage. Once you are sure of everything, you can make an offer to buy it.

DMV Requirements

If you are going to be taking the trailer on public roads, you are probably going to need to have it insured and registered. Each state will have different rules and regulations on this. There will be different safety requirements the trailer will need for registration. Verify what exactly is needed, such as electronic brakes, the type, size and locations of lights, and if you will need any signs for large loads. Make sure the trailer has everything it needs and that it all works before making a purchase. You may get a better deal if something is not functioning, but at least make sure that it can be easily and affordably fixed.

A trailer can be very useful when you need to haul things. Depending on the type, you may be able to add sides or use a tow bar behind it to tow dirt bikes or even a car. However, you need to be sure that everything is legal. Never just take someone's word on what you can or cannot do with a trailer. Get the VIN and ask your insurance company and the DMV what you can use it for or you could end up with a lot of fines. 

For VIN verification, contact a company such as Quick Vin Verifications