A few years ago when we decided that bike riding is something we want to do as a family, we sure didn’t have a lot of money and couldn’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on good bikes, trailers, and gear. As a matter affect our first bikes came from the craigslist with a value tag of $80 for both my husband’s and my bike. However, when it came to the children trailer, we were seriously puzzled. We knew there were plenty of people out there, who spend $500+ on a trailer that ends up collecting dust in the garage for years.
To this day we still are not positive that we got the best trailer for the money, and every time friends ask which trailer is the best, we are hesitant to answer.
There are a few things to take into a count, when shopping especially for a second-hand trailer:
Things to consider when buying a used bicycle trailer.
As you all are aware children’s product are subject to recall more so than any other product. Many of these recalls are minor, but some are not. You should check with the CPSC to make sure that the trailer you are looking at has not been recalled. If it has – that is not the end of the world, but make sure the recall issue was taken care of. Many times it is a simple as adding a small part or even an easy as removing a label or sticker. Just so you know, there are few Smartphone apps out there, like Recalls, All Recalls, Recalls Plus, and Consumer Product Safety Commission, so if you love garage sales, you should definitely download one of these free apps.
Things You don’t know
You just don’t know how the previous owner treated the trailer. Was it left outside, ridden over by a car in the garage, or damaged in use? Look for any signs of wear or damage that could affect the structural integrity. Ask the owner if they are the first owner? Ask if it has been stored outside? Ask if it has been in an accident? Check all moving parts for wear and damage, check wheels, breaks, folding system and so on. Don’t be afraid to ask many questions – it is about the safety of your family.
What are You Saving?
What is the saving you are going to get by buying this particular trailer? If it is $50 -100, you might want to go with a new trailer and get all the perks of new ownership such as the warranty and peace of mind. Do your homework and know your prices.
If you have ANY concerns, do not hesitate to contact the manufacture of the trailer you are looking at.
Safety first, and if you are in the market for a used trailer, see if your friends or neighbors are selling their old trailer. Always try and buy from a trusted source when buying used. Put a note up in your child’s day care or community board asking if anyone has one available.