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    11-10-2010, 09:29 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse Trailer is not what the man said it was

After months of searching for a horse trailer I found one on Craigslist. After emailing the guy and talking with him on the phone he said that the horse trailer was hual ready. After looking at the trailer at his house I decided to purchase it. When I got it home and upon further inspection this horse trailer had rotten wood boards, the grooves in the metal frame for which the boards were held had rusted so bad they crumbled. I am not sure how this man thought this trailer was hual ready but it is not safe. I contacted him and told him what I had found and he said oh well too bad. So I have saved the emails and taken pictures of everything and I don't know if I have a case or not but I would like to take him to small claims court. I am not sure if GA lemon laws apply to horse trailers or not. Does anyone have any advise for me?
     
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    11-10-2010, 09:32 PM
  #2
Foal
Sorry for your misfortune
Sounds like you got took, buying a used vehicle...
I doubt you have recourse?

Now about rotten boards
My used trailor had some rot....
I bought a 3/4 inch piece of pressure treated plywood
And cut it to fit snugly in the floor.
It might not be the perfect fit, but it spans
The bad areas, and will give me a few more years use out
Of a cheap used trailor
Good luck!
     
    11-10-2010, 09:38 PM
  #3
Foal
Well I know you are not supposed to use plywood as it does not let the water\urine run off and can make the flooring deteriorate faster. I don't have a problem replacing the wood planks. My problem was the guy said the trailer had minimal surface rust when that is not the fact. The trailer bottom is almost rusted completely off. There would be no support for any floor in that trailer. Also in his email he stated the floor were in good condition but I couldn't see htem at his house because the floor mats he had in there were nailed down with like 20 nails. When I got it home and pulled up all the nails the floor boards were rotten at the ends where the tongue meets the groove. If anything then I will have to have the whole bottom frame replaced and I am not quite sure how much that will cost.
     
    11-10-2010, 09:43 PM
  #4
Foal
Its pressure treated, so that it can handle moisture.
How much did you pay for this trailor?

If you have an email stating the floor is in good shape, and you can proove otherwise
Then yes, you probably have a small claims case you can file. But that does not guarantee you will get your money, only a judgement in your favor...

The guy should be ashamed!
Horse trailor traders! Never trust em!
     
    11-10-2010, 09:55 PM
  #5
Foal
I paid 700 for it and I know that isn't a lot but to me it is. But yes I have saved all of his emails.
     
    11-10-2010, 10:18 PM
  #6
Started
I have a feeling that you will find basically its "buyer beware"... I hate to say it, but you should have pulled the mats up before you bought it, if there was too much rust, then it was there when you bought it. I looked at many many trailers before we found ours and many times, even though the sellers said "the floors are great, very little rust, good shape" when we looked at the trailers , they were no where close to being what the seller said and we walked.
Even if you saved emails, he can say" in my opinion the floors are fine, etc and she did buy the trailer after seeing it. Unless you have something in your state that is called "buyers remorse" and can return something within a few days for a return of your money, then I am afraid you are stuck with the trailer.
     
    11-10-2010, 10:26 PM
  #7
Foal
Yeah one of my friends said that it might be located under the GA lemon laws. I am trying to locate it on the internet. If not my friend does a lot of welding and said he will come by tomorrow and take a look at it. I may just have to replace everything and start from scratch.
     
    11-11-2010, 12:28 AM
  #8
Yearling
How would it be covered under a lemon law? You had the opportunity to inspect the trailer prior to purchase and did not do so adequately. Therefore that is YOUR misfortune and you likely will not be covered under any lemon law.
     
    11-11-2010, 01:50 AM
  #9
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cowboy Ken    
sorry for your misfortune
Sounds like you got took, buying a used vehicle...
I doubt you have recourse?

Now about rotten boards
My used trailor had some rot....
I bought a 3/4 inch piece of pressure treated plywood
And cut it to fit snugly in the floor.
It might not be the perfect fit, but it spans
The bad areas, and will give me a few more years use out
Of a cheap used trailor
Good luck!
I would not suggest piecing together the floor of a horse trailer. Replace it completely, or junk the whole thing. Far more horses fall through flooring than you think. =\
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    11-11-2010, 04:43 AM
  #10
Trained
I'm fairly certain that since you went and saw the trailer and decided to buy it anyway you won't have any legal leg to stand on. Regardless of how he presented the trailer through emails, you went out and saw it yourself and gave it a green light so to speak so I think you'd be wasting your time and money trying to take him to court.
     

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