Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
SC, I'm extremely sorry this happened to you, but unfortunately you've learned a very valuable, if expensive, lesson.
When buying anything used, it's always caveat emptor. It was your responsibility to check out the trailer before you handed over money for it.
Once someone has handed you a signed bill of sale and you leave with the merchandise, it's yours. If it falls apart 5 miles down the road, that's unfortunately your problem.
Used things come with no warranty implied or contracted, unless specifically spelled out in your bill of sale.
I'm a little confused about the random guy who just showed up, told you something was wrong with the trailer, and then offered you half of what you paid. This could very well be someone the trailer seller knows, and it was set up as a scam from the get go.
Where were the trailer chains and the emergency brake? Were the trailer chains employed properly? Why didn't the emergency brake kick on when the trailer came loose from the truck?
How do you know the trailer was properly settled on the ball to start with, or are you a complete noob and just trusted these folks?
You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!