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SouthernComfort 03-10-2011 02:57 PM

What would you do if this happened to you?
I traveled 6 hours from home Tuesday to go buy a trailer. It was suppose to be a like new trailer with no rust, new tires, all orginal paint and other stuff, and kept indoors. I paid x amount, girl gave me a bill of sale, helped hook up trailer and I was on my way. Less than 15 miles down the road, something happens and the trailer comes off the truck and goes into the ditch. Thank goodness no one was hurt and my truck wasn't even scaved. Even more so because I was on a four lane interstate! A crew of guys stops and pulls the trailer farther away from the road. The guy gives me his card and says he will buy the trailer from the girl. He assumed she would reimburse my money. He looked and said the trailers tounge was extremely rusted underneath and probably bent and caused the trailer to come off the ball. I called the girl and told her what happened and she said it was my problem now. I told her I'd accept half my money back and the guy would buy the trailer from her. Which was half of what I paid. She'd come out even, and I could go home. She refused that. Anyways after four hours on the side of the interstate, the guy buys the trailer from me and I start my six hour drive home. I'm extremely sad and pissed. I don't know what to do.

She didn't produce a title or registeration. All she gave me was a bill of sale that she signed and I didn't. I called my insurance and am waiting on a return call. I'm so confused as to what to do.

Alwaysbehind 03-10-2011 03:06 PM

You bought it. It is your problem.

You had a chance to look at it before you paid. It is not like they shipped it to you and it got there and was not as described.

Why do you know the guy on the side of the road is right but the person who sold you the trailer was wrong?

Sorry this deal went bad. Glad no one was hurt.

Lissa 03-10-2011 03:07 PM

the trailer had no title? personally I wouldn't have bought in the first place without a title or applied for title in hand

most laws would say unless you had something in writing guaranteeing that it was in good condition or an implied warranty of any sort - it's an "as is" purchase - it's yours once you've handed over the money

something fishy about a guy being there and just happening to offer to buy the trailer off you.. you could try to contact a lawyer and sue her for the remaining balance but since you sold the trailer to someone else, most likely it would just cost you a bunch of money and not recover anything

Delfina 03-10-2011 03:08 PM

Your insurance isn't going to be able to do anything for you. It's your responsibility to get the title/registration at the time of purchase. Not to mention you don't even have the trailer any more because you already sold it.

At any time did you look at this trailer or just take her word for it that it was fine? Or take some random dude on the side of the road's word that it was an unsafe trailer instead of one that was hooked up incorrectly and that's why it came off?

The whole thing is mind-boggling. First that you would purchase a trailer without looking at it and then, some random dude just stops and buys said trailer from you?? Why would he want a supposedly unsafe trailer??

You can have a "pre-purchase" check done on a trailer. I personally wouldn't buy a used trailer without having it checked by a 3rd party.

Alwaysbehind 03-10-2011 03:10 PM

Some states do not require a title for a lighter trailer.

The horse/stock trailer I own was bought of state and the state I bought it in did not require a VIN or title on a trailer of that size.

So, it not having a title does not scream foul to me.

Delfina 03-10-2011 03:13 PM

Do they still require it to be registered?

Where I live, title and registration is required. If you do not have a title, you have to pay fees to get one for it. I'm shopping for a used trailer right now, first thing I did was find out what all was required where I live.

Alwaysbehind 03-10-2011 03:15 PM

No registration if there is no title.

In my state a title is required. My title-less trailer and I had to go through quite a few hoops to get it registered and on the road. I will certainly never buy another trailer with out a title/VIN.

Speed Racer 03-10-2011 03:17 PM

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?

churumbeque 03-10-2011 05:56 PM

I am not sure how you would plan to have a trailer come unhooked and have the guy following as a scam. Seems highly unlikely that it was preplanned. If the trailer was damaged from coming off then your insurance would pay to get it fixed. My guess is you had the wrong size ball. Legally the trailer us your problem. I would be courious to know the year, model and price.
If it was a 5K trailer or a 1000.00 trailer would help to know what you are expecting

SouthernComfort 03-10-2011 10:16 PM

I paid 1500 for it. The ball was the correct size. I made sure everything was going to match up before I went to get it. The chains were crossed and attached correctly. It had a bulldog hitch and was latched. I checked things before I took off. I will probably write this off as a loss cause and terrible loss learned. I just cannot make sense of it all. I have realized I made a really big mistake by letting the guy buy it off me. The officer that was there made a point to me and sold me on it. He said since I'm so far away from home it may be best if I let the guy come get it. It would save me the wrecker bill and hassle of either coming and getting it or having it repaired so I can come get it. I have contacted my insurance and have an open claim. He said that the girl had plans to use the money for school and did I really want to take that away from her. Which upset me, I could have used it to. I guess I'll see what happens. I'm with all you, I have no case against anyone but myself. But a few people I knw says I have one. I don't want to fight this, I know nothing will come of it. A thousand dollars is a lot, but it's not. It wouldnt take me long to replace that. I just wish I wouldn't have sold it off. I was scared didn't know what to do and wanted to come home. And a friend says this sounds fishy to her to.

As far as checking the trailer, I did. I seen no visible rust and it did look brand new. After the accident, I looked at what the guy was talking about, and sure enuf, it was rusted pretty bad. So, I don't know if paint was used to touch up. I don't know. I just hope its not to late for my insurance to help out.

Thank you for your input, I just needed to get this off my chest.

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