It never ceases to amaze those in the trailer business , how naive buyers are when parting with one ,two or more thousand pounds for a horse trailer. Who buys even the cheapest old car without being shown a V5 log book, tax disc, MOT and all registered at DVLA in the owners name?...... Only a fool.
Yet they readily part with thousands of pounds, on car parks and lay-byes, to complete strangers, for a trailer with no paperwork, no identity checks or proof of ownership....... A quick google search of the TER (Trailer & Equipement Register) website throws up the blatant fact that 6500 Ifor Williams trailers alone are stolen and still missing!!!!!!! Not all those are horse trailers, of course, but then again not all horse trailers are Ifor Williams, so how many Batesons, Rice and Wessex are also stolen?????
GET REAL, IF ITS A STEAL.....ITS NO DEAL. Every Ifor Williams horse trailer since year 2000 comes with DATATAG paperwork, showing owner name, address, make, model and serial numbers, why risk 2 grand on a pile of excuses, if the seller lost the papers then Datatag will send them duplicates , free of charge in 2 days, how long does one phonecall take? DONT BUY AN IFOR WILLAMS HORSE TRAILER WITHOUT PAPERWORK, YOUR ASKING TO BE RIPPED OFF.
Under British law, no matter how long you own stolen goods you can never claim title to them, which means many stolen trailers are repossessed by insurers over 10 years after the crime. Many trailers come to light when innocently having a service or ordering replacement parts, or selling the trailer on when you have finished with it.....
The best advice is to obtain as much proof of ownership, when buying the trailer, such as handbooks, keys and definately the DATATAG log in the owners name and address.
Dont buy an Ifor Williams knowing it was too cheap, as you know, they have excellent residual value and low depreciation, they are also highly in demand: if you know that the value of a 2006 Epona is nearer £3k then why is the owner parting with it for £2k when 50 other people would give them £2750 or £2900, are they stupid or are you?
Dont buy a trailer from a lay-bye, supermarket car park or motorway services, try and collect from the owners house and cross reference the address to the owner details.
Most sellers, including myself would be loathe to give serial numbers out to potential bidders willy nilly in case they are crooks, however dont be afraid to ask the seller for the full serial numbers, and drawbar code once you are the buyer, and to make checks on the numbers with TER etc.
Dont be afraid to walk away from any trailer that does not add up, your pride costs far less than the £2000 that you may loose.
If the trailer is pre-1999 then its even more important to make checks on the serial numbers as there will be little if any paperwork to prove ownership and certainly no DATATAG. Often people are blase about older trailers, they are much cheaper anyway, and whos going to steal this old thing attitude. There was a lady who wanted brake pads fitted to a 14 year old trailer, worth £1200, there was a very faded and scratched serial number plate on the trailer, when ordering the brakes Ifor asked to verify some other numbers including the keys, hubs and hitch. The next day it was reclaimed by NFU insurance , having been stolen 11 years ago when it was still shiny and worth £2500, it was removed from the lady by police and sold at a salvage auction for £500, nobody was a winner , the thieves were never caught, but thats how the law works.