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5 Things to Look for When Buying a Second Hand Horse Float

January 2016 by Australian Credit Acceptance



Are you considering purchasing a second hand horse float? Buying a used horse float can be a great opportunity. Second hand floats are often in great condition, which means you can save some money and still safely transport your horses all around Australia. 

If you are thinking of buying a used horse float, however, it will be necessary to be certain you make the best possible choice. A poorly-maintained float or one in need of significant repair can end up costing you more money in the long run. As you search for your new float, here are 5 things to look for to make sure you’re making the wisest investment.

1. First, know your own needs.

The first priority when towing a horse float will be ensuring the safety of you, your horses, and others on the road. Whatever vehicle you will use to tow your second hand horse float, take some time and investigate the appropriate amount of weight your vehicle can safely and legally handle. This will save you time when searching for the ideal float. As well, it is vital to know the weight and size of your horse or horses. These specifics will assist you in narrowing down your search tremendously, and finding a float in which your horses will be both secure and comfortable.

You can also create a checklist of features and expectations for your future float. Ask friends with equestrian knowledge what makes and models they trust and recommend. Then, do further research into those models that interest you. Compiling this information ensures you are well-researched and equipped to make the most informed choice when it comes to purchasing a second hand horse float.

2. Observe the horse float’s “living conditions”.

You can tell a lot at first glance. Ideally, you’ll be able to check out your potential second hand horse float on the property where it has been kept most often. Looking around, you may be able to infer how well this particular float has been taken care of. Is the float kept in a garage, barn, or under cover? Is it out in the open? Does it seem as though it has been recently used? Or does it appear to have been lying dormant for a length of time? These factors can indicate the manner in which the float has been treated and how likely it has been given the appropriate upkeep and maintenance. It can also indicate a potential for rust or weather damage.

3. Inspect the floor and all surfaces of the float. 

It’s not all about first impressions. A horse float needs to be checked over completely to truly assess its condition. Look underneath for signs of rust or other damage. An often-missed area of inspection is the interior floor of the horse float. Inspect this carefully to see if there is any wear and tear or weakness. Such an issue can be a potential safety hazard as well as indicate possible costly repair work. 

Another significant thing to watch out for is any parts or pieces that stick out from the float and could injure the horse. In a well-made horse float, this should not be the case, but damage or poorly-done repairs may cause such concerns. Observing such issues is often a red flag.

4. Assessing its practicality

All horse floats are not created equal. Depending on your needs and preferences (and those of your equine friends), you will want to be sure you are not only buying the best possible float, but that you are choosing the right one for you. How is the ventilation in the horse float? Will your horses be relatively comfortable in the space? Is there an access door available so that you can reach the horses without having to enter the bay through the back loading door? All of these aspects are necessary to ponder so that you make a purchase that will go the distance.

5. Take it for a test drive & have it thoroughly checked.

As long as the float is currently insured, take it for a test drive to assess its driving quality. This can tell you a lot about its turning capacity, the condition of its brakes, and even how comfortable you feel towing it. After you’ve decided the second hand horse float may be a good potential purchase, don’t forget to have it vetted by an experienced mechanic. Have them check for the float’s integrity, condition, and perhaps most importantly, the presence of working safety features. 

Ready to buy your second hand horse float? Australian Credit Acceptance are the Horse float finance specialists. With fast, flexible loans, quick approval, and a friendly and knowledgeable team, we’ll have you ready to go with a horse float loan solution in no time.