If you are looking to buy a horsebox here are some top tips for things to look out for.

  • Look for a box with a tilt capacity on the cab for easy maintenance.
  • Check whether there’s a spare wheel, and if it is in good condition.
  • Check the ramps — can you lift them by yourself?
  • Look under the bonnet for an elective immobiliser switch — turning it off when the lorry is not in use can save battery power.
  • Checking the lorry on a rainy day may reveal poorly maintained seals.
  • Take a torch to the viewing, so you can look under the vehicle and into dark spaces.
  • Always make sure the indicators and lights work properly.
  • Check the minor things — interior lights, external tackbox lock, and so on.
  • Treat a new lorry like a new car — run it in for the first 1,000 miles, and keep the revs low.
  • If there’s not a lock for the living quarters, buy a combination lock from a hardware store.

Find out the 10 most important questions to ask when buying a horsebox in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound, on sale 17 April 2008