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