Search thousands of topics on CostHelper

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Cars  > Car Trailer

Car Trailer Cost


How Much Does a Car Trailer Cost?

 
low costRental: $65-$200+ Per Dayaverage costOpen Car Trailer: $2,000-$10,000+high costEnclosed Car Trailer: $6,000-$20,000+
post Post   Comments (1)  

Sometimes called car carriers or car haulers, car trailers can be open or enclosed. Open trailers have one or two axles; enclosed car trailers typically have two or three axles. Single-axle trailers are typically less expensive, easier to maneuver by hand and have a smaller turning radius, but can be hard to control if a tire goes flat. Dual (also called tandem) or tri-axle trailers typically pull heavier weights, tow more smoothly (less sway), have better traction on uneven roads and are easier to control with a flat tire.

Typical costs:

  • Renting a car trailer can cost $65-$200 or more daily, depending on the size and type (open, enclosed, tandem or tri-axle), and rental length. For example, U-Haul estimates[1] it costs $806 for an eight-day rental of a tandem-axle car trailer from Sacramento, CA, to Chicago, hauling a Toyota Corolla using a one-year-old, one-ton truck. U-Haul has strict requirements for customer-owned tow vehicles, but most rental companies, like Budget Truck Rental[2] and Penske Truck Rental[3] only rent car trailers that will be towed behind their rental truck.
  • Buying an open car trailer can cost $2,000-$10,000 or more, depending on length and type; steel trailers typically cost less than aluminum ones, but are heavier to tow. For example, the 7'x15' tandem-axle Carry-On 7X15SF2BRK Car Hauler Trailer[4] with a steel floor, slide-in ramps, one brake set and a break-away kit (to stop a runaway trailer) sells for $2,295-$3,090. An aluminum Featherlite 3110 Car Trailer[5] costs about $5,000-$6,000 new for the 14' model and $7,200-$8,500 for the 22' version.
  • Enclosed car trailers sell for $6,000-$20,000 or more, depending on size, capacity, type of hitch (bumper pull or gooseneck) and materials. Options include special tow mirrors, rear stabilizer jacks (to load or unload while the trailer is unhooked from the tow vehicle), interior lights, ratchet-type tie-down straps, a winch or vents (to reduce heat buildup). The aluminum-skin Haulmark 24' Edge Pro Series Car Trailer[6] starts at about $15,000-$16,000 or more new, depending on the options chosen.
  • Prices for used car trailers vary significantly depending on the age, type, size and condition. A 1-year-old car trailer in good condition might sell for 15%-20% less than its original purchase price; at 5 years old it might be 40%-60% less.
Related articles: Enclosed Trailer, Cargo Trailer, Towing a Car, Trailer Hitch, Towing Equipment

What should be included:
  • Most trailers come with D-rings for securing tie-down straps. Included equipment varies significantly by manufacturer. A spare tire may be optional equipment for one brand but part of another's standard package. Other necessary items that might not be included are break-away controls and safety chains.
  • Open car trailers are typically lighter and easier to maneuver than enclosed models, making towing easier and giving better fuel mileage. However, an enclosed unit protects the towed vehicle better, and is more secure when parked overnight.
Additional costs:
  • Car trailers use two main styles of hitches, a receiver ball mounted on the rear of the tow vehicle or a gooseneck hitch. If the tow vehicle doesn't already have a trailer hitch, it can cost $100 -$850 to add a rear-mounted receiver ball or $400 -$800 for a gooseneck hitch.
  • Insurance costs and requirements vary. In some areas a trailer is automatically covered for liability (damages to others) under the tow vehicle's policy when the trailer is hitched to the tow vehicle, but it costs extra to add comprehensive coverage (damage to the trailer such as fire or theft).
  • Trailer tires are often non-standard sizes, so prices vary significantly, and in some areas trailer tires are difficult to replace.
  • Parking a trailer at an outdoor storage facility can cost $20-$100 a month.
Discounts:
  • For those with strong mechanical skills, Circle Track magazine explains how to build a simple race car trailer[7] for $300 plus the cost of wheels.
  • Less expensive do-it-yourself towing options include a tow dolly, which raises only the front wheels of the towed vehicle off the ground, or a tow bar, with all of the towed vehicle's wheels riding on the ground.
Shopping for a car trailer:
  • HitchInfo.com explains how to calculate the total towing capacity[8] .
  • CorvetteFever.com provides guidelines[9] for buying a car trailer, including choosing either an open or enclosed trailer, and off-road.com offers detailed and illustrated tips[10] for selecting a car trailer for an off-road vehicle. These apply to both new and used car trailers.
  • Used car trailers are often posted on craigslist[11] or eBay[12] .
post Post   Comments (1)  
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


Fix-it Favorites: Duct Tape and WD-40
My mother taught me that all home fixit-projects can be accomplished with either duct tape or WD-40. If something shouldn't move and it does, use duct tape. If something should move and it doesn't, use WD-40. || Posted September 30 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Help Assess Value
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: Aftan Branch in Midland, TX.Posted: May 11th, 2019 01:05AM
Type of Trailer: UtilitySeller: N/A
I think I over payed for this and it is too large for my truck to haul. Need it gone but need to know the value. The man who sold it to me made it SOUND as if I was getting the deal of a lifetime...which tells me he was dishonest most likely...please help.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Car Trailer
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type of Trailer: Seller: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.uhaul.com/Trailers/
  2.  /www.budgettruck.com/car-carrier.aspx
  3.  www.pensketruckrental.com/supplies-and-services/towing-equipment/
  4.  www.carry-ontrailer.com/products/show/7X15SF2BRK/
  5.  www.fthr.com/bumper-pull-car-trailers/model3110-car-trailer/
  6.  www.haulmark.com/bumper-pull_racecar-trailer/modeleget4/
  7.  www.circletrack.com/howto/78218_building_race_car_trailer_part_1/
  8.  www.hitchinfo.com/index.cfm?event=viewpage&contentpieceid=5146
  9.  www.corvettefever.com/techarticles/corp_0606_car_trailers/pricing_options.html
  10.  www.off-road.com/trucks-4x4/feature/top-tips-for-selecting-the-right-trailer-13450...
  11.  www.craigslist.org/about/sites
  12.  motors.shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=car+trailers&_sacat=66468&_dmpt=Motors_Trailers&_...
More Cars Topics
Check Out All Costs for Cars How Much Does Replacing a Transmission Cost? How Much Do Tires Cost? How Much Does an RV Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Replace Toilet Wax Ring (DIY)
Paid: 25.00
Cost could have been cheaper, but previous owners hired a plumber and contractor who didn't do the job right. So we ran into problems. The first wax ring didn't work, so we had to buy the old fashioned type... [more]
-JT Holm
Toilet Repair Cost
Plumbing totourial
Paid: 0.00
I am appalled by some of these charges myself and yes plumbers have a hard,disgusting and exhausting job and it’s not for everyone... [more]
-Caleb Domec
Plumber Cost
Ischemic stroke
Paid: 89000.00
I had a CT scan, they called helicopter to transfer to trauma hospital in Atlanta, but neurosurgeon there said the stroke is is I n a deep area, and would be too dangerously to remove the clot surgically... [more]
-Marie-Jose
Stroke Treatment Cost
Connective tissue graft
Paid: 1300.00
Had to get a connective tissue graft for three of my teeth on my lower left and likely will need a few more done down the road (genetics). The procedure took about an hour and was pain-free... [more]
-
Gum Tissue Graft Cost
Alaska propane pricing 2020
Paid: 130.71
No contract price is $3.87 x 32.8 gallons + $3.81 fee = delivered remote Cooper Landing Alaska. New contract renewal $1.91/gallon for delivery plus propane cost which I need to check on... [more]
-Keith Mantey
Propane Cost
Funeral
Paid: 160.00
Can somebody contact me... [more]
-Terrance Samuel
Releasing Doves Cost