Here at Kate’s Kars and Trailer Sales, we know how important it is for our customers to receive the best customer service, products, price, and access to knowledgeable staff. At any given moment, we have over 600 trailers for our customers to choose from at our Arthur, Illinois location. It’s critical to know what to look for when shopping for the right trailer for you, and looking for a car hauler is no different. We know your car is special to you, and you want to do everything in your power to care for it. Finding the right trailer to haul your car is part of taking care of your vehicle.

Choosing the right trailer comes down to size, price, and ease of use. For example, an open car hauler is an affordable option. An enclosed hauler offers more protection but could be too large or bulky when traveling. Below, we cover a few of the things you need to know when shopping for a car hauler trailer, and how to choose the best one to fit your needs.

There are a few main points to consider when shopping for a car hauler. It’s about finding the right balance of features you want with the capacity you need.

Open Trailers

First, decide if you want an open or closed trailer. Open trailers allow for more maneuverability because they weigh less. They are great options for those who don’t want a special vehicle just to tow it and want better gas mileage. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes from flatbeds to slide in ramps to make loading and unloading easier. When checking for quality, try to find one with a bed made of treated lumber, aluminum, or steel plate.

Aside from affordability and ease of use, open trailers have many more features! If you’re just starting a business or only traveling a short distance to a car show, an open trailer is a great starting for you. But, this doesn’t mean an open trailer isn’t a wonderful option for advanced haulers. If you’re traveling longer distances, these offer better gas mileage because they’re less bulky than heavyweight enclosed trailers, and they’re more aerodynamic.

And don’t think an open hauler only carries vehicles! Multi-tasking is something they excel at. These haulers can carry ATVs, golf carts, landscaping equipment, or even help a friend move. The possibilities are really quite endless with an open hauler.

Enclosed Trailers

Once you’ve become dedicated to your trade, whatever that may be, it’s time to look at an enclosed trailer. These offer more protection and security than their open hauler cousins. Available in all shapes, sizes, and many ways to customize, an enclosed trailer can be your all-in-one trailer, garage, storage office, and getaway.

These trailers are available in all aluminum for lightweight hauling, and there’s no need to worry about the sight of rust. Others are made of composite or steel for the toughest of jobs. Steel trailers can give you years of heavyweight hauling at a lower price, but aluminum is oftentimes less maintenance and offers a great resale value.

Purchasing an enclosed trailer will give you more confidence knowing your car is securely stored away from debris, rocks and other materials.

Trailer Weight

The weight of the trailer is also an important characteristic you should think about when purchasing the right car hauler. It will determine how heavy duty of a tow vehicle you’ll need along with the extent of the payload it will be able to carry. Classic cars and roadsters will almost always be heavier than any racecar, and knowing how much your car weighs is critical in choosing the right hauler. You also have to factor in your truck’s towing capacity when deciding on a hauler trailer.

Steel Vs. Aluminum

We talked about this above, but choosing between steel and aluminum is more a financial choice than anything else. Aluminum trailers are more expensive, but that investments pay for itself when because it won’t rust and will last longer. Steel trailers are still durable, and choosing the material doesn’t mean you aren’t choosing a quality trailer. They still make for great, heavy-duty haulers – the level of maintenance might be just a bit higher.

It’s also important to think about weight in this case as well. Aluminum is much lighter than steel, and it could be the deciding factor of which car hauler trailer you choose, depending on the tow vehicle you already have.

We know choosing the right car hauler trailer can be overwhelming because you’re faced with so many great options. Follow this guide and you’ll be able to find the trailer that fits your needs in no time! Let us help you find the right trailer for you! Contact us with any questions you may have, or if you want to get started shopping today.