Car Trailer Buying Guide

Sep 25, 2013

Last Updated on July 3, 2024 by Jon Brigham

Last Updated on July 3, 2024 by allprotrailersuperstore

When you want to keep your prized vehicle in pristine condition or need a way to haul your car from one place to another, car hauler trailers are an outstanding investment. There are many options to choose from, and you may need help picking the right one. In this guide, we’ll lay out the key features you should consider before you purchase a new or used car trailer.

How to Choose a Car Trailer

The right car trailer is one that fits your needs. There are many car haulers available, so ask yourself the following questions:

  • What type of car are you hauling?
  • How much does it weigh?
  • How long is it?
  • Do you want to protect it from the elements?
  • How far will you be traveling?

The answers to these questions can help you find a suitable trailer to haul your vehicle.

Car Trailer Size Guide

Car dimensions and weight are two critical factors when deciding on a car trailer. The trailer size you choose depends on the car you plan on transporting. A car-hauling trailer should be big enough to comfortably handle the vehicle’s length and width while having the weight capacity to tow the car safely.

Other considerations when choosing the right car trailer size include your budget and how many cars you want to transport.

Dock Length

The length is an important consideration since you need the trailer to accommodate your vehicle. Typically, 16-foot trailers can accommodate most vehicles, but deck lengths can range from 14 to 24 feet. Knowing these lengths is important to ensure your car will fit comfortably on the deck.

Maximum Load Capacity

Regardless of the type of vehicle, you never want to exceed a trailer’s maximum capacity. Classic cars and old-school roadsters are almost always heavier than modern cars and racecars.

When considering a car trailer, ask about the deck’s load capacity. You should also know the vehicle’s gross axle weight rating (GAWR), which represents the maximum weight that should be placed on an individual axle per the manufacturer’s specifications. Exceeding the GAWR can cause handling problems.

Enclosed vs. Open Car Trailer

The two main types of trailers for vehicle transportation are open and closed trailers.

  • Open car trailers: Open trailers are ideal for heavy-duty vehicles that can be exposed to outside components such as dirt and debris. They are also commonly used for short vehicle hauls.
  • Enclosed car trailers: Enclosed trailers store your vehicle with the most protection, keeping it safe from weather and outside elements. This trailer style is recommended if you are hauling a vehicle of high value, such as a classic car.

Car Trailer Upgrades and Accessories

Upgrades and accessories ensure your car hauler is your ideal car transport solution. While there are many options to choose from, ramps and straps are the two most popular and important, especially if this is your first car trailer purchase.


Of course, you want to make it easy to load your vehicle without causing any damage. Longer ramps are better if your car is lower to the ground. A solid ramp is recommended if you are rolling a turned-off car.


Don’t forget — cars roll. You must properly secure the car on the trailer to transport your vehicle safely. The car should be tied down in both the front and the back to prevent any movement. Nylon straps are commonly used for this purpose.

Find the Perfect Car Trailer at All Pro Trailer Superstore

At All Pro Trailer Superstore, we have all types of car trailers to suit your needs. Browse our selection of open trailers and enclosed car haulers. If you have any questions, reach out online. We will do everything in our power to help you find the perfect trailer!

An enclosed and open car trailer for sale at Trailer Superstore