Selling a semi-trailer can be daunting, especially if you’re uncertain of its worth or where to start. Here at Truck Trading, we understand these worries and are here to help make the process as easy and smooth as possible.

Our team takes an in-depth look into all the essential factors that determine your trailer’s value – from the age and condition of your trailer to its make and capacity. So without further ado, let’s take a look into the key factors that will help you determine the value of your trailer.


The make of a trailer is one of the most important factors when it comes to assessing its value. Different manufacturers produce trailers with varied levels of quality and features, so knowing which make your trailer belongs to can help you determine how much it’s worth.

Generally speaking, the more well-known or reputable the brand is, the higher the price tag. For example, the likes of Doepker, Doonan, Kraker, East Manufacturing, Fontaine, Felling, Feldbinder, Magyar, Great Dane, Heil, Hyundai, Kentucky, Pitts, Polar and Travis (to name a few) are the top manufacturers in the industry and can command a higher price than less known brands.

Year Of Manufacture

When it comes to assessing the value of your trailer, age is another important factor. It’s no surprise that newer trailers will typically sell for more, however, this doesn’t mean that older trailers are left out in the cold. The majority of trailers hold their value over time, operating as reliable workhorses for decades! 


The size of your trailer will also have an impact on its value. From bulk liquid ADR and chemical trailers to bulk powder semi-trailers, the bigger your trailer is, the higher the price tag it can command. This is because larger trailers are often more in demand due to their versatility and ability to carry heavier loads. However, certain types of trailers, such as refrigerated and temperature-controlled trailers, will also hold a higher price tag no matter their size due to their specialised, high-tech features.


For tankers and bulk tipping trailers, capacity is key to their overall value. Tankers and bulk tipping trailers are designed to carry large quantities of materials, and the more they can carry, the more efficient they are. A larger tanker or trailer with a higher capacity can carry more material in a single trip, which reduces the number of trips required and minimises time, fuel, and driver costs. 


Of course, a trailer that has been well looked after and cared for is likely to hold a higher value than those that haven’t. Keeping hold of previous records and maintenance work will stand you in good stead when it comes to assessing the worth of your trailer, as proof you have taken the proper steps to keep it in the best possible condition.

If your truck is in poor condition, it doesn’t mean it’s worthless, but you may want to consider repairing any major defects before putting it up for sale. Minor defects are to be expected, but if they’re not properly addressed, they may end up costing you in the long run by reducing your trailer’s overall value. At Truck Trading, we ​need to know the overall condition to value your trailer as accurately as possible, which is why we always recommend you send us as many photographs as possible. This should include the chassis, the body (any welds or holes), axles (if they’re damaged, have been repaired or are snapped etc) and the interior (if applicable) to help us determine the condition of the tank and any other equipment that may be installed. By providing us with clear and comprehensive photos, we can help you get the best possible price for your trailer, as quickly as possible.

How do I get a free quote for my trailer?

Getting a fast and fair quote for your trailer has never been easier, thanks to Truck Trading. Whether you’re looking for a quote for your Curtainsider or Skeletal semi-trailer, we’re here to ensure you get the best possible price for it. As a leading UK truck trader with over 20 years of experience buying and selling used semi-trailers, we are confident you won’t find a better quote anywhere else. With same-day payment and free collection throughout the UK, we make selling your trailer a hassle-free experience.

Ready to find out how much your trailer is worth? All it takes is 60 seconds of your time – fill in our free, no-obligation valuation form, and we’ll send you a fair quote straight to your inbox within 24 hours! No matter the condition or age of your trailer or if the MOT has expired, we’ll make sure you get a competitive price for it.

So why wait? Get in touch with Truck Trading today, and see how much your trailer is worth!