I was offered $6K trade in on my 20 year old Merhow 2 horse SL bumper pull --decided to see what I could do myself. Like you suggested, I put a sign in the window (phone and $9K OBO), then put it on Facebook Market Place (lots of great photos), Craig’s List, and HorseTrailerWorld (cost $13 for that one). By the time I punched in the last ad --took me about a week to get around to listing it in the various places, someone had been out to look at it, and bought it for $8K. DH said I could have gotten more, but the buyer was a woman I know --so I was good with the sale price.
DD who is an attorney gave me some advice --CASH ONLY --that means the $$ is in bills and placed into your hand --no check, no money order, no “the shipper will pay you.” She suggested meeting the buyer at the parking lot of the police station to do the exchange (I didn’t do that because I knew the woman and had for 30+ years).
I would say 10-15 people called and wanted to do a cashier’s check, or money order, or bank transfer. None of them wanted to come see the trailer in person before the “shipper picked it up.” —one was particularly insistent, telling me I didn’t know what I was doing – said she “couldn’t get cash.” Well, what was she going to use to buy the cashier’s check? Unicorn statues?
DH said “there are ways” to go through a bank --escrow, etc —but cash-in-hand always works. And banks charge for most of that stuff.
So no matter what story anyone tells you — be wary! Scammers have had a lot of practice buying trailers and ripping off sellers --I’ve only sold one trailer!