Word of caution.
How do you know the second hand units haven't also been blown due the above lack of knowledge. Also S/H units may not have all the options applicable to your car coded into it? (Can be done with PP)
If you go down the secondhand route, you will also need the keys from the doner vehicle too.
I would go the repair route personally. Just had a Citroen one done.
I noticed when you collected your car it was on a dolly.
Not sure if you are aware that is illegal. Dollies are for recovery only and subject to different laws than a trailer (transportation) The Police tend to turn a blind eye, but I know this has led to insurance problems if you have an accident while towing.
Here it is chapter and verse. I'm not preaching, but you should be aware. especially if you are towing it to a dealer. Cheers Col.
Q. What is a trailer?
A. A road vehicle, usually (but not necessarily) two wheeled, towed by a motor vehicle.Given the above dictionary definition, it is fairly clear that anything attached to the towball and having wheels in contact with the ground is a trailer. This includes cars on ‘A’ frames and dollies. Bearing in mind that the unbraked towing limit of 750 kgs refers to Maximum Gross Weight (i.e. the figure on the towed cars VIN plate) and not to actual weight, it severely restricts the options. The only cars I know of with a MGW of less than 750 kgs is the Aixam range. These are around 450 to 550 kgs.
There are strict regulations on braked trailers and, whilst a braked ‘A’ frame attached to a towed car constitutes a braked trailer, it is not legal for transportation as it cannot comply with EC71/320 .With car dollies, the situation is somewhat different. Under regulation 83 of the Road Vehicles (construction & Use) Regulations 1986 (SI.1986/1078) Amending Regulations, a car dolly, with a car in place, will be considered as two trailers. This is legal for recovery but, under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 (Schedule 6) the combination is limited to 40 mph on motorways and dual carriageways and 20 mph elsewhere.
Note that there is a very specific difference between recovery and transportation. Recovery is the removal of a broken down vehicle to a place of safety. It does not include removing a rotor arm (for instance) and travelling the length and breadth of the country. The police are well aware of the difference due to the regulations covering Tachographs and Operators Licences. Recovery vehicles are exempt.
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