- Do some Background research into the Supplier/ Manufacturers business and the product they are offering Remember Cheaper is not always better.
- How long Has the Supplier/ Manufacturer been in business?
- Do they have a licensed Mechanic / Welder / Engineer / Electrician / Plumber to build the Float to Australian Safety Standards? .get proof. Don’t take their word on it .
- Do they Offer Warranty and Servicing? This should be at least 5 years structural warranty.
All these details are paramount before making the decision to purchase. The longer the business has been operating the better chance that you are buying from a reputable supplier.
We are seeing a lot of fly-by-nighters starting up businesses to import floats…are they still going to be around if things go wrong? We only have to look at the Solar Industry to know the effects of this.
A lot of finance companies offer finance to horse float customers. Many finance companies who value their clients and the products they buy will research the supplier to make sure they are reputable. They need to be in tune with horse float suppliers all over Australia and converse with the industry watchdog authority on these suppliers. Most finance companies DO NOT finance floats from suppliers that they know may create problems for their clients.
FINAL TIP: NEVER pay full price for a horse float that has not arrived in Australia, pay a deposit but DO NOT make a full payment. There is no guarantee these goods will arrive and if this happens you have NO FALLBACK position. Campermates only requires a 30% deposit to order a new build float and final payment on completion.