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Old 04-08-2008, 07:56 AM   #1
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what to charge to tow a trailer

I'm not really sure if this belongs here....but anyway--what's a fair price to charge?--I'm selling a little canned ham trailer on ebay--one bidder wants to meet halfway-- three hours away from us in CT.

My hub is willing to do it--should we charge by the mile--I've seen $1.50 a mile mentioned, or charge tolls, gas and a flat fee?

He really only wants his expenses and some over for time, etc--so what's the going /fair rate? thanks--Zoe
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:08 AM   #2
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With gas prices as high as they are, I would get something for mileage and the added convenience. You are helping the buyer to get his trailer and that is certainly worth something back to compensate you. I have charged $1.50 per mile before and the buyer thought that was fair.
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If I were the buyer of the trailer, I would make the delivery part of the deal - assuming the seller is anxious to make the sale, it would be worth it to him to make the delivery. If I were the seller of the trailer, I would charge enough to cover my expenses (gasoline, lunch and any tolls, etc...) My time is my own and I would even consider charging for that - but I would certainly cover my expenses, unless there was enough mark-up in the trailer sale to cover everything. It's really up to you folks - what's it worth to make the sale???
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:38 AM   #4
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thanks, fellows--I think we'll do the $1.50 a mile--that ends up being about $250--and I know it cost me $100 just to get a trailer lifted and transported about 10 miles last year--so I think this is fair.

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At $3.50/gallon gas, I think $1.50/mile is more than fair.
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2008 Standard Mileage Rate is $.505 per mile...that plus any toll fees seems fair to me. If the buyer is a "good guy" he will tip you for your time & effort for meeting him 1/2 way....but I wouldn't count on that.

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2008 Standard Mileage Rate is $.505 per mile...that plus any toll fees seems fair to me. If the buyer is a "good guy" he will tip you for your time & effort for meeting him 1/2 way....but I wouldn't count on that.

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Shari, Thats for mileage reimbursement not the going commercial towing rate. That said I'd probably charge a buck a mile. Thats affordable and kind to a buyer and below market price. It also pays for the fuel with a nice extra for your time.
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Shari, Thats for mileage reimbursement not the going commercial towing rate. That said I'd probably charge a buck a mile. Thats affordable and kind to a buyer and below market price. It also pays for the fuel with a nice extra for your time.
You're right...guess I should have clarified. The round-trip mileage - which works out to slightly more than $1 a mile for the distance.

Everybody has their own tolerances...if I were the buyer, I would be gracious and "tip" at least $100 for the effort plus all the expenses incurred. To me, the sales price and your willingness to meet halfway for the sale should cover the rest.

Also, it's not a commercial venture (which includes mark-up for insurance, rent, employees, etc.) ...it's a convenience for the buyer & seller. I would think the buyer would be willing to pay what it would cost him to go all the way & get it himself...the savings is in the time it takes to do so.

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oh well, it's all moot now as that person never even bid--I guess the $1.50 was too high for him...

thaNks, though, as I've been unsure about this issue for awhile--and it will come up again with my next trailer, I'm sure.

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just wanted to add--we did tow the trailer 64 miles to meet the new owner--he was leery of driving up and down and around our hilly roads!

used close to 3/4/ tank of gas--75 bucks to fill up--took 3 1/2 hours total--charged $90---we got hot dogs for lunch with our profit!!!!


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