What to Know When Buying a HGV Horsebox

If you’ve committed to buying a HGV horsebox to transport you and your animals to events, in between stables or to competitions, then it is likely that you’ve already closely weighted up the options available to you. Whether you’re looking for an 18tonne or a 26-tonne model there are a few things to consider before committing to your investment or stepping up a weight class.


You’ll Need a Category C License

In order to drive anything over a 7.5 tonne vehicle, you’ll need to complete a driving training course that will give you a category C license once passed. This will allow you to drive vehicles up to 32 tonnes, covering even the heaviest horseboxes, which tend to be no more than 30. Ensure that you complete the necessary training course and subsequent driving test required before purchasing a HGV horsebox, so that you can get more familiar with the handling of a heavier vehicle and also drive away the same day once you’ve made a purchase.


Regular Maintenance

Just like with any vehicle, HGV horseboxes require maintenance and because of their size they may require more rigorous testing than lighter vehicles. With more load to transport and heavier braking,  the wheels are more prone to wear and tear and can become worn very quickly and so it is best to check them every time you set off for a long journey. The brake pads will also likely need upgrading and replacing more often than in smaller vehicles and should only be taken to a HGV horsebox specialist to do so, rather than a traditional garage.


They Cost More

A bigger vehicle undoubtedly comes with a bigger price tag, but the cost of running will also increase and so it is important to factor that into your budgeting. Heavier weight means more fuel consumption, more wear and tear to think about and a higher insurance premium, so make sure to do your research before committing.