If you are wondering whether towbars are transferable, the short answer is no. As an experienced manufacturer, we would never recommend transferring a towbar onto another car. Some people think it is fine to transfer a towbar from one vehicle to another. 'It looks like new', 'it's in great condition' or 'I've bought the same car' are common thoughts when it comes to buying a second-hand towbar. However, you should never compromise your safety.
In this article, we answer the question 'can you transfer a towbar onto another car' whilst also looking at safety and how your warranty could be affected.
Are towbars transferable?
Only type approved towbars that are make and model-specific can be fitted to your vehicle in the first place. So, if you have a Ford Mondeo and you're buying an Audi A1, the towbar will definitely not be transferable.
If you already have a towbar and want to transfer it onto another vehicle, technically it can be done - if you are transferring it to the exact same make and model. However, it needs to comply with EU regulations, be type-approved and in good working condition.
Additionally, if you purchase a second-hand towbar, which is also not recommended, you should have it thoroughly checked, tested and fitted by a local fitter for your safety. This would ensure it is safe to use and road legal.
It is important to remember that it would need to be transferred to the exact same make and model of car. If it is a newer or older model or a slightly different variation, it may not be suitable.
Is a second-hand towbar safe?
If safe, legal towing is at the forefront of your mind, which it should be, then buying a second-hand towbar isn't a great idea. Without knowing the full history, it is impossible to know if it is in safe towing condition.
A second-hand towbar could have been involved in an accident if there has been a collision with the rear bumper of the car, which could mean it is not fit or safe for towing. It could also have been made specifically for a different vehicle to the one you want to fit it to, meaning that it may not be compatible with your vehicle.
If you are towing a trailer, caravan or horsebox, you want to be safe in the knowledge that whatever you are transporting is secure. It is in your best interest to avoid a nasty accident on the road, and also your duty as a driver. The best way to do that is by purchasing a brand new, vehicle-specific towbar and have the appropriate professional fit the towbar.
Would my warranty be affected?
When a vehicle-specific towbar is first purchased, they often come with a manufacturer warranty or guarantee. However, if you move it onto another vehicle, the guarantee is non-transferable. This means it will not be covered by the manufacturer for any defects, broken parts or faults. However, if you purchase a brand new towbar from a manufacturer like Witter Towbars, it will be covered under warranty.
If you do make the decision to purchase a second-hand towbar, it would need to be removed and refitted by a professional fitter. They would also need to test it is safe to use, is correct for your vehicle and has been well maintained.
So, if you're wondering 'can you take a towbar off a car and put it on another one?', we definitely wouldn't recommend it. Instead, you should purchase a brand new one that is vehicle-specific.
We manufacture a full range of towbars for most vehicle types and can create vehicle-specific towbars for new cars if they have not been manufactured yet. Not only that, but we have a network of professional fitters throughout Scotland, England and Wales so you can be sure you have your towbar fitted safely, by an expert.