How to Buy a Used Storage Container

Shipping containers are normally used in shipping goods throughout or out of the country. It is built to withstand moisture and salt so it is more commonly used as overseas shipping containers.

However, even if there is a constant trade of goods between countries, a lot of shipping cubicles are still being left abandoned in the shipyards because of the high cost and risks it poses for the ship that will deliver it back. Consequently, these are sold or rented to people or companies that can’t afford brand new shipping containers. They use them as shipping cargos or as something else like houses and other kinds of edifices.

Acquiring a used shipping cubicles can be very tricky. Whatever purpose you have in buying a shipping container, it is a good idea to have ample knowledge about used storage containers to avoid future frustrations. You have to consider a lot of things before buying one. Here are some tips to help you find, choose, and buy a used shipping cubicle:

1. Evaluate your needs.

A standard shipping container comes in two sizes: 20 foot and 40 foot container lengths. Heights are 8 feet 6 inches and 9 feet 6 inches respectively. If you need more space, extra wide containers are also available. The length of these containers is 48 feet.

Bigger containers are, of course, more expensive. Assess the capacity of one container first and the things you want to put in them before buying one.

2. Where would you want to put your container?

Unless you’re making a home extension with a storage container, it is not a good idea to put a shipping container on your yard—that is if you have a big enough yard to fit a 20-foot metal vessel. If you’re not planning on shipping out items somewhere, better call a space provider to store your containers for you. There are plenty of companies in the US that houses shipping containers at a cost.

3. The internet is your friend and enemy.

You can find all things on the internet, but none of them are worth buying unless you check the item yourself. Online stores are your friends but only if you know how to shop online. Items like shipping containers require physical inspection before anyone can decide about spending a dime.

The physical condition of a used storage container may vary from slightly used to well-worn containers. If you’re looking for a relatively new container, look for “one-trip” containers. These might have a few scratches from their initial trip but are nonetheless good as new.

4. Make your choices.

Call the shipping container company you found online and ask for prices. You can type them all out on an excel file for better comparison later. Include transportation costs in your comparison table to get a better view on things. You want to make sure that the value of your money is being maximized.

Trim down your choices into three or less. Visit the storage container companies of your choice and inspect your prospect containers yourself. If you can, hire a professional inspector to check the condition of the containers for you. This will also help you decide on what container to buy.

5. Purchase the best container out of your options.

After everything has been checked out, it’s time to make that purchase. Some companies may require a credit card or a check upon purchasing. Make sure to ask about that upon calling the company, and ask for price quotes as well. There is no better feeling in the world than knowing that while you have spent some money, you also have maximized the value of it by finding the best deals.