Container Buying Guide
Shipping containers are sold into the 'retail' market for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons that shipping lines and leasing companies sell containers are that the used container is at an inconvenient location and it would be expensive to 'reposition' the empty containers into a more accessible port or depot, the container may have reached the end of it's useful life and, while it's still in good condition, it's no longer suitable for shipping, or it may be a convenient market to sell the shipping containers into. Whatever the reason may be, many times the container is well suited for being repurposed into a new role as a tool shed, mobile storage unit, or possibly a modular home conversion. If you're interested in buying a used shipping container we can already assume that you have a specific purpose in mind. Over the past few months we've collected some of the most frequent questions that have been asked of our staff and we'd like to share them to help you make the best decisions before, during, and after your purchase.
What are the typical dimensions of a shipping container?
Shipping container dimensions can vary, but the most common containers are 20' and 40' long and 8' wide. The external height is typically 8.5', which means that inside clearance is 8'. The exception to the height is a 'high cube' container which is 9.5' high.
What condition do I need my container to be in?
If the container is being used for shipping or a modular home conversion project, it's best to look for either 'one trip' or 'cargo worthy' containers. These containers are still suitable for shipping and, while they do tend to be a little more expensive, they are structurally solid and have little to no damage on them. If you're planning to use the container as a tool shed or portable strage unit you can save a few dollars and search for a container that's 'wind and water tight'.
How do I have the container delivered?
For buyers in the United States finding a trucking company is quick and easy. On every listing page we've included a tool from uShip.com that provides estimates, and if you decided to proceed, exact quotes from hauling companies... [full article here]
What's the best way to keep the container level?
If you're able to find two railway sleepers for the container to be situated on this will make the container more level and help to keep it up off the ground and away from excess moisture. It is very important for the container not to be "racked" or twisted as this stops the doors from opening properly. If you're not able to find sleepers, the next best options are concrete pads or footings. Keeping your container level and square is important.
How do I paint a shipping container?
Painting will not only make the container look more appealing, it also serves to lock out any rust and corrosion. It's important to note that ordinary house paints won't do the job properly. You may well want to paint it so that it is in keeping with the area but also to preserve the steel. It is no good using ordinary house paints, you'll need marine paint for containers or a solvent based paint to provide maximum protection.
These are just a few of the most common questions that we receive. If you have any questions regarding buying a new or used shipping container you're welcome to contact us and we'll do our best to provide you with information that helps you make an informed decision.