Buying a Shipping, Cargo or Storage Container Basics: What to Expect

A really common question that we receive through the website is “how do I buy a shipping container?”  Given that a portion of the retail clients that use ContainerAuction.com are first time container buyers, our staff and sellers are well trained and have the experience with containers to ask the right questions and make the transaction as smooth as possible.  In this article, we’ll cover the initial questions, payment, and the container delivery.

Initial Questions When Buying a Container

Shipping Container, Bunkhouse, Cargo Container

Modified shipping container

Used shipping container modifications have become a very popular, cost effective, and environmentally friendly way to construct new housing, livable and usable structures, or storage units.  All that it takes is someone with a creative mind take an every day issue and apply a modified shipping container to it.

Shipping Containers

Aftermarket Container Parts - Bolt on Lock Box

container lock box

One of the biggest differences between a new and used shipping container, aside from the obvious paint and condition, is the lack of a lock box.  Used shipping containers are designed with the shipping line or container leasing company in mind; while a new (one trip) shipping container is designed with the end user in mind.

Shipping Container Housing and Cabins

shipping container cabin

Shipping containes are a big business, both in their original use (shipping things) industry, and their aftermarket applications.  Originally, used shipping containers began to gain acceptance as storage units on farms, ranches, and then commercial and residential properties.  As more and more people started to see them, some creative architects got involved and began to use them as building blocks for modular housing and cabins - then came the preppers.  Preppers, in case you aren't aware, are groups and individuals that are predicting TEOTWAWKO (the end of the world as we know it); and th

Moving a Shipping Container, without a forklift

Moving a shipping container

Shipping containers are by portable by design, but most times they require a forklift or crane to put them on the back of a truck and move them from one location to another.  In some cases, once they're on the truck you can use a tilt-bed truck to set it on the ground without a fork lift (Shipping Container Delivery, without a Forklift); however what about the times when you are moving it from one residential address to another place and you don't have a forklift on site?  Simple, use the same tilt b

Shipping Container Delivery, without a Forklift

Shipping Container Delivery, without a Forklift

Shipping containers are very popular for storage, modular conversions, job site offices, and even (if you're in Colorado) portable pot farms.  If you're in the market for one of these 20' or 40' units, one of the first questions that you'll be asked is, "do you have any way to unload the container once we get it to you?" If the answer is yes, you can usually negotiate a great deal.  Reason being that wholesalers typically don't have the capacity or connections to arrange a one off delivery to a random location, especially with a buyer who will want it set on

Method Of Selecting The Right Shipping Container

Shipping products within your national borders or around the world requires careful planning to ensure a safe and prompt delivery. Whether shipping items for your company or for personal reasons, it's important to choose the right shipping container. The right shipping container can save you time and money as well as protect your goods. If appropriate make sure that your containers have the appropriate HAZMAT labels on them.

Tips for Buying Shipping Containers

40' shipping container

Due to their popularity in the freight industry, shipping containers are inexpensive and convenient. However, their uses aren't limited to shipping and transportation. After making a few minor adjustments you can repurpose a cargo container for use as a temporary office, a mobile storage unit, or even an environmentally friendly house. When considering a container for your next building project there are few things you should keep in mind before you purchase a shipping container.

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