Building a tool shed, garage, barn, house, underground bunker, or do you simply got stuff that needs storing? Buying a storage container is a big purchase – pun intended – and it wouldn’t hurt to know the basics first.
It is not like you can go to the department store and pick out a storage container to take home, so how do you even find used storage containers for sale? How does one go about buying used storage containers? Read on for all you need to know about buying used storage containers.
Used Storage Containers For Sale
Before you even start looking for cheap used storage containers, you will first need to understand your needs and the options you have. Let us first take a look at what is out there for sale.
Types and Sizes
The cost of used steel storage containers roughly runs from $2,000 – $5,000 depending on the type of unit, its size, and the condition of the container.
There are two main types of storage units. Ones with refrigeration for temperature control and ones without. Generally speaking, a temperature-controlled unit is going to cost you more.
Cargo containers normally come in 10ft (3m), 20ft (6m), and 40ft (12m) sizes. However, there are containers as long as 53ft long and nearly 9ft tall.
Containers without refrigeration or a roof are called open-top containers. Open-top containers are normally cheap used storage containers.
Inspect or Inquire
Used containers are often in very good condition providing huge value for the buyer. Other containers may have holes or damage to the doors that you may need to repair depending on your purpose for the container.
When considering a purchase, be sure to inspect the container for rust damage to the metal especially the doors and hinges. A good determination if there are holes in the container is to go inside in the daytime and shut the doors. If there is no light coming in there probably aren’t any holes in the container to worry about.
In some cases, it isn’t possible to inspect the container before you buy it. Make sure you ask lots of questions about the condition. Ask for pictures and if the seller offers a satisfaction guarantee upon delivery.
You’re not ordering a pizza here so delivery weighs heavily into the cost. In some cases, the seller will offer free delivery, but for the most part, you will need to pay for the delivery of your container on top of the purchase price.
Before you commit to the purchase make sure to ask the seller about delivery. They will likely already have a driver and truck on standby to make the trip. Consider arranging your own delivery if the delivery fee seems too high.
Where to Buy
Like with any major purchase it pays to shop around. There are many companies that specialize in the sale of new and used storage containers. Do an online search and call the dealers nearest you to get the ball rolling.
You may want to check with shipping companies in your area. They might have some used containers they are looking to get rid of. Good deals can also be found on E-Bay and even Craigslist.
Close the Deal
Assuming you have done your homework and you have found what you need for a reasonable price, pull the trigger, sign on the dotted line, and sit back and wait for your used storage container to arrive.
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