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Shipping containers have proven to be a versatile and durable product finding their way into many new applications. Here, we will provide information on how to find, inspect, buy or rent, maintain, repair, and modify shipping containers or help you locate resources to do the work for you. Whether you intend to use shipping containers for storage, transport materials, or you have more creative ideas like a container house or underground storm bunker, Containers4Sale.com is your complete resource for shipping container maintenance, modifications and accessories. Containers, they’re not just for shipping anymore!
Where to find containers:
Whether you’re looking for a container that is a new single crossing unit, a solid cargo worthy unit, a wind and weather tight unit or an “as is” container, they tend to be easier to find in some locations than others. As you would guess, they are very easy to locate along the coasts especially in the large port cities like New York, LA, Norfolk, and Seattle. They are also easy to come by in areas like Chicago, Baton Rouge and usually plentiful in industrial areas like Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Louis, you can usually find them in the typical locations like an intermodal. Here is a short list of places to find containers for sale:
Containers for Sale | Local Shipping | Intermodal | The Drayage | Directory | Equipment Trader
When you’re looking in the middle portions of the country they begin to become more difficult to come by. If you have had little success looking at the local intermodals you may want to try some less obvious spots like Craigslist and eBay.Remember, containers are big heavy things but they are made to move so don’t be afraid to have one transported to your area, just be prepared to pay a little more.
Performing an Inspection:
Although not always possible, it’s a good idea to look at any containers that you’re going to buy. This may present a problem if the container is stored at an intermodal or container yard as they tend to be very busy places. There is typically a charge every time they move, or handle a container for you. Click here to find additional information on inspecting your container.
Getting a Quote:
You will generally get a verbal quote over the phone, occasionally container resellers will follow up with a written one. Either way, make sure you understand what’s included in your quote, sales tax? Freight? Loading onto a trailer, offloading? You will pay the most for a single crossing unit and the least for an “as is” unit so know what kind of unit you are buying. Remember, one person’s cargo worthy unit is another person’s wind and weather tight; understand that this is a subjective grading system. You can find more information on shipping container grades in our free E-book.
If you only need the container for 18 months or less than rental may be a good option for you.
If you need the container for a longer period of time, need to modify it, or it will be placed it in a harsh environment where some damage may occur than buying may be the best option for you. Read more about renting versus buying considerations here.
Shipping and Receiving:
When the day of delivery arrives, pick out a dry and level spot that drains well. Have your site clear of equipment and vehicles; there is nothing worse than looking for the owner of a car when the clock on the delivery truck is ticking. Make sure the driver knows how you want the container loaded, doors to cab or doors to the rear based on your site and how the delivery vehicle will access it . You can read more about shipping container delivery here.
Once Your Container Arrives What Are You Going to Do With It?
The options here are endless, are you going to use it for extra storage space, to transport tools and equipment to remote locations or turn it into a job site office? Maybe you’ll use it as the building block for a cabin or a house or use it as a small retail store or rental store at the beach? Maybe you’re going to start a lucrative storage container rental business or to broaden the offerings of an existing equipment rental business?
Regardless of the end use you may need some resources along the way. In addition to providing you with used shipping containers we can help you with maintenance tips, modification suggestions, container rentals and sources for parts. We can help you with designs, engineering and even some tips on what to look for in the small print. Check out our free E-Book, Ten Items to Inspect When Buying Used Shipping Containers or look through the Resource tab to find some help. In addition, be on the look for our upcoming E-book “How to Make Money in the Container Rental Business.”
If you have a shipping container need or issue and don’t see what you need here or don’t have the time to look it up then feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to get you pointed in the right direction. Take a look through our current inventory and get started letting containers make you more profitable TODAY!