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, 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
When you’re looking in the middle portions of the country they begin to become a little 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 ship so don’t be afraid to have one transported into your area, just be prepared to pay a little more for it.
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. Here you can find additional information on inspecting your container
Getting a Quote
Generally you will get a verbal quote and occasionally a written one. Make sure you understand what’s included, 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.
If you only need the container for 18 months 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.