Things To Look For When Buying A Used Shipping Container

A used shipping container is a cargo container that has been used multiple times to ship goods between different countries. There are lots of applications for a used shipping container. Whether you are using it for storage, shipping or conversion, there are things to look for to make sure the container is completely up to scratch.

Key Questions To Ask When Buying A Second-Hand Container

It goes without saying that a second-hand container will have some dents and scratches on it. A container’s job is to transport cargo overseas so it will have been on multiple journeys before you buy it. During this time, it will be loaded onto many transport vehicles. Due to this, it’s natural to have a few cosmetic blemishes on a used container from knocks and scuffs. However it’s not just the aesthetics of the container that you need to consider when buying a used container – here are our key questions you should ask when purchasing a second-hand container.

What Size Options Are Available?

Shipping containers are available in a wide range of sizes. Choosing the best size boils down to what you need the container for. The most common sizes are 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft in length. Standard container height is 8ft 6”, but high cube containers are also available which stand at 9ft 6”. If you need a container to store many items, for example, a 40ft container or a high cube will be better suited for you.

Another thing to consider when choosing the size is where the container will be positioned. Before you buy, measure the area to check the size of the space. When measuring, also think about accessibility of the intended container location. For example, if you’re buying a 40ft container we need to be able to fit a 65ft wagon on site to be able to transport the container safely. Additional questions to ask when thinking about size and delivery are can a lorry actually access the site and is there enough room for the vehicle to turn? Finally, will there be enough room for the stabiliser legs once on site? This will affect which size option you choose.

S Jones Containers have over 40 years’ experience in the sale and hire of shipping containers, so we will happily answer any queries you have about the best size container for your needs and to fit your site.

Is The Container Structurally Sound?

Shipping containers are constructed from steel, making them strong and fit for the purpose of transporting goods. When purchasing your used container, the supplier will confirm that your container is wind and watertight. However, there is no guarantee that a used container is structurally sound.

This is important to consider when purchasing a used container as it may not be fit for what you need it for if it is not structurally sound. When enquiring about a container, make sure you give as much detail as possible so the supplier can recommend the best container for your needs.

Is The Interior At A Good Standard?

As well as checking the outside of the container, it’s important the interior is suitable for use. Bear in mind that a used container will not be at its best aesthetically! As a second-hand container has previously been loaded and off-loaded using forklifts, it’s highly likely there will be dents and marks inside the container. Although it’s likely the interior will have some dents it should not have any sharp items, such as nails, that might cause damage to goods.

The container interior should be watertight with no cracks or gaps where water can leak through. It’s worth noting there may be condensation in the container. You can reduce this by lining the container with a suitable material, such as plywood.

Is The Company Trustworthy?

Although used containers are cost-effective compared to new containers, it is still a large sum of money in one transaction. Spending such a considerable amount of money with a supplier can be nerve-wracking. One of the easiest ways to find out if a container supplier is trustworthy is to check how long they’ve been trading. Companies that have been in business for many years will have the best experience and expertise. This makes it much easier to rely on their knowledge for your container purchase.

You can also check online reviews of the company. Checking review platforms shows you what previous customers thought of the service. Using these platforms, you can gauge if the company is legitimate. Companies with little online presence, or lots of bad reviews, may not be the most trustworthy.

As the demand for containers rises and stock is in short supply, we are hearing from many customers who are being scammed by fake container companies. There are currently lots of container scams on the market, so our best advice is if the price seems too good to be true it probably is. If in doubt, please feel free to give our sales team a call and we can let you know if we think you have been given a legitimate quotation.

Is The Container Customisable?

Whether it’s a simple repaint to change the colour or a complete container conversion, it’s important you can customise your used container to meet your needs. Luckily, second-hand containers can be customised for a range of uses.

Used containers can be transformed by painting it a new colour or adding a new exterior product, such as cladding, to improve the appearance. Additionally, your supplier can make adaptations to the container such as adding doors, windows, shelving and interior lining.

Buying Second-Hand From S Jones Containers

At S Jones Containers, we stock a range of second-hand shipping containers. We have both standard and high cube and we can arrange delivery nationwide throughout the UK. We sell our used shipping containers in line with the high standards we have maintained over our 40 years’ experience. You can trust us to provide a used container that meets all your needs

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