A used cargo container is a unit that has been used multiple times to ship goods between different countries. Whether you are using it for storage, shipping or conversion, there are things to look for to make sure your purchase is completely up to scratch.
Key Questions To Ask When Buying Second-Hand
It goes without saying that a second-hand unit will have some dents and scratches on it. A freight box’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 from knocks and scuffs. However, it’s not just the aesthetics that you need to consider when buying used – here are our key questions you should ask when purchasing:
What Size Options Are Available?
Choosing the best size boils down to what you need the unit for. The most common sizes are 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft in length. Standard height is 8ft 6”, but high cube containers are also available which stand at 9ft 6”. If you need to store many items, for example, a 40ft unit or a high cube will be better suited for you.
Another thing to consider when choosing the size is where it 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 unit we need to be able to fit a 65ft wagon on site to be able to transport your purchase 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 units, so we will happily answer any queries you have about the best size for your needs, and to fit your site.
Is It Structurally Sound?
Constructed from steel, cargo units are strong and fit for the purpose of transporting goods. When purchasing, the supplier will confirm that your unit is wind and watertight. However, there is no guarantee that it is structurally sound.
This is important to consider when purchasing used, as it may not be fit for what you need it for if it is not structurally sound. When enquiring, make sure you give as much detail as possible so the supplier can recommend the best solution to your needs.
Is The Interior At A Good Standard?
As well as checking the outside of the unit, it’s important the interior is suitable for use. Bear in mind that a used unit will not be at its best aesthetically as it has previously been loaded and off-loaded using forklifts, it’s highly likely there will be dents and marks on the interior. 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 interior should be watertight with no cracks or gaps where water can leak through. It’s worth noting there may be condensation inside the unit. You can reduce this by lining your unit with a suitable material, such as plywood.
Is The Company Trustworthy?
Although cost-effective compared to new units, 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 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 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 demand rises and stock is in short supply, we are hearing from many customers who are being scammed by fake companies. There are currently lots of 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 Second Hand Unit Customisable?
Whether it’s a simple repaint to change the colour or a complete conversion, it’s important you can customise your used purchase to meet your needs. Luckily, second-hand units can be customised for a range of uses.
They 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; 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 units. We have both standard and high cube and we can arrange delivery nationwide throughout the UK. We sell all of our products in line with the high standards we have maintained over our 40 years’ experience. You can trust us to provide a solution that meets all your needs