More and more companies are looking for economical ways to acquire additional storage without having to construct another building or lock themselves into a long term lease.  So what are the alternatives?  Shipping containers can be the answer.

Used Shipping Containers: Things to Lookout For

Allstates Container shipping containerShipping containers are designed and constructed to withstand the worst climate conditions.  They can take it all whether they are on the deck of a transoceanic ship or sitting in a parking lot.  They can be rented or purchased so the cost can fit any budget.  If buying a shipping container is your choice, there are two options: buying new or used.  Be cautious when buying used – they can a great bargain, but be sure you spend your money wisely.
Finding a shipping container for sale today isn’t hard, but choosing the right one is an uphill task.  What you see is what you get. An in-person inspection is highly recommended because everything is there for you to view and decide for yourself.

Don’t Settle. Do Your Research

The first thing to consider is the size of the shipping container.  The size of the shipping container should match its use. Otherwise, you might purchase a small one that is exhausted quickly or a huge one that is usable but oversized for its purposes.

Features that Set Shipping Containers Apart

container truck in port

Check the Doors. Doors and hinges are the first to get damaged from being bumped by other shipping containers and the frequent opening and closing. Open the doors all the way and close them again. If there are difficulties or one of the doors isn’t opening, then there’s a problem.

Check the Interior and Exterior for Rust Spots. No used shipping container is perfect. However, it doesn’t mean that the shipping container has to be severely damaged. Check the inside and outside of the container and check for large dents. These eventually turn into large rust spots.  Surface rust is fine, but deep rust is a future problem.
Flooring. The floor is equally important as some containers might have been poorly stored, damaging the flooring. Look for any trouble spots on the floor and check for rust spots. These end up becoming the trouble spots.

Conex Containers are Built to Last

Containers are manufactured tough. They are exposed to harsh weather conditions during shipping, and they withstand. One trip shipping containers are in the best shape. They don’t have as many dents, and they aren’t very rusty. It’s going to be hard to find a used shipping container with zero rust. These containers are used at sea and exposed to salt water, which is corrosive. Choosing a container that is in better shape is all that matters. Surface rust is typical and won’t be problematic, but if the container has extensive rust spots or holes, choose a better one.
For more information on shipping containers, contact AllStates Containers at 704-802-7700.