Buying Used/Second Hand Shipping & Storage Containers
There is no doubt that you already know the benefits of buying a shipping container, you’ve even worked out where it’ll be positioned and what size you need…but what should you be looking for when purchasing a container? What are the key factors that you should consider when buying your shipping container?
What will you be storing in the container?
One container is not the same as another container – they all have different ages and could have been used for a plethora of different purposes. Think about what you are using the container for. For many, it will be simple storage of items, whether it be domestic or commercial. However, if you are using it especially for a food-based industry then you need to ensure that the container has been classified as ‘food standard’ before purchasing.
How old is the container?
We always say that the newer a container, the better. There is less risk of rusting or structural deficiencies, especially if the container has been used for shipping for a large portion of its life. It may be slightly more costly, but a one trip (or nearly new) 10 year old container will provide you with greater storage life and security than a 210 year old container.
How do I get the container to where it needs to be?
This is one of the key concerns we have found; the costs of moving the container can be high, especially if the company does not have their own transport arm or methods of transferring the container.
Thankfully, at ST Containers we have a transport fleet we can call on to ensure that your container will not only get to where you want it, but using a system called what3words, we can ensure it can go exactly where you want it. Not only that, but we have the experience to move anything, anywhere – no job is too complicated for our experienced and knowledgeable team.
Does the container need a flat surface?
In short, yes. Whilst a container is solid and sturdy its important to ensure that it will have a flat surface. If you are concerned about the container subsiding, place concrete blocks or old railway sleepers on the ground – this will not only raise the container off the ground, but will also give an extra layer of protection and help reduce any risk of condensation forming on the inside, or rust developing on the outside.
A wonky placement can also make the doors unnecessarily tough to open and close.
What do I need to do to secure my container?
Security is one of the biggest concerns when hiring or purchasing a Container. You don’t need to spend a lot to secure your container, but we would suggest investing in a heavy-duty lock and ensuring that a lockbox is fitted as well.
When purchasing your second-hand container, we suggest ensuring that the locking bar handles are working freely too – not just for security, but to ensure you can access your stored items and don’t encounter any unwanted problems further down the line.
Who should I buy the container from?
Quite simply, go for reputation. Ensure that the company you purchase from has a solid reputation for providing good-quality containers. You want to ensure that, like anything, you are getting good value for your money and the company you purchase from are able to deliver on their promises…and deliver the container ideally too.
Research reputable companies…or just come to us– we have the pedigree and experience to be able to not only match but exceed your expectations!
What our Users & Customers Say
Global Business, Horsham
We've now got 6 containers on our site from ST Containers. They have been wonderful as our raw materials inbound has increased. We are able to store products onsite, ready to use. Our needs will grow and shrink and ST Containers have been fast, responsive and excellent value.
We needed a container to house our possessions during a large extension on our property and the team at ST Containers helped us work out which size to go for and also allay any fears about damp / mould as the container is fully vented and feels brand new.
Worthing Rugby Club
ST Containers and Sussex Transport have been wonderful partners for us in terms of onsite storage for the club. Our 30' container (which was adapted for us to have doors on both ends) is just perfect. Once full we'll definitely be in contact for another.
How it Works
You confirm the size of container you need
Size wanted and length of hire (if hiring) is great to know. However, if you need some help working this out, please get in touch with our friendly team and we can help you decide.
We price for container & and delivery
We provide a competitive price for rental or purchase along with the delivery and collection fees.
All agreed and ready to proceed
Once everything is in place we will provide the hire or sale documents and contracts (that protect us all) and agree your delivery date.
Our very own drivers carry out your delivery
We are a division of a high quality transport and logistics company and our drivers are highly skilled, trained, polite and friendly. They'll ensure you are happy with your container and explain anything you need to know.
I'm ready to get my container!