You can get a lot of use out of used shipping containers for sale. They are what you need, whether you want to store things or build something. It is well known in the shipping industry that used containers for sale can work just as well as brand-new units and are worth a fraction of the price of a shipping container. It’s also good for the environment because they can be used again or recycled. But it can be hard for people who have never bought a used SCF’s shipping container range before to find a good one because they don’t know what to look for.

Compared to the photos

With photos, it’s easy to see how the used containers look on the outside and how big they are. But it is very important that you pay close attention to the details. Most of the time, the sellers take pictures of a container with a good interior and another container with a good roof. Then, they put them all together to make it look like the picture came from a single box. So, just check the container carefully to avoid any surprises.

SCF's shipping container range

Check things out.

First, you need to look at the outside. Walk all the way around it and see how it looks. It’s very important to check everything, including the paint, the seals around the edges, the wear and tear, etc. Lastly, you need to look inside. Start with the doors and check to see if they are broken, if they lock properly, and if the seals around the edges work.

Look at the history of the container.

It’s also important to know where the container came from. Just ask how old it is, what maintenance and repairs have been done to it, and if possible, what it was carrying.

Find out how much the delivery will cost.

Before you buy the container, don’t forget to ask the seller how the delivery will work. You also need to know how far away the container is from you and when you might have to pay more than the price you were quoted before you bought it.

Check the guarantees.

Make sure you ask about guarantees. Most of the time, reliable suppliers always offer a liability waiver or warranty for a certain amount of time.

Think about how much it might cost to make changes.

If you want to use your container as a traveling store, an event display, or offices for your company, you may need to change it by adding an electrical system, changing the doors, installing a heating and cooling system, painting the outside and inside, etc. Just make sure you know what you will use the container for before you buy one.