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Find a Used Storage Container for Sale

Portable storage containers are made with highly durable, long-lasting steel, which makes purchasing a used storage container a great option. Most of the time you won't even be able to tell the difference between a new or used container, and many suppliers offer refurbished units that come with fresh paint jobs so they look brand new.

Tips for Buying a Used Storage Container

Here are a few things you want to do before you decide to buy a used cargo container:

  • Inspect it in person - this is especially important if you are buying it from a private seller, and not as important with large portable storage companies. Most companies refurbish the containers and make sure that they are fully functional and are water tight, but some of them sell as is.
  • Compare prices - prices can sometimes vary greatly from company to company depending on the amount of containers that they have in stock. Some companies will charge high rates if they don't have a large amount of shipping containers in their current inventory because they are less inclined to sell.
  • Consider renting - depending on how much money you currently have available to purchase a used storage container, and how long you need it for, you may want to look into lease to purchase options.
  • Choosing a size - with purchases it's always better to have too much storage space compared to not having enough, which is why it's a good idea to get a larger unit than you think you will need. This will save you money and hassles down the road.

Used Shipping Container FAQ

Purchasing used storage containers isn't easy, and if you haven't purchased one before you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some of the most common questions customers ask when they are buying a used storage container:

How Much Does a Used Storage Container Typically Cost?

You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 for a smaller container, and over $4,000 on units 40' and longer. Prices fluctuate with demand, and there is currently a shortage(there has been since 2008), so prices keep going up. The best way to get a good deal is to shop around.

Do Used Storage Containers Come With a Warranty?

It depends what company you purchase from. If you are buying it on Craigslist or from a private seller you will almost certainly have no warranty(but you will pay less for it). If you buy a used storage container from one of the bigger companies in the industry they will often come with a warranty for standard things. Warranties typically cover the door hinges, the container itself, and it's ability to remain water tight.

How Much Does Delivery Cost?

Deliveries can range anywhere from $100-$200 for local deliveries(usually around 100 miles from your location), to a few thousand dollars if its being shipped hundreds or even thousands of miles. Always consider the cost of delivery when researching prices, it usually makes sense to go with a local supplier.