How to buy a shipping container in three simple steps

Buying a shipping container seems like a simple task on the surface, but it can become challenging when you don’t have an existing relationship with a reliable container supplier. Finding a reputable company to do business with is the first and most important step; one that companies get wrong and many end up spending more than necessary. A good reputation means excellent product quality and customer service, and it also guarantees that you’ll avoid some common container scams that are unfortunately present in the industry.

Here are some steps to follow to ensure you get the most for your money: 

Step 1:

Consider your project needs

There are various configurations to choose from when it comes to shipping containers, and multiple ways to acquire them, whether it’s buying or container rental. To ensure you’re getting the right product you need on the basis you need it, considering your needs is very important.

If you require flexibility or have a restrictive budget, or want to save on container maintenance and storage, you’re probably better renting.

Alternatively, if you want to save money long term, have ongoing needs, or have storage space, you might be better off purchasing.

It’s also important to consider what type of container you need, as there are multiple variations, each having their own special functions.

Here are the main types:

  • Standard container – Ideal for all typical storage and transportation requirements. 
  • High-cube containerFor those that require some extra headroom. 
  • Open-side container – Great for loading and unloading large, awkwardly shaped objects, or for conversions. 
  • Tunnel container – Perfect for those who need access from both ends of the container.

The last thing to consider is whether you want a new or used container. Making the right choices in terms of container type, purchase or renting and new or used can ensure you get a deal that’s exactly right, at a price that works for you.

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Step 2:

Find a reputable seller

As mentioned, finding a reputable seller is key when buying shipping containers, especially if you’re buying in bulk or your needs are ongoing. Look for a company that’s been in the business for a long time and has a great track record, as such companies will have a mass of positive reviews attached to their brand name. Once you’ve identified a promising business, give them a call, or if you’re nearby, pop round for a visit. A good seller will reassure you, answer your questions and show you their products, either in person or over a video call. 

If you want to skip the hassle and deal directly with a shipping container supplier with over four decades’ worth of experience in the business, give us a call. 

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Step 3:

Purchase and await delivery

The final stage involves negotiating a deal you’re happy with and waiting to receive your containers. Whether you’re renting on a short- or long-term basis or purchasing a container outright, be sure to get a suitable price so you and the supplier are both happy to proceed. 

Lastly, agree on a delivery date and provide any delivery instructions to the supplier. A business such as ours will offer nationwide delivery and have expert handlers to drop your container off according to your instructions and using their own expertise. 

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Summary checklist

Here’s how to buy a shipping container:

  1. Decide what you need in terms of size, type, purchase or rental.
  1. Find a reputable seller such as ourselves.
  1. Agree price, arrange delivery and receive your container.