Everything You Need to Know About Purchasing Shipping Containers

There are currently about 17 million shipping containers in circulation across the globe, but only 6 million are actually being used. No matter what your professional situation is, you could likely benefit from renting or purchasing a few strong steel shipping containers.

If you’re thinking about researching shipping container sales and buying one or two, there are some important things to keep in mind:

    • Why do you need it? — First, you need to identify why you actually need a new or used shipping container. Are you opening a new small business? Are you hoping to improve your storage capabilities? Do you just want a secluded area to get some work done? Whatever the reason, make sure you’re aware of it before you make a purchase.
    • What type of security will you need? — No matter what is being kept inside a container, a quality lock needs to be present. There are two types of container locks: exterior bolt locks and interior locking mechanisms. Interior locking mechanisms are a little more expensive but work extremely well — so if you have a lot of valuables inside your container, that’s your best bet. Otherwise, an exterior bolt lock should do. Many container suppliers sell a variety of locking mechanics including standard bolts and complex interior locks. Make sure you ask the supplier what additional security options they offer, as well.
    • What’s the condition of the container? — If you’re buying a new shipping container, you likely won’t have to worry about its condition. If you’re buying used, however, there are some important things you should look out of for, including: how it has been used in the past, what type of climate has it been exposed to, how many miles it has traveled, any and all repairs that have occurred, and whether or not is incurred any rust, dents, drops, and other damages.

Once you have determined why you need a container (or multiple containers), know your security needs, and have an idea of its overall condition, it’s time to get a quote. This is all the information that you’ll need to list out when getting a shipping container sales quote:

    • Company name
    • First and last name
    • Business or personal address (street, city, state, and zip code)
    • Phone number
    • Email address
    • Container condition: new, used, wind and watertight, or cargo worthy
    • Lead source: prior customer, referral, sign, trade show, other
    • Container type: refrigerated, insulated, dry, other
    • Number of containers: 1, 2-4, 5-7, 8 or more (please specify)
    • Custom container modifications
    • Delivery type: customer pick-up, flat bed, tilt bed
    • Delivery address
    • Additional requirements

If you want to learn more about shipping container sales and find quality used shipping containers for sale in NJ, give Integrated Equipment Sales a call today.

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