In the last couple of decades, shipping containers have become increasingly popular. Today, it is easier to buy a shipping container whether it is for industrial, residential, or commercial use. The supply of shipping containers has also increased and you will always find a shipping container any time you want to buy. However, it is important to know what you should look for in a shipping container before you buy one. There is numerous application for containers, depending on your specific need for a container, you can decide to buy a new container or a used one. Either way, there are important factors that you must consider before you purchase a container to ensure that you get the right one.
Quality of the container; the quality of the shipping container is one of the most important factors you should put into consideration when buying one. However, it is important to note that the price of the shipping container will be influenced by factors such as its quality, volume, and also the range of conditions in your local area. Shipping container prices vary from one local market to another. There are several options of shipping containers you can choose from as far as quality is concerned. For instance “one-trip” containers refers to a container that has made only one trip across the ocean while carrying the cargo. We also have a “cargo worthy container”; this container has satisfied the international standards that have been set by the shipping industry. It is satisfied for transport either by rail or road. A “reconditioned” container refers to a used container which has been inspected, repaired and freshly painted to reach the Cargo Worthy standards. There is a wide range of shipping containers one can choose from depending on the intended use of the container.
Condition of the container; the condition of the shipping container is a critical factor that should be considered before buying one. The photos of shipping containers provided on the company’s websites can be used to assess the overall condition of the container. Important things to look for includes the paint on the container, corner casting, and seals around its edges to assess the condition of the shipping container. However, the dent is not a very serious problem as it will not affect the functionality of the container especially if they do not have a section of corrosion and rust which is a sign that the container has been handled poorly. It is important to request a photo of the container you intend to buy to assess its condition, however, if you can visit the site it is much better. It is crucial to have a personal physical inspection of the container. Some structural blemishes can cause issues and you should check them out. The doors are a crucial part to consider, you should check for signs of serious damage on the doors including the condition of the locks and seal, the door fittings, gaskets, and the locking mechanism. Smell the inside of the door to help you detect any sign of rust or mold. Rust and mold are signs of leakage on the door. Consider these important tips to help you choose the right shipping container for your needs.