Shipping containers for sale can come in a variety of conditions. Generally speaking, containers are either used, refurbished, or new. Used containers can vary greatly. ‘As is’ boxes are not usually wind and watertight, or there could be something functionally wrong with them. Examples of the issues often seen with ‘as is’ containers are holes in the floor or soft spots, extensive rust, broken gaskets, doors that do not open or close, and holes in the roof. These containers are great for people that do not necessarily need a perfect container.
Many used containers are in wind and watertight condition. This means that there are no holes in the container so water can get in and that it protects the goods inside from the wind. Because used containers can vary greatly, it is important to really look at these boxes. Make sure you do the following when checking out a used container:
1.) Open up the doors, and try to close them again.
Sometimes doors or hinges can sustain damage from being bumped into by vehicles or other containers during shipping.
2.) Walk around the container to inspect any rust spots.
If there are any large dents, they will probably turn into large rust spots eventually. No used container will be perfect, but by thoroughly inspecting the container, you will know what you are purchasing.
3.) Inspect any internal flooring.
Many containers have wood flooring, either plywood or particleboard, and you should check for rotting wood, or even potential mold problems.
New or ‘One-Trip’ containers are in the best shape. They will have minimal dents and very little rust. A container can never be purchased new and never used. These units are built in Asia and are shipped to America, hence the ‘one-trip’ notation. If you are worried about the way a container will look or if you don’t want to do any maintenance work on the unit, a new container might be the best option.
Contact AZ Containers at 602-723-9608 opt 1, for more information.