Choosing Between New and Used Shipping Containers

Do you know that used shipping containers can be used to create a perfectly-size pool or a metal playground for your kids?

Many customers have always been under the impression that new and used shipping containers are the same other than their age and condition. This can’t be further from the truth. However, they are very different.

Here are some of the factors that have to be taken into account when looking at new or used shipping containers for sale in Houston.

1. Paint and Markings

New shipping containers are typically painted one solid color, they tend to be tan or white, and will have no markers on them.

Used shipping containers can be a bit more colorful. They are usually painted to match the shipping line’s corporate identity. They could also have a logo or name on the side.

The quality of the paint on used shipping containers can vary depending on how long they have been used but, that can be overcome with a simple paint job. Most shipping container sellers will be perfectly willing to provide this.

2. Container Condition

New shipping containers will have only been transported one time (from the factory to the depot) and will have little to no damage done to them.

Used containers come in three categories cargo worthy, wind and watertight, and “as is, where is.” Cargo worthy ones may not be aesthetically pleasing, but they can still get the job done. Wind and watertight ones will be in fair condition but no longer meet the requirements for international shipping. Even though they can’t be used for that, they are great for storage because they can keep the elements out.

“As is, Where is” have either not been inspected or been inspected and prove to be in bad condition.

Container depots that offer used shipping containers for sale in Houston will have examined them to let the buyer know exactly what condition they are in.

3. Locking Gear

New shipping containers typically come with high locking gear, while used ones come with high ones.

This means that with used containers if they are put on the back of a truck, the customer won’t have to use a ladder to reach the handles and unlock the container, but they will also have to bend over each time they use it.

4. Other Security Features

Many new shipping containers will have a lockbox. This makes it really difficult for the lock to be cut. Most used shipping containers won’t have this handy feature.

In addition to the lockbox, most new containers have forklift pockets. Some used containers will have these as well, but not all of them. The ones that don’t will have to be carried using cranes or special lifts.

Look at New and Used Shipping Containers for Sale in Houston

There are many differences between new and used shipping containers for sale in Houston. This can vary from a different paint job to the different security features. Either way, they all serve the same purpose.

If you’re located in the Houston area and need a new or used shipping container, contact us today to get a quote.

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