Are Used Shipping Containers A Risk?

Purchasing a used shipping container means you can save cash, especially if the purpose doesn’t require one in new condition, and aesthetics aren’t an issue.

Things to Look for With Used Shipping Containers

When buying in Durham, storage containers are an asset where a company can save money by purchasing a used container. Used shipping containers in good condition are not an investment risk. One determination of whether to buy a new container or a used one is the performance needed from the container. Here are some items to consider when looking at using a shipping container as a storage container:


What do you intend to do with the shipping container? Function determines if you want a new one or a used one. If you need a storage container, check if the container is still watertight. Look for rust areas. Are there any cracks? Check the doors to see if they seal tightly. Many used containers have only been used once, while others have been in use for many years.


Sometimes you find that you need a proper storage container, but you are low on cash. If this is the case, then buying a used container is a viable option. Used shipping containers cost up to 40% less than the new containers. This savings translates to thousands of dollars on the purchase. Whether your storage needs are temporary or permanent, a shipping container is a great option.


You can modify the container to meet your specific needs by adding roll-up doors, windows, ventilation, electricity, and climate control. These requirements are vital if you plan to store furniture, chemicals, and other valuable items.

Interior Requirements

If valuable or delicate items are to be stored in the container, interior climate control is required. Local weather affects not only the exterior of the container but also the interior.

Have you ever heard of the container rain phenomenon? It’s caused by swift changes in temperature from cold to warm and vice versa inside the container. The warm and humid air in the container condenses and collects on the container’s cooler contents, walls, and inner ceiling. When this condensation occurs to a significant amount, the droplets from the ceiling fall like rain inside the container. Installing vents and fans to circulate the interior air can prevent this condition.

Used shipping containers are not a risk at all. They are useful and save you a substantial amount of money if you find one that fits your requirements. Take the time to personally inspect the container thoroughly before buying to avoid any problems later.

For more information on containers and their use in your business, contact Carolina Containers at 919-562-9187.

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