The price range for used shipping containers for sale in North California vary depending on the condition of the product and who you’re buying it from. The age of used shipping containers does not really play a big part on how they are priced.
In general, sea containers stay in shipping services from seven to 12 years. Depending on what kind of shipping service such container were used will determine their physical appearance and overall condition. While the age could be considered in how shipping containers in North California are priced, the structure and the physical appearance are the primary considerations.
Who Sells Shipping Containers
When we say “who,” that’s referring to the retailers versus the individual sellers. An individual seller is a person who resells a shipping storage container he or she purchased, either from a retailer or from another individual seller. A retailer on the other hand is a person with direct access to the shipping containers in North California when they are pulled out from shipping services.
While purchasing from an individual seller has some advantages, it’s still recommended to buy from experts (the retailers). This is because they’re able to offer you both new and used shipping containers in varying price ranges and conditions. Also, you can be assured of buying sea containers in North California that are in wind and watertight condition when getting from retailers.
It’s always recommended to inspect the containers (if possible) before buying one. There are some specific thing to look for when inspecting sea containers:
(1) exterior surface rust, especially at the bottom of the door,
(2) the condition of door gasket around door area,
(3) the condition of wood floor on the container’s interior,
(4) the pin holes or penetrations in steel panels.
Used Shipping Container Buying Guide
Most shipping containers come in very standard sizes and styles after all, that's the nature of the beast and the beauty of the conex box. It's what makes them so useful for so many things other than moving goods across the ocean as they were originally intended to do. The dimensions of containers remain uniform but, shipping containers do come in several different varieties to allow shipping of goods that wouldn't otherwise ship in a standard conex box.
Standard 20 and 40 foot conex boxes are referred to as dry cargo containers. Variations of the basic conex box include refrigerated units often called "reefers," open tops or containers with no roof for shipping very tall items, tank containers which are nothing more than a floor with four corner posts, and top rails. A tank is positioned in the middle of this frame and now liquids can be lifted, handled and shipped uniformly on a container boat. Flat rack containers are container floors with two end walls often used for shipping construction equipment. These containers all have very specific uses but they maintain the exterior dimensions of our good old basic dry cargo containers and are handled the same way.
In addition to those very specific use containers we'll look at some shipping conex boxes that share more of the aftermarket flexibility of dry cargo containers. The most common of all the specialty containers are the "High Cubes." These containers are 9 foot 6 inches high on the outside and 8 foot 10 inches on the inside as compared to standard dry cargo containers which are 8 foot 6 inches on the outside and 7 foot 9 inches on the inside. This extra ceiling height makes high cube containers especially desirable for container homes or businesses. The 8 foot 10 inch interior height allows an owner who is modifying the container into a habitable building to run electrical fixtures in a ten inch cavity and still maintain a standard 8 foot finish ceiling height. High cubes are readily available in 40 foot lengths, they can be found in 20 foot lengths with a little work.
Another style of container based on the dry cargo container is the "double door," or "tunnel" unit. These are containers that have a set of doors on both ends, when both sets of doors are open the container does resemble a tunnel. Very often 20' double door containers are cut in half and transformed into two 10 foot containers. Usually you will find tunnel containers used in storage applications because you can load and unload them quickly from both ends or locate an item from both ends. If you are looking for a double door container make sure you are very specific in what you are asking for. Dry cargo containers come with double doors, on one end, if you ask for a double door unit the seller may think you are asking for a standard. To be sure you are getting what you need make sure you specify that you need doors on both ends.
Incredible Shipping Container Homes
Several businesses and individuals require the use of shipping containers for their day to day operations. Shipping containers for sale can be easily found on the internet or even in your own locality. Different uses will call for different container dynamics. Thus, the first step in choosing a shipping container and shipping scheme is to identify the company's or individual's shipping container usage. One can choose to purchase a shipping container with ease; these can be delivered to your exact address (just check this with the chosen supplier).
Identifying your container needs
What is the container to be used for? How long will be the duration of usage? These questions will determine your needs. Given the duration of usage, one may choose to buy a new container or a used one (many used containers are available online). Disposing a container will be an issue if one decides to purchase, thus, if the usage duration will be only a few months, renting might be considered a better option. Also, shipping containers come in varied sizes (e.g. 8ft, 10 ft, 20ft, 30ft, 40ft, 45ft), buy one that fits your needs.
In selecting containers, one must inspect its quality. New containers (especially from reputable suppliers), assures one of its condition. Used containers, although cheaper, may already have signs of dilapidation such as holes and leaks- it is a must therefore to check the container first before the purchase. In some instances, containers are to be used for years, so one must ensure its durability. Its depreciation can be attributable to environmental conditions such as exposure to wind, salt and moisture so the container must be able to withstand these if in such conditions.
Safety is also an issue for shipping containers. Some are protected with simple padlocks while other suppliers install lock box facility to further ensure protection; just make sure they are not easily breakable and are reasonable enough.
As in all cases, a buyer is faced with a budget. The tighter the budget, the better it will be to consider buying a second-hand container. Depending on size and usage, a container can range from 1,500$ to as high as 8,000$.
Further, shipping the container is another consideration. Some companies include freight of these containers while in other cases will need the assistance of an external carrier. Tracking the shipping of the container should also be a question to the supplier; make sure that you are able to have a regular update to its status. Also, planning permission might be an issue with some areas, so it will be best to inquire with the local authorities regarding this. On the buyer's own end, one must ensure that there is space for the container and that it is logistically possible to deliver a shipping container in the area.
Interestingly, aside from being containers for personal or business objects, shipping containers have also been used creatively as make-shift classrooms or even homes! Thus, we can see its many uses. There are several for sale available in the market, and it will be identifying your needs and budget that will get you one successful purchase.
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