Shipping Containers: New vs Old

Whether you are shipping goods or need onsite portable buildings, choosing old or new is an important question that you must face. This is a question that many industries face on a daily basis, it’s a simple conundrum of life. It is a question of price, quality and at the heart of its reliability.

So, what are the advantages and the disadvantages that can be found for a used or new shipping container?

New Container Advantages and Disadvantages

For new shipping containers or portable building the advantages include:

  • Great choice of style and size.
  • Peace of mind over quality.
  • Likely to not have had toxic chemical treatments to protect it from the sea.
  • Customisation is possible.
  • Increased availability – you will be able to buy the same container in bulk, rather than worry over whether or not the same type is still in production.
  • Comes with a multi-year guarantee.

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However, there are also some disadvantages to be found when buying a new container:

  • The price – it can be up to three times more expensive to buy a new container versus a used one.
  • Waiting periods for your new container to arrive can be quite long also, whereas you may be able to walk away with your new container on the same day.
  • It is not environmentally friendly compared to buying a used container.

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Used Container Advantages and Disadvantages

Now, looking at the advantages of a used container, they include:

  • The price of a used container is much lower and you still can find a variety of sizes/styles on the market.
  • There is an abundance of unused containers on the market, meaning there is plenty of supply to your demand.
  • In turn, this means no wait time for your shipping container to be built.
  • Fast turnaround for use on site in regard to a portable building also.
  • The largest benefit is the environmentally friendly nature of the used container. Re-using an item which would otherwise take up space and decay to negatively affect the environment, without using even more finite resources to construct another.

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Again, there are some disadvantages:

  • Rust, damage and even an unsound structure could come with a used container or building.
  • Pesticides and toxins to battle seawater could have been used on the outside.
  • Visiting the container in person to ascertain the quality can be time-consuming and costly.
  • The previous contents the container shipped is uncertain as there are no laws to keep such logs. Uncertainty over the containers history could be troubling.

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As you can see, you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a new container and isn’t as cut and dry as you might think!

Made up your mind? Then buy your new or used container units today!

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