Used Sea Containers For Sale Buying Tips
Ask the right questions when researching sea containers for sale.
Welcome to SeaContainersForSale.org - your virtual A-Z for new and used shipping container information and buying tips. Knowing what questions to ask before you commit to purchasing a sea cargo container will save you some potential headaches, and help you find better quality sea containers in better condition. A shipping cargo container makes a perfect temporary storage solution or mobile shelter and will always keep its resale value if you decide you dont need it anymore.
New or used shipping containers make the perfect temporary or semi-permanent storage solution, or mobile shelter. The contents of a sea cargo container will stay dry, safe and secure. Once you no longer have a need for your sea container, you can easily re-sell it and get back a good portion of what you originally paid. The uses for a (used) shipping container are only limited by your imagination. Some people have even converted cargo containers in to ultra modern green designer homes, while construction companies often use them for mobile offices. For most people however, a used container is perfect for fast, easy, secure dry storage.
If you are in the market for a used freight container you have the option of buying a brand new one or you can also find plenty of refurbished used shipping containers online. A new sea container will run you about $2000-$4000 for a standard size dry container. If you decide to buy used or refurbished, expect to pay about 50% less. You should always ask to see photos of the sea container for sale before you buy, and ask if the seller offers delivery in the purchase price.
Shipping containers come in 5 common standardized sizes so the can be stacked easily on container ships, trains, trucks and at the shipyard. The five most common lengths are 20ft, 40ft, 45ft, 48ft, and 53ft. United States standard domestic containers are 48ft and 53ft for rail and truck. Height is also a consideration and the most common height for a shipping container is 8ft, which was the standard for many years to accommodate railway tunnels. You can also find ones that are half height as well as “high cube” models, which are 9’6” high. There are weight allowances and considerations for shipping purposes, but these specs may also be important to you depending on what your needs are. To give you an idea, a 20ft dry container weighs in at about 5,000lbs with a payload of 48,000lbs; a 40ft container tips the scales at about 8,400lbs and can safely transport 59,000lbs.
You may want to consider a few key points before you start browsing all the new or used sea containers for sale.
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Aside from storage, sea containers can be converted to homes, offices, and temporary commercial spaces. There are no shortage of amazing shipping container home designs and innovative ideas for modular building using shipping containers. If this is your area of interest then you should definitely check out shipping container modular home design books for plans and conversion ideas and examples.
The possibilites are endless and limited only by your imagination. A sea container is essentially an inexpensive building block, both durable and flexible in terms of design possibilities. There are all kinds of companies online that specialize in converting sea containers into mobile offices and workstations.