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Conserve Cash With Used Shipping Containers

As a business owner, it’s important to save money when in the process of buying the equipment you need to run your company. One way to save is to purchase used shipping containers to save on cash. This is especially true if you don’t need one in new condition or if aesthetics don’t matter to you.

Used containers are less expensive than new containers of the same size. In fact, you can save quite a bit of money buying used over new. Understanding what type of performance you need from your container will help you figure out whether you really need to spend top dollar on a new container or not. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.

Intended Usage

If you intend to use the container to store items, whether household goods or inventory for your business, you will want to get a container that is wind and watertight. Yes, used containers may be showing some surface rust and have a few dings, but you can still find one in good overall shape.

Here at Container King, for example, our 20-foot used containers are secure and water tight, all of them being between eight and 12 years in age. They may contain small dents and surface rust but they are all built with CORTEN anti-corrosive steel, they are all structurally sound, and they all have intact floors and working doors to safely and securely store your goods.


If you are low on cash but still need a decent storage container, used is the way to go. In fact, our used storage containers can be purchased for up to 40 percent less than our new containers. This could translate to a savings of thousands of dollars.


Many people buy containers to use as homes and shelters. You can undertake many modifications to convert your storage container into a building, such as:

  • Roll-Up Doors: Typically either six or eight feet wide, these would look similar to a garage door at a self-storage facility.
  • Man Doors: Doors for humans, typically 36 inches wide. Installed fully framed, with a rain gutter above.
  • Windows: The most common is a vinyl window with a frame made out of box tubing, with the window installed inside.
  • Vents and whirlybirds: Adding vents and whirlybirds are very important if you plan to store nice furniture, or items of value or chemicals. Containers are susceptible to a phenomenon called container rain. Container rain is caused by quick changes in temperature from warm to cold or vice versa. What happens inside the container is that the warm, humid air condenses. Like the dew running down a can of soda on a hot summer’s day, condensation begins to form on the contents inside the container, the inner ceiling, and the walls of the container. Condensation takes place on the coldest available surface, and when the warmer air hits a colder surface (the container sealing), given the right heating and cooling cycles in the container, the moisture release could be so significant that it would seem to be “raining” from the ceiling. At Container King, we professionally install two vents and a whirlybird to prevent container rain, while maintaining a wind and water tight container.
  • Electricity: We have a licensed electrician on-site, and can provide lights, electrical outlets, breaker boxes and wiring, all done to city codes.
  • Plumbing: Do you need a shower, toilet, sink, hot water heater, or dishwasher fully plumbed? You name it, we can add it to your container!

Plans to Ship the Container

Most of the time, One Trip (as new as you can get) containers are certified to be shipped. Used containers can also be re-certified to ship for an additional $150-$250. If you don’t plan to ship your container to another country, you don’t need to purchase a certified container, thereby saving yourself some money.

Contact Container King

If you are interested in purchasing a used container, contact us at 972-290-4600.




Small Office, Big Benefits: a Shipping Container as a Workspace

If you’re a project manager or site manager, you know most of your important work is done behind the scenes, poring over paperwork, sitting at a desk, working on the computer – all to make sure the job is progressing seamlessly. But attempting to complete all these tasks at the job site where the project is taking place can be a challenge to say the least.

There are frequent distractions and interruptions when you’re in plain sight. And renting office space away from the job site seems counterproductive because it takes you away from the in-the-trenches action so you can’t keep your finger on the pulse of progress.

An enclosed office space that gives you privacy yet places you on site would be ideal. Why not consider a 20-foot shipping container to address your needs? It’s the perfect size and will fit easily into your budget.

Twenty-foot shipping containers make ideal offices when…

Space is Limited

The best thing about these containers is that they’re small enough to fit anywhere. Due to their compact size, 20-foot containers feature a smaller footprint versus alternative structures such as standard portable offices. You can easily place them within larger warehouses or next to existing buildings. If you think about a container as a small office within a larger operation, you will realize how space efficient this option really is.

Efficiency and Mobility are a Must

Because shipping containers are typically modified off-site, it’s basically a drop-off-and-go situation. It can be placed anywhere you want on the property, as long as it’s on stable ground. Then, you can start using it right away. Once your project is done and you have to relocate, you can just move the container to the new site.

You Need Privacy and Security

Warehouses are always in flux, with a lot of movement due to people working or the flow of inventory. An enclosed office gives you a quiet, private space in which to get paperwork done or conduct important meetings, all while staying accessible to your employees on the floor should they need you. Plus, you get peace of mind knowing your documents will be safe and away from disruption.

You Need to Look Professional

With a neat, clean 20-foot shipping container as an office, you can invite guests into that space with confidence. You don’t have to worry about a cluttered, unprofessional space like you would if you used an unstable portable structure or a desk and chair shoved into a corner. A shipping container looks secure and professional for the ultimate in first impressions.

Contact Container King

To learn more about our rates to buy or lease a 20-foot shipping container, contact us Monday through Saturday at your convenience.

  • Container King – DFW
    13555 S Stemmons St, Sanger, TX 76266
    This is our Dallas/Fort Worth container yard.
  • Container King – Dallas Sales Office
    10405 E NW Hwy #212, Dallas, TX 75238
    There are no containers at this location.