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6 Reasons Why You Need a One-Trip (as new as you can get) Shipping Container

If you’re faced with the need to acquire a shipping container for your personal or business use, you may be wondering what’s best: one trip container or used? There are many instances where buying new, or one-trip, is a wise decision. If can afford it and your needs match these requirements, one-trip shipping containers are the way to go. Here are some of the benefits of buying a shipping container.

1.  Cost Advantages

Sure, purchasing a shipping container may involve a large initial cash outlay, but you only incur this cost once at the time of purchase. If you were to rent your container, for instance, you make recurring monthly payments. They may be lower but the total cost adds up over time. Buying outright saves you from having to hassle with monthly payments, or from having to make upgrades to a used container. Buy one-trip in the first place and you get everything you need when you need it.

In general, if you need to rent a container for more than 18 months, you should buy it outright instead. This is when buying a one-trip container becomes the better financial decision.

2.  Residual Value

With a shipping container rental, there is no residual value that remains. At the end of the rental agreement, you must return the unit and stop monthly payments. All those monthly payments then become a sunk cost.

When purchasing a shipping container, you could sell it at residual value. Because of their construction, shipping containers have the ability to maintain their value even a decade after the initial purchase, with some even having a lifespan of 30 years. This means that buying a shipping containers isn’t just convenient, it’s a wise investment opportunity as well. You could sell the container in the future at a price not too far off from what you spent on it initially.

3.  Options and Availability

With rental containers, you may be limited to the sizes available to you. Shipping containers for sale, by contrast, are usually available in many sizes and with more options. For example, reefer shipping containers built with food-grade materials, flat rack and open top containers are easier to transport, and custom container sizes including high cube and mini containers are able to be accommodated on different-sized properties.

4.  Modifications

One of the biggest advantages of buying a shipping container is that you are able to modify it in any way you choose. Whether those modifications are designed to improve security, increase functionality or to boost aesthetics, you are able to customize the container in any fashion. Typically, rental containers cannot be modified.

From the paint color to any modifications you require, special orders can be made when you buy one-trip. Want custom colors or business logos on it? No problem.

5.  Ready to Use

In most cases, one-trip containers are in Cargo Worthy condition at the time of purchase, which means they’re already prepped to be loaded and transported. No repairs, maintenance or cleaning tasks are necessary. You will need to inquire whether or not you can get a survey prior to purchasing your container.

6.     Corrosion Resistant

One-trip ocean-going containers are made with Corten anti-corrosive steel corrugated panels and doors, able to resist corrosion. This means you get a longer lifespan out of your container. You know what you’re getting with a one-trip container.

Contact Container King

To learn more about our one-trip shipping containers, contact us in Dallas at 972-290-4600.




How to Find the Best Deal on Used Shipping Containers

Whether this is your first time buying used containers or you’ve purchased a few units in the past, you are probably wondering: where can I buy used shipping containers on the cheap and get a great deal at the same time?

Container prices fluctuate with the market based on a variety of factors, such as supply and demand; however, you can still sniff out bargains on shipping containers if you know where to look. There are endless listings online selling affordable used containers, but online purchases can be a tad risky because you can’t inspect the container before committing to the purchase – unless, of course, you can travel to meet the seller at their location. Also, shipping container photographs that are posted online can be quite deceiving.

That’s why buying local and in-person is always the best bet. You can stop in, view the container in question that you actually want to buy, and careful inspect its condition with your own eyes. Here are some more tips on finding the best deal on used shipping containers.

Buying From a Local Dealer

Buying local is a great option if you want to save money and time. Ask for word of mouth recommendations, check local business directories, call your local shipping docks or ask your business associates who they know and trust. Buying a used storage container is a big deal and a big investment, so you don’t want to leave anything up to chance.

Here are some reasons why local suppliers may be best for you:

  • Delivery charges are cheaper because there’s less distance involved.
  • Local suppliers, particularly those who have been immersed in the industry for a while, are experienced enough to help you find the right container for your exact needs and preferences. They are also knowledgeable about how to go about securing permits and other requirements in your area.
  • They offer customized or special features you may need, such as shelving, high-end locking mechanisms and ramps.
  • Check Yelp, the BBB and other review sites for local dealers.

Buying in Bulk

If you have the need, the money and the space, consider buying in bulk. Not only can you get a reduced rate on each container, you can transport more goods inside, you can reduce your shipping costs, and you don’t have to wait for delivery because you’ll always have spare containers on hand. Plus, you may be able to trade up on size. Let’s say you’re buying a batch of 20-foot containers; you could ask the seller to upgrade some of them to 40-foot containers at the same price. Or perhaps you could haggle for a couple of new containers but at used prices.


Finding the Best Value

In the end, it’s not just the price tag that should persuade you to buy something or not. Remember, what’s cheap to one person may not be to another. You may think it’s a steal to buy a used container for $500, but if it’s leaking and rusty, it’s essentially a waste of your hard-earned money. You might as well pay a little more and get the sturdy and reliable product you need.

Contact Container King

To learn more about our affordable rates on used shipping containers, contact us in Sanger or Dallas today.

  • 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.