16 ft Metal Storage Containers | Buy, Rent, Lease
In the market for a metal shipping container?
Before you decide what you need, there are several factors to consider. Will you rent or buy? Are you looking for something new for a single trip or one refurbished for storage?
The answers to these questions depend on your situation and container needs. Keep reading for a guide to what to look for when purchasing or renting 16-foot metal shipping containers.
Should You Rent or Buy Steel Shipping Containers?
If you need a steel container, renting is often the least expensive way to get one. Unless you’re looking for long-term industrial storage, you can rent a clean unit that’s ready for use when you need it.
Not only do you not have to shell out the money for a new one, but you don’t have to find a place to store the container when you’re no longer using it.
Renting a metal shipping container costs a fraction of the full sale price of a new one. Renting helps you save money and offers flexible options for storage. Choose the right size container based on your current needs, and then you can switch later without worrying about the costs involved.
When buying a metal shipping container, the age and condition of the container determine its value. This criterion includes miles traveled, handling conditions, type of cargo, environment, and damage.
You also must take into account that you’re responsible for container maintenance when you own. Then, when you’ve outgrown it, you’re forced to purchase one in a larger size.
Types of Shipping Containers
Almost all shipping containers have a closed-top with hinged doors and are made from steel.
Steel shipping containers come in several common grades. These grades refer to the condition of the vessel, and not all vendors carry every grade option.
One-Trip or New
One-trip containers are often built to withstand one trip from Asia to the United States. They’re often resold once they arrive and are unloaded.
A refurbished container may look new, but it’s essential to consider it’s actual condition. Is a fresh coat of paint hiding rust? Was the steel prepped and primed correctly prior to painting?
Ask questions to ensure any repairs to the container were done correctly.
Wind and Water Tight
Grade A containers have little to no dents or rust and are usually wind and watertight. Look for visible holes—they’re easy to find from inside of a closed container during the daytime. This test won’t guarantee a water-tight container, but it’s a good indicator.
All steel shipping containers are valid for the first five years after the manufacture date. A used container that is five years old is cargo-worthy if it is deemed so through a container survey.
The surveyor will inspect the container to ensure it meets certification requirements. If it passes the test, it’s usually re-certified for two years.
General-purpose containers are sold “as is,” and are an excellent option if you’re looking for an economical choice. Just be careful, as often “as is” means there are underlying problems. Inspect the container for dents and holes.
You should also check to see if the locks work and make sure the doors close correctly. If there are issues, decide whether it’s worth it to repair it yourself.
Ask Us About Our Shipping Containers
At TUFF Containers, we’re dedicated to providing you with quality, durable products that last. We have the16 ft metal shipping containers to meet all of your needs.
For more information on the benefits of using a steel shipping container, contact one of our experts today.