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Learn storage container terminology and important buyer information.
What are storage containers made of?
A shipping container is made of corrugated weathering steel. Corrugated describes the way the steel has been hot-dipped, then cold-rolled to produce a linear pattern across the container. This pattern increases the strength of the steel. Weathering describes the specific chemical make-up of the steel. Weathered steel is more resistant to weather damage and corrosion compared to other types of steel. Storage containers are designed to hold up under harsh weather, shipment and storage conditions.
How long does a storage container last?
The shelf life of a new shipping container that is used purely for storage is around 20 years. In the shipping industry, containers are used for 10 years before having to be re-inspected.
How do I pay?
Most suppliers accept cash, check or credit card. For purchases, your credit usually has to be approved prior to receiving an invoice for the total sales price, including delivery and sales tax. Most suppliers require payment in full and at a minimum, a one-month, open-ended contract. These options vary according to the supplier. Be sure to confirm payment options in advance.
What do I look for when physically inspecting the container?
It is important to physically inspect the container in person (or hire someone to do it for you) before signing a contract. Some ways to do this:
Walk inside the container and close the door during daylight hours.
Look for holes. Light will shine through even the smallest of holes.
Look for dents or rust damage.
Note the condition of the flooring, doors and locking mechanism.
Find out if the container has been chemically treated.
Get on the roof and walk around, looking for dents, rust or holes.
If you cannot inspect the container yourself, be sure to request pictures from the supplier. Ask for pictures from all angles and sides of the container, including the doors/locking mechanism, roof, floor and interior. Be sure to clarify that you are getting pictures of the actual container you will be renting/buying, not a container “just like” the one you will be buying.
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