How to Examine a Used ContainerIf buying new is not for you, consider the variety of used options we have at Midwest Storage Containers. There’s nothing wrong with buying a used storage container, as long as you know what you are looking for. Examining a storage container thoroughly can make all the difference in getting what you want and need. At Midwest Storage Containers, we can walk you through exactly what you need to do when it comes to purchasing your own used storage container.

Grades of Containers

When deciding to buy a used storage container, the first thing that you should understand is the grade. There are different grades of containers that are mostly based on the condition that they are in. Midwest Storage Containers breaks grades down into the following tiers:

One Trip/New: These containers are brand new. The only trip that these bad boys have made are from China to here, after they were manufactured. These are sold relatively quickly after they arrive to the U.S.
Cargo Worthy: While these containers aren’t new, they are still in great condition. They are certified to ship overseas, meaning that they are going to resist all harsh elements. Certified wind and watertight, these have the ability to handle overseas shipping.
Wind and Watertight: These containers are likely able to handle overseas shipping but they are not certified. This is because a qualified surveyor has not yet inspected these containers. These used shipping containers are an excellent deal if you are knowledgeable when it comes to examining a storage container.
As Is: Likewise, these containers can be a great deal if you know what you are looking for. They may have a leak or small damage but they are still excellent containers and often used for on-site storage.

Examining a Storage Container

So how do you find that perfect used storage container for you? Here are some extra steps when it comes to examining a storage container:

● Get Up Close and Personal – If you are looking for something wind and watertight, close yourself into the container during the light of day, and look for sunlight seeping in. This will give you a good idea of the damage or rust that may be causing holes.
● Inspect – Is everything working well? Do the doors open and close with ease? Are there any visible holes? If customization or repairs have been added, does it look like they were properly done? Is there evidence of past damage? Dents, caulking, etc.?
● Avoid Rust – Soft spots and rust are a bad sign. Check for corrosion and rust under all spaces and within the hardware.

For more information on our used storage containers, call Midwest Storage Containers today at (888) 782-2363. Contact us and request a quote for your used storage container!