If you are looking to buy a shipping container, you may be wondering whether to buy a new or used one. There are arguments for and against each type, so here are some things to consider.
The main advantage of a new container is that you know it will be in perfect condition. Containers that have previously been used to transport goods are prone to damage from being moved around and collisions in transit. You can be sure that a new container will not have suffered from this damage. This is particularly important if you need to ship goods overseas — you will need a container that is completely seaworthy and will survive the crossing without spilling its contents or taking further damage from neighbouring containers.
A new container will also be completely clean — if you want to transport foodstuffs or medicines, for example, you may not want to use a container that is at risk of having been contaminated by a previous cargo. This may also be an issue if you are not using your container for shipping but want to transform it into an office or spare room — you will want to be sure there is nothing dangerous lurking in the corners.
There are many advantages to used containers, however. Most obviously, they tend to be more affordable. It may also be environmentally friendlier to re-use an old container than to use a new one if this is not necessary.
Used containers will usually be graded according to their quality so that you know in advance what you are getting. Some will have been assessed as being as good as new; these will be vermin-proof and will be suitable for transporting foodstuffs. Others will be given lesser gradings according to the amount of rust and damage, and the lowest-quality containers will be sold on an "as is" basis where there are no guarantees of quality and you must make your own decision as to whether it is suitable. This means that you should be able to tell if the container will be fit for your purposes.
Whether to buy a new or used container will depend on your budget, your needs and the state of the container. If you are in any doubt just talk to a supplier, who will be able to help you find the right shipping container for your purposes.