Freight Containers – Five Top Tips for Buying & Hiring
If you are thinking of buying containers for either shipping goods interstate or overseas or to meet your storage needs, then there are a couple of things that you should know first.
Initially you need to determine whether you should buy or rent a container. Renting may be more of an option if you are moving interstate and can easily return the container. If you are moving internationally, then it is better to buy freight containers and then sell it on at the other end. Before you rent the first container that you come across, read the following tips to make sure that you get exactly what you need.
Top Five Tips When Hiring Freight Containers
Here are some of the most important tidbits of information you should know when purchasing freight containers:
- Size – first you will have to work out what size container you will need.
- Choose where you buy the container carefully.
- Decide whether to buy new or used freight containers.
- Inspect it closely
- Reserve payment
There are various sizes of freight containers available and choosing the right size is important for you to be able to fit all your household items in securely. However, if you get a container that is too large, you will be paying for space that is not being used.
Carefully selecting the broker to sell you the container is important as there are some companies who do not operate in a professional manner. Find reviews on the internet of brokers you are considering and make a list of questions to ask them about a container you are considering buying.
Used containers are obviously cheaper than new containers and may very well be an excellent choice for your needs. A used freight container may come in one of three grades – A,B or C. A and B grade containers are in the best condition and are still perfectly fine for shipping goods.
Always inspect a container closely before you buy it to check that it is in good repair and able to comply with what you are going to use it for. Some companies are infamous for lightly patching up rusty or holey freight containers and passing them off as higher grade than they really are. It is a good idea to note down the serial number and take some photos of the container that you purchase and then reserve payment until you have received the container in good condition.
Do you need help with your next purchase or hire of a shipping container? Contact the Gateway Container Sales & Hire team now to discuss how we can help you make the right decision.