When you're buying shipping containers, one of your concerns should be the company selling the container. Below is an excerpt discussing what to look out for when choosing a shipping container dealer.
Your immediate concern should be whether the company has the type and size of shipping containers that you need. Most companies will have the standard-sized containers. However, you may need a container in a more unusual size. Besides, you could need a container with a climate control unit or an open-top, half-height, double door, or tank container. You should also assess the build quality of the available containers. Containers made from treated steel are rust-resistant and hardened to prevent dents.
Availability of Inspection Reports
When you are buying a used container, consider dealers that conduct pre-purchase inspection reports on their containers. These inspections should be conducted by independent and accredited container inspectors. The primary benefit of a pre-purchase inspection report is that it gives a detailed picture of the container's current condition. This report will help you make an informed decision when buying used shipping containers. Besides, you will know whether you are getting value for your money.
Reputable companies will offer after-sales services. For example, it could be that you want the shipping container transported to a specific location. Besides, you could want the container fabricated as a house or office. Many companies will offer these services at a discount since you purchased the container from them.
Buying A Shipping Container Online
You could opt to purchase the container online if you cannot find a dealer in your locality. If this is the case, consider the following:
- The seller must have an excellent reputation. Check the rating and reviews of previous clients to know the kind of services that you will receive.
- Conduct some background research to determine the seller's location. When dealing with foreign-based companies, inquire whether their quote includes shipping charges and taxes.
- Consider sellers that give guarantees and warranties on their containers. The seller should allow you to ship back the container if it is not what you ordered.
- Ask the seller to let you to put your money in an escrow account until the container arrives. This protects you from losses if the seller does not deliver the container.
When choosing a shipping container dealer, assess the available containers and ask for inspection reports and after-sales services. Remember to observe the recommended tips when buying shipping containers online. Contact a shipping container sales company to learn more.