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5 Tips for Buying a Used Shipping Containers For Sale in Florida
When looking to buy shipping containers anywhere in Florida you must realize all is not created equally. As a customer you must no exactly what to look for before buying one.
You should do the necessary research to make sure you're getting the best deal.
However it all depends on what you plan to do with the container, normally you can save around $1100 by going for a used container instead of a new one.
But you must realize not because you're getting the lowest price means that you're getting the best quality container.
There are some unscrupulous dealers in Florida that will want to sell you junk shipping containers because for the lowest price possible because they know your looking for a good deal.
Remember you get what you pay for. If its too good to be true then it probably is. Its a good idea to inspect the used container before you buy it.
Some thing you should pay attention to is:
Sometime you wont be able to inspect it yourself but that cannot stop you from getting a high quality used shipping containers for sale in Florida.
You can ask the dealer to send high quality pictures specific areas of the unit so that you can have a clear visual.
What we at Shipping Containers Florida normally do is do routine inspections on the every new and used containers because we know not every customers will have a chance to take a physical look at the the used container.
We used safe Eco friendly cleaning liquids to maintain the interior of unit.
When looking for used shipping containers in florida make sure to ask for container number to ensure your getting the correct unit.
Here is example in the image below:
The overall condition
If you're able to go at the dealer location, then go and walk around every section of the container, check the paintings to see if the coating is done properly, check the corner castings and also check seals around the edges.
You must bear in mind that when shopping for used shipping containers for sale in Florida, don't expect it to be flawless.
Remember its a "used" unit therefore you should expect some scratch here, a small dent there and a little rust or erosion.
But never settle container that is extremely damaged to the point that it will affect the purpose your buying.
99% of shipping containers that are made the flooring is don't using marine grade plywood.
In the case of a used shipping units don't really expect it to look like a brand new sheet of plywood, as it may have some discoloration in spots but it must not have any deep holes, rotten pieces or mold.
In other words, never buy a used unit that have a extremely damaged floor.
Walk up to the container, open and close the doors, check to make sure the locking gear is working fine, check the handles to make they are holding well and most of all ensure that when it closed is tightly sealed.
You don't want too much air going inside especially when the time is cold.
However, we are looking for used containers that most of the times over 9 years therefore sometimes they may need greasing in order for it to move freely without making a loud squeaking sound.
Look for Rust and Holes
The fastest and easiest way to find some serious hole inside the container is to check it in the daytime when the sun is shining.
Go inside and lock the doors inspect every corner for any area that have peek of light seeping through. When its closed it should be dark as night in there but if you're seeing too much light all over the container then you might have a issue.
Bad smells and odor
There is no way to find out exactly what the unit have used for during its lifetime to haul, so its hard to attach a certain smell with a typical container.
But as humans we are to detect when something smells fishy or bad, so try to used your initiative when sniffing around for foul odors in the container.
What we normally recommend here at Shipping Container Florida is to use coffee grounds to help get rid of smells.
You can get a large bucket of the cheapest coffee grounds at your local dollar store, spread the coffee evenly distributed around the flooring from corner to corner and close the doors for a 1-2 days.
When you finally open the container, the coffee will be mostly absorbed and the bad or foul odors will have gone, so therefore you're left with a faint scent of fresh coffee which is quite relaxing.
As you can see finding a used shipping container for sale in Florida inst that hard. However, you must realize that if its extremely cheap then you might be getting very damaged unit.
A high quality used shipping container should be affordable, durable but should not be cheap in terms of quality. If you realize that the smell is the only issue you have, and all the other condition are great, then you have yourself a winner.
Call us at 321-231-7076 to get the best in deal when looking for used shipping containers for sale in Florida
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