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Shipping containers travel thousands of miles (some for years). Once done traversing the ocean shipping lanes, they are repurposed for a variety of commercial and residential applications.  

Used, yes, but these cargo containers are built to last. However, not all used shipping containers are created equally. Here are a few key factors to consider as you start the buying process of a used shipping container from a reputable vendor: 



Benefits of Buying a Used Shipping Container 


There are many reasons to purchase a used shipping container, some of which include:  

  • Durability: Shipping containers are made of 12-gauge steel walls and 1 1/8” thick marine-grade wood floors. With that kind of construction, you can be confident your valuables should be safe and secure. 
  • Eco-friendly: Purchasing a used shipping container and repurposing/upcycling it can contribute to environmental conservation efforts. 
  • Cost Savings: Used shipping containers cost a fraction of the cost of newer cargo containers (ex. one-trip) and provide just as much utility. Different grades are available based on aesthetic value and structure. Our team can help make sure you pick the right option for your needs & budget.  
  • Modifications: You want it, you got it. Our shipping containers can be modified and customized for your job site.  


Are you in the market for a used shipping container? We’re one of the most reliable cargo container companies in SWFL. Contact the team at A American at 813.740.1911 to learn more! 


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Getting a Used Steel Shipping Container 


To get the most value for your money, consider the following factors as you shop for a used shipping container.  


Container Size 

Before purchasing a container, decide on what size will best fit your needs. Used containers are available in a variety of sizes, configurations, and grades. At A American Container, we offer 40-foot, 20-foot, and 10-foot shipping containers, with the 20-foot being the most popular and versatile.  


Supplier Reputation 

Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad eggs out there, so choosing a reputable supplier is paramount. Online container scams have left consumers out thousands. Purchasing a shipping container is a big decision, and you must be confident that the company is going to deliver on what they promise.  


Since 1998 A American Container has been supplying reliable onsite storage to satisfied customers, and our experienced team will help you find the best solution for your storage needs at the best price!  


Container Inspection 

When possible, inspect the shipping container you intend to purchase rather than buying it sight unseen.  

Look for visible holes, ensure that the doors and locking mechanisms work properly, and examine the roof for dents where water can collect and turn into a rust spot or develop into a deep hole.  

If the container has been repaired, make sure all repairs were done properly. One thing that sets us apart is the extra care everyone on our team takes to properly patch our used container units.  


Delivery Costs 

Because shipping containers cannot be loaded into a regular truck or trailer, they need to be delivered with the proper equipment. Ask if the delivery fee is included in the shipping container purchase or if it is an added charge.  


Learn about our delivery process at A American Container.  


Container Application 

Used shipping containers are available in different quality grades including One-Trip, A Grade, B Grade, and C Grade. Grades are based on aesthetic and structural value, with One-Trip being the “newest” and most expensive container available for purchase, and C Grade being the least expensive option with the most dings and dents.  


It’s all about the grade: Types of Shipping Containers  


Purchase a Reliable, Used Shipping Container 


Finding a good-quality used shipping container online doesn’t have to be a complicated task. Our team at A American Container can help you find the best storage solution to fit your needs and get the best value for your money.  


Call our Tampa, FL cargo storage container company at 813.740.1911 to learn more or to get a FREE quote today! 

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