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Using Shipping Containers to Store and Ship Cars

By May 6th, 2016 Creative Uses 8 Comments

Are you cramped on space and looking for a storage solution? Is your garage full and need extra space to store your car? Maybe your garage just isn’t cutting it anymore? Shipping container garages are a great affordable alternative because of their size and their resistant steel shell. They are a perfect permanent car storage solution because it is much cheaper to purchase a container than paying for a car storage facility for several years. The steel containers provide protection against theft and vandalism. They are wind and watertight and will protect your car from unpredictable weather conditions. Shipping containers usually have a lock box to secure your car or possessions and can be modified to better suit your needs. Shipping containers are a versatile, affordable, and durable alternative to a traditional garage.

Since shipping containers are mobile and easy to install, they can be used as a long-term solution or as a temporary fix. Shipping container can be modified to include roll-up side doors, electrical wiring, insulation, flooring, ventilation, windows, shelving, etc. Take a look at Container Tech’s modification page to learn more! The doors on the container can be modified to make it more convenient for your storage needs. Let Container Technology, Inc help design your dream garage out of a shipping container, the sky’s the limit.Photo Jan 13, 2 54 57 PM


Affordable- Costs less than building a garage.

Movable- Can easily be moved from one location to another.

Easy to install- After you have your container delivered, it is ready for immediate use.

Easy to use and maintain– Once the container is set in place, add a moveable ramp and you can easily drive in and out. Check and address any rust issues to ensure that your container will last for many years.

Security- Container garage can be placed in your own yard, no remote location.


Container Size-  A 20 ft shipping container is about the size of one parking space. The space inside a 20 ft container is almost 8 ft wide and 8 ft tall with a length of about 19’ and can hold one car.  The space inside a 40 ft shipping container is about 7’8” wide and 7’8” tall with a length of about 40’ and can hold two cars. A 45 ft high cube container is perfect for storing oversized cars because they are taller and give you extra height.

Container Condition–  A used container will cost less especially if aesthetics are not an issue. Used containers will exhibit signs of wear and tear, but that might not be a problem if you are into that rustic look. A new container will will cost more but will last longer in the long run.

Transporting a Car In a Shipping Container

  • Photo Jan 13, 2 37 47 PMBuild a barrier of some sort with plywood or timber to keep it contained and separated from other items. This process of embarkation is vital when shipping a vehicle in a container.
  • Drain all the fuel from the car and disconnect the battery and alarm system.
  • Wheels must be blocked from the front, back, and sides with wooden blocks or wheel chocks. The wheels need to be strapped securely with ratchet straps and then fit the straps to all the wheels by using the heavy lashing points located on the bottom of the container walls.

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Contact Us

Our sales representatives here at Container Technology, Inc understand that each project is unique with specific needs, and we’ll take the time to work with you to deliver the containers that suit those needs best. Call us toll-free at (877) 670-0229 or fill out a quick quote form to get started today.


  1. April 11th, 2018

    Anybody know if a utility trailer can be shipped in a container safely? Moving from MA to FL, and got a 16′ enclosed trailer, which comes to a little under 20′ long. It’s full of small items for resale at Flea Markets and/or online. I could tow it with my van, but thinking that shipping it will save wear on me, the van, and the trailer. Thanks, John

  2. Ray
    April 16th, 2018

    Hi John, Thanks for your question. I don’t see why not. As long as your trailer is secured properly inside the container, you should be fine. However, the challenge is shipping the actual container over the road. Most delivery companies will deliver the container on a roll back or tilt bed trailer and place it on the ground. That’s the easy part. The only downside is trying to find a company that has that type of trailer for long distance moves. Most long distance moves are handled with flatbed trailers. Flatbed trailers cannot tilt the container on or off of the bed. In order to get your loaded container onto a flatbed for the move from MA to FL, you’d need to have a crane pick it up and load it. You’d then have to have the container off-loaded on the other end upon arrival in FL. This can become very cost prohibitive. Just something to think about when considering shipping your trailer in a container. It might be a better option to just haul it yourself. Hope this information is helpful. Thanks, Ray

  3. Mark Graham
    May 1st, 2018

    I Want to buy and ship a container from San Diego, CA to Puntarenas Costa Rica

  4. Ray
    May 7th, 2018

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for finding us. Unfortunately, we do not have a presence in California. I recommend contacting the folks at Container Alliance. They are out of Los Angeles and may be able to assist you. They can be reached at (805) 456-3779. The contact is Rusty Calmes – I hope this info is helpful. Thanks, Ray

  5. Julia Kuberski
    June 1st, 2019

    Are there doors at both ends? I want to use it as a drive through garage on a small drive crescent driveway. I do not have room for a traditional garage on my homestead.

  6. December 3rd, 2019

    I need one to ship a jeep to Brazil can you help

  7. Aleks
    September 4th, 2020

    how do you ship GMC Sierra Denali Crew Cab 2014 model overseas?

  8. Philip Plattner
    October 2nd, 2020

    I need to ship an old car from DFW TX to WA state. Do you do such transport of a 20′ container?

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