Renting vs Purchasing A Shipping Container

Make the right choice between renting or purchasing a container.

Published In : 12-October-2023

The demand for shipping containers has increased because of all the different ways they can be used. Depending on how the container will be utilized and how long the unit is needed, both renting and purchasing a container can provide unique advantages. Let’s look at the most important factors of each option to make the right decision.

A Few Questions to Consider:

How long will you need the container?

If the container will be used for a short amount of time (a couple months), a shipping container for rent is an excellent option. For businesses, renting gives you the option to expense the rental on a monthly basis without initially spending thousands of dollars. If the container is needed for long term storage, consider shipping containers for sale as rental fees might outweigh the purchase price. Renting also maintains flexibility if duration of use is uncertain. Plus, if neighbors or municipalities might react negatively to a storage container, renting allows quick resolution for any issues.

What are other related costs?

Renting a container comes with delivery and pick up charges. Purchasing a unit only requires the delivery fee. Be sure to consider the trucking charges when deciding between renting or purchasing. We can help you calculate the cost between the two and make the right decision to meet your needs.

Do you need to customize the container?

All containers for rent and sale are in excellent wind & watertight condition. Stored possessions will be secure and protected from the elements with either choice. However, if the unit will be used in a more creative way than storage, container modifications may be necessary. Purchasing a container allows you to add windows, additional entry doors, plus many more customizations. If exterior aesthetics are not a concern, purchasing a used container is a popular and economical choice as well.

Containers for rent and purchase are available in several container sizes. A 10ft container is the smallest unit, 20 ft containers are the most popular, plus 40ft and 53 ft containers are also available for larger needs.

If you would like to speak with us one on one, a container specialist is standing by to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call us today at (678) 829-5901 or complete an online quote request.

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