How to buy a second hand or Used shipping container for storage

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Buying Cheap is not your best policy

All Billie Box used  containers are less than 15 years old, and mostly  just 10 to 12 years old. Older containers have highly reduced lifespans due to the effects of sea salt damage. We therefore do not recommend them. 
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What to look out for:

 1. Watertight and structurally sound, the roof is the first part to go (you should stand inside the container with the doors shut. If you see daylight from inside then don't buy it)
 2. We recommend you have a lock box (cowl) fitted – for security. This is a shrouded area for the padlock, where can not get access with bolt croppers.
3. The doors should open and shut freely, check the hinges.
4. The door locking bar handles should open and close freely.
5. The 25mm marine treated plywood floors are intact (the floorboards are held in place with steel cross members on the underside 6in apart)
6. You will see surface rust, scratches, scuffs, non transferable markings and dents but the container should still be "in cube".
7. Air vents are fitted, second hand container has 2 or 4. You will find these just under the top rail. Air vents are hole punches in the metal and then a bracket is positioned over so it remains watertight.


For more information, please call us on T: 0800 121 7388 or visit Billie Box website
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