New vs Old Shipping Containers: Which is right for you?

by Kathleen Donohoe

When you’ve finally done the research to realise you need a shipping container in your life – for whatever reason, whether it be storage, transporting goods, or a modified area; you then need to decide if you want to buy a new one trip container, or a used, older container.


One of the main things to consider when you’re looking to buy either new or used, is the shipping containers’ main use. Another important aspect is the aesthetic value needed for that use – and how much it means to you. A new shipping container give you the highest level of quality – because of their (ultimately) longer life, more durability and better aesthetics. Their lifespan is usually under one year old – and they’ve literally only done one trip – from the factories overseas, and shipped only once, to you. They haven’t been used by any other company or person, or been in a container depot, their paint is generally in better condition and often they will come with a new lockbox, straight from the factories. Converting containers into accomodation, offices, or any sort of modification can often be easier with a new shipping container, and is recommended for any kind of living residence, for the structural security they bring. Any sort of items that you put into storage in a one trip container are ensured to be kept in excellent condition!

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If you’re not so worried about what the container looks like, and are more concerned on saving money – then a used container is the way to go, as it combines the best of both worlds. They can be any age when you’re buying – and a reputable container company will be able to tell you anything you ask on the history of the container. Typically, you’ll find that used shipping containers are anywhere from 5 to 15 years old, and will usually show the signs of wear and tear, from either shipping or general use. They can very in terms of colours, sometimes patchy with superficial dents or scratches, or rust. Be wary and double check there are no holes caused by rust or any other reason, a used container should still be wind and water tight, and vermin proof. Best used for storage, transport or mining and construction, you can modify these containers to look brand new with paint work (in a large range of Colourbond colours) or really, modify them for any other needs you have for the container.

Although there are a few differences between new and old containers, mainly cosmetic and price – but the storage capacity and streamlined delivery of the Container Trader boxes never falters! Give our team a call on 1300 89 89 70 for the latest pricing on new and old containers.