Lets compare the pro’s and con’s of “One Trip Containers” vs “Used Shipping Containers” for purchase or rent in Chicago, IL.
For years we have been selling both new and used containers for customers who have applied the container to countless applications. We have been asked over the years, which is better, and why buy a newer, “one trip container” vs a used container. Here are a few points that will help you make a decision.
The first question you should ask yourself is how long you anticipate using the container.
Typically used portable storage containers are roughly 8-14 years old. If your requirement is short term then possibly a used container is a good option, in this case you may also consider renting a portable storage container instead. If your needs are long term and you are investing your money into something that you want to last, a new “one trip container” is the best option.
The second question relates to esthetic value of the container.
Like a new car a one-trip container will look great when you purchase it. Fresh paint, clean inside and out and does not have signs of the previous owner. In some circumstances this makes a difference… and for some it does not. For example scrap material storage, used tires, construction materials should not require a new or one trip container but that does not mean that you should ignore the other factors if that is your storage requirement.
The third question relates to supply.
You are lucky enough to have one of North America’s largest ports, Chicago in your back yard. Chicago one-trip containers come straight in from Asia with one cargo load. Once cargo is offloaded Great Lakes Kwik space receives them and they are available for sale. Through times when shipping lines and leasing companies are not retiring used containers we still have a steady supply of one trip containers ready for delivery throughout the whole Chicago land area.
Fourth question relates to specification.
We have many customers who rely on a certain container specification for their custom container project and need each container to be virtually identical, same manufacturer, same wall thicknesses, and same color, for example. One Trip Shipping containers that come to Illinois from Asia are a great way to achieve this. Used Cargo Containers Chicago are a little bit different, they are typically labeled by the shipping line, available in a variety of colors and in most cases are difficult to match with one another unless they are repainted.
If you would like more information on new and used cargo containers, shipping containers, portable storage solutions throughout Chicago, IL give us a call today at (630) 264-9600 or simply request a free quote.