First Timer Tips For Purchasing Shipping Containers

First Timer Tips For Purchasing Shipping Containers

If you've never been in the market for a shipping container, there are some things you may be unaware of.

We wanted to put together a sort of FAQ page to answer some of the most common questions folks have when looking into purchasing a shipping container. Located in Virginia Beach, Purchasing Shipping ContainersConsolidated Container Systems has the experience to meet your needs.


One of the first things you should know is that there are many uses for shipping containers. You can even add on extras like refrigeration if you need onsite cold storage. Below is a short list of some of the most common uses for shipping containers:

  • Storing a vehicle or motorcycle

  • Simple onsite storage

  • Workshop (with electrical service installed)

  • Office on construction job site

  • Food Storage (with refrigerated units)

  • Combine several units into a home (popular with dedicated recyclers)

  • Use as a traveling office (all your goods shipped to your new location whenever your job reassigns you)


We can ship a container to you here in Virginia or anywhere in the world you need it. A good tip when looking at a company to ship your unit is to make sure they have the experience to get the job done quickly and easily.

At Consolidated Container Systems, we have over 30 years of experience- no matter the scope of your needs, we're ready to serve you!

*Call Bill at (757) 496-8150 today*


Always be sure to carefully inspect your container to make sure it's watertight and in good shape. Note any damage such as missing paint or dents- you want your container to look good for years and be rust free.

Just like you need to check a vehicle out thoroughly to make sure it's in good shape before you pay for it, you need to inspect the container thoroughly. This may seem like pretty basic advice, but many first timers don't think about it.

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If you have need of more than one shipping container, be sure to mention this when you call or email (use the handy contact form on the right hand side of the page and we'll email you back as soon as possible).

You stand to save a nice chunk of change by purchasing in bulk, so if you anticipate needing more than one let us know and see how much we can save you versus buying individually as needed.

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If you plan on shipping something with a great deal of weight, be sure to ask for certification that the container is rated cargo worthy.

Maybe you're thinking of going green and recycling a used container for use as a house- see our page on shipping container homes Virginia here.

There are multiple ratings depending on your intended use, but that's something a good container dealer will discuss with you.

So- these are just a few basic things to keep in mind when looking for a shipping container. Whether you're here in Virginia Beach or anyplace else, be sure to give us a call or send an email today- we have the experience you need!