If you are planning to shop for a shipping container, you may wonder what price you will have to pay. You may even head to your computer to do a little pre-shopping online. There is a good chance, though, that you will have a hard time finding concrete answers to your question about pricing. Shipping containers prices are not readily available because they fluctuate and are be dependent upon quite a few factors including what modifications have been made to them.
A twenty-foot steel storage container is one of the most commonly used container designs. These portable containers are useful for shipping large loads, providing home storage options, and housing small businesses such as food vendors. These containers are also great for an individual who is moving cross country or overseas. The price for a new, basic version of a twenty-foot container is around 2,000. When modifications, e.g. an extra door, a lock box, a refrigeration feature, a new paint job, or insulation, are added the price may be almost double at about 3,800. If you want to buy a used twenty-foot container you can expect to pay as much as 1,500 for a basic and around 2,500 for one with some alterations. If you are buying you can of course make self alterations. A twenty-foot rental will cost anywhere between 50 and 90 dollars per month. There may be a 50 to 100 dollar delivery fee.
If you have a large item like a car, or bulky goods to ship, a forty-foot steel container may be perfect for you. A forty-foot container is a great bargain and has some of the best land based uses including building cheap housing. For twice the length of a twenty-foot, a basic forty-foot container costs between 2,500 and 5,000. Modifications may add as much as 1,000 to 1,500 to this price. A used version of this container sells for as low as 1,750, while a version with several alterations may cost around 3,700. A forty-foot storage container is not as good of a deal when it is rented. Perhaps because it is harder to move, it is common that retailers charge a delivery fee of between 100 and 300 dollars. The cost of renting a forty-foot container is usually between 100 and 300 per month. There is, of course, a minimum rental period. This minimum rental period may be anywhere from six to eighteen months.
All of these prices are based upon what people have claimed to pay for common containers sizes. It is hard to find actual prices without getting a quote since there are so many factors that affect pricing. Some of these factors include container age, modifications such as pull-down doors or windows. The best way to find out a definite price is to contact a range of companies with your specifications and get estimates on new, used and rented versions of the container you want. If you choose to shop online, many online retailers, such as Aztec Containers, offer a link on their website for to receive a quote.