Should You Buy Or Rent A Shipping Container?

The History of Shipping Container

To rent or not to rent a shipping container? There are many reasons why a company would rent or buy a 20 ft shipping container, but which path do you choose?

This blog will outline the various reasons why renting or buying may be the best option. At ContainerCo, we offer several different options for those looking to get involved with the use of a container in Auckland or broader New Zealand.

Do You Have A Time Frame For Using The Shipping Container?

One of the obvious reasons for renting or buying a container would depend on the length of time needed. If this is an ongoing project, you may wish to consider buying a container. However, hiring is a viable option if this event is short-term, like a week or month.

Finding the answer to this question will require a little bit of maths. Will the revenue or profit you make from buying a container be worth it by the time that you’re finished? If you don’t need the container forever, then consider renting. Conversely, if you use the container for commercial purposes, the cost of buying might be made back if your project is successful.

What Are Your Plans Regarding Transportation Of The Container?

Well-established shipping container companies will be able to drop off and pick up your container. With locations spanning all across New Zealand, your container can be dropped off at any location.

If you’re looking to ship your container overseas, you will need to buy as returning the container becomes logistically tricky. Also, if you’re seeking to transport your container across the country, you may want to consider purchasing as it is likely to get more damaged. If your container is is for purposes in a single location, hiring is a viable option.

Many depots may sell you a container and then expect you to deal with the logistics. However, a friendly team like ContainerCo will ensure that your container is delivered to your desired destination. For example, if you’re looking for 20 ft containers for sale in Wellington, the ContainerCo depot can work with your team to ensure the containers are delivered to your desired location.

What Size Shipping Container Do You Want To Buy?

The size of your desired container will help indicate your hiring or buying decision. A massive 40 ft container will likely take up loads of room and need plenty of planning and space.

You’ll need to own or rent a fair amount of space to keep a 40ft container. This is where hiring could come into use. Instead of figuring out the complex logistics of where it will go once you’re done, just rent for the time you need. This way, you don’t have to worry about storing or selling once the project is complete.

On the contrary, if you’re looking at a 10 ft shipping container, they are a lot more user friendly. Furthermore, buying a container of this size is easier to look after as it doesn’t take up as much space – it could almost be kept at home!

Are You Looking To Modify Your Container?

Many alterations can be added to shipping containers. Modifications are becoming increasingly popular and include work-site offices, tiny homes, eateries and more. If you are looking to make your container a little more interesting, this is one reason why you should consider buying a container.

Most container companies that hire out their stock are unlikely to modify that single lease. As this is their business, they can’t afford to alter a rented shipping container that they will return. If the amendments are too specific, this company may have difficulty leasing or selling.

However, some container companies may lease from their existing modified stock. If there are some site offices or side-opening containers that fit your requirements, you may be able to rent pre-existing modified containers.

Moreover, purchasing the container gives you more freedom as to how you want to modify it. There are capabilities for windows, power, plumbing, and more – the versatility of containers is extensive. The bottom line is really about your company’s needs – what size container do you need? What type of container do you need, and how long do you need it?


At ContainerCo, we have shipping containers NZ-wide in various sizes and configurations perfect for any construction project. Depending on the purpose of the container, you can hire for the short or long term. However, purchasing the container can offer a more permanent solution to your needs. We have 40 ft, 20 ft and 10 ft shipping containers for sale NZ-wide.

We also undertake container modifications in NZ for site office creation, break rooms and bathrooms and various other portable buildings. Dangerous goods, refrigerated shipping containers, and accessible containers with a side door offering full side access. Open-top containers can also be purchased through ContainerCo.

Our containers range from 10 ft, 20 ft and 40 ft containers for sale. We have containers for sale in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Wellington, Waikato and NZ-wide. Or try hiring containers in Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, and NZ-wide. Buy containers that are entirely suited to your individual needs.

Contact us on 0508 732 873 or request a free online quote today!

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