The 3 Top Mistakes When Buying A Shipping Container

Top 5 Mistakes When Buying A Shipping Container

Buying a shipping container can be a daunting task and it is important to get the right one! In this article, we will highlight the top three mistakes people make when buying or hiring containers.

1. Choosing The Wrong Container For Your Needs

When purchasing a container, it is important to establish the purpose of the container. What type of goods it is going to hold? Where it is going to be positioned? Does it need to be modified. These all help establish a foundation for the size and type of container you are going to need.

We have three main sizes at ContainerCo: 40 ft, 10 ft and 20 ft containers for sale. Larger goods will need a bigger container such as the 40 ft container. However, it is important to note that this container will take up a significant amount of space. We also sell refrigerated containers for sale in NZ.

Some of the other common containers we offer include:

  • Open top shipping containers
  • Side opening shipping containers
  • High cube shipping containers
  • Dangerous goods shipping containers

Choosing the right container is essential for making the most out of the container. Ensuring you are getting the very best value for money.

2. Choosing The Wrong Shipping Container Company

Not all companies that offer shipping containers in Auckland and NZ-wide are the same. It is important to choose a company that works for you, is trustworthy and experienced. Here at ContainerCo, we are the industry leader in offering exceptional service. Offering high-quality new or used shipping containers.

3. Buying A Container That Has Been Over-modified

Container modification in NZ is an essential tool to create convenient, functional containers that work for you in the best way. However, when purchasing a used, modified container from someone, it is important to ensure the container has been modified by a reputable person or company and has not been over-modified.

Over-modification can cause weaknesses in the container leading to dents, breaking, collapsing and increased risk of rust and corrosion. This can cause the container to be completely unusable.

Here at ContainerCo, we are highly experienced in container modification. We offer new and used containers with handy modifications. From a simple lockbox to electricity and plumbing. Our engineers are experienced and skilled at modifying containers. We even offer open top shipping containers and even side opening containers in NZ.

With ContainerCo, you can be confident you are purchasing a high-quality used container. We reinforce any weak parts of the container, reduce and remove rust and repaint to protect the container from future rust and damage.

Mitigating these common mistakes can ensure you get the right container for its intended purposes.


At ContainerCo, we pride ourselves on providing an extensive range of shipping containers for hire or purchase. Our range of 10ft, 20ft and 40ft containers can be used for various purposes, including shipment, storage or construction, to name a few. Featuring more than just containers in our product range, we also sell accessories and parts for shipping containers to ensure your container can be maintained and repaired after prolonged use. 

Offering specialised containers along with dry standard variations, ContainerCo’s containers include refrigerated, dangerous goods, high-ball, open-top and side-opening options. As a fully-established shipping container company, we also have the facilities to modify purchased shipping containers. Our specialised team can assist you with altering containers into workspaces, cafes, tiny homes or construction site offices. 

We can serve Kiwis across the country with facilities operating in Auckland, Tauranga, Christchurch, Wellington and Waikato. So next time you require a shipping container, make sure to hire or buy yours at ContainerCo today! 

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

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