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At Containers 4 Sale UK Ltd, we have a wealth of experience with shipping and storage containers to share. As such, we are often asked the same sorts of questions. Check out our FAQs, below, to discover the answers to the most common enquiries.

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1. What Is The Difference Between New 'One Trip' And Used Containers?

There are notable differences between new ‘one trip’ containers and used containers. New ‘one trip’ containers are manufactured in the far east and have had one trip overseas, hence the term ‘one trip’. They are the newest specification container you can get in the UK, and normally come in green or blue in colour. Used containers can be anything up to 15 years of ages and come in their original shipping livery. For this being shipped once. More information can be found here.

2. Is It More Cost Effective To Purchase Or To Hire A Container?

This totally depends on each customer’s specific requirements. Containers 4 Sale UK Ltd hire fleet containers are normally new one trip or fully refurbished. Hiring containers offers a very low cost option and is ideal where the customer is unsure of length of hire or does not wish to make an outright purchase. Sale containers are sold in wind and watertight guaranteed condition and payment is required before delivery.

3. How Secure Are Containers 4 Sale UK Ltd Shipping Containers?

Our containers are very secure and are probably the most secure in the current market place. Standard used shipping containers have a provision for the fitment of a small padlock on the door handles. For added security we supply and fit, for a nominal fee, a high security Lock Box facility. This is designed specifically to fit our high security container padlocks and protects the lock from being tampered with.

4. Is There Any Maintenance Involved With A Shipping Container?

All shipping containers are manufactured from Corten Steel and are finished in top quality, extremely durable marine paint, therefore requiring very little maintenance. We would suggest that the door hinges and locking rods are greased at regular intervals to ensure ease of door openings.

5. Is Planning Permission Required For Containers?

Shipping containers are deemed temporary fixtures as they are able to be shipped anywhere in the world. Therefore in most instances they do not require planning permission. Should you have any concerns about your specific site please check with your landlord or local planning authority.

6. How Are Containers 4 Sale UK Ltd Containers Delivered?

All our containers are delivered by vehicle mounted cranes and have the facility to off load themselves at your premises. Please see our delivery guidelines for full information.

7. Where Do I Position My Container And How Do I Prepare My Site?

Good access and flat/even ground is required. Our vehicles usually off load from the side of the wagon and do not leave hard standing ground. The customer is responsible for access and site conditions. Our drivers comply with all the latest health and safety regulations and will be as accommodating and helpful as possible given the site conditions on the day of delivery.

8. Can I Purchase My Container Hired From Containers 4 Sale UK Ltd?

Please advise us before delivery of your hire container, should you be contemplating purchasing it at a further date. This will enable us to select a suitable container for either option.

9. Do Containers 4 Sale UK Ltd Offer A Buy Back On Containers?

Yes, we offer a buy back option on all containers that we sell. We will pay the current market rates.

10. Do You Offer Finance Options For Containers?

No, we don’t offer finance options, we offer either a purchase or hire option only.

11. How Quickly Can I Get My Container Delivered?

Normal delivery lead time is approximately 1-2 weeks from cleared funds. You can always contact our operations department if you have a date in mind, they will see if they can facilitate.

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