Shipping Container ColorNew shipping containers are typically a solid color - tan or white are the most common colors. They blend easily with your surroundings, and they don't stick out in nearly any environment.
On a used shipping container the paint may be fading, chipped, or some crazy color that you'll need to paint over. Repainting a shipping container can cost around $600 or more.
Shipping Container ConditionOn a new shipping container the doors, locking gear, and hinges are all freshly oiled, and swing easily. Your clients, or the people using the container will have no problem opening the doors, closing and locking them, and they'll require very little maintenance.
Used shipping containers may have a lot of grease, which isn't an issue in itself; but the doors may not swing as naturally as a new container, and they may require some effort to push shut and lock them. To make the doors swing freely you'll need to have them squared up, re-greased, and any dents worked out.
Shipping Container - Condition of the InsideA new shipping container will have fresh, clean floors and no odors. The plywood floors will have no gouges or damage and no stains or discoloration.
A used shipping container may have stained floors, or gouges and chips out of the flooring and need to be repaired. Depending on the amount of work and condition of the floors, it could be over $100 to replace the flooring.
Comparing New and Used Shipping ContainersThe price of a new shipping container is normally $1000-$1500 more than a used shipping container. If the price is substancially lower, you'll probably need to invest a lot of money to get it into good working order. Not only money, but you'll have to wait for the repairs and refurbshment to be completed - meaning that you can't rent it out until it's repaired. Click here to learn more about refurbished shipping containers.
Do your own math, if you can't wait for your unit and want a clean, fresh looking container.