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    Used Shipping Containers


    Used Shipping Containers

    Here at Gap Containers Ltd, we supply all sizes and variations of used shipping containers for sale and for hire anywhere in the United Kingdom.

    People are often surprised to learn that used containers may have only been in use for 5-10 years so they can actually be used for another 10-15 years without experiencing damage or leakages.

    But why else should you buy used shipping containers?

    Why choose a used container instead of new?

    Shipping containers have many benefits, from storage to transportation purposes, and we offer a range of second-hand shipping containers for sale nationwide.

    The main reasons customers choose a second-hand storage container include:

    • Longevity
    • Economy
    • Environmentally friendly
    • Reduced project timelines

    Container longevity

    People often wrongfully assume that second-hand modal containers are battered and bruised beyond further use, leaving them suitable for renovation projects only – but nothing could be further from the truth.

    While some of our storage containers are best suited to renovation, many second-hand containers for sale have years of life left in them and are structurally sound with no holes, leaks, or rust.

    Making them perfect for further years of transportation, secure storage, and container conversions.


    Choosing used containers can also be much more economical – helping you or your business to make prudent financial decisions.

    Choosing from top-quality used cargo container stock means you can save a lot of money, sometimes as much as £1,000, versus buying a new shipping container.

    And it doesn’t matter if there are no second-hand containers in your area that fit your requirements – we frequently deliver shipping containers to anywhere in the UK in a safe and professional manner.

    Environmentally friendly

    While shipping containers can be scrapped or melted at the end of their life, it is much more environmentally economical to make sure shipping containers have been used for as long as possible before this happens.

    This helps to ensure that valuable steel remains in circulation for as long as possible, reducing embodied carbon emissions used in manufacture and limiting further emissions created from recycling.

    Reduced project timelines

    If you need an external space – for whatever reason – you could choose to build what you need with bricks and mortar or order new shipping containers.

    However, thanks to the building process and the associated wait time, you could be waiting longer than you need to.

    Likewise, if you are looking to make large adaptations or changes to your container, second-hand shipping containers offer an excellent ready-to-go base that can be quickly adapted and delivered right to your door.

    This way, you can have a watertight container for storing out-of-season clothes or stock and extra space for work or play for a lower price than getting a new one.

    Do I have as much choice with used shipping containers?

    Think second-hand shipping containers will only offer a limited selection?

    With approximately 14 million retired shipping containers removed from shipping lines across the globe, you will actually have plenty of choices if you’re looking for a specific size or shape of used cargo container.

    Here at Gap Containers, we offer all sizes of used shipping containers, including 10ft, 20ft, 30ft, and 40ft used containers.

    This gives you a range of storage container sizes to choose from, allowing you to pick the used container that best suits your transporting, storage, or renovation needs.

    As well as shipping containers, we also offer a variety of container accessories, designed to keep your pre-owned shipping container safe and in the best possible condition for as long as possible. These include:

    • Padlocks
    • Lock-boxes
    • Moisture traps
    • Internal racking
    • And much more!

    Can I add branding to my used container?

    Gap Containers also offers container painting services, so you can choose which RAL colour you would like your used shipping container to be.

    This can tie in with your business’s corporate branding, or if you are shopping for bespoke storage containers, they can be painted to blend in with the countryside or existing buildings on your grounds.

    The personalisation process for your pre-owned shipping container couldn’t be easier – simply choose the RAL colour that you like best and let us know when you order.

    Suppose you are a bit more adventurous and would like bespoke colour or branding personalisation, including the use of multiple colours and patterns. In that case, we can discuss your needs when ordering and offer a bespoke quote – we look forward to hearing all about it!

    Buy used shipping containers with Gap Containers today

    While it may seem slightly counterintuitive to look for second-hand containers for sale, doing so can bring a multitude of benefits for both your business and the environment.

    So, if you need storage containers that are structurally sound, high-quality, and delivered right to your premises – be it for storage space, a container conversion, or even extra retail or office space – we can help!

    If you have any questions about our range of second-hand shipping containers or want to buy used shipping containers for your home or business, please feel free to contact the team on 0870 240 9405 – or email us at – and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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