Used 20ft. and 40ft.
refrigerated shipping containers for sale

Used 20' and 40' refrigerated containers are often thought of as ideal for use as storage containers. Whilst the cost of buying such a container may seem attractive there are many good reasons for considering renting or buying new instead. The power and repair savings will probably pay for this. 

For those who maintain this is the right solution for their use we of course do our very best to deliver value for money. Reefer containers are normally sold in "running condition" with valid PTI (Pre Trip Inspection). They are typically 15-20 years old though can be younger and older. The entire life has normally been use for international transport and the body has typically   been damaged and where essential repaired resulting in reduced insulation values. Doors are often subject to heat leakage due to damaged and deformed door gaskets and of course the T-section floor is not the most suitable for storage.

The refrigeration machinery will be just as old as the container and will probably be power inefficient (if compared with new technology refrigeration) and there may be issues with regards to reliability. Running condition in the depot before sale is the only guarantee given.

To be considered when buying a used reefer container:

  • Insulation value of the container after damages and consider possible door air leakage.
  • Awkward and difficult doors to open and close with low door handles making it even worse.
  • An old and probably tired refrigeration machine with higher power consumption and questionable longer term reliability especially in areas (or periods) with constaltly high ambient temperatures.
  • F gas compliancy may be an issue today or in the future.
  • Possibly unreliable and uneven internal temperature due to warm spots and air/heat leakage.
  • Unsuitable T-section floor for wheeled material handling and difficult to keep hygienic clean.
  • Probably no data logger or self diagnostics through the controller.
  • The long term running costs of power and repairs and low residual value.