Many people want to get their hands on either a new or used shipping container. Whether it’s for transportation of goods, temporary or permanent storage, or one of many other purposes. Relatively speaking, cargo containers are cheap and can be modified to suit any requirements. They are also built tough and made to last. If you’ve been needing a shipping container, should you buy one or hire one? In this post, learn the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can make the right decision for your needs.

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If it is for short-term use, then rental may make monetary sense over a purchase. If you need the container for a longer period of time, it might make more sense to actually buy one.


Whether you decide to hire or buy a shipping container, there are many uses, apart from the obvious and traditional means of conveying goods.

Shipping containers can be altered to suit just about any purpose. Windows can be installed, doors cut and the container can be divided into rooms. Several containers can be stacked on top of one another or placed beside each other and connected. The result is a series of containers that are connected to form a larger structure. This can become a unique home that will get you many compliments and accolades. People will want to know exactly how you created such a unique structure and how the plan came together.

For those who are looking for a small guest cabin or a vacation cottage that can be moved if necessary, a shipping container is a perfect solution. You do not have to worry about constructing a stick frame building because a shipping container already contains all of the necessary walls and structure. All that you need to do is come up with a plan and build the interior of the container by installing walls, electrical wiring and plumbing. This will create a usable space that is set up for someone to live in comfortably.

Shipping containers provide suitable buildings that are affordable and are portable if they need to be. If a building is placed in one spot, you can move it to another location if it is placed on a temporary foundation. A home can be built out of low-cost containers that can be configured into a variety of shapes and styles. Once the containers are connected to one another they are secure and ready to be lived in. Container living is a good solution for those who do not have a lot of money to spend on building a new home or would like the option of living mortgage-free.

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If you just need it for actually shipping items, as the container was designed to do, then hiring one is a good idea. The only time you will need the container is during the shipping process, and once your items are shipped to their destination, you will need to empty the container and remove your items to your home or wherever else you want them. If you plan to move several times, shipping containers can be extremely useful and can be used over and over again.

Renting a container is good for short and temporary uses such as short-term storage or you can hire a modified shipping container as a place to stay in while a home is being built or repaired.

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If you want to use shipping containers for a variety of uses on an ongoing basis, you should purchase one or several. The cost is reasonable and when you decide later that you no longer need the container you can re-sell it and recoup your investment. You may have seen homes built out of shipping containers or you may have seen them simply used as a storage shed. These containers are large enough to hold a lot of items and keep them secure in your yard until they are needed again in the future.

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Shipping containers are usually used for storage and transportation. However, a huge number of people have modified them for various other purposes. Before you can do anything with them, the first step will involve determining whether you want to buy or hire a shipping container.


Hiring a container is a good idea for short/temporary uses. They can be used as a semi-permanent storage facility or a short-term home. They are often ideal for people who are conducting household repairs.

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If you hire a shipping container, it provides you with the opportunity to explore its different elements. You will also be able to ascertain whether or not it can perform your preferred functions.

Hiring a shipping container is a very good idea for events. It allows you to save on costs and still do what you want. If it’s a week-long tradeshow that happens every two years or a once-a-year event, the best option is to hire. It is a convenient way of delivering your goods and promoting your brand.

Most companies prefer to maintain a lean inventory that ensures their overhead costs are low. This technique also helps to reduce the tax and insurance requirements. By renting a shipping container, you can effectively manage your inventory in a more advantageous way. This means less overall costs.

You can buy modified shipping containers and use them on a regular basis for different purposes. In many cases, it can be for a show or venue where you need to maximise the space you have.


If you wish to use shipping containers on an ongoing basis, it’s probably best that you buy one or several. The cost of buying is quite reasonable when you take into account the fact that you can sell the container when you no longer need it, often with no loss of capital. Hiring a container over and over again can prove to be quite costly. If you need a shipping container for a custom-built home or a storing shed, these kinds of structures are usually built on a more permanent basis.

When you hire a shipping container you will have to give it back the way you found it. You can’t make any permanent customisations and this might limit the containers practicality. When you buy a shipping container, you can engage in a complete customisation/modification project. You can have it built to your exact specifications. At the end of it all, you would have increased its value if you ever want to sell it.

In most cases, you will have to sign a hire agreement before you receive the shipping container. This document usually contains a variety of rules that you need to follow; if you fail to do so, it can lead to penalties. If you have no defined timelines, it’s often best that you purchase the container. In the end, the cost of renting can exceed that of owning.

Hiring a shipping container involves a lot of care and precautions because it’s not your property. If the container gets damaged, you will have to cover the costs.

Shipping containers can be modified for a variety of uses. You can install windows and doors or divide it into different rooms. Several containers can also be stacked on top of each other or next to each other. The end result will be a series of containers that form a large structure. This is one of the main reasons why shipping containers are becoming such popular homes. If you’d like to discuss your shipping container requirements further contact us today.


  1. Seasonal needs – For those times you only require a shipping container for a season e.g. for storing out of season items such as winter gear and clothes, hiring a shipping container would be a much more economical option to buying.
  2. On-site storage – Shipping containers provide the perfect solution for on-site storage needs. They are very secure, easy to install and cost-effective.
  3. Temporary storage – A hired shipping container can be used to store items temporarily. You can store items safely while you get your house or office renovated, or as you make arrangements for relocation.
  4. Sporadic transport - Cargo containers are perfect for moving goods as several small items can be consolidated into one big regular-shaped load. They also make loading, transportation, and handling a lot easier while reducing the risk of loss and damage to the cargo.
  5. Easy disposal – If you don’t want to deal with the disposal of the shipping container once you are done using it, hiring one is the better option as the owner will take it back once you are done using it.
  6. Avoiding maintenance – Though not often, sea containers do require maintenance from time to time to keep them in tip-top shape. Hiring the container will ensure the responsibility of maintenance is not yours.
  7. Flexibility – If you haven’t made up your mind on what kind of container would best suit your needs, hiring one would be ideal. This would enable you to exchange it with another one if it doesn’t fit your requirements.
  8. One-off use – For a one-off use such as for an event, a hired cargo container would suffice. It will get the job done at a minimum cost.
  9. Testing before buying – Sometimes you might not be sure whether a cargo container is what you require for your particular need. By hiring one, you can test it out for some days before you make a decision on whether to buy one.
  10. To supplement other assets – You may already own several cargo containers but require more for a short period. Hiring provides the extra capacity you require without adding to the number of assets.

Reasons to Hire Shipping Containers


  1. Long-term use – It’s a lot cheaper to buy a shipping container upfront if you plan on using it for several years. Cumulative hiring costs will be more than the hiring cost after long periods.
  2. Customisation - Hired containers have a limit to the kind of modifications you can make on them. If you need to make large alterations, there is no other option but to by the sea container.
  3. Recurring transportation use – If you ship large quantities of goods on a regular basis, buying a cargo container would be more economical to hire one.
  4. For construction - Building permanent fixtures such as pop-up shops and container homes will require you to buy the shipping container.
  5. When serious damage is expected - Some uses for the shipping container could result in the container suffering serious damage. If you anticipate this will happen, buy the shipping container to avoid disputes with the owner of a hired one.
  6. Durability – Sea containers are built to withstand the rough nature of sea transportation. This makes them very durable and ideal for long-term use.
  7. Flexibility – Once you buy a shipping container, you will not need to buy another one if you need it for something else. Sea containers are flexible and can be transformed easily for various uses.
  8. Convenience – Making arrangements for a shipping container to be delivered every time you need to use one can be quite inconvenient. Buying one will ensure that the container is always at your disposal.
  9. Good investment – When you buy a shipping container, you can lease it out to other people when you are not using it for some extra income. You can also sell it to recoup some or all of the initial sum you paid for it when you need some cash.
  10. Cost efficiency – When used for building, shipping containers are a more cost-effective building material. They reduce the overall cost of construction while producing a durable structure with significantly reduced building time.

Reasons to buy a shipping container


At Tiger Containers we pride ourselves on providing the best shipping containers for buying or hiring to customers in Australia and the world over. We offer both quality and variety at unbeatable prices to ensure that there is something for every need and budget.

Both new and second-hand containers are on offer, so depending on the intended use, or your budget, we will match a container that suits you.

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We are industry leaders when it comes to modifying cargo containers for modifieddifferent uses.  Other than the common modifications such as storage space creation and offices, we also do other custom modifications specific to the customer’s needs.

Some of our popular modifications include:

  1. Refrigerated and freezer containers - Here we turn an ordinary 10ft, 20ft or 40ft container into a fully functional refrigerator or freezer. These offer good cold storage solutions for on-site storage of perishables, storage for events or cold storage for transportation. Our Cold Shipping containers can either be fuel-powered or use grid power to ensure operation, no matter the power situation on the ground. Here is one such modification we did for a customer.
  2. Dangerous goods storage containers - Are designed to hold and store goods that pose a potential risk to the environment, humans or animals. The team modify these containers so that the risk is contained inside the vessel for safety during transit or storage. All relevant standards and consents are met.
  3. Accommodation - We can transform a cargo container into a home with all the basic necessities for comfortable accommodation. These are especially useful modifications for people working and living on-site.
  4. Ablution units - Mobile ablution units are crucial for remote locations and on-site events. The ablution units offer a sanitary solution that will not cost a lot to install. Their portability also enables re-use for different projects and events.

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  1. Unbeatable prices – At Tiger Containers we offer the best prices for shipping containers Australia wide. Ask us for a quote.
  2. Quality – We do not compromise on quality. Full stop. But we believe that high-quality goods and services can also be affordable.
  3. Compliance - All our containers are compliant with Australian Standards
  4. Experience – With three decades worth experience under our belt, you can be assured that we are extremely qualified to provide world-class products and services.
  5. Well trained and professional staff – We are the best. To maintain this status, we only hire the best. Our staff will ensure that you get what you need at the right time and in the right quality.

We Ensure That Our Containers Are:

  • In excellent condition as we do not want our products failing you and causing damage to your goods or equipment. We thus ensure that all our cargo containers are in sound condition before delivery through rigorous inspection.
  • Weatherproof and fitted with good door gaskets.
  • Fitted with functioning doors and sealing components.

Contact the friendly Tiger Containers team and let us take care of all your shipping container needs with satisfaction guaranteed.

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