Should I Buy or Hire a Shipping Container?

At Royal Wolf, you have the option to purchase or hire your shipping container. The ideal option for you depends on a number of factors such as time you will need the container, modifications and location. Answer the following questions to find out which option is likely to be best for you!


If you don’t know how long you will need your container, hiring is a more flexible option than purchasing. If you find later that you need a container for the longer term, you can always return it to Royal Wolf and purchase a container instead.

Even if you need a container for a few years, you may find it is more cost-effective to hire rather than buy. Monthly hire rates are surprisingly low so often represent greater value unless you are looking for a permanent container solution. You can choose to off-hire any time after your first month and can increase or decrease your term to suit your needs.


If you are looking to heavily modify your container, it makes more sense to purchase a container. Hired containers can have simple modifications applied such as ventilation but you will need to purchase your container for extensive customisations.

If you’re not sure about modifications either now or in the future, hiring can be the best option as you can always cancel the hire agreement and return the container when you choose to purchase.


Whether you are looking to use a container for home, trades, business or on a development site, there are hire options that may suit your needs. Standard storage containers, refrigerated containers, dangerous goods containers, container homes, hoardings, gantries, amenities, kiosks and more can all be hired and delivered to locations across Australia and New Zealand.


Royal Wolf’s hire containers offer the highest quality of all containers on the market. They are designed for maximum durability and are thoroughly maintained and repairs between hires.

If you prefer a lower quality solution such as a used container or a refurbished standard container, there are many low-cost options for you. Look at our clearance stock to find a deal that suits your need.

If you are a business owner, hiring a container will eliminate maintenance and depreciation costs. You will not have incur capital expenditure and all hire fees will be tax deductible.

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