Beware of These 5 Red Flags When Buying Storage Containers

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In the market for a storage container? Have you noticed an influx of scams these days?! We sure have! As the demand for portable storage solutions rises, so does the risk of encountering scams and unreliable sellers. At American Trailer Rentals, we know how important it is to make an informed purchase decision. That’s why we want to arm you with knowledge about the red flags to watch out for when buying storage containers. Call us if you need any service or have any questions. ATR has 3 locations to serve you better:

1. Inaccessible Storage Containers:

A reputable seller should allow you to inspect the storage container before making a purchase. If a company refuses to let you see the container in person or provides excuses for why it’s not possible, consider it a MAJOR red flag. This means it is either a scam or that the seller is simply a broker who has no real idea what quality of container they might be selling to you. Transparency is key when investing in a storage solution, and any reluctance to provide access should raise serious concerns about the condition of the container. Stack of storage containers or shipping containers

2. Suspicious Payment Methods:

Look out for the use of non-traditional payment methods. If a seller insists on payment through an app like Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, Cash App, etc or cryptocurrency, proceed with caution. You usually cannot get your money back with these apps if there’s fraud or a dispute.

3. Deals That Seem Too Good to Be True:

We’ve all heard the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” This holds especially true when shopping for storage containers. Be wary of sellers offering unbelievably low prices or promising a bargain that seems too good to pass up. While everyone loves a good deal, excessively low prices could indicate subpar quality or, worse, a scam where you end up with nothing at all.

4. Lack of Online Presence:

In today’s digital age, a reputable company should have a visible online presence. If you come across a seller with no website, social media presence, or online reviews, proceed with caution. A legitimate business should be easily accessible and have a track record of satisfied customers. The absence of an online presence raises questions about the seller’s legitimacy and reliability. At ATR, we’ve got it all – five star reviews on Google, a reputable website, and an active Facebook page! 40' Storage container with blue sky

5. Aggressive Sales Tactics:

Beware of sellers who use high-pressure tactics to rush you into making a purchase. A reputable company will provide you with the information and time you need to make an informed decision. Anyone who tries to rush you should raise some red flags as creating a sense or urgencies is a common scam tactic. Verifying identities and speaking with people over the phone rather than messages is another good way to confirm you’re working with a legitimate company. At American Trailer Rentals, we pride ourselves on transparency, reliability, and customer satisfaction. Our storage containers undergo rigorous inspection to ensure quality and durability, and we welcome customers to inspect them in person before making a purchase. With a commitment to honest business practices, we strive to provide you with a seamless buying experience. That’s why ATR has been in business with a solid reputation and repeat customers for over 40 years!
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Don’t let red flags derail your storage container purchase. Stay vigilant, do your research, and trust your instincts when choosing a seller.
Ready to invest in high-quality storage containers you can trust? Contact American Trailer Rentals today to learn more about our products and services.