There are multiple ways of purchasing shipping containers one of the most obvious one is to contact companies in your area that you know receive freight as they may have excess containers or paying for the return journey of a ballast container. You being able to take the container off their hands will save them the cost of the return journey or clear out old ones in their yard.
At the same time this isn’t always possible and searching around online in places like ebay may often give you a container in your area for sale. A few useful shipping container for sale sites are below :-
When looking at shipping containers your mainly looking for the fact its still squared up which will often see the doors not shutting properly as a tell tale sign that its damaged. Check for rust but be aware of the differences between surface rust and rust that has caused damage to the steel structure. Main thing is take your time and research what to be looking for when buying a shipping container.