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Can a Car Be Stored in a Shipping Container?

One question customers have occasionally is whether a shipping container can be used to house a car. While a storage unit can be used for virtually anything, most people do not readily associate portable storage units with vehicle storage.

If you are considering storing your car in a portable storage unit, talking to the professionals at LGI Transport is a good idea. Consider the following:

Can a Portable Storage Unit Hold a Car?

Yes, although there are considerations like the size of the unit, and how you will be protecting the vehicle to keep in mind. Otherwise, there are almost no limitations to how you can use your storage unit, which means storing a car in one is a great idea.

Is It a Good Idea?

The answer to that is, of course, subjective to your circumstances. However, if you need a secure, dry place to store your car, you can do a lot worse than a storage unit. Here are some scenarios where a storage unit is a preferable storage alternative:

  • You will be out of town for an extended period of time
  • There is no room in your garage for your car
  • You only use the car occasionally, and storing it in the garage is a waste of space

Size of the Storage Unit

Storage containers come in multiple shapes and sizes, with the most common being 20 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 8.5 feet high. The average car is under 14 feet long, a little over six wide, and a little under 5 feet tall.


If you store a car in a portable storage unit, you will need to think about the foundation you put your unit on. It should be even and firm as you will be putting a lot of weight on it, between the unit and your car.


If you are storing your vehicle for a long time, you may want to consider installing insulation to help control the dampness within the unit.

For more information about making the most out of our storage containers for sale, contact us today!