While it is easier and convenient to buy online, you cannot thoroughly inspect the container. It is always better to inspect the container in person before deciding to purchase it. You can search for a regional or national business directory to locate the dealers who are reputable in your region. The best option would be to choose a local shipping company to avoid delivery costs as it increases with the distance. If you live in a place there is a coastal shipping hub, you can directly contact them for a list of distributors that they deal with.