How Much Should I Expect to Pay for a Used Do-It-Yourself Metal Carports

by GuestPoster on July 19, 2011

I don’t know one homeowner that would turn down extra storage space. No matter how well organized you are, you’ll eventually find yourself in a situation where you need more storage space. But figuring out how to do it affordably can be quite a challenge.

Your Budget:

The first option most people think of is to hire a contractor to add some square footage to your garage or just add an extra room. Now these types of projects are great if you have $8,000 or more to spend and find a contractor that can finish the job on time.

Now if you don’t have access to an awesome contractor and can afford $8,000 plus, there is a really affordable alternative… used do-it-yourself metal carports. Not only can you get all the functionality of traditional storage construction and even new metal carports, but you’ll only have to pay a fraction of the cost. So you can get a used carport that is big enough to comfortably store one car and pay 15% less than a new carport.


When it comes to used carports, two things influence the price the most: construction and age of the carport. If you get last year’s model of the carport you really wanted on Craigslist or some other site, the condition of the carport will determine just how much you’ll be saving. Now if you’re getting an older carport, you really want to make sure the condition of the carport is good. If you see any signs of major wear and tear, run away in the other direction. That carport will fall apart as soon as you get it.


The best way to find the most deals is by shopping online. Generally, you should expect to pay between $1,000 – $2,000 for a good used carport. Most of the websites that specialize in selling used carports have their own pre-certification process. All of the carports that are sold on those websites have passed the strict pre-certification process.


The old school route is looking in the classified section of your local newspaper. Some people don’t feel comfortable buying or selling online, so looking in the paper makes sense. Before you give the current owner your hard earned cash, really inspect the carport for any damages.

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