If your propane storage tank has seen better days or you just happen to be in the market for one, you may be considering whether new or used is the better option. There are different advantages to both new and used propane tanks.


When purchasing new, you have the advantage of knowing that the equipment is in great condition. Most new tanks come with a warranty, but it depends on the manufacturer the terms of how long and when the warranty period starts. Some warranty periods start as soon as the tank is fabricated, some begin when the tank ships, and some begins when the tank is installed – so be sure to check with your reputable dealer.


When purchasing a used tank, there is a lot that needs to be taken into consideration.

  1. You need to consider the source of the tank – Whom are you purchasing the tank from? Are they trustworthy? When you purchase a new tank, you have the benefit of checking out the different organizations – their reviews, reputation, and seeing the new tanks in person. When purchasing a used tank, you don’t always know the seller, so you may have to operate on blind trust.
  2. Are you able to inspect the storage tank in person before purchasing? Or, do you have to rely on pictures and a description to let you know the shape of the equipment? A picture and description may not be enough to let you know if there are problems.
  3. Most manufacturers don’t allow warranties to be transferred. If it doesn’t transfer, that would mean that you would need to pay for any and all repairs that would be necessary. It doesn’t hurt to check to see if there is a warranty, just in case.


Whether you are deciding between a new or used storage propane tanks there are a few additional things that you will need to think about:


Will the tank be above or below ground? Underground tanks have been designed to be buried underground. They are out of sight for the most part except for the dome covering the valves that are used for servicing the tank. This tank is coated with a chemical and waterproof protection.  Above ground tanks are set away from any sources of flame or ignition near your building, according to local ordinances. These tanks are very accessible for maintenance and refilling, and are painted with a light reflective color for safety reasons.


Tanks vary in size from 12,000 to 90,000 gallons. Your tank may need to be saddle mounted, skid mounted, or need contoured tiers for support. It is important to check any code requirements before making your purchase.