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A favorite house of my wife and mine is for sale. It's a very old home in an historic district. Problem is - no garage, little land for one to be built, and even if possible, a nightmare to deal with the historic commission. And I would really hate to sell my 430 and also don't like the idea of not having any more Ferraris/exotics in the future (or even keeping my BMWs outside all the time, although I can get used to that).

Has anyone used, or currently using, off-site car storage for their Ferrari(s) or other nice vehicles? I am wondering about any disadvantages...

The ones I can think of are: lack of immediate access to the car, increase in insurance costs, vandalism, etc.

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yes, I have not, but know of dozens in my area who do. Actually I did keep a Model T pickup in offsite, storage.

Points to ponder for the least expensive, such as just plain storage areas you see on the sides of roads, etc. Typical car space = about $2-300/month secured access and doors.
1. climate control: Typically no power, and they won't allow heaters in closed storage. Some offer cars sites, with extras like heating etc.
2. Mice/rodents: Typically a good site has pest control, but you'll want to set more traps anyway. They'll wreck wiring etc. quickly.
3. Covers: Can get those $300-1k+, instant inflatable 'garages' to help your storage issues, but simple dust cover suffices for most.
4. Dampness: Easy fix. Can't remember the name, but you can buy it by the envelope or bucket size. It extracts moisture above a certain dew point: check home depot...quite common...REALLY good when you spill water in the trunk or such as it'll suck the moisture right out of any area quick as can be....it's magic.
5. Fire protection: Good luck, only a certified car storage site has this. Using the cheap [mentioned above] approach will mean whatever you get. I've seen 2nd story units with protection for common storage, but doubt you'll get much for your dollar.
6. GOOD LOCKS: I have, for a simple investment, used great locks, hack proof, pick proof, and you give the site an extra key, just in case...they are typically bonded and good idea for if you lost yours, it's very expensive to get that repaired [cut off, re-done etc.]
7. longer terms can be a better price break
8. Unless you absolutely know someone you can trust, don't share a site, get your own: Loose lips and all.
9. Make sure your insurance company guarantees your coverage in an off-site, area: Consequences are not good for fire, theft, damage, flood etc....might get a rider.
10. Tell no one 'cept your closest, or perhaps even the owners [typically unless a car site, they don't care] what you are storing there, and make 'clandestine' egress both to/from.....people, thieves to be exact, know these places and do scope them out.
11. IF long term storage, either disconnect battery or plug in tender. And I mean over a few days for yours as well: Resetting the ECUs and such is a pain in a 360+ car. IF YOUR car fob looses power, then YUCK. Might want to keep a window cracked
12. IF long term, think of FULL tank of gas, premium, with a stabilizer: Might not want water to accum in brake lines too = killer to systems especially since one has to get an ODB II reader to refill oil, brakes, etc. etc.
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now I know there are better, more costly, sites that specialize in car storage. They might be your best bet.

Like I said, many I know, and I'm talking in the $100k+ cars, keep them in simple storage, but, they know a lot more about the security going on in there and all the points I made above....one would be truly amazed at what lies behind some of these benign looking boxes on the road

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PS: Almost forgot

Now, I know of someone, and I've seen them in AWeek, where you can make an underground garage, under an existing building: Raise/lower the floor with your car on it, and it doesn't change the surface/presentation.

IF your local preservation society allows, it, and thinking they'll not have a great issue, you can build one which saves a lot of issues mentioned above with the exception of flooding, and seeing where you are from: that is an issue.

Found it...check this out, I'd do it: http://www.aclifts.com/parking/pss-7/
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Now, I know of someone, and I've seen them in AWeek, where you can make an underground garage, under an existing building: Raise/lower the floor with your car on it, and it doesn't change the surface/presentation.

IF your local preservation society allows, it, and thinking they'll not have a great issue, you can build one which saves a lot of issues mentioned above with the exception of flooding, and seeing where you are from: that is an issue.
Rik:

Thanks for both responses! The first (off-site) sounds worse and worse the more I hear/read. The underground sounds really cool, but as you note, the area downtown has a pretty high water table (most of the ante bellum homes have major water problems in their basements), so that won't work either...

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Paul, I have been using public (off site) parking spaces away from home for two of my Ferraris. Typical house here in Japan comes w/ one parking space (not a garage) at best. Space (land) is tight and very valuable here (relatively speaking). Although I can stash five cars in front of my modest house, this is not an enclosed garage, but a carport with roof above only. I do own few more cars than that, thus I have no choice but to lease spaces somewhere else. I have been using this parking tower neaby (about 5/10 minutes away). The structure is about five stories high and probably can store 60 cars or so. This is a tall parking structure and stores cars on pallets. Cost is quite reasonable for here, only $300/month per car. The structure is fully enclosed and safe. Let me suffice to say that I understand your concerns. w/ smiles Jimmy

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Paul, I have been using public (off site) parking spaces away from home for two of my Ferraris. Typical house here in Japan comes w/ one parking space (not a garage) at best. Space (land) is tight and very valuable here (relatively speaking). Although I can stash five cars in front of my modest house, this is not an enclosed garage, but a carport with roof above only. I do own few more cars than that, thus I have no choice but to lease spaces somewhere else. I have been using this parking tower neaby (about 5/10 minutes away). The structure is about five stories high and probably can store 60 cars or so. This is a tall parking structure and stores cars on pallets. Cost is quite reasonable for here, only $300/month per car. The structure is fully enclosed and safe. Let me suffice to say that I understand your concerns. w/ smiles Jimmy
Thanks, Jimmy. Some of the bigger cities in the Southeast US have indoor parking towers (or spaces in regular towers) - unfortunately, we have not reached that point of demand where I live. I wish it were available.

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Hello Paul: I have lived for few years in the East Coast so I understand the circumstances there also.
I understand your concerns of security, distance, and so forth. Yes, it is an inconvenience. I'd rather own a nice, large garage of my own where I can pamper the cars. Unfortunately, reality here is not friendly and I have no options. (Wish I were back in California). As long as you can find a secure place, I think you would do fine. Good luck.
And thanx for the compliment. w/ smiles Jimmy
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A favorite house of my wife and mine is for sale. It's a very old home in an historic district. Problem is - no garage, little land for one to be built, and even if possible, a nightmare to deal with the historic commission. And I would really hate to sell my 430 and also don't like the idea of not having any more Ferraris/exotics in the future (or even keeping my BMWs outside all the time, although I can get used to that).

Has anyone used, or currently using, off-site car storage for their Ferrari(s) or other nice vehicles? I am wondering about any disadvantages...

The ones I can think of are: lack of immediate access to the car, increase in insurance costs, vandalism, etc.

Thanks!
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What city in Al you from?

One thought that I had is if you are self-employed or own your own company do you have space to add storage there. If not you could lease the car back to your company for a small fee and require company to provide insur. on car in case you dont have to room store. You can claim the car is used to ent. Clients etc. The insur. may be less exp. That way and allow you to find a good storage fac. Might help with costs.

Of course at last resort I will be more than happy to store in my garage. Would even be more than happy to take her out for some needed sprints. Fee .01 cent a year. Plus small gas allowance.

Good luck I know you would hate to turn lose of that Ferrari.

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Of course at last resort I will be more than happy to store in my garage. Would even be more than happy to take her out for some needed sprints. Fee .01 cent a year. Plus small gas allowance.
Thanks! Problem solved!

I'm in Huntsville and the home in question is in the Twickenham Historic District - a really beautiful part of the South. Of course, I'm biased...

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Thanks! Problem solved!

I'm in Huntsville and the home in question is in the Twickenham Historic District - a really beautiful part of the South. Of course, I'm biased...
My wife lived there some in her childhood.Father work for Sperry was a computer guru back when no one knew what a computer was execpt NASA.

I love Huntsville been there to play golf quite a bit before RTJ opened one in Florence a few years back.We have been thinking about a trip there next year.

Good Luck on the house but boy the Ferrari Mant. bills will be a breeze compared to those Historic Homes. Be sure to get a good PPI on that deal..

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My wife lived there some in her childhood.Father work for Sperry was a computer guru back when no one knew what a computer was execpt NASA.

I love Huntsville been there to play golf quite a bit before RTJ opened one in Florence a few years back.We have been thinking about a trip there next year.

Good Luck on the house but boy the Ferrari Mant. bills will be a breeze compared to those Historic Homes. Be sure to get a good PPI on that deal..

Know some NASA folks here, of course. Still consult a little bit to the agency, just not locally...

Huntsville is a garden-spot, for sure. They just re-did the Mountain Course at Hampton Cove - supposed to be nicer - haven't played it since then. I hear the courses in Florence are beasts!

Point taken: owning an ante bellum home is like owning a Ferrari! PPI, high maintenance, gawkers, et cetera. We've lived in Twickenham before (a bungalow) but it was an early-1920s home. The good news is, my wife said she'll let me have a Labrador if we get the new place, so it may be a good trade!

(Couldn't figure out the multi-quote thingy...)


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I have used off site parking for difference Ferraris for a few years. Key is to make sure it is a professional car storage unit with humidity control, insurance, & security. The only downside is you have to go get the car vs walking to your garage.

I would check with your local dealer and Ferrari Club chapter to see if they know any in your area.
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I'm using off-site storage, about 15 miles from my home for 2 of my cars, and my GTC is normally stored at my specialist 80 miles away. It's not ideal but much better than parking them on the street... Unfortunately a garage at my house is not an option. Here's a pic I took last Sunday at my facility. For security reasons I opted for a box on the second floor, so any thieves would have to use the car lift to get the car out.


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I'm using off-site storage, about 15 miles from my home for 2 of my cars, and my GTC is normally stored at my specialist 80 miles away. It's not ideal but much better than parking them on the street... Unfortunately a garage at my house is not an option. Here's a pic I took last Sunday at my facility. For security reasons I opted for a box on the second floor, so any thieves would have to use the car lift to get the car out.


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Jazzy, while these photos are nice it is just terrible you don't include the address as well

Google Earth coordinates will be ok

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No problem. Amsterdam is right here:

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I'm using off-site storage, about 15 miles from my home for 2 of my cars, and my GTC is normally stored at my specialist 80 miles away. It's not ideal but much better than parking them on the street... Unfortunately a garage at my house is not an option. Here's a pic I took last Sunday at my facility. For security reasons I opted for a box on the second floor, so any thieves would have to use the car lift to get the car out.


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Dang! I know you were saying something about storage, but all I saw was three gorgeous cars!!!!


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I would check with your local dealer and Ferrari Club chapter to see if they know any in your area.
Sadly, I have no local dealer nor club...

I'll call Atlanta this morning and see of they know of someone - good advice!

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Dang! I know you were saying something about storage, but all I saw was three gorgeous cars!!!!

Thanks! I must admit it did feel rather good to see them together like that, I had not had the opportunity before.


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Thanks! I must admit it did feel rather good to see them together like that, I had not had the opportunity before.


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The group shots are cool. This was the only time I had these four together:

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Rent a T hanger at local airport. Must ck first as some do not allow auto storage. T will easily hold 3-4 cars. For the most part usually cheaper to rent esp if multi vehiles invol. Used to keep one of my collectors in my personel hanger, and advice given is appropiate esp varmite control. I used and still do in the winter- Irish sping soap shavings, electronic pest control and bait. No problems!
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