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Hi Gang:

I have always wanted a 308. My only problem is that I do not have a garage to store the car in at home during the spring and summer months. I have front yard parking on my property, but nothing covered. I have been told that it is a very bad idea not to put this car in a garage. Of course I would store the car during the winter months.

I really want the car, it's been a dream of mine. Is there a really good cover you could recommend I use? Would having it rust sprayed a couple times a year help? Do any of you have experience with this car in this situation? I am not nuts about storing it in a garage off site as this kind of takes the fun out of it.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you, Glenn
 

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Hi Glenn,

A 308 that is left to the elements will quickly deteriorate in quality. A cover helps at bit, but covers are not perfect. They trap damp in wet conditions, in some circumstances actually accelerating problems. Also, they can only over the top, and the rest of the car is still exposed to the elements.

I would recommend one of two options:

1. Is there a possibility of building a complete fixed cover facility (i.e. a simple garage, or a car port with side walls) on your property?
2. Store the car in summer as well and pick it up whenever you want to go for a drive.

I don't have a garage at my house either. My 550 is stored at a Ferrari specialist, which costs me EUR200 a month but it is pampered to death. And in two months time I'm expecting to take delivery of a garage box which is about 20km from my house, so I can store another couple of cars without problems. Sportscars do not like not being stored, I'm afraid.


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I agree with what Onno says. Older Ferrari's aren't like a regular car that you can leave outside in all weathers, they are temperamental and need pampering.
 

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I use a canopy.

Hi Gang:

I have always wanted a 308. My only problem is that I do not have a garage to store the car in at home during the spring and summer months. I have front yard parking on my property, but nothing covered. I have been told that it is a very bad idea not to put this car in a garage. Of course I would store the car during the winter months.

I really want the car, it's been a dream of mine. Is there a really good cover you could recommend I use? Would having it rust sprayed a couple times a year help? Do any of you have experience with this car in this situation? I am not nuts about storing it in a garage off site as this kind of takes the fun out of it.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you, Glenn
I live in Northern California, although I have a large garage, its full of model trains! I use a very heavy duty lean-too canopy off the side of my house under heavy forested pines and cedars, no summer sun, very minimal morning sun. Biggest issue is weight of winter snow, car always has car cover on. A thousand dollar suolution, but would not recommend in a heavy wind spot!
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Hi Gang:

Thank you all very much for your replies. I appreciate it.

I know a garage is my best bet. When we purchased our house it was one the compromises we made. (yes, a mistake, my bad) The city will not allow for any kind of structure on my property, I suppose to maintain the aesthetics in the neighborhood. Probably wouldn't go over to well with the neighbours either!

I am in the creative field and I might have to get creative. The thought of a retractable shell that closes in the middle of the night gets the creative juices flowing. Didn't Batman have something like that?

I guess if push comes to shove then I will have to get a garage somewhere, just seems to take the spontaneity out of it.

I guess my only other option is to move or be content with the 1/18 scale model I have of a 308 . Convincing my wife to move will be more difficult than buying the car.

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Hi Gang:

Thank you all very much for your replies. I appreciate it.

I know a garage is my best bet. When we purchased our house it was one the compromises we made. (yes, a mistake, my bad) The city will not allow for any kind of structure on my property, I suppose to maintain the aesthetics in the neighborhood. Probably wouldn't go over to well with the neighbours either!

I am in the creative field and I might have to get creative. The thought of a retractable shell that closes in the middle of the night gets the creative juices flowing. Didn't Batman have something like that?

I guess if push comes to shove then I will have to get a garage somewhere, just seems to take the spontaneity out of it.

I guess my only other option is to move or be content with the 1/18 scale model I have of a 308 . Convincing my wife to move will be more difficult than buying the car.

Thank you, Glenn
Your best bet would be to rent out dry storage garage (an average one is big enough for a car) and just store it in there.

Or, if you get desperate check if there are any (trustworthy) friends or relatives nearby that have extra garage-space they would allow you to "borrow."
 

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Same Issue

I have the same issue. Well, I do have a one car garage, but with workshop (woodworking tools etc ), it is not convenient. I found a nearby place that rents out 10x20 foot storage spots. I am on the waiting list. Apparently in the 15 years that the guy has been in business, I am the first to want to store a car there year round- which was why he got into the business in the first place.
What do people store in those things if not cars/boats etc?

As with everyone else, I do not think that leaving a Ferrari out is a way to treat these works of art.


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Temp Garage

Hey All,

The protection thing is big, more so on 70-80's cars as Boxer mentioned.
I'm not in the UK or Canada, I come from it in Colorado and California, both dry climates, yes Colorado gets more snow but humidity is 2-10%, even in the burning California foothills we have 15-30% humidity at best . In these climates the concerns are "orange peel, dash shrinkage, lack of AC, over heating", so my suggestion of a temp canopy protections comes from a different angle,
FYI: Where I'm at, we have not seen a drop of rain since late Feb/early March, we won't get any REAL rain till late November, then it will be like 3 inches a day!!!
Its kind of a Southern Europe/Northern Africa climate, then a Northern Europe climate.

My 2 cents worth, or half Euro worth:)
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The times where 2 cents was half a Euro are long gone. :D

Glenn, if finding a garage solution takes the spontaneity out of buying a Ferrari, then this may not be a bad thing. It definitely pays to have all your ducks in a row before you make a decision like this. This doesn't make the process less enjoyable, in my view. Call it tantric purchasing. ;)

Finding a garage may take a little time but it's not generally a huge problem (unless you want one in central London for less than GBP 100k). My new garage solution (still being built as we speak) is 20km from my house which is not ideal but it is also not a big problem for me. You just take a short drive to your beauty/beauties which only serves to build up the anticipation for the drive.

I hope you find a solution soon and get to realise your dream. 3x8's are wonderful cars.


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The city will not allow for any kind of structure on my property, I suppose to maintain the aesthetics in the neighborhood. Probably wouldn't go over to well with the neighbours either!

I am in the creative field and I might have to get creative. The thought of a retractable shell that closes in the middle of the night gets the creative juices flowing. Didn't Batman have something like that?

Go underground like this fella -> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/3959687.stm


What do people store in those things if not cars/boats etc?
bodies, gold, cash?

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What do people store in those things if not cars/boats etc?

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Believe it or not, most people use them as storage space...AKA, Pack rats. People that don't want to get rid of things or don't have room in their houses will store all sorts of things in there. Or if people are moving they will put their furniture and items in there if the new house is too small or as protection as they slowly move their belongings in. Some people will store seasonal items such as outdoor summer furniture in the winter, and put christmas lights/holiday decorations in there as well. They will put just about anything in there aside from garbage and pets.
 
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