Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Car storage options advice needed

I hope that by the end of this calendar year, I will have purchased an extra car for fun (and it's not a 993). We have a two-car garage but parking a third car, any car, on the street is not a good idea due to a recent spate of car burglaries in our neighborhood.

My criteria: It has to be very secure (gated, cameras, no access by anyone else but me). Ideally, it would have room for two cars plus a bunch of bankers boxes (for files). I'm not going to work on the car, but a little extra room to move around inside would be nice. And finally, lighting and ventilation would be appreciated.

Below are my options. What do you all think?

1. Someone's garage. My concern with this is that other people in adjoining rooms/buildings may have access to my stuff. If I am keeping files, it needs to be secure and inaccessible.

2. Proper storage room. This might be the best bet.

3. Warehouse. This would obviously be for storing the car only. I'd have to store my files elsewhere.

4. Shipping container. This is relatively inexpensive, but how water/moisture proof are these things? I don't want a moldy car or soaked documents.

Have I missed something? Are there other pros and cons I'm not thinking of?

7 comments:

mtc said...

How far is this from you?

http://bringatrailer.com/services/garage/

Christopher Diamond said...

I mayyyy be interested in going in on storage with you, if you find something close and reasonable. If that helps at all for potential places...

augie said...

i'm also very curious as to what you decide on this one. i have delusions of a fun car, too, and am losing hope that our 1-car garage will ever be more than storage...

Maxichamp said...

@mtc: It's a bit too far.

Maxichamp said...

@Christopher Diamond: I still like Buchanan Airfield, but it requires ownership of a plane. Maybe I can buy a salvaged non-airworthy Cessna just to be eligible.

Maxichamp said...

@augie: You are not delusional. You can do it!

Lukas said...

I left the doors of a shipping container open overnight once - it was practically raining inside the next morning due to condensation. YMMV due to local climate, when you open it, etc. Also quite narrow though - would be tricky to get a larger car in and out.