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Old May 19th, 2017, 04:29 AM   #1
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Parking car at storage facility

Ok, so far I have no bites on the F-85. I've only been advertising it here, however I don't really have the time to deal with it right now since the builder will be finished with our new place soon and I have 1000 other things to be doing.

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I'm considering renting an outdoor storage spot from the local storage facility. I wanted to get everyone's thoughts on this before I go and sign the contract. Positives/negatives???
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Old May 19th, 2017, 05:27 AM   #2
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I rented a storage facility in KS to store my 64 Olds 98 and various furniture / brick-a-brack when I enlisted. My wife followed me to Fort Benning, GA and we had the storage unit until I was stationed at Fort Sill, OK.

It will keep a car out of the elements. Make sure you check with your insurance to see if they will continue to cover your car when it's in storage.
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Old May 19th, 2017, 06:33 AM   #3
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I've seen some that won't allow it, Even have a bollard in the middle of the bay to prevent it

Must be a gas/insurance thing
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Don't forget the No mice allowed sign

Don't forget mouse deterrents. Storage places get mice.
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Old May 19th, 2017, 10:22 AM   #5
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I read this as you are going to store the car "OUTDOORS," for an undetermined amount of time. If that is correct it is imperative to take steps, as best you can, to
1) Protect the car from the elements,
2) I would also remove the battery,
3) Either drain or fill the tank and add fuel stabilizer,
4) Get the tires off the ground, and
5) Place some sort of vapor barrier between the ground and the undercarriage.
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I wouldn't.
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Old May 19th, 2017, 12:16 PM   #7
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What Eric said
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I buy abandon storage units, There are mice all the time. If you get one next to a trash unit ( people throw food and anything they don't want at there place in them) and they don't pay, because it would cost them more to haul to dump. The places I deal with, wait 6 months then sale, by then the smell and trash get into next units, along with the mice. Myself, I would never store any of my things. I would cover up outside and keep at my place before I would store it somewhere else. Just my two cents
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I'm considering renting an outdoor storage spot from the local storage facility. I wanted to get everyone's thoughts on this before I go and sign the contract. Positives/negatives???
So "outdoor" storage means you're renting a parking space. What's the cost different between that and a rented garage? Your car looks way too nice to park outside and have it deteriorate. No matter how well you cover it, it will still deteriorate faster than if parked in an enclosed garage.

If you have collector car insurance on it, you probably won't be able to keep it, assuming you inform the insurance company about the new storage arrangements, because that kind of insurance requires parking in a secure space. So you'll have to get daily driver insurance on it, assuming you insure it, which I'm assuming you will if it isn't already.

I hear people's comments about problems with storage units, but sometimes you just don't have the space at home and need to rent something. I've never had any trouble with rented storage. With the acquisition of a second old Olds, I've had to rent a garage to keep one of my old cars in. $87 per month for a 10' by 20' garage. Very clean, and I visit the car often to take it out and drive it, so I don't anticipate mice problems.
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I am about four hours from you and believe I have room in my garage to store your car . If this might help let me know . Climate controlled and promise no mice
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I've seen the car, it's worth the money. I would advertise it hard. Craigslist, Car Trader magazine and even Ebay. Put the lowest absolute price, then see what happens. I would get rid of it. Putting it in storage, it becomes an alligator, eating every month plus it's easy to forget about, then the costs really add up. I give a car a certain window of time, then I start cutting my price in order to "cut" my loss. Jmo. Good luck.
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Thanks Kennybill for the firsthand account of the car and thanks to everyone else for your thoughts also! Yes, my hesitation to put into storage is both what you mentioned and also the elements and theft, etc. But I really need that room in my garage.

Although today we re-configured some of the furniture arrangements in the downstairs to help with staging boxes for the move. So I don't need the room as bad as I needed it yesterday.

I appreciate the offer Gmcdually. If it happens to not sell in the next little bit, I will keep your offer in mind.

My intent with the outdoor storage is only to do it for possibly 3 months while the vehicle finally gets sold. I will have no shed at the new place, at least up front...and will need to use my garage for some of the things I keep in there like riding mower, attachments, etc. And just like the place I have now, the garage on the place we are having built is only about 20 x 22. So really no room for everything.
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Took Kennybill's advice and posted to CL. I don't really want to put in storage anyway so we'll see where this leads. I just hate random strangers contacting me and I don't really have the time for tire kickers...but it just just part of the process I suppose. Will have a much wider audience there anyway.
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Lawn mower and attachments in the garage, etc? You got your priorities mixed up.
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Lawn mower and attachments in the garage, etc? You got your priorities mixed up.
No unless I want to look like a hillbilly where they keep all of that stuff just rotting outside, then unfortunately that's where those items have to go at least in the short term.

I have a 12x24 shed now, which many would call more than a shed. Came in handy for pool furniture and other bulky items. I won't have that at least to start out with when we move, so all of this stuff has to go somewhere. And, lucky me...well we moved into another neighborhood with an HOA so you just can't keep this stuff outside unless you do have an approved shed. That takes time.

Anyway, future parking problem solved. Car has been sold to a member here.
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.............. And, lucky me...well we moved into another neighborhood with an HOA so you just can't keep this stuff outside unless you do have an approved shed. That takes time.

Anyway, future parking problem solved. Car has been sold to a member here.


The car was the least of your problems.. the HOA is going to be an albatross around your neck the first time that you leave a blade of grass uncut.
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