CAR FOR SALE! 2002 E46 M3 Convertible 6MT

Many times, customers store cars with us because they want to sell them. Sometimes they don’t have room for the car at home, sometimes they are leaving town immediately and need to have us be a sort of automotive escrow.

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Kevin
Car Storage Facility As An Events Venue…Good Or Bad?

Over the past couple of years, car storage has become a trendy business to start.

Much of the drive for this has come from the surge in popularity in classic or soon-to-be classic cars. The sudden value increase in Porsches (especially air cooled ones) is a notable example.

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Kevin
Why Is It Difficult To Find An Exact Fit Battery For My German Car?

Batteries are typically an easy maintenance item on cars. Most of the time, a vehicle owner can swap out their own battery with minimal technical aptitude.

Most auto parts stores now have systems where you as an amateur mechanic can walk in, tell them your year, make, and model, and they’ll recommend a battery size. Easy!

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Kevin
Some New Knowledge About AGM Batteries

This week we received a new old-looking battery from the folks at Antique Auto Battery for a 1970 Dodge Challenger we have in storage. Heres us installing the battery under the hood: With this new battery we received some special instructions on how to jump and charge it. These were frankly tips that we had never seen before. We’ve covered storage of AGM batteries and our general understanding was that they just didn’t like storage. However these tips gave us…

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Be Careful Who You Store Your Car With

Last week we took a vehicle in from a customer who had originally stored his prized Mercedes 380 SL with one of our competitors. His initial phone call to us was a distressed one. He had been storing his car for many years with these people through several ownership and name changes. The current owners left his car sitting for over 3 years without starting! …this is not conjecture, the company’s own documentation left in the car before it was…

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CAR FOR SALE ON BRING A TRAILER! 2011 BMW 335is 6 speed Manual

We do sell cars for customers from time to time, but this one is special! This is one of our personal cars. A 2011 BMW 335is with a rare optioned 6 speed manual. We bought this car about 5 years ago and enjoyed the heck out of it, but because of improvements we’d like to do on our facilities (to make where we keep YOUR cars that much nicer) we are deciding to part ways with her. This is kind…

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If You Buy This Salvage Title Ferrari Testarossa, Store it with us!

Its probably never a good idea to buy a salvaged title Ferrari and this Testarossa up for auction at copart is no exception. From what I can tell it has been driven into the dirt…maybe swampy dirt? It probably also hit something from the bottom pan because the car is a little bowed up in the photos….and maybe it’s been repaired once before because that paint on the hood doesn’t really match the rest of the rossocorsa exterior. The internet…

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Vendor Highlight: Velvet Touch

We have a great wheel refinisher called American Factory Wheel (AMF) that we’ve used for years. We even wrote about them in a previous Vendor Highlight. However through another great Vendor (Tony The Dent Dude), we heard about a rim refinisher called Velvet Touch. There are many rim refinishing businesses to choose from in San Diego. However most of them operate out of a brick and mortar location. This means the wheels have to be removed, then the car has…

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The Hyundai Ioniq Has No Battery! Here’s How to Store It

Even though the Hyundai Ioniq has been around for a few years, we have yet to see one for storage. We got the opportunity to store one this past week. We were surprised to discover that the car has no 12 volt battery. That’s right, there is no starter battery. Almost every car has one (even fully electrics like Tesla and the Nissan Leaf) even if only to power the car’s accessories. After doing some research, it looks like Hyundai…

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State Farm’s Recommendations for Vehicle Storage

State Farm had a very appropriate blog post on their website about car storage. We posted it to our facebook page (follow us by the way!). There is lots of good information here. Some of which we echo on our own blog. The article specifically talks about the reputability of the car storage facility you pick. More specific than that, however (and something we’ve harped on before) is to pick a place that has been around for awhile.  Most auto storage…

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Scuffed Wheels? Refinish Them!

Another popular service we offer is wheel refinishing. Almost all new vehicles come with 18” or larger wheels with very low profile tires. It is almost inevitable that you will curb or scrape them. OEM wheels are also pricey! I just did a quote for a 2011 BMW 3 series wheel (non M) and it was over $400! The solution? Wheel refinishing! We are fortunate to work with a quality, consistent, and family owned wheel refinisher called American Factory Wheel….

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We Do It All: Jeep Project

Something that we wish more of our customers knew about were our extra services. For additional fees, we can perform all sorts of vehicle maintenance and care services: Paint, body, basic service, mechanical repair, plastidip. We work closely with reliable and skilled technicians that can competently repair and improve your vehicle while it’s in our care. The latest project we are proud of is this Jeep Wrangler. As you can see, the owner loves it. The whole Currie parts catalogue…

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SAVE YOUR TIRES: Bunkerwall Ramps

We have been blocking cars since our inception in 1968. That used to mean stacking wood blocks or using metal stands to lift the car off of its tires to prevent flat spots. We often recommend it for cars that will be stored for 1 year or longer. But generally modern tires hold up well in a storage environment, even without the blocks. However for those customers who want it, we have been moving away from that old method and…

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Vendor Highlight: Ace Radiator

There are many people and business we depend on to be able to deliver value to our customers. One of those businesses is Ace Radiator in Barrio Logan. Ace Radiator has been around since 1921 and has served us well for many years! They offer gas tank and radiator restoration for almost all applications. Their services are very useful for older cars whose radiators have become calcified and repro’s aren’t made or just don’t look as good under the hood….

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Be VERY Careful Who You Choose To Transport Your Car

Since we store cars, it’s only natural that we interface quite often with transport companies. Sometimes customers self select transporters to have their car retrieved and sometimes we receive them for short or long holds. We also do business with a fantastic transport company out of Connecticut called A-AAA Auto Transport. Send Ian a message for a transport quote if you need a solid broker! Auto Transport can be a nasty business. Lots of brokers and truckers and only a…

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Don’t Waste Your Money On An OEM Trickle Charger

Many of our customers will want to bring in their own trickle chargers so that we can actively charge their car’s battery rather than disconnecting them. This is important for higher-end cars as they have more computers. Those computers need constant flow of the proper voltage. Choking that voltage by battery disconnect COULD cause warning lights and the car to misbehave in minor ways the next time you drive it. However, you don’t need to break the bank to ensure…

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How To Put Your Vehicle On a PNO Status

We get a lot of questions about suspending registration with the DMV. This is called ‘Planned Non Op Status’ or PNO . This will hopefully provide some answers on when and how to go about doing this. ***note that this is for the CA DMV only *** If your car isn’t going to be on the road for a while and you want to completely cancel your insurance, you need to put the vehicle on a PNO status with the…

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The Art of The Mustang

We were very fortunate to have a few cars we store featured in a great new(ish) book called the ‘Art of the Mustang’. The book was first published last year but we finally got our copies. There are probably hundreds of coffee table books that have been the focus of America’s favorite sports car but this one celebrates the lesser known versions (SVO, Mustang II, Fox Bodies, etc). We stored both the Mustang Grande and the Cobra II featured in…

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