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Old 03-20-2008, 07:36 PM
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Default Anyone heard of a "rent a garage stall to do your own car work" place?

I have heard of these before, kind of like the one in the movie "Christine" where you pay a monthly (or weekly) rent and can store, work on, wash, or whatever to your car if you don't have the space due to: full garage, live in an apartment, covenant & restrictions prohibit you from working on a car at your house, etc.

I am thinking of buying a 3 stall former radiator shop and doing something like this with the other 2 stalls, as I would like to have this exact thing available to me

Anyone know of, or used one of these before? Kind of curious about terms, rent, waivers, etc. Any help is nice, even if it's just to tell me I'm off my rocker.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:37 PM
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Its a good idea and we do something similar around here with a friends place. I am looking to buy something smaller out here and have folks go in with me BUT I would expect it to be a co-op more than a for profit.

My biggest concern is legal incase someone gets hurt.
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:32 PM
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I was thinking more of a "break-even" with the 2 garages, then I get the 3rd one for free, plus the equity down the road if the the 2 garage rentals make (or almost make) the mortgage.
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They had these in the 70's but liability issues caused them to close.
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:16 AM
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Here in Holland they're quite common.

The one I go to has five lifts, and charges about $10 per hour. Legal issues aren't such an issue here, so there's nothing to sign. Tools are also available to rent. With two rolling cabinets filled with the basic 1/4" and 1/2" drives, an air gun, screwdrivers, extensions, and other wrenches. Anything more unique costs extra....

Oil changes also cost a bit extra, since they have to dispose of the oil properly.

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If you were anywhere around Chicago I'd be the first in line to rent Since you're not, I'm stuck renting a crappy little 1-car space at my apartment complex where I'm *cough* technically *cough* not supposed to work on cars.
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Old 03-30-2008, 08:32 PM
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I have pretty much given up on this idea, as I have not heard or felt any positive response. Liability and hack mechanics would probably do it in. Maybe a better deal would be to get/build a 5 stall garage with walls seperating them. I could then "condo" out the garages. Owners would be more serious, keep it up better, and you can't sue yourself. Just a thought.
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Some of the newer race tracks are doing this. Making garages available for long term rent anyway.
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You'd have to do this as a private club/consortium/time-share of qualified partners, and not just open to joe idiot off the street.

I think you could probably get enough people together such that the price would be reasonable and still offer enough time per member. I've got a great garage, but I'd still be interested because there are just some jobs I still pay people to do for me because they cross that pain threshold without a real lift and airtools.
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They had these in the 70's but liability issues caused them to close.
That's what I was thinking. It's a great idea and could be very profitable but the liability would be huge.
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