Posted by: Amy Lassen | December 8, 2010

Various Kinds Of Car Storage

Do you own more than two or three vehicles? Is your garage storage full and driveway in a mess? Are you worried about the safekeeping of your classic or vintage car? If yes, then all you need is reliable car storage. The thing with these services is that you might find a provider easily, but you won’t find a trustworthy one without putting in some effort. It is important that you take an informed decision to avoid being duped by scams. This short guide here will inform you about the major types of car storage services.

Outdoor Storage

If you plan to use your stored vehicle frequently then outdoor storage is just the thing for you. It is like an outdoor parking lot that you rent for your exclusive use. The best thing with outdoor facilities at car storage is that they are very cost effective, if they are situated at a walking distance from your place. Though, as your vehicle will be exposed to elements of sun, rain and snow, it is important that you buy a heavy duty car cover if you want to go with outdoor facilities.

Indoor Car Storage

Indoor car storages can be further classified into two types: climate controlled and non-climate controlled facilities. They are generally used for RV storage. Let us know something more about them.

1. Non Climate Controlled Facilities

A non climate controlled facility is like a self storage building with garage-like doors where you can safely lock your car inside. However, it provides no protection from rusting and other such issues that might arise due to climate change. Also, your car remains protected from the harsh weather elements as opposed to outdoor storage. Due to this, these are more expensive when compared to their outdoor counterparts. If you live in a hot area then it might create problems as it can get very hot in closed and non-ventilated car storage in summer.

2. Climate Controlled Facilities

A climate controlled facilities offer a good option for storing collectors’ cars and expensive recreational vehicles. Many people also use it as boat storage. It is air conditioned and is suitable for both cold and hot regions. Your engine oil won’t freeze when you have to go for an important meeting. Interestingly, these facilities can also be used to store things other than vehicle and boats. People also use them as furniture storage to store their antique pieces.

Maintenance Is Essential

No matter where you decide to store your car, you should always undertake its proper maintenance. Car storage is no good for you if you do not take proper care of your vehicle yourself. You should not leave your car idle for too long. Also, remember to change the oil at prescribed intervals of time. Take it out at least once in a month.

Do you own more than two or three vehicles? Is your garage storage full and driveway in a mess? Are you worried about the safekeeping of your classic or vintage car? If yes, then all you need is reliable car storage. The thing with these services is that you might find a provider easily, but you won’t find a trustworthy one without putting in some effort. It is important that you take an informed decision to avoid being duped by scams. This short guide here will inform you about the major types of car storage services.

Outdoor Storage

If you plan to use your stored vehicle frequently then outdoor storage is just the thing for you. It is like an outdoor parking lot that you rent for your exclusive use. The best thing with outdoor facilities at car storage is that they are very cost effective, if they are situated at a walking distance from your place. Though, as your vehicle will be exposed to elements of sun, rain and snow, it is important that you buy a heavy duty car cover if you want to go with outdoor facilities.

Indoor Car Storage

Indoor car storages can be further classified into two types: climate controlled and non-climate controlled facilities. They are generally used for RV storage. Let us know something more about them.

1. Non Climate Controlled Facilities

A non climate controlled facility is like a self storage building with garage-like doors where you can safely lock your car inside. However, it provides no protection from rusting and other such issues that might arise due to climate change. Also, your car remains protected from the harsh weather elements as opposed to outdoor storage. Due to this, these are more expensive when compared to their outdoor counterparts. If you live in a hot area then it might create problems as it can get very hot in closed and non-ventilated car storage in summer.

2. Climate Controlled Facilities

A climate controlled facilities offer a good option for storing collectors’ cars and expensive recreational vehicles. Many people also use it as boat storage. It is air conditioned and is suitable for both cold and hot regions. Your engine oil won’t freeze when you have to go for an important meeting. Interestingly, these facilities can also be used to store things other than vehicle and boats. People also use them as furniture storage to store their antique pieces.

Maintenance Is Essential

No matter where you decide to store your car, you should always undertake its proper maintenance. Car storage is no good for you if you do not take proper care of your vehicle yourself. You should not leave your car idle for too long. Also, remember to change the oil at prescribed intervals of time. Take it out at least once in a month.

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Posted by: Amy Lassen | December 6, 2007

Colorado Car Clubs and Links

Colorado Corvette Club

Web Site
    Colorado’s newest    
Colorado Cougar Club
303-433-2260
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    This is a club who loves the Cougar! We currently have 37 members. We cruise to have fun and hold our meetings once a month. For more information, go to our website. If you own a Cougar, no matter what stage it is in, join our club! Contact Susan Padilla – Club Secretary/Newsletter for more information.    
Colorado Cruizers
719-392-3715
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    To share an interest in cars and car shows    
Colorado Mopar

Web Site
    Denver Area Mopar Car Club    
ColoRODans

Web Site
    Hot rods, street rods, classic cars you name it is in the club. Every July, The ColoRODans hold the Rod Festival at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, some proceedes go to Mountain States Childrens Home. Check the website for events and other information. The ColoRODans have been around since the 60’s.    
Corvettes West Car Club

Web Site
    Corvettes West is Greeley’s “oldest and thriving” Corvette Club, founded in April 1985, by a small group of Corvette Lover’s. We offer a wide variety of events and activities, not just for our members, but for “any and all Corvette enthusiasts.” We are a Community-Involved club, raising money for various local charitable organizations and foundations in our area. We also donate our time by volunteering at various local activities and events.    
Down the Road Corvettes
303-469-1521
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    A small club of Corvette owners that get together to enjoy our cars. We participate in other local clubs events as well as hosting our own April Fool’s Rally, a fall dealer appreciation show and a cruise night. We also participate in Bandimere Speedway’s Club Clash drag racing with our club cars. There are also monthly mystery meals. We used to be Boulder Corvette Association.    
Early Mustang Club of Colorado

Web Site
    The Early Mustang Club, Inc., is the Club for anyone who likes driving and displaying the 1964 1/2 through 1973 classic Mustang. You will find the EMC a very friendly, informal Club with members who have a great deal of knowledge about these early cars.    
Lonely Knights Kustoms

Web Site
    Colorado Springs’ oldest and only kustom car club.    
Mile High Fiero Club

Web Site
    MHFC is for anyone who owns one of these awesome little cars and lives in Colorado or any of the surrounding states. We gather to take cruises around the area, or to just hang out and talk Fieros. Please visit the website and join the forum.    
Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Professional Car Society
303-918-3800
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    The PROFESSIONAL CAR SOCIETY is an international organization dedicated to the maintenance, restoration, preservation and appreciation of one of the finest examples of automotive craftmanship – the professional car. A professional car is loosely defined as a custom-bodied vehicle, based on passenger car styling, and used in the funeral, rescue or livery services. Such vehicles may be hearses, flower cars, service cars, ambulances, limousines, or cars which are special built to combine two or more of these different functions, such as combination hearse-ambulances, sedan ambulances or invalid coaches.    
Rocky Mountain Model A club

Web Site
    Dedicated to the preservation and touring of Ford’s Model A. 1928-1931- Meet in Franktown, Co the second Tueday of each month. 7-pm-9-pm Come and meet others with a love of The Model A.. We have many “Tours” throughout the year , and other events where you can see and drive your A. “Just to have Fun”    
Ruffians Car Club and Motorcycle Gang

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    Group dedicated to the concept of the “anti-club.” No rediculous initiation ceremonies. No dues to participate. No set schedule of meetings. We gather at our own convenience to work on our cars, attend events and just hang out. The only rules include the ownership of, or interest in, pre-1970 American cars and any type of motorcycle. There are no rules to how your car must look, or run. Whatever the owner feels his car should be is how it will be. And no affiliation to any specific manufacturer.    
The Colorado Cruisers
303-738-0533
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    The Colorado Cruisers Car Club was formed in 2003 with six original members. Membership has exploded in the past few years to over 200 members. We are the no-muss, no-fuss, no-rules, no-meetings, no-dues, no-mandatory attendance unclub. We do have four prerequisties to join. 1. Your American-made car must be 1973 or older. 2. Your car must be in show condition (no trailer queens) 3. You must be at least 40 years old 4. You have to like to eat and socialize. We are Colorado’s Holiday Car Show Connection with four shows a year; Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. We cruise the entire region from Arizona to Montana and from Nevada to Missouri. This year we did Kool Deadwood Nights in South Dakota and the Bricktop Cruisers Flatlanders Festival in Kansas. Next year, it’s the Land of Enchantment Days in New Mexico.    
Tri-Lakes Cruisers

Web Site
    The Tri-Lakes Cruisers is a car club with its roots in the Tri-Lakes area of Colorado. The Tri-Lakes are known as – Palmer Lake, Monument Lake and Lake Woodmoor, but the club includes members from Gleneagle, Black Forest, Northern Colorado Springs, and various other surrounding communities. It’s a fun loving, good natured bunch of people simply enjoying each other?s company, cars, and maybe a few nights out on the town cruisin’.    
Trinidad Auto Club
719-846-8391
    Our club is open to any car enthusiast. We have monthly meetings, cruise nights, and try to tour as much as possible. We host our annual car show that has been growing each year. Our club supports community activities and fundraising events.    
Posted by: Amy Lassen | December 6, 2007

Remarkable Property with Huge Storage!

11195 Milam Road Black Forest Colorado 

Very Unique Black Forest Property For Sale! This raised ranch sits on 5 fenced acres and boasts over 14,000 of garage and out buildings! With both irrigated pasture and trees, this property has a lot of options. MLS # 538982

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The home has a vaulted great room with tall windows, hardwood floors and wood burning stove. The basement has a second kitchen for guests or mother-in-law apartment. 3418 square feet, 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, 2 kitchens, 2 laundry rooms and walk-out basement.

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The storage, barn and workshop options will astound you. Concrete floors, drive-through double garage doors, water, electricity and phone. There is a separate shop with loft that could be used as an office. One of the buildings is 136×35 and has dirt floors for horses.

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Directions: From I25, take the Interquest exit. Head through the light at Voyager/83 past New Life Church and Pikes Peak Community College and turn right on Powers BLVD. Take a left on Old Ranch Road. It will curve to the left and become Milam. The home is the on the right.

 Real Estate If you would like additional information about real estate in Black Forest Colorado or Colorado Springs Colorado as well as anywhere in El Paso or Teller Counties Colorado contact us at 1-877-360-3311.

Amy Lassen is a real estate broker in Colorado Springs and prides herself on providing clients with professional guidance in all phases of residential real estate buying and selling, including market research, consulting, inspection, marketing and advertising. Her personal mission is to provide all viable options and information so her clients can make informed decisions regarding their real estate investments. She believes the most effective way to provide superior service is to build a strong working relationship with you. Her system includes regular consultations and feedback, which are the best tools for identifying and clarifying your real estate objectives and helping you define strategic solutions.

Posted by: Amy Lassen | December 6, 2007

Things to remember getting your classic car out of storage.

10 Tips for Taking Your Classic Car Out of Storage

If it’s time for the car show, or you simply hear the call of Spring, it’s time go get your beauty out of storage to start driving. Although it’s not necessary that your engine be this glossy, here are some things you should do to keep her in tip top shape before you hit the road:

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    1. Drain and properly dispose of the gas in the carburetor, the tank and the fuel lines. It’s a necessary waste because bad gas can cause problems! Plus, if it doesn’t start, you’ve saved yourself some time by already eliminating that as the reason.
    2. Drain, flush and replace the coolant. Many types of coolant have corrosion inhibitors to help protect your system. These have been eating away at the rust inside your cooling system for the past few months. Flushing things out could prevent a blockage and overheating the next time the temperature climbs. A 50/50 coolant/water mix will be great.
    3. Change the oil. Over months, sitting oil can become contaminated with water and possibly acids that cause rust and bearing failure inside the engine. Now is also a good time to change the oil filter.
    4. Give the battery a fresh charge and keep it warm while you attend to the rest of the car.
    5. If the car has been left for more than three months, remove the sparkplugs and apply some form of upper-cylinder lubricant into the cylinders. This will help loosen any piston rings that may be stuck.
    6. Bleed the brakes and check the operation. Make sure the master cylindars for the brake and  the clutch are full of fluid. Make absolutely sure your brakes are working before tearing off down the street!  Don’t forget to also check the operation of the emergency brake!
    7. Replace the warm and fully-charged battery in the car. While the spark plugs are removed, turn the engine over several times. The goal is to let the oil you put into the cylinders lubricate the cylinder walls, so you don’t scratch things up, and also to ‘prime’ the oil and fuel pumps ready for ignition. You want to continue cranking the engine until the oil pressure gauge needle moves up, or your oil pressure ‘idiot’ light goes out.
    8. Install the spark plugs, careful to reattach the leads correctly. Remove the air filter cover and spray some starter fluid like “Ez-Start” into the mouth of the carburetor. This will greatly increase the chances that your car will start the first time. You want to do everything possible to ensure your engines starts right up. Leave the air filter cover off for now.
    9. Make sure the gears are not engaged, depress the clutch, give it a little bit of gas or choke and turn the key! (Hopefully you are exhilerated by the sounded of the engine!)
    10. Let it idle (without revving) until it reaches operating temperature. Replace the air filter cover. Check for fluid leaks under the car, check the brakes again, then take the car on a short 30 minute run. This evaporate all the moisture in the exhaust and the engine. When you return, check again that there are no leaks under the car. Polish her up, giving plenty of time for the wax to dry before you take her out again. You are ready for a season of driving!

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