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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-27-2017, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Moving and Need Advice (Car Security)

Moving to Philly in June and I'll likely not have a garage for my daily driver ('72 GTV). I DESPERATELY NEED ADVICE FOR KEEPING HER SAFE AND SOUND. I'm telling my wife she (the car) won't last a week on the street, but homes with garages are through the roof! Hoping to build a detached garage but that'll be a year out (if we can even find a home with space for that). What ideas have you guys been using for keeping your loved ones (the cars of course) safe when parked on the street, in driveways, or at stores?

Years ago I had a car alarm on my '93 civic in HS and that didn't stop someone from using a rock to punch through the side window and steal my stereo at night, while it was in our driveway too!

The only thing I can think of are steering wheel removers for the stock steering wheel, if that's even a thing? Any other ideas? I have 6 weeks to find an answer!!! Panicking is setting in...

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daily driver?

'72 GTV ?

Philly?


I will for you.
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Sell. Before your heart gets broken, sell. Winter is coming, and with winter comes salt. Salt always wins. Selling an Arizona car -now- will leave you a nest egg with which to buy another Alfa later when things settle down. You won't get as much for your car after a year on the streets of a northern city. Especially since you'll be doing all your 40-year-old daily-driver maintenance on weekends, at the curb. Not to mention the fact that Philly is a park-by-ear city. Besides, it's a better memory to see her in your mind's eye as perfect than having a last vision of her with a tooth knocked out.

Buy a beater and move forward. You will sleep at night.

Too long/didn't read version: Sell now.
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If you don't like Lokki's idea, do you have a family member or very, very close mate who has a property you could store the car at ... and buy a cheap beater.

Parking on the street will mean sleepless nights and heart break anywhere.
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daily driver?

'72 GTV ?

Philly?


I will for you.



Hahaha! Thanks! The car and myself could use all we can get!
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Sell. Before your heart gets broken, sell. Winter is coming, and with winter comes salt. Salt always wins. Selling an Arizona car -now- will leave you a nest egg with which to buy another Alfa later when things settle down. You won't get as much for your car after a year on the streets of a northern city. Especially since you'll be doing all your 40-year-old daily-driver maintenance on weekends, at the curb. Not to mention the fact that Philly is a park-by-ear city. Besides, it's a better memory to see her in your mind's eye as perfect than having a last vision of her with a tooth knocked out.

Buy a beater and move forward. You will sleep at night.

Too long/didn't read version: Sell now.
Lokki, can't sell her (the car that is)! We purchased her from a man in SoCal who's had the car passed along in his family since '78. He only sold it to me with a promise that I'd not turn around and sell her. I'm not sure how much time that promise covers, but man-to-man, I understand where he's coming from and honor it. We plan on keeping her a part of our family as "the" passed down heirloom. This was also a huge selling point to my wife to purchase her in the first place.
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If you are unable to sell, I like PSk's idea of leaving her with family for a while .....

Sorry I sound so pessimistic about Philly, but the truth is, life on the streets is tough for an Alfa

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/...410040865.html

http://6abc.com/news/2nd-suspect-in-...crash/1210838/

http://www.westphillylocal.com/2012/...eet-overnight/
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If the street urchins, traffic, or potholes don't kill it, the road salt and rust surely will.

That's the wrong car to be daily driving in Philly, especially if you intend to do it year round.

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If that's the case, then why not look for some storage outside of the city? That should be a lot cheaper. Then buy a beater for everyday use. You'll be much happier commuting in an automatic Honda. Save the Alfa for clear weather weekends.

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PM Me, Im from Philly, Dad's still there and just about everything I do is in the city...AND I drive the Alfa there and any other car, I just leave them unlocked so the Top doesn't get cut., and there are Garages you can Rent $180 a month or so. Depending on Where you want to live, Im a Realtor for PA and NJ so Hit me up and I might be able to steer you to someone... I moved to NJ for the garage,,,LOL Kidding,School System,,, I had a house in South Philly WITH a Garage, But your talking 400k up for those!!!!


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Just looking on the 'net, I came across this site; I'm sure there are others.

https://www.sparefoot.com/Philadelph...r-storage.html

You might check with the local Alfa community to see what they advise.

That would be the Delaware Valley Alfa Romeo Owners Club which includes the Philly area.

http://dvaroc.org/

I wouldn't park an Alfa on the street in Tulsa, much less in a large metro area like Philly. I'd find storage for the next year and drive an older Civic-type vehicle until my garage was built.

Just to help out a fellow Alfisti, I could store it for you here in Tulsa

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Sent you a PM with a Philadelphia contact.
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Just looking on the 'net, I came across this site; I'm sure there are others.

https://www.sparefoot.com/Philadelph...r-storage.html

You might check with the local Alfa community to see what they advise.

That would be the Delaware Valley Alfa Romeo Owners Club which includes the Philly area.

Delaware Valley Alfa Romeo Owners' Club

I wouldn't park an Alfa on the street in Tulsa, much less in a large metro area like Philly. I'd find storage for the next year and drive an older Civic-type vehicle until my garage was built.

Just to help out a fellow Alfisti, I could store it for you here in Tulsa

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Ray,

That's funny! Never been to Tulsa but I bet cars do not rust there! $85.00 for a storage is a great deal! I'll look around! I'm excited for the Alfa club. Also looking forward to the Cars and Coffee of Philly. Website looks good. Cars and Coffee Philly I fired an email to the mini dealer in Philly to see what kind of lease I can get with a clubman (I have a wife, 2 small kids and a dog and want a fun car with 3 pedals).

Thanks again!
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Ray, just sent you a PM but I'm not sure if actually fired out, even after the second attempt.
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If that's the case, then why not look for some storage outside of the city? That should be a lot cheaper. Then buy a beater for everyday use. You'll be much happier commuting in an automatic Honda. Save the Alfa for clear weather weekends.

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You know those times when somebody wiser then you says something smart while offering advice but you don't like what they have to say...yea. haha No, I really do appreciate the help. I think you're right. I'm hoping we find something affordable with a garage, but it's not looking good. The problem is, after the cost of a storage unit plus a cheap lease, we're getting close to the same monthly payment as a house with a garage! Haha

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