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Well, since you've only been on here for three days, I would start by spending some time reading past posts on here.  We have owners who have cars from every and all professional builders, as well as a sizeable population of people who have built their cars from parts supplied by others.   Reading about what others own will give you a better idea of which builder's car you might like best and why.  After that, we usually recommend buying a used vehicle from that builder (they pop up from time to time) to "try the hobby out" because many times the reality of ownership doesn't match expectations (we've talked about that on here lots, too).  

So you have some homework to do before you get started.  Read up on these cars and then start looking for a decent, well-sorted used car to get started in the Madness.

Good Hunting!

Gordon   The Speedstah Guy from Massachusetts

Tough car to own in Miami.  The crazy drivers plus the rain and heat.  Maybe be ok from Nov to about now.  An Subaru powered car with air may work, but a regular air cooled replica is just hard in the climate.   A garage us a must too.   

I have a covered car port in a condo, thus not much facility to work on it.. had a 914 in Tampa for a few years and I'm ok with the heat...  and it's an occasional car, so 90% for the fun.

I have a covered car port in a condo, thus not much facility to work on it.. had a 914 in Tampa for a few years and I'm ok with the heat...  and it's an occasional car, so 90% for the fun.

Not trying to discourage you, but this can be an issue.  I spend a lot of time in South Florida and used to be on the East Coast.  Maybe Nolan Scott will chime in with a few thoughts.  He was in Plantation for years (Subaru powered SAS Cab with Air).  Tom Rhan too (Subaru powered Beck 356 with air) from Westin, FL.   Both these guys had full garages.    If its just a toy, this maybe will work out . 

Not trying to discourage you, but this can be an issue.  I spend a lot of time in South Florida and used to be on the East Coast.  Maybe Nolan Scott will chime in with a few thoughts.  He was in Plantation for years (Subaru powered SAS Cab with Air).  Tom Rhan too (Subaru powered Beck 356 with air) from Westin, FL.   Both these guys had full garages.    If its just a toy, this maybe will work out . 

Ya, no garage is a huge issue.. but I still want to try.. : ))

Also, You may want to check with your insurance company of choice.

In the northwest ( where I live), this type of toy can’t be insured unless it resides in a secured garage - single family use garage or dedicated car storage facility.

my experience— A condo/apartment  buildings secure garage - controlled access/security cameras-  may not do the trick.  We own a mixed use building (businesses/apartment/condos) close to our home where I like to store cars/motorcycles we don’t use regularly- our home only has a two car garage.  In the building we have a nice set up with multiple car lifts... and insurance co.  would not cover this particular type of car if stored in that type of community living garage.  

This is an issue with many buildings in downtown Seattle... which gave birth to what is affectionately known locally as a country club for car owners.  A car club storage facility at the edge of the downtown core founded by a bunch of dad’s in my daughters grade school class a few years back.  Cars can be insured if stored here.  https://theshopclubs.com/seattle/about/

maybe it was just my particular policy for our multiple properties.... but always worth checking,

Welcome to the madness!!

ps- recent video  tour of The Shop... for anyone interested.  New facility opening in a Dallas soon ;-)

https://youtu.be/eXWCnxclwOM

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@Lfepardo we have a bunch of those scattered around the towns around me.  As active businesses have folded, especially during the pandemic, their buildings are getting scooped up by people for storage of all sorts of things.  An old High School hot rod friend just bought a 14,000 sq. foot commercial building and already has 40 cars parked in there, only three are his, with room for another dozen.  The rent pays the mortgage on both that building as well as his house!  He’s got plans to add a couple of lifts, tools and welding/machining tools.  I told him he needs a bar and coffee station.

In Seattle we didn’t have any of these back in 2015, and a bunch of us jocked around about pooling our resources/ tools/experiences and renting a place were we could all store/work on our cars + hang out, eat, hold our weekly pocker games & watch sports... and pay the bills by renting out the space to PCA and other local car club members so our spouses would be indifferent to the out of pocket $$$$ and get our toys out of their space—- I.e.- the house.  

One of the dads was Ethan Stole ( local restaurant entrepreneur and brides made at our wedding)... some dads had really cool car collections.    Fast fwd a year, one of the dads retired from his 20+ year career working for a leading local venture capital company and made it possible.   He is the face of the company ;-), and we now have a club house to hang out in, play with our toys.  and we eat like kings!!!!

for some reason, the pandemic has fast-tracked the growth of this particular business model.  People are downsizing their local family homes, and moving their toys into places like this.  

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