should i buy a tvr with no garage?

should i buy a tvr with no garage?

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stuartleebiggs

Original Poster:

240 posts

217 months

Friday 9th June 2006
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Please help , iv been looking and dreaming about having my own CHIMAERA for over a year now. to cut to the chase , Am i living a pipe dream because i have no real off road parking. i would love a nice dry warm garage to keep one in but that just isnt poss at the moment. I was planning on spending about 12k and getting a good cover for it . If this is crazy talk then mabey i will give up looking before its to late! and i buy one and spoil it. What would you people do in my possition?. the road i live down is quiet usualy with not much through traffic. ( and moving isnt a opption! thanks.

dougc

8,240 posts

268 months

Friday 9th June 2006
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Are you looking for the Chimaera to be your only car?

I think most are garaged but I know of a couple of other S owners (can't quote any Chim owners though) who use theirs as a daily driver and they both get parked outside on the road.

If you are really worried try looking for a garage to rent - usually from the local council, where you can keep the Tiv secure and dry and drive an old shed to and from when you want to use it?

Edited by dougc on Friday 9th June 21:49

theaxe

3,563 posts

225 months

Friday 9th June 2006
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Mine is kept outside under one of these. In theory you don't even need a cover.

Just go for it!

stuartleebiggs

Original Poster:

240 posts

217 months

Friday 9th June 2006
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i like the cover mate , and it it'nt as expensive as i thought it might be. i dont think i would like it being some place miles away in a lock-up.

bigdods

7,175 posts

230 months

Friday 9th June 2006
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Mine lives under a cover on the drive. No problems just make sure you invest in a good quality one. If you are leaving it on the street get a lockable cover for the extra peace of mind.

TVRThomo

303 posts

217 months

Friday 9th June 2006
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Mine lives outside. No cover as yet but i'm getting one soon (only had the car 1 week).

Go on go for it you know you want to !

stuartleebiggs

Original Poster:

240 posts

217 months

Friday 9th June 2006
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thats it! im in the market now. ill order the bible tommoro than search 4 the dream

pupp

12,306 posts

275 months

Saturday 10th June 2006
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Mine lives outside and has done for 5+ years with no real issues. I sometimes use a Leven cabin cover if the weather forecast is especially foul but I have shied away from even this given some mirror problems recently (the cover straps round the mirrors). A garage would be nice, but to be frank, I doubt the car would ever find its way in... too many other toys without roofs competing for accommodation!

pblake

399 posts

225 months

Saturday 10th June 2006
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Mine lives outside all the time. It also gets used everyday 7,000 miles in 6 months of trouble free motoring.
Make sure that you get the hood treated while its still summer to reduce the puddles in the winter.
I have a cover buts its not very practical when you bring home a red hot car in the rain, plus i got feed up taking on and off everyday.
Hope you find the one your'e looking for.

philf329

235 posts

241 months

Saturday 10th June 2006
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Had my Chim 3 years as a daily driver 6-8k miles per year & it lives outside too with no problems so far - I would recommend the Leven hood cover (although I do not use it if the roof is soaking wet) & definitely ensuring that the roof is well waterproofed - I use Thompsons waterseal.

stuartleebiggs

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240 posts

217 months

Sunday 11th June 2006
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thanks for the help !

redleicester

6,869 posts

248 months

Sunday 11th June 2006
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On my third TVR, my second Chimaera (had a Cerbera in between) and they've all lived outside, mainly because I couldn't be bothered putting them away in the garage when I knew I'd be off out again soon... Nary a problem, like the other posters, I have a cover, and rarely use it (I use the car more than the cover!) First Chim did 12k in 12 months, come rain or shine and never missed a beat. Yes she leaked a little bit, but thankfully no mushrooms in the footwell!

Go and do it, you only live once!

travelling_man

99 posts

220 months

Monday 12th June 2006
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philf329, you say you used thompson waterseal, to proof the hood, this is obviously much cheaper than the stuff normally advertised for proofing, is it anygood, has anyone else done this?

paul430

22 posts

233 months

Monday 12th June 2006
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Had my Chim for 1.5 years and it lives outside all the time, even over winter.

As long as the hood is proofed (don't splash it on the windows or paint) and you use it, no problems. Touch wood I've not had any water in mine yet, even when I jet wash it, so very pleased.

I normally get bored with a car after 6 months and change it. This is the first car I've ever had that whenever I walk up to it I think WOW, when I sit in it and start it, a huge stupid grin appears on my face and thats nothing compared to when I floor the loud pedal........

V8 Kieran

968 posts

256 months

Monday 12th June 2006
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Had both S3 and current Chim - both with Leven Technology car caps - quick/easy to put on/whip off, heavy duty and good quality - don't like idea of putting full car cover over dirty car as may scratch paintwork. Cap only covers leaky bits and is securely fastened under bonnet, mirrors and boot to stop scrotes nicking it if left in street!

Car has not suffered from being left outside and frankly, I'd buy a daily driver left outside over a "always garaged never seen rain" car any day - they are where the unreliability gossips come from. Use 'em every day and they are just as reliable as any other car.

Go for it (although running costs mount if you do lots of miles with service every 6k/year - so I do: 6k a year!)

Podie

46,642 posts

278 months

Monday 12th June 2006
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V8 Kieran said:
Go for it (although running costs mount if you do lots of miles with service every 6k/year - so I do: 6k a year!)



Amateur... 1000 miles a month!

Mine lived outside for 18 months (now have underground parking), but it was no worse for wear for it. Needs a bit more TLC, but used a hood cover and it was fine.

Red V8

873 posts

230 months

Monday 12th June 2006
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Living in the south east you might just about get away with it.... whereas up north you need a garage with hot water bottles and central heating at the very least!!!

M@H

11,297 posts

275 months

Monday 12th June 2006
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Mine sits under a cover too as we have no garage. Its been fine although I have to admit I was mighty pissed off when I took the cover off in the spring to find that the new walnut dash I had fitted into it in the autumn had de-laminated and cracked in two places.

I have to say though that my car sits on the drive behind the gates, I wouldn't sleep at night if the car was on the road.

Cheers
Matt

Edited by M@H on Monday 12th June 13:20

anwbarwick

90 posts

228 months

Monday 12th June 2006
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Just used Thompson waterseal on mine. Three good coats out of a £7 tin with some left over and it's done the job fine. Remember to get the stuff that's OK for canvas.

nocker

43 posts

226 months

Tuesday 13th June 2006
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I live in a block of flats and whilst the parking is residential and off-street, it's not covered. A friend had a spare garage so I held off getting a cover, but after muckign around for ages, by the time he found his keys (and which garage was actually his), the worst of the winter was over. I will probably get a cover later in the summer, but if you really want one, I'd say go for it.

As others have mentioned you can contact the council to see if they have any for rent but often there a long waiting lists, I know some of the garages left at our flats are now privately owned and rented out, so it may be worthwhile searching in your area to see if there are any available.

In saying that when I have eventually used my friends garage the fit is somewhat tight anyway, and I would expect they'll be more damage from door opening etc in the garage than anyone would impart on the street under cover (and what's insurance for if not peace of mind anyway)