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There’s no greater satisfaction than when you’ve just done something all by yourself, which is why so many car owners love getting their hands dirty by working on their car themselves.
In a world where it’s often difficult to tell the difference between the ridiculous and the obscene, this $6 million garage helps paint a clearer picture of what’s over-the-top.
On the HGTV program Million Dollar Rooms, host Carter Oosterhouse pays a visit to Tom Gonzales out in Lake Tahoe, Nevada to check out a garage that is larger than the average home in America. The garage itself is referred to as a “toy box” by Gonzales, housing dozens of motorcycles, some of which has never even been ridden. The garage is big enough to house 100 motorcycles, but that’s not even the cool part of the clip.
Out on the driveway, Gonzales uses up $25 dollars in electricity to raise what is essentially an aircraft carrier elevator to reveal a subterranean garage that is heated and is “completely impervious to any kinds of natural disasters we can think of.”
And before you laugh at the car collection in the 6,000-square foot underground garage, HGTV made mention that Gonzales had moved his “30 million dollar car collection the month before we got there.” In fact, the Malibu seen in the video belonged to the HGTV crew.
So what is really in his car collection? We might never know. But as Tony Gonzales says, “You just can’t put a price on fun.”
Watch the video below.
When drivers find a car repair shop they like, they stick with it… and that’s because they trust the mechanics will do a good job. A recent study finds that about 50 percent of people completely trust their garage to fix their cars.
The survey, which was conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, sheds some interesting light on car owners, who are now keeping their vehicles for an average of nine years. That means that if drivers want to keep their cars on the road longer, they need to find a trustworthy garage to carry out repairs. Of those questioned for this sutdy, 77 percent said they take their car to a garage to keep it maintained. Of those shops, 37 percent of respondent prefer small, independent shop, 30 percent go to dealerships and 11 percent take their car to get serviced at a brand-name repair chain.
Women, older drivers and more affluent households are much more trusting when it comes to a garage fixing their car, with 91 percent saying they trust their repair shop. When it came to authorizing whatever work the shop recommended to repair their vehicle, 73 percent of those polled had no worries giving mechanics the go ahead. And to finish off this feel-good survey, 83 percent of said they are confident they’ll get the right repair work done for the right price.
Do you have a preferred car repair shop you visit on a regular basis? Do you trust them with your car or do you go to them because you haven’t found any garage more trustworthy? Let us know in the comments section below.
[Source: Consumer Reports]
In the case of a fire in the garage of a North Carolina home where a Chevrolet Volt was being charged at the time, the Volt has been proven – not guilty.
When news first came out regarding this incident, many believed the culprit behind this fire could be the Volt, but Iredell County chief deputy fire marshal Garland Cloer says; “the source of ignition seems to be from outside the area of the vehicles.”
This fire attracted investigators from many companies to come forward to access the cause of the blaze. These included representatives from Nissan, Chevrolet, Siemens, Duke Energy and the homeowners insurance company.
The reason there were so many investigators is because at the time of the fire, the garage housed a Nissan Armada, the Chevrolet Volt, a Siemens 240-volt recharging station, and many miscellaneous items such as a electric cars for kids, not to mention gasoline and other hazardous materials.
The fire marshal said that fire usually follows a “V” path as it spreads, and according to their findings, the fire originated from another source, not the cars. Cloer said that when a fire originates from the car, things like its seats, carpets and rubber hoses are not left intact, but they were in this case, another indication the Volt was not guilty.
Total damage to the house is appraised at $800,000.
[Source: Green Car Reports]
When you’ve got luxury and exotic cars filling up your garage and your driveway, sometimes you have to get creative to store your most prized possessions. This collector of fine automobiles got really creative, finding a way to house two of his Lamborghinis since his other two were, well you know, taking up the driveway.
To some it might be awesome enough to have a McLaren stored in your garage, alongside two Lamborghinis in your driveway. But for this avid enthusiast that needed a way to store two more Lamborghinis, he built an underground garage that simply lifts the driveway to reveal his collection. So at any point in time when he wants to show off, the driveway is lifted and magically another two Lamborghinis are revealed.
Jealous? We sure are. Imagine the other things you could store in an underground garage.
Check out the video after the break.
[Source: 0-60 Mag]