Let’s go check out Westside Collector Car Storage

Friend of Hooniverse Matt Farah has finally cut the ribbons and opened his new facility. It’s a storage center for high-end cars. The place is called Westside Collector Car Storage, and I had the chance to drive up and take a look. This is one seriously impressive building, built in a place where it’s hard and expensive to build such places. Click play below for a quick look at WCCS.

The challenge in getting this facility built lies with strict building codes, which are in turn strictly enforced. Space is expensive here in Southern California. You can’t build out which means you must build up. That’s when things start to really get tricky because we have lots of earthquakes and lots of fires here, and there are codes surrounding all of that. At WCCS, the vehicles parked on the main floor are able to be stacked four cars high. These stackers can hold plenty of vehicle, as the max load would be something along the lines of a Bentley Bentayga or a long-wheelbase Range Rover.

Stack ’em up

I asked Matt how long it would take to get a vehicle down if you wanted one from the top of a fully booked stack. He says it can be done in just 15 minutes. That seems quick to me, but if it’s long for you there’s a member’s lounge. Inside are lockers to store some high-priced hooch or your favorite cigars. There’s a little library of car books to keep you occupied and a racing sim if you feel like turning virtual laps.

Additionally, this facility is also Matt’s new office and podcast studio. The studio space itself is very well done. The lighting and room tone is excellent while the equipment to run all of it is simplified. His entire podcast can be operated and controlled from an iPad. And guests can look out a window in the room that stares at a nearby stack of precious metal.

Obviously, the ability to park your car here means you have dough. This isn’t an inexpensive parking solution. It’s for those with means and a need to put some cars away with the proper care being taken of those cars. And that’s what customers at WCCS most certainly get.

6 Comments

  1. That fat slab table in the podcast studio…wow, loving it. How does 500$/month stack up compared to the competition?

    1. There are a lot of apples and oranges to compare. A facility in Beverly Hills will be able to charge more than an identical structure located someplace slummier that’s an hour from the nearest studio mogul. Do they detail the car for you every month (whether or not you use it)? Start the engine and roll it around to keep the tires from flat-spotting and the battery charged? If you are trying to “close the deal” with a beautiful young starlet by taking her out for a ride in your classic at 2 AM on a Sunday, do you have access to it then? How close is your car to your neighbor’s Ferrari that might spontaneously combust, and how quickly will the blaze be extinguished? Is it at a racetrack? Do they provide 24 hour armed security?

      Considering the price of SoCal real estate, I suspect $500 is probably middle-of-the-pack. I’m probably not a good one to ask, though; I store my California fleet in the same hangar where I park my jet.

      1. I believe they offer all of that stuff for the cars. There’s a really nice detail bay on site and I think everything in the racks can be set on trickle chargers if I’m not mistaken. I’m going back to record a podcast in a few weeks, so I will poke around some more.

        1. There is no doubt this offer was desired, as the garage is almost filled up before its intended opening day. It’s well-deserved for such an enthusiast idea to be successful immediately.

    2. Having worked in the furniture industry for a minute, I’d guess that live edge table top here in Ohio (NE Ohio is one of the top spots for wood and furniture manufacturing in the country now) would be north of $2K. In SoCal I bet it is significantly more.

  2. Much credit to Matt Farah for his persistence to finish this business model. As a listener of his podcast, the ongoing foibles, delays, and sometimes admittedly crazy hoops he had to jump through to satisfy the specific building codes in Southern Ca would probably turn away most people. He should be genuinely proud of his achievement and I wish him well.

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