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(Calgary Sun)   Hail can be a pain for your car. Especially so for a dealership, and when you sell Ferraris you really have to plan ahead   (calgarysun.com) divider line 35
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2014-08-11 11:39:43 AM  
One might think that the dealership can afford an indoor parking garage.
 
2014-08-11 11:47:02 AM  
Maybe God just doesn't like sports cars. Anyone remember what happened to a couple of Corvettes in Kentucky earlier this year?
 
2014-08-11 11:50:37 AM  
I've got to assume that Ferraris don't handle well in an Albertan winter.
 
2014-08-11 11:52:54 AM  
I don't recall ever seen a Ferrari dealership, but I somehow assumed they would keep them in a locked building of some sort, not just parked outside.
 
2014-08-11 11:53:42 AM  
If you live in "the hailstorm capital of Canada," perhaps it's not particularly wise to buy a car that will cost you the price of a normal car when it takes hail damages.  Then again, fool...money....

Now, let's talk rust-proofing. These Ferraris'll rust up on ya' like that, er...shut up, Gil. Close the deal...close the deal!
 
2014-08-11 11:55:59 AM  
Jesus, that article was hard to read. Here's the key points:

That's what friends are for, and Ferrari Maserati of Alberta has them in every quadrant of the city - spotters ready to call the dealership at the first sign of forboding skies and the pitter-patter of hailstones.

The call is made, and a staff member is dispatched to watch the skies in the direction of the storm. If it looks bad and getting worse, the alarm is sounded.

"We usually give ourselves 15 to 20 minutes," says Galasso.

The goal is to get them all under cover by the time the dark clouds arrive, and Galasso says the key is shipping containers, purchased especially to provide fast and reliable shelter for dozens of cars in a big hurry.
 
2014-08-11 12:10:10 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I've got to assume that Ferraris don't handle well in an Albertan winter.


They don't typically get driven if there's water of any form visible on the roads.
 
2014-08-11 12:11:12 PM  
I feel so bad for these people. My heart goes out to them during these turbulent and trying times. I'm sure that they are keeping the Lord in their hearts. Everything will work out the way God intended.
 
2014-08-11 12:14:41 PM  
Why don't they must make the display area a large carport?
 
2014-08-11 12:16:02 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I don't recall ever seen a Ferrari dealership, but I somehow assumed they would keep them in a locked building of some sort, not just parked outside.


There's a Lamborghini and other super high end marque dealer not far away. Usually they don't park the Lambos outside. Sometimes they'll put a handful of cars out there, but it's usually enough they could just park them under an overhang or cram them in the service bays if need be. I'd not be shocked to learn they have a warehouse somewhere not that far away from their main location for secure storage.
 
2014-08-11 12:16:27 PM  

loonatic112358: Why don't they must make the display area a large carport?


Requesting functionality and a basic level of common sense is just poor talk.
 
2014-08-11 12:18:50 PM  

skozlaw: loonatic112358: Why don't they must make the display area a large carport?

Requesting functionality and a basic level of common sense is just poor talk.


It's a cromulent question.

"Why don't they must", indeed.
 
2014-08-11 12:21:07 PM  

loonatic112358: Why don't they must make the display area a large carport?


A carport would need to be pretty strong to ensure it doesn't blow down and damage any cars. Storms with a lot of hail tend to have pretty strong winds. I'm now wondering why they don't do tents like a lot of other dealerships. Are they trying to use the psychological effect of the sunlight gleaming on the curves of the cars?
 
2014-08-11 12:23:41 PM  
Penis.
 
2014-08-11 12:34:01 PM  
CSB:
I used to have a 1995 Chevy Trailblazer that was bought/discounted from the dealership due to hail damage.  It was nailed hard during a hail storm but you couldn't see any dents unless you were a few inches from the vehicle.  Got a huge discount for that.
 
2014-08-11 12:40:56 PM  

"The containers are pretty much bullet proof," says Galasso.


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2014-08-11 12:44:56 PM  

loonatic112358: Why don't they must make the display area a large carport?


That's what i was wondering. Tfa says he purchased some shipping containers to store cars during storms - would those be cheaper or more expensive than a carport like they have at many car rental places? Whatever the cost, the old shipping containers gotta be ugly as sin.
 
2014-08-11 12:53:04 PM  
 
2014-08-11 12:55:48 PM  

phaseolus: Tfa says he purchased some shipping containers to store cars during storms - would those be cheaper or more expensive than a carport like they have at many car rental places? Whatever the cost, the old shipping containers gotta be ugly as sin.


If the containers are purchased and not rented, and are visible to the public on a Ferrari lot, I'd be willing to bet they are nicely painted.  As for carports, I'd be willing to bet there's some social engineering behind the lack of them, otherwise they'd already be at dealerships everywhere.  (It's anecdotal of course, but I can't recall seeing many covered car dealerships in my travels.)  Car ports would help a lot to keep inventory clean and looking nice; less dirt from rain, less frost in the winter, and yes, less hail damage, all meaning less labor required to clean up after.  But, there is an appeal to rows of new cars gleaming in the sun.
 
2014-08-11 12:59:47 PM  

phaseolus: loonatic112358: Why don't they must make the display area a large carport?

That's what i was wondering. Tfa says he purchased some shipping containers to store cars during storms - would those be cheaper or more expensive than a carport like they have at many car rental places? Whatever the cost, the old shipping containers gotta be ugly as sin.


The containers probably cost more than a carport initially, but I doubt they count as improvements like a fixed structure would, so their taxes and operating costs aren't affected. With practically no maintenance required and no additional taxes, they'll save money over the long term.
 
2014-08-11 01:00:17 PM  

Odoriferous Queef: Englebert Slaptyback:


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Yes indeed.

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Bad form following my own post. Why did the "Challenge Accepted" image show up so large?
 
2014-08-11 01:01:48 PM  
Remember where you parked.
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2014-08-11 01:20:23 PM  

cashman: Anyone remember what happened to a couple of Corvettes in Kentucky earlier this year?


Yeah. Lucifer really, really wanted one.
 
2014-08-11 01:25:30 PM  

Odoriferous Queef


Bad form following my own post. Why did the "Challenge Accepted" image show up so large?


The original was 850x850 but I resized it to 400x400. When Fark rehosted it I guess the size reverted to original.
 
2014-08-11 01:38:49 PM  
I know if I were going to be spending $350k on a car, I'd be speccing it out down to the color of the stitching on the upholstered dashboard.  It seems like they're talking about more cars than just a few test-drive mules;  I'm a bit surprised that there's any significant amount of people who would buy a Ferrari off the lot.

But then again, this is Alberta we're talking about, so their clientèle is probably exclusively new money.

/oilmen and hockey players
 
2014-08-11 01:39:17 PM  

skozlaw: loonatic112358: Why don't they must make the display area a large carport?

Requesting functionality and a basic level of common sense is just poor talk.


If a Honda dealership in San Antonio Texas can do it, a Ferrari dealership should be able to
 
2014-08-11 01:41:33 PM  

NightSteel: phaseolus: Tfa says he purchased some shipping containers to store cars during storms - would those be cheaper or more expensive than a carport like they have at many car rental places? Whatever the cost, the old shipping containers gotta be ugly as sin.

If the containers are purchased and not rented, and are visible to the public on a Ferrari lot, I'd be willing to bet they are nicely painted.  As for carports, I'd be willing to bet there's some social engineering behind the lack of them, otherwise they'd already be at dealerships everywhere.  (It's anecdotal of course, but I can't recall seeing many covered car dealerships in my travels.)  Car ports would help a lot to keep inventory clean and looking nice; less dirt from rain, less frost in the winter, and yes, less hail damage, all meaning less labor required to clean up after.  But, there is an appeal to rows of new cars gleaming in the sun.


I've seen dealerships in San Antonio do that,I assume it's to keep customers from spontaneously combusting in the Texas summer Sun
 
2014-08-11 02:09:07 PM  

Tobin_Lam: phaseolus: loonatic112358: Why don't they must make the display area a large carport?

That's what i was wondering. Tfa says he purchased some shipping containers to store cars during storms - would those be cheaper or more expensive than a carport like they have at many car rental places? Whatever the cost, the old shipping containers gotta be ugly as sin.

The containers probably cost more than a carport initially, but I doubt they count as improvements like a fixed structure would, so their taxes and operating costs aren't affected. With practically no maintenance required and no additional taxes, they'll save money over the long term.


Cargo containers and a "Reacher/stacker" would take up far less land than carports
 
2014-08-11 02:18:48 PM  

Robo Beat: I know if I were going to be spending $350k on a car, I'd be speccing it out down to the color of the stitching on the upholstered dashboard.  It seems like they're talking about more cars than just a few test-drive mules;  I'm a bit surprised that there's any significant amount of people who would buy a Ferrari off the lot.


There's the test drive mules, a few "off the lot" specials (if the car they have is mostly what you want, the year's wait to get the stitching you'd prefer may not look as attractive to you), used vehicles, and the customer cars there for service. None of which they really want to look like somebody took a ball peen hammer to them.
 
2014-08-11 02:25:21 PM  
Extreme weather in the oil capital of Canada that is responsible for climate change? They deserve it.
 
2014-08-11 03:33:24 PM  
Somewhere in that article is the plot for the next big car heist movie.
 
2014-08-11 03:36:03 PM  

Gaylord Q. Tinkledink: Extreme weather in the oil capital of Canada that is responsible for climate change? They deserve it.


bloodsweatdice.com

We have a nibble...
 
2014-08-11 03:37:49 PM  
Five minutes to Wapner.
 
2014-08-11 04:18:40 PM  

Satanic_Hamster: 1995 Chevy Trailblazer


Do you know how I know that you are full of stuff?
 
2014-08-11 04:55:00 PM  

Angela Lansbury's Merkin: Somewhere in that article is the plot for the next big car heist movie.


Showing up with a bunch of big rigs and stacker during a hail storm won't be noticed at all! Ok, maybe not during the hail storm, but shortly afterward they'll be noticed.
 
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