Allan McIntosh was looking for two things last year – a career change and somewhere with more space than he had to store his own classic cars. After contemplating these issues over the first and second lockdowns, the lightbulb moment arrived when he realised he could solve both problems at the same time.
“I’ve always had classic cars and I’ve always had a problem with not having enough space for them,” he says. “It got to the stage where my wife’s car was permanently parked on the road and my classics were in our garage.”
While Allan was contemplating his next career move, he realised he wouldn’t be the only person looking for secure vehicle storage, and that’s how Precious Steel was born.
The top priority was customers’ vehicle security, so the facility is located in a quiet location with no building signage.
“We’re incognito, no one knows we’re here,” Allan says.
The building itself can currently store around 12 cars, however a three-layered stacking system will be installed soon that will triple the capacity.
Once the cars are at Precious Steel, they are locked in and monitored 24 hours a day using a state-of-the-art security system, and no vehicle keys are kept on-site.
“Access to vehicles is only allowed through prior arrangement with me,” Allan says. “With other storage companies you may have a card or a key and be able to access the premises at any time, but you will not be able to do this at Precious Steel. It’s all in the name of our customers’ security.”
All vehicles must be privately insured, although Precious Steel does have full liability insurance.
“It’s a safe, secure, out of the weather storage facility, so people can be confident knowing their precious vehicle is in safe hands,” he says.