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post #21 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-03-2019, 12:51 PM
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I agree with you, that is something very important to consider. You don't want any critters to make a home in a Lotus!
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There are retractable covers out there that will cover your car without touching the paint. (Prevents possible paint abrasions from dirt and wind and does not require your car to be immediately washed prior to covering.)

Right now, I can't remember the name of the company (that made them in the US) I was researching, but they made taller and shorter ones (for sports cars). They are especially useful in a carport, where the car might still be covered by blowing rain or light snow, but a true snow load would be prevented by the carport roof.

Here's an example of what I mean:

https://www.amazon.com/Ikuby-Carport.../dp/B01MPXWRQO
It is really expensive, if there is cheap version it would be awesome to buy one!
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If you were planning to store it anyway during the winter months and it's your secondary car just keep the storage unit year round and take it there whenever you don't want to leave it out. There are plenty of storage places in A2 and it really doesn't take much to quickly drive over and leave the other car there... They come in handy if you're in the scenario you are.

Anyway hope you get it, always good to see other lotus owners in MI. You'll have a lot of support here: monkey wrench, V2 Motorsports, Auto Europe... And the lotus shop is local for you.

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Maybe you need this! Of course, i cannot imagine it being cheap.
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Maybe you need this! Of course, i cannot imagine it being cheap.
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My house is surrounded by trees. With the forest come forest animals. We have owls, foxes, neighborhood cats, etc. None of them bother the Lotus (other than an occasional cat footprint on the car here or there). What I have had problems with, particularly in fall and winter, is mice.

I mistakenly left a candy bar in the glovebox of my winter beater one night. The next day I had mice in the HVAC ductwork. If there's a lesson to this story it is never, ever leave food in a car overnight.

On another occasion the radio in the family truckster died because an overheated can of fizzy water burst in summer and sprayed fizzy all over the dash. So don't leave drinks in the car, either.

We do have a feline rodent control specialist. He keeps the garage (where he and the Elise sleep) rodent free. Outside not so much. I've used things like rodent bait blocks to manage mice colonizing sheds and the like - have had to clean mouse nests out of mower engine cowling, etc.
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If you were planning to store it anyway during the winter months and it's your secondary car just keep the storage unit year round and take it there whenever you don't want to leave it out. There are plenty of storage places in A2 and it really doesn't take much to quickly drive over and leave the other car there... They come in handy if you're in the scenario you are.

Anyway hope you get it, always good to see other lotus owners in MI. You'll have a lot of support here: monkey wrench, V2 Motorsports, Auto Europe... And the lotus shop is local for you.

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What is the "the Lotus Shop"? Is it one of the Lotus dealers in the Detroit metro area? I don't come up with anything when I search for "the Lotus Shop".

Thank you.
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is that still active? last time i drove by this fall the logo was removed and it looked like they had moved out.

the lotus usa hq is now in Plymouth, though. 47584 galleon dr.
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is that still active? last time i drove by this fall the logo was removed and it looked like they had moved out.

the lotus usa hq is now in Plymouth, though. 47584 galleon dr.
Yes, the Lotus shop is gone now. The logos have been removed and the building is up for rent.

I thought that was an engineering firm that was part of the Lotus group that worked in partnership with the Michigan auto industry (consulting and special engineering projects). I've been in Ann Arbor for 3 years and never saw any Lotus cars there at all.

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That was Lotus Engineering. For the past year or so it was also where most(?) factory parts in the US were stowed. I once picked up a part there and took it over to Auto Europe to get it installed. They had some mules there from time to time but no regular cars. Sorry to see them move out of Ann Arbor.

BTW if any Ann Arbor or other local folks are interested in a drive this warm weekend let me know. Was out on N Territorial today.
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Oh, to get back on topic my 19 year old Z3 got invaded by a small squirrel this summer and it cost $1500 in repairs to the electrical system. It was parked outside for many years without a problem. Now I spray the engine compartment with repellent every once in a while. Funny thing, we found non BMW parts among mine so some neighbors likely had a problem too.
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Funny enough was looking into carports, and stumbled across this portable retractable carport on Amazon



Any chance this could improve the situation for you?

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Before you jump to conclusions my car has not gone a day without the cover when not being used. That was for a 6 month period with a very high quality cover and i always maintained the wax coat. Appreciate the warm welcome! Here is something a bit more recent
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