Pop-up Garage Stows Your Car Safely Underground

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The Cardok garage is an interesting parking solution that is starting to be seen around more affluent London locales. The owner’s car is raised and lowered by means of a hydraulic lift. At present there are eight in action around London, four under construction and another ten that have been ordered, which is no small feat as the price for the single model is $61,181 and if you want an over and under double it will be $72,816.

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Incidentally, here in Japan these are even creeping into cities in the more rural parts of the country. [Daily Mail via Design Blog, Born Rich]

 

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C.S. Magor is the editor-in-chief and a reporter at large for We Interrupt and Uberreview. He currently resides in the Japanese countryside approximately two hours from Tokyo - where he has spent the better part of a decade testing his hypothesis that Japan is neither as quirky nor as interesting as others would have you believe.

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  • http://101ebay.blogspot.com 101ebay

    It’s cool and like me !

    • Donnie_darco

      What about rain?  My grandpa’s house had a terrible water table problem and whenever we had a heavy rain the level below ground would flood.  It seems possible for this garage to get water logged.

      • guest

        its hard to tell in the picture but when it closes it has a seal

  • http://101ebay.blogspot.com 101ebay

    It’s cool and like me !

  • Dave

    I’ve always wanted my very own bat-cave!

    • http://www.weinterrupt.com C. S. Magor

      And now you can have one for almost as much as a small house.

  • Dave

    I’ve always wanted my very own bat-cave!

    • http://www.weinterrupt.com C. S. Magor

      And now you can have one for almost as much as a small house.

  • http://www.hometipsandtools.com Tina Gleisner, Founder Assn of

    Pretty cool & reminds me of same thing in Tokyo where you pay incredibly high rent for a parking space, i.e. $500/mo in 1992

  • http://www.hometipsandtools.com Tina Gleisner, Founder Assn of Home Professionals

    Pretty cool & reminds me of same thing in Tokyo where you pay incredibly high rent for a parking space, i.e. $500/mo in 1992

  • SB

    Ill have 4 of them then! Might as well make a pop out toilet too!

    • http://weinterrupt.com Vic

      SB,

      Your order has been processed. Unfortunately the pop up toilet is on back order. :-)

  • SB

    Ill have 4 of them then! Might as well make a pop out toilet too!

    • http://weinterrupt.com Vic

      SB,

      Your order has been processed. Unfortunately the pop up toilet is on back order. :-)

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  • http://www.redletterbelievers.blogspot.com David

    This is totally cool — and pretty inpracticle.All of the work to get it set up would be costly. BUT what a great idea to maximize space. Plus I could buy a Corvette and hide it from my wife!

    • http://www.weinterrupt.com C. S. Magor

      The smaller a country is and the more a parking space costs the more practical it becomes. In Japan they go three high at a lot of apartment buildings: underground, ground, above ground. The ground places cost the most because they are more convenient. I’ve heard of people paying $500+ per month for a parking space, so there is a good incentive for people to build them.

  • http://www.redletterbelievers.blogspot.com David

    This is totally cool — and pretty inpracticle.All of the work to get it set up would be costly. BUT what a great idea to maximize space. Plus I could buy a Corvette and hide it from my wife!

    • http://www.weinterrupt.com C. S. Magor

      The smaller a country is and the more a parking space costs the more practical it becomes. In Japan they go three high at a lot of apartment buildings: underground, ground, above ground. The ground places cost the most because they are more convenient. I’ve heard of people paying $500+ per month for a parking space, so there is a good incentive for people to build them.

  • http://www.sprootz.com Maria

    Hey! That’s definitely a great gadget for people who don’t have much room to store their cars. Not to mention it then becomes really hard to steal if they could even find it.

  • http://www.sprootz.com Maria

    Hey! That’s definitely a great gadget for people who don’t have much room to store their cars. Not to mention it then becomes really hard to steal if they could even find it.

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  • Lisa

    wonder what happens if the power goes out?

    • Patrick

      You’ll have to hand crank it, or use the included foot pump :P

      of course, you WILL be late to work….

  • Lisa

    wonder what happens if the power goes out?

    • Patrick

      You’ll have to hand crank it, or use the included foot pump :P

      of course, you WILL be late to work….

  • http://hotcaars.blogspot.com prototype cars

    ya this is really very nice people having space problems and have many cars can adopt it

  • http://hotcaars.blogspot.com prototype cars

    ya this is really very nice people having space problems and have many cars can adopt it

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  • shane

    wouldn’t like to get a lot of rain tho. :)

  • shane

    wouldn’t like to get a lot of rain tho. :)

  • idris

    how long does it take for the lift to rise up? If its more than 10 minutes, its not worth $ 60 grand

    • http://www.weinterrupt.com C. S. Magor

      I’ve seen similar systems here in Japan, it usually takes just a minute or two.

  • idris

    how long does it take for the lift to rise up? If its more than 10 minutes, its not worth $ 60 grand

    • http://www.weinterrupt.com C. S. Magor

      I’ve seen similar systems here in Japan, it usually takes just a minute or two.

  • Jonnyrox

    Well I don’t think it would take that long to go up/down. I work in the motor trade and you can get a ramp for around £15000 and that dose exactly the same thing goes up/down when you want it to, which takes a minute to send the ramp up/down!! down motion is faster. So you could buy a ramp and just get some heavy duty/steel plates have them welded for less and put it in a big hole in you garden. £72,816 WHAT!

    • JagSee

      I think the price is $72,816 but not £72,816

  • http://www.life.com/ dondon

    nice idea!

  • IBA

    $72k is a real high price to pay.
    It can be built for way less.

  • Potty

    what if someones in the car when u close it

    • Dhollist

      Then you’re an idiot?

    • Anonymous

      Did u just seriously f@#kin ask that? let’s put it this way… if u’re dumb enough for that to even possibly happen, then u’re too dumb to ever make the 60K+ to get one, so don’t worry about it!!!

      • your mum

        fag

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  • http://twitter.com/Peeps69 Big K

    oh well i guess they sleep inside the car ha ha to bad so sad but nice hideing place for the mafia

  • Charlie453

    I have one too, its called a garage.

  • fordcorona

    72 mil ? :O

  • Jesse_6027

    What if it floods? Good bye car…

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  • Mr Bockelmann

    So when your final moments come, you can get in your favorite car and ‘bury’ yourself and save on funeral expenses!!!

    • Dguyer86

      Theres a garage under there. its just not a hole.

      • Zelfarion

        Nope its not a garage under there its just the lift. I have seen one of these and its just a hole nothing more. Its just the lift that costs around 60k. Wherever you heard that there was a garage under there aswell is a lie. if you yourself build a garage and then build one of these then its gonna cost lets say 100k in total to build.

  • Dfljksfaskjhl

    yaay! now i can hide how much i’m really worth from the taxman!!!

  • WICKED

    So, are these sound proof, where you can lock the doors in your car then shut it down to hide from your gf, or in some other cases the guys wife?, also would be badass to connect it to your basement, so you can work on your car without going out in the storm, or when it gets dark out I guess, or maybe a nice park garage style basement to house your bikes if you have more than 4 motorcycles.

  • Matt

    I can’t even afford to pave my driveway for goodness sake

  • kk

    RE: What do you do if the power goes out..? Does it have a crank by hand system?

    What to do if the gas runs out in the car? Does it have pedals to pedal to the gas station?

    Next stupid question…

  • Dfma

    buying a bigger house is much cheaper!!!!

  • Gary

    this is hardly new, my brothers apartment block had these for all residents in an underground car park 15 years ago. It was a way to double the capacity of the parking area.

  • BUBBA

    WOW  ……. Just got mine and it is great will order two more for my friends ! 

  • Andre

    Looks nice, but when it start raining, it will probably become a mess.

 

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