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    Below i list down the PROS and CONS of development with mechanized carpark system.
    Why i started this thread is bcos i'm considering a boutique development with such system. Never had a home with one before. Consulted numerous friends and receive mixed reviews. More tilting towards negativity.
    Please feel free to contribute pointers or experiences so as to help me make up my mind
    thanks in advance

    Interestingly Hamilton Scotts pitch this system as one of their selling points (for the showy ones)

    PROS
    Sheltered from sun and rain
    Prevention of theft and vandalism (Peace of mind especially go for long travel)


    CONS
    Tendency to breakdown / unstable
    Takes some time to retrieve car (feedback is 5-10mins, this is quite significant as 10 mins drive can sometimes gets you distance 10-15km)
    Queue (if only 1 system serving many cars)
    Limited tonnage and dimension acceptance
    Cannot engage bangla (not racist, just a way of saying) to wash car

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    The only pro for such system is space period. So dont waste time trying to convince yourself there are other PROS.
    "[I]Never argue with an idiot, or he will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience[/I]."

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    Bound to have bottleneck during peak hour like rushing kids to schools. A passive system like the good traditional carpark is always better than an active system with moving parts. Look at what happened to our Singapore Flyer when power is done. The conventional cranking system is used. There is a need for standby generator, higher electrical bill, higher maintenance cost, annual specialist (QP) fee, etc.
    Quote Originally Posted by AssetRichMoneyPoor View Post
    Below i list down the PROS and CONS of development with mechanized carpark system.
    Why i started this thread is bcos i'm considering a boutique development with such system. Never had a home with one before. Consulted numerous friends and receive mixed reviews. More tilting towards negativity.
    Please feel free to contribute pointers or experiences so as to help me make up my mind
    thanks in advance

    Interestingly Hamilton Scotts pitch this system as one of their selling points (for the showy ones)

    PROS
    Sheltered from sun and rain
    Prevention of theft and vandalism (Peace of mind especially go for long travel)


    CONS
    Tendency to breakdown / unstable
    Takes some time to retrieve car (feedback is 5-10mins, this is quite significant as 10 mins drive can sometimes gets you distance 10-15km)
    Queue (if only 1 system serving many cars)
    Limited tonnage and dimension acceptance
    Cannot engage bangla (not racist, just a way of saying) to wash car

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringo33 View Post
    The only pro for such system is space period. So dont waste time trying to convince yourself there are other PROS.
    You made a point but the pro plays into developer's hand. Doesn't benefit home owners per say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC33_2008 View Post
    Bound to have bottleneck during peak hour like rushing kids to schools. A passive system like the good traditional carpark is always better than an active system with moving parts. Look at what happened to our Singapore Flyer when power is done. The conventional cranking system is used. There is a need for standby generator, higher electrical bill, higher maintenance cost, annual specialist (QP) fee, etc.
    very true. am especially concerned about possible future escalating MF. however this purchase is to rent out and may be mitigated by rental.
    if i don't make this move quite sure over the week it's gone.

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    Your potential tenant who drive will be turned off by the mechanical car park as well....

    Mechanical car park is big NO NO to me................

    Quote Originally Posted by AssetRichMoneyPoor View Post
    very true. am especially concerned about possible future escalating MF. however this purchase is to rent out and may be mitigated by rental.
    if i don't make this move quite sure over the week it's gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddybear View Post
    Your potential tenant who drive will be turned off by the mechanical car park as well....

    Mechanical car park is big NO NO to me................
    it's 5 mins walk to mrt and part-sheltered. I believe more attractive to pool of non-driving tenants.

    i'd seen taiwan, jepun, korea - mech car system are like dime in a dozen.
    Even our very own HDB is implementing it already (so perhaps it's not so bad after all?)

    Does anyone has really bad experience with mechanized carpark system before? Can share?

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    You must know who is leading this mechanised carpark project: Er Lee Bee Wah. It is a pilot project and really meant as a last resort due to space crunch of existing development. It is not economical viable for a private run estate.
    Quote Originally Posted by AssetRichMoneyPoor View Post
    it's 5 mins walk to mrt and part-sheltered. I believe more attractive to pool of non-driving tenants.

    i'd seen taiwan, jepun, korea - mech car system are like dime in a dozen.
    Even our very own HDB is implementing it already (so perhaps it's not so bad after all?)

    Does anyone has really bad experience with mechanized carpark system before? Can share?

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    Depending on the number of units in this development, the cost of maintaining this system including emergency repairs / recovery and maintenance can be pretty high.

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    Mechanised carpark only make sense as a temporary system due to sudden shortage of carparks like the one opposite PWC in telok ayer area. It is now removed to make way for new development.
    Quote Originally Posted by RSG View Post
    Depending on the number of units in this development, the cost of maintaining this system including emergency repairs / recovery and maintenance can be pretty high.

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