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Frequently asked questions

Are there discounts available?

We offer a 15% discounts for all KC Auto Museum members and military. You may qualify for a multi-vehicle discount. For more information, email us at

What amenities does the facility have?

We are still making improvements to The Underground. Our current list of amenities are:

  • Secured facility - 24/7/365 Monitored security system
  • Property Manager on site
  • Full access to your vehicle during and before/after hours of operation
  • Temperature controlled garage
  • Emergency sprinkler system
  • Battery tender stalls available

Do I have access to my vehicle?

Yes! You have access before, during or after hours of operation. We ask that if you need access outside of the advertised hours, to please give us a 24 hour notice. However, we will likely respond within 30-45 minutes.

What benefits do I get?

  • Gift of a KC Auto Museum Membership (Limited Time Offer)
  • Storyboard about your vehicle
  • Discounts for Museum Members and Military available

What are your hours of operation?

WINTER HOURS OF OPERATIONS: Appointments must be made for visits outside hours of operations. Please call 816-492-7147, or for a quicker response, email Requests after 7 p.m. will be returned the following morning. Monday...........By Appointment Only Tuesday...........10 a.m to 3 p.m. Wednesday.....10 a.m to 3 p.m. Thursday..........10 a.m to 3 p.m. Friday................10 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday............By Appointment Only Sunday..............By Appointment Only We are closed on holidays. For access outside hours of operations, please call 816-492-7147.

Does my vehicle qualify for The Underground?

All vehicles owned by someone who calls themselves a "Kansas Citian" are accepted. Since we are a non-profit organization, we will continue our mission to tell Kansas City's automotive story through the vehicles in this City. As capacity becomes limited, we will become more selective. Boats or fully enclosed trailers are not permitted.

Is there a fee?

Fees are as follows:

  • One vehicle: $100
  • One vehicle (with battery tender access): $125
  • One motorcycle: $50
  • One-time administrative fee: $50

What else should I know?

This is a fun, unique and exciting way to help us continue our mission of preserving, promoting and displaying Kansas City's history, while also storing your vehicle in a safe environment. The Kansas City Automotive Museum has big plans, but we need you to participate!

Will the public have access to the faclity?

No. This is a closed facility. Only Museum staff and other vehicle owners will have access to the site. Staff may conduct supervised tours of the facilty.

Does The Underground have insurance?

Yes. The Underground is a fully insured facility. However, owners are required to have insurance on the vehicle.

How do I get my car in The Underground?

To reserve your spot, please complete the application form by clicking here. Once you have completed the form, a Museum staff member will be in contact with you. If you are approved, you will receive the loaner agreement for you to complete. You will be able to move you vehicle into The Underground as soon as a loaner agreement is completed and your "move-in" date is set.

Is there a lounge or meeting place at The Underground?

There is currently no lounge or meeting place at The Underground. We are happy to recommend several in the area.

Does staff touch my vehicle?

We do not touch your vehicle without your consent. If you have any special requests, please let staff know. Since we do not keep keys, we do not start vehicles while in storage.

Can I set special conditions for my vehicle while at The Underground?

Absolutley! If you would like your vehicle to be excluded from any activities, please make notes in the special conditions section of the loaner agreement. If there are any issues with any special conditions, a museum staff member will let you know before you bring your vehicle into the facility.

How do you monitor vehicles coming and going?

We have a brand-new 24/7/365 monitored security system and a Property Manager onsite during hours of operation. Additionally, we have secured access to all Underground floors, locks at all access points, and a custom steel gate. When vehicles leave or enter The Underground, we have the driver initial a form so we know exactly what vehicles are in the facility.

Do I need to leave keys?

No. We do not hold keys at The Underground. You may leave keys inside the vehicle at your own risk.

Can anyone in my family, or a friend, have access to my vehicle?

Anyone listed on the loaner agreement can have access. If the vehicle is leaving the facility with someone who is not listed on the agreement, the vehicle owner will need to send written permission releasing the vehicle to the individual.

Are there battery tender stalls available?

Yes. We have stalls with battery tender access available. We do not provide battery tenders on site.

What battery tenders are approved?

Any new car model brand charger is accepted. We recommend the following brands:

  • Deltron Battery Tender Models
  • Energizer Brand
  • NOCO “Genius”
  • MotoPower Automatic Charger
  • Black & Decker BM3B Fully Automatic
  • C-Tek Brand
  • Schumacher Brand Chargers
  • DieHard Brand
  • Keyline Automatic
  • Focal Automatic

Do I have to drain my vehicle fluids?

Vehicle gasoline tanks must be no more than ¼ of the way full. We recommend limiting other flammable fluids, however this is not required. If your vehicle drips, owners must provide non-porous drip pan(s). Cleaning costs may be incurred due to large leaks.

Can I store a trailer?

We only accept flatbed trailers. If you need storage for a vehicle and a trailer, you will need to purchase another vehicle stall.

Is there motorcycle storage?

Yes! Motorcycle stalls are available for $50.

Do you take cash or check payments?

We only accept credit/debit card and ACH payments.

Is there someone onsite?

We have a Museum staff on site during hours of operation.

Can I work on my car?

Vehicle owners may not perform any maintenance, restoration, conservation, stabilization, or refurbishment to the vehicle while on Underground property. If repairs to the vehicle are necessary, the owner must arrange for its offsite maintenance and transportation.

What is a temperature controlled facility?

The Underground is a temperature controlled facility, meaning temperature fluctuates from a low of 40 degrees and a high of 90 degrees fahrenheit, with normal temperature averaging 70 degrees fahrenheit.

Can I leave items in my vehicle?

You can leave items at your own risk.

Can I swap a car that is not in the agreement?

At the moment there are no restrictions. Your agreement is for the use of the vehicle stall. If you wish to change vehicles, please make sure you notify Museum staff so they can make the appropriate notes.