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Hi Andy
My question is that many banks have closed and sold
to other people.
But the vault doors are still there how can I find one at a
reasonable price?
I want it for a survival shelter entrance.
I wanted a missile silo door but can't find one of those for sale
ether.
I just can't believe that there that much in demand.
Is there any ideas of anything else I could use or find?
Thank you for any help you can give. Paul

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Paul,

The reason that most of the banks that have left or abandoned a built in vault, is because of the expense of removing the door and frame.

I'm not sure what YOU consider a "reasonable" price, and without having a number we could easily be talking apples and oranges.   If you think that someone is simply going to give you one to haul away, I think you aren't being realistic.

Generally removal of a door, and crating up for shipping and freight or moving costs could easily be $10,000 for a good used door - and this may be a really good cost.

It might be better to find one that has already been removed and is already at a safe company.  Depending on the condition, how far you have to have it moved, etc.  You could safe a bundle.   You would have to check with larger safe & vault companies to see what is available.  We probably have at least 1/2 dozen doors in stock at any time - these are all used doors.

Most banks currently don't own the property that they work out of.  They lease the space.  The vaults that they use are modular construction that are easy to put up and take down.   Well, at least they are easy for us to put up and take down as we have all the tools.     Bottom line, as these can be disassembled, and moved, if they lose a lease or move to a bigger location, the vault can be moved also, or expanded fairly easily.   Generally we will build a vault over a weekend, if the building is ready for it.

So if you are a serious motivated buyer, the first thing you need is what you are willing to spend (max).  again, be serious!!  If you are willing to spend $50,000 (or more), there are a lot of possibilities.   If you are thinking more along the lines of less than $10,000 then you aren't being realistic.

While you can probably pick up a door by itself, for less than $10,000 - you would still have to figure out moving the door, building the vault or bunker and installing it - and now you are back up to around $50,000 (+).

If you are serious about a door, we can have one ready to ship to you by the end of the week - though I would suggest educating yourself about WHAT you really want, before you are ready to pull the checkbook out.

I'm going to need a lot more information about what you are actually looking for, where you are located, etc. so that I can make some references.  

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Terry V. Andreasen (Andy)

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Safe and Vault related Questions; Antique Safe Repair and Restoration; With over 42 years in the Safe & Vault industry, if I can't answer your question I know where to get the answer. Current Project: Restoration of an Ely Norris Cannonball Safe from the early 1900's. Will answer Safe & Vault related questions concerning age, value, restoration, moving, opening & repairing, parts, operation and history. Note: It is not my intention to teach you to open safes or to provide information which may aid in the unlawful opening of a safe. I will not give out drill points or information which I deem inappropriate.

Experience

44 years in the Safe & Vault Industry. Owner and Service Manager for one of the largest Safe & Vault companies on the West Coast. Graduate of Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing, Safe lock Manipulation and Safe Deposit Lock Courses. Graduate of Locksmith Institute. Certified Instructor for the California Locksmith Association teaching Basic and Advanced Lock Servicing, Basic Safe opening and Repairing. Factory Trained by AMSEC, LORD Safes, LeFebure, Mosler, KabaMas, LaGard and Sargent & Greenleaf Author of "The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes".

Organizations
SafeCrackers International and the National Antique Safe Association Safe & Vault Technicians Association (SAVTA)

Publications
The Coffee Table Guide to Antique Safes AllExperts.com

Education/Credentials
Graduate of Locksmith Institute 1972 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Servicing 1974 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Lock Manipulation 1975 Graduate Lockmasters Safe Deposit Lock Servicing 1985 Instructor Certified - California Locksmith Association - 1985 Factory trained by AMSEC, MAJOR, STAR, Johnson-Pacific, Kaba-MAS, Allied-Gary, ISM, Lord, Brown Safe, EXL, Mosler, Diebold.

Awards and Honors
2009 - 2015 - Listed in AllExperts Top 50 Experts. All Expert Categories - Safes & Security Containers, Locksmithing, Antique Safes. Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer (CW4), with 39 years of total service. With numerous awards from Vietnam, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. US Navy - 1971-1981 US Army Reserve 1984-2013 US Army Retired

Past/Present Clients
US Secret Service, FBI, BATF, Local Law enforcment agencies, Diebold, Hamilton Pacific, Red Hawk Int., Chubb International, Bank of America, Wells Fargo Bank, Mechanics Bank, El Dorado Savings Bank, many Credit unions and smaller banks. McDonalds, Togos, BurgerKing, TacoBell, Carls Jr. FoodMaxx, SaveMart, Lucky's, Albertson's, Raley's, Safeway, NobHill, Bell Markets, PW Markets. Great America, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, UA Cinemas, and many homeowners and small businesses. Provide warranty service for lock and safe manufactures. Service Area is Northern California (Fresno to Oregon and Western Nevada)

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