Your garage is one of the most useful spaces in your home. Not only does it store countless items that don’t fit anywhere else, but it also provides protection for your vehicle. Garages are being used less and less for parking despite all the advantages.
Here is a list of 15 reasons why you should always park your car in the garage. We'll throw in some tips on how to declutter to make room in the space as well.
When you purchased your car, you made a big investment. One way you can care for that investment is to protect it from things that can deteriorate it.
Wind, hail, snow, and rain can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your paint job. It will leave you with rust spots or a weakened clear coat that could lead to paint oxidation or peeling.
In addition to wear and tear from the weather, heat and sun exposure can cause issues to both the inside and outside of your vehicle. Your upholstery and dashboard could fade, peel, or crack as a result of sitting in the sun too long.
If your car is in your garage overnight, you cut the risk of other motorists doing damage to your vehicle. If you’re parked in the street or even your driveway, you put yourself at risk for problems like scratches and dings.
Or worst, incidents like someone backing into your vehicle or tearing off a side view mirror when driving by,
Often, the perpetrator won’t leave a note with insurance information. Thus, could end up with a big repair cost.
We’ve all seen the insurance commercial where a tree falls on a car parked in a driveway. While it seems like an unlikely scenario, it happens more than you may expect. Not only is it inconvenient, but you might face trouble with your insurance company if the tree was on your neighbor's property.
Having no coverage for freak accidents in your policy is another story. If you park your car in a garage, you will likely never have to consider these types of issues.
If you have an attached garage or a detached option with a covered walking path, you and your passengers will stay safe from the elements as you get in and out of your car. No one wants to dodge lightning or wrestle with an umbrella to get out of the house, and garage parking elements weather-related issues.
If your car is in your driveway or the street, vandalism is more likely to happen. As well as the risk of someone stealing it.
Not only is it sometimes traumatizing to walk out and see that someone has damaged your car, but it’s also inconvenient because you then need to take extra steps to get it corrected.
First, you’ll need to call your insurance company to file a claim and answer dozens of questions about the incident. And yes, one of those questions will be where your car was when it happened.
You may also have to deal with not having a vehicle for several days while repairs are being made, or having to drive a rental car.
Both vandalism and theft are crimes of opportunity, and by making your car both visible and accessible, you are more likely to encounter criminals. Cars parked in garages are rarely changed by these types of petty crimes.
One useful tip to secure your garage is to frost your garage door windows. It will still keep the natural light going into the room but will keep your valuables hidden from possible burglars outside.
Another option is the Chamberlain WD832KEV Ultra Quiet Garage Door Opener. It has a vacation mode feature to protect your garage and your home while you're away.
Owning a car is expensive, and so is ensuring it. The good news is, if you tell your insurance company that you park your car overnight in a garage, you may be eligible for a lower rate.
These businesses recognize that a secure parking situation means fewer claims due to weather damage and vandalism, and may rate you more favorably.
If you live anywhere that has cold weather in the winter, you could be causing damage to your engine without even realizing it. Cars parked outside during the cold months of the year have to work harder to warm up the fluid and oil when you start them.
These unstable conditions can cause unnecessary wear and tear that could you can avoid by parking in a more temperature-stable environment, like your garage.
If you’ve ever climbed into your car on a hot summer day and sat as your legs stick to the leather for your AC to kick on, you realize how big of a benefit this could be.
If you keep your car in a cooler (or in the winter, warmer) environment, it will take less time for the coolant to kick in and do its thing. This means your AC or heater will turn on faster, and you’ll be comfortable sooner.
Having your car in a cool, dry environment is good for more than the vehicle. As a driver, you won’t need to deal with the complications that could arise when you start it up and immediately fog up your windshield thanks to a considerable temperature differential.
If it's tempting to hang your head out the window while driving so that you can see where you’re going as your defroster gets to work, you recognize this is a compelling argument for parking in the garage.
Snow and ice may be beautiful, but it can also make you late for work.
Luckily, if you aren’t exposed to the elements, you won’t need to dig out your trusty ice scraper to clear your windshield.
Did you know that experienced mechanics can take one look at your car and tell if you've been parking it correctly? That’s because vehicles exposed to the elements wear worse than the protected ones.
If you park in your garage, you’ll not only preserve the life of your car. But also you’ll get more out of it when the time comes to trade it in or sell it.
You know that getting a car wash takes both time and money. Whether you’re someone who likes to break out the bucket and hose in your driveway or prefer one of the all-in-one places that will clean your car.
But, if you park in a garage, you won’t collect as much dirt, pollen, bird droppings, and dust, and therefore won’t need to do it as often.
Indeed, one of the reasons people don’t park their car in their garage is because they have no room. Between the dozens of boxes, heaps of tools, and lawn and garden equipment, there isn’t space for a vehicle. We get it. That said, taking the time to organize your garage is a beneficial project.
For one, being more organized will streamline your life and make it easier to find the things you need. Also, you may discover that you have room for your vehicle after all.
For most people, our vehicle is the second largest investment we will make in our lifetime. The only thing that we spend more money on is our home. In the US, people spend an average of just over $32,000 on their vehicles, which is no small amount of cash.
By parking in a garage, you’re protecting your car from the elements, vandalism, and theft. Also, you can rest knowing that you’ve done your best. Although it is possible that something may still happen, accidents happen. It is important that you have done everything to preserve the longevity of your car.
If cleaning out your garage to make room for your car is overwhelming, these tips will get the job done.