These days, the modern garage isn’t necessarily used for parking your vehicle. Many people decide to use it for other purposes, such as home gyms, crafting areas or even their own personal cinema.
So with all of that to choose from, why would you use it to house your car?
Well, it turns out there are many benefits to storing your vehicle inside the confines of your garage space. Let’s take a look at a few.
Keeps your car more secure
This may sound like an obvious one, but storing your vehicle inside your garage will go a long way in keeping it safe and sound.
Keeping your car parked on the kerb or a driveway leaves it exposed to being potentially broken into or stolen. It might sound a bit far fetched, but you can never be too safe when it comes to your car. You presumably paid a fair amount of money for it, so why wouldn’t you want to protect it?
A lot of people see their car as not only a vehicle to get themselves from A to B, but an investment as well. If you’re someone who likes to sell and upgrade his or her car after a while, you’ll want to keep it in the best condition possible. But we’ll talk more about that shortly.
Protects your car from the weather
In Great Britain, it’s safe to say we see our fair share of miserable weather.
Rain, snow, hail, sleet and heavy winds are common in most areas of the country (especially in the winter time). Luckily, we can escape the elements when we enter our nice, warm houses. But can you say the same for your car?
While vehicles are usually built to withstand different kinds of weather, there’s no denying that years of bad weather can take its toll on your car. Rust and damage to exterior paint can both be expected over time by leaving your car’s fate up to Mother Nature. Luckily, we don’t get weather quite as extreme as some other countries and it will take quite a while for any noticeable damage to your car, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
This doesn’t just stop at rain and hail though; the heat can also have an effect on your car. Have you ever tried to get into your car on a hot summer’s day?
Whenever we get a ray of sunshine, our cars turn into our own personal saunas. Boiling hot steering wheels, sticky, sweaty seats and burning your hands on the handle are all things that we forget about until we need to go somewhere. You can avoid all of this by keeping your car off the road and inside your lovely, air conditioned garage.
Still need convincing? Read on.
Makes everyday life a little easier
Now it’s time to take a look at how this could affect you directly.
As we’ve mentioned, we are used to some pretty horrible weather from time to time. Picture the scene – you’ve been in work all day and you’ve just finished the weekly shop. Suddenly, the heavens open up and it starts raining, hard. As you arrive home, the rain hasn’t let up and you still have a week’s worth of shopping to get inside without getting drenched. You know this isn’t going to go well, and you’ve probably been there before.
Being able to park inside your garage will allow you to go straight through into your home and avoid the rain. This also comes in handy when everyone else is stood outside in the freezing cold with the de-icer and kettles, you can just drive on out of your garage and you’re on your way.
This just sounds ideal, doesn’t it?
Helps to avoid vehicle damage
The weather isn’t the only danger your car is facing.
Our cars go through a lot of a daily basis. Driving through different places, different roads and different surfaces will all have a small effect on your vehicle and there’s no getting past that.
But when you get home you would want to keep your car out of harm’s way, right? Parking your car in front of your home could be subjecting it to potential risks in a few different ways. They may sound a little extreme, but you can never be too safe.
These damages include stones from the road hitting your car when people drive past, road dust and people knocking or scratching it as they go past. In more rare cases, you will find your car may suffer dents or broken wing-mirrors from reckless drivers or worse yet, someone could actually crash into your vehicle.
The likelihood of these events happening is usually slim, but it’s definitely another factor to consider.
Preserves kerb appeal
A lot of people like to take pride in the way their house looks from the outside, and storing your car off the street can help with this.
Some homeowners go to extreme lengths to make sure their property has a lot of kerb appeal. Keeping your car off the streets will keep the exterior of your home from looking messy and give it a cleaner look. This is especially helpful if you’re looking to sell your property as well, as you don’t see many vehicles in property photos.
Then again if you have a really nice car, we understand you wanting to show it off on your drive. Be careful however, as this may make you a target to theft.
May even save you money
This isn’t a given, but you may even save yourself some money by keeping your vehicle stored away.
Some insurance companies may offer a lower rate if they know you will be parking your car in your home garage. Storing it off the streets leaves it less open to potential theft or damages, so the chance of you needing to claim is a lot lower.
When taking out a policy, it’s always good to mention things like this as it may end up saving you a few pennies.
With all of the reasons listed, why wouldn’t you want to park your car in your garage?
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