Parking a car in the garage seems to be a thing of the past. Garages are used for a lot of other things like storing junk or home workshops, but parking in the garage is one of the best things for a vehicle. It increases the security of your significant investment and takes the vehicle off the streets and driveways. Here are 10 reasons an owner should clear out space and park in the garage:
1. Safe from the elements – rain, snow, wind
This is probably one of the most obvious, but rain, snow, wind and other weather elements are enemies of a car’s exterior. They can leave dirt and acid on a vehicle that can cause significant damages to the exterior, like rust and a weakened top clear coat.
2. Protects from dings and scratches from elements or other vehicles
Hail and falling tree branches are just a couple examples of ways a car can get damaged from simply being outside. Dents, scratches, and broken windows are all possible exterior problems that can occur when a vehicle is left outdoors.
3. Keeps vehicle from the sun and temperature extremes
UV rays from the sun can damage a vehicle in ways most car owners don’t consider. Extreme hot and extreme cold can both lead to deterioration of the inside and outside.
4. Keeps those riding in the vehicle safe from elements
When a vehicle is parked in a garage those riding in the car do not have to be exposed to any elements. It keeps everyone safe from hail, temperature extremes, and other outdoor conditions when getting in or out of the vehicle.
5. Less likely to have theft or vandalism which has occurred in our area a number of times.
Cars are a huge investment, and for most they are one of the most valuable things they own. Parking outside leaves a vehicle exposed to vandalism and theft. A garage helps eliminate the temptation for those that want to harm a vehicle in any way.
6. Lower insurance costs
That’s right, some insurance companies offer lower policies for people who store their vehicle in a garage. Saving money is always an advantage.
7. Keeps vehicles exterior looking great
Believe it or not, mechanics can tell if a car is stored in a garage or outside. Vehicle exteriors are kept in much better condition when stored in a garage which can lead to greater resale values.
8. Engine stays lubricated
Because a garage keeps a vehicle warm, the fluid and oil are kept in a stable condition which leads to an engine that runs better than one that is kept outside.
9. Coolant stays warmer, heat/AC comes on faster
Also, with a warmer car comes faster AC and heat. On cold days, the heat will warm up faster than being out in the elements. Same is true for extremely hot days.
10. Visibility is ready to go
Forget the ice scraper or dewy windshield. Parking in a garage helps keep windows clear of weather and condensation so there is no need to ride with one head out the window.