Many people use their home garage in increasingly varied ways. These days, though a home garage is advertised as having room for a certain number of cars, more and more people are using their garage as a home gym, or converting it into another room, or even as extra storage. There is no shortage of ways to use that extra square footage of your home. And with the increasing ease of regulating temperature in a garage, it comes as no surprise that alternative uses for the space are on the rise. However, we are here today to talk about the reasons why you should park your car in your garage. Let us look at some the main reasons below.
The first reason you should park your car in your garage is simple. It protects your car from the elements. Extreme temperatures, like those that Florida is prone to in the summer, can cause damage to your vehicle. Heat, UV rays, rain, humidity, and hail are all common in the Sunshine State. Hail can cause dents, dings, and scratches. And all of these elements can cause your car’s paint to chip and crack and can cause seals around windows and doors to crack and warp. In addition, storing your car in your garage means that you and your passengers are protected from the elements when entering or exiting your vehicle. If you store your car in the garage, you also do not have to worry about cleaning pollen off of your vehicle every morning.
Next, storing your car in your garage helps keep your car functioning properly. This does not mean that you will never have to take your car in for repairs, but you will prevent or greatly slow down engine wear and tear by keeping your car parked in your garage. High temperatures can cause gaskets and belts to deteriorate faster than normal. It can also cause fluid evaporation including oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and antifreeze. Keeping those fluids’ temperatures regulated also means that your A/C and heat will come on and reach the desired temperature more quickly. And of course, your windshield visibility is immediately ready to go, as you do not have to contend with vast temperature differences causing condensation to build up on the windshield.
Lastly, when you store your car in a garage, it is more secure. A car in a driveway is more susceptible to break-ins or vandalism. Thieves are on the lookout for cars they can gain easy entry into so they can get in and out quickly. If your car is in your garage, it is extremely less likely that your car will be targeted. And once a thief is able to gain entry to your vehicle, they also have access to your garage door opener if you keep it in the car. This means they have easy access to your home as well. For this reason, some insurance companies even offer discounts for cars that are stored in garages. And saving money on car insurance is always a huge bonus.