It’s home to your bike, lawn mower, and that lamp you were planning to fix. For nearly 20 percent of U.S. homeowners with a garage, there’s room for everything but the car, according to a survey from storage makers Gladiator® GarageWorks. But parking indoors can protect your car and extend its life.
“In most households, your vehicle is your second largest investment next to your house,” says Travis Mock, AAA operations manager in Phoenix, Arizona. “The average car costs $30,000, so it’s worth protecting.”
Jumpstart your decluttering with these eight benefits to parking inside.
Protect both the inside and exterior of your car.
“Parking inside protects your vehicle from windstorms, hail, snow, and acid rain,” says Mock. Sun, snow, or ice can damage the paint, and heavy hail can dent your hood or roof. Intense direct sunlight is hard on your car too; it can fade your upholstery, degrade the adhesive holding up your headliner, and damage plastic parts. Clean vehicles kept in the garage are less prone to rust, an issue that’s structural as well as cosmetic and expensive to fix. Cars that look well-cared for may also retain more resale value.
Minimize access for critters.
While it may not be possible to keep every critter out, enclosed parking can help prevent mice and other animals from making their home inside your vehicle. This is especially important when the weather turns, as rodents may seek warmth and nest under your hood, where they can chew on electrical wires or other critical components.
Extend the life of your battery.
Batteries perform best and last longer in mild climates. And while a healthy battery can withstand freezing temperatures, an older, weaker battery may struggle to hold a charge and start the car. Very cold temperatures can freeze and crack a worn out battery.