Parking Garages Vs On-Street Parking

Here are some benefits why you should park your car in your garage and not on the street!

Many homes across Australia have unused garages attached to them. It’s estimated that as many as 44% of people use their garage as storage instead of for their car. In many cases, this is convenient as it is easier than opening and closing the garage door. But, it can also be a practical option if you are using the garage space for something else. However, you should be aware that there are a number of benefits associated with using your garage.

Financial Gain

If you have a driveway and can keep a car in the driveway while keeping access to your garage then you can rent the space on your driveway. All you have to do is start using your garage. You’ll find that car parking spaces, especially in cities, are expensive. Renting your space out can net you several thousand dollars a year. That’s a nice additional income and still cheaper than commercial parking for your customer. Potential customers will search through dedicated sites, with your locality, such as a search for Southbank parking, they’ll find your listing and you can start making money.

Protection From The Elements

The wind and rain can batter your car damaging the paintwork. In fact, they can also blow debris around which can hit and damage your car. But, what you may not realize is that the sun’s UV rays can also damage your paintwork. In short, it doesn’t matter what time of year it is, the weather can damage the finish of your car, reducing its value. That won’t happen if your car is in the garage. Don’t forget that a car parked in an attached garage also allows you to get in and out of your home without being attacked by the same elements, particularly wind and rain. You should also note that the sun’s rays can damage the interior material of the car, keeping it in the garage stops this from happening.

Security

It stands to reason that a car locked into a garage is safer than one parked on a driveway or the street. Putting your car in the garage protects it from opportunist thieves, especially as it’s not visible. Although your vehicle probably has a security alarm, the extra layer of protection is beneficial and you can also add sensor lights or an alarm to alert you of any issue. That will help to keep your car where it belongs, with you.

Reduced Insurance

If you tell your insurance company that you keep your vehicle in a garage they are likely to lower your insurance cost. It may not be a huge reduction but it will be a reduction. That’s a secondary financial benefit and all you have to do is drive your car into the garage instead of leaving it in the drive.

Convenience

A car kept in a garage is always ready to use. You don’t need to worry about de-icing and the engine warms up much faster. In short, you can jump in and start driving straight away, that’s a real time-saver.

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