Are you considering whether to keep the car in the garage or remodel this space into an extra room for your home?
We’re here to help you think it through! In our latest blog, we share with you 6 advantages to keep your car in a garage.
Protect your car from the weather
As we all know, our Australian weather can be pretty harsh! From the heat and extreme UV, to heavy rain, storms and even hail.
If you were in Perth in March 2010, you know the damaging effect that a hail storm can have on our cars!
And then there’s the heat. Not only can heat and extreme UV make your car uncomfortably hot to get into, prolonged exposure, can damage both the exterior and interior of your car.
While window tinting will help when you are out and about, keeping your car in a garage will protect it from all of this.
Keep your car safe
By keeping your car tucked safely in your garage, you’re greatly reducing the chances of theft and vandalism. Spare yourself from the upsetting moment you head to your car and realise the windscreen or windows have been broken. Not to mention, the cost of window and windscreen replacement in Perth is generally coming out of your savings. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
Not only will your car be safer, you will also feel a little safer getting in and out of your car at night when you are doing so directly from inside the safety and comfort of your garage.
Save on car insurance
Anything that saves you money is worth looking into, right?
It is a fact that keeping your car in a garage reduces your car insurance premium.
Insurance companies determine their fees by one factor: The perceived risk they have that a customer will make a claim. By keeping your car in a locked garage, away from crime risks and the weather, the insurers see that as you lowering your own risk of claim – this makes them happy.
Comfort and convenience
When it comes to having a garage, comfort and convenience are huge advantages.
Take the hot summer months for instance; a car kept in the garage is significantly cooler, all the more if your garage door is insulated, meaning you don’t have to sit on a burning hot seat or wait until you’ve let all the hot air out of the car, before turning on the aircon.
In the winter months, you won’t find yourself running to the car, trying not to get wet. With or without an umbrella, this is not an enjoyable experience!
It’s not only protection from the weather that is convenient, shopping is easier too. With your car in your garage, you can bring in your many bags and heavy items carefully and rush free, without having to worry about leaving your car open in the public eye.
Believe it or not, keeping your car in a garage will also help save on energy.
But it doesn’t stop at the garage. Uninsulated garages transfer cold air to the rooms next to them, as well as allow cold air into your home via gaps in the door.
Adding insulation to your garage door can help you save energy. By moderating the temperature in the garage, you’re reducing the amount of energy required to heat the rest of your home.
A better-looking car
Do you get frustrated when you spend money getting your car cleaned, only to find it’s dirty again within a couple of days? We know the feeling!
Keeping your car sheltered from all the ‘stuff’, reticulation water, dust, bird droppings, and general outdoor debris, will keep it looking better for longer, making your time and money spent on having your car cleaned, even more worthwhile.
Ultimately, the decision depends on your priorities at the moment. If you are in dire need of extra space within your household, the garage is the perfect place to look at remodelling. Before going into anything irreversible though, consider storage solutions as well, as you might be able to gain some space without having to stop parking your house in the garage.