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The whole point of a garage is to park your car in it right? Well, for many homeowners the garage becomes another storage room. It becomes home to all your old things that you plan on donating, any old paper files, and so much more. For this reason, you may find that you are no longer parking your car in the garage. Instead, your car is now being parked outside on the driveway or on the side street next to your home. Instead of letting your garage become an extra storage room, prioritize your garage for your car. There are so many benefits that come from parking your car in your garage, which is what we will be discussing today. Keep reading to learn more! 

 

Protect Your Car Investment

No matter if your car is brand new or gently used, your car is still a very large investment which is why you should protect it. You also usually have items of high value in your car. Think about it, you may store your purse (which holds credit cards, cash, personal info, etc), wallet, phone, laptop, and other things of high value. Sure, your car may have an alarm and you always make sure to lock it, but parking your car in the garage gives you that extra security and protection. 

 

Parking your car in the garage also allows you to extend the life of your vehicle, which means you can get the maximum return on your investment. The car will be protected from the elements, which can age a car like no other. Especially here in Florida, the sun can really damage your car. Learn more about how to protect your car from sun damage by reading one of our latest blog posts, you can click here to access it. Your car is a major investment, probably second to biggest to investing in a home. So, protect it! 

 

Security Purposes 

Of course, it makes sense to understand that parking your vehicle in a locked garage keeps it more secure than parking it outside. Many people are aware of car theft and we hear about it all the time on the news and on social media, but we are more susceptible to it than we think. Leaving your car parked outside can be a temptation and make it easy for car thieves to target your car and your home. 

 

Now you may be thinking, I don’t have a luxury car, so no one would want to steal it. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In a recent article from USA Today that lists the top ten stolen vehicles, none of them were luxury car models. Many vehicles get targeted for items that are then used on the black market. Parts like rims, tires, airbags, and catalytic converters are some of the most popular stolen items. 

 

Parking your car outside also makes it more susceptible to vandalism. This can lead to all sorts of damage like broken windows and scratched paint. When you’re hit by vehicle vandalism the after-effects can be a pain to deal with, especially when it comes to insurance. Of course, every plan is different, but many insurance companies make you file a claim that will most likely take some time. Some insurance providers may ask if you have access to garage parking or not when settling your auto insurance premiums too. It can even be a way to cut your premium. 

 

Convenience 

Another reason to store your vehicle in your home garage is because of its convenience. Garage parking allows you to access your vehicle all within a few feet. Now, we’re not calling you lazy, but all of us love to take advantage of convenience when we can and sometimes the less effort we have to put in, the better. Picture this, it’s the rainy season in Florida and you’ve parked your car outside and suddenly remember that you left your phone in the car. Instead of having to run back into the rain and shuffling to find your phone, you can now easily just walk into your garage and get it without having to endure the rain. 

 

Your car will also be able to regulate temperature better when it’s covered from the elements. This means that when you leave your car inside, the air conditioning will be able to cool you down faster making for a much better ride. These small benefits may not seem like much but they add up to many hours that can be collectively saved over time. 

 

Safe Vehicle Access 

We’ve talked a lot about protecting your car and what’s inside of it, but it’s also important to protect yourself. A locked garage that you enter from the inside of your home provides a safer environment than your driveway when it comes to getting in and out of your car. When you arrive home late at night and pull into your garage, anyone looking to do you any harm is going to be much more reluctant to risk stepping into your home. There are also extra security steps that can be added to your home garage to give you more peace of mind. These can be things like monitors that keep track of how many times your garage door has been opened, security cameras, and much more. 

 

Helps Improve Curb Appeal

As a homeowner, you’ve invested a ton of time and money into your home, especially when it comes to curb appeal. You’ve upgraded the landscaping and appearance of your home, so you want to protect those investments too. Parked vehicles in your driveway can detract from your home’s curb appeal. Some homeowners may even view it as a form of clutter. Yes, an empty driveway can give a cleaner aesthetic that can make it more appealing to potential buyers, which is important if you’re trying to sell your home. It can also make the property more appealing all around, and it may even be required by your HOA. 

 

All in all, it’s almost a no brainer to park your car inside the garage. However, many people have admitted to not utilizing their home garage due to faulty garage doors. If your garage door isn’t functioning properly and may need to be repaired or replaced, contact Door Doctor INC. We’re a Florida-based company that has been in the industry for over 30 years. We’ve handled almost every issue with every make and model on the market. Not only do we repair and identify the problem, but we also find the root cause and other issues to help protect the integrity of your door. With fair prices and incredible service, you can trust us to get the job done. Connect with Door Doctor INC today to learn more information!