Whether you are wondering where to leave your car overnight when using it regularly, or considering storing your car over a longer period, for example storing a classic car for the winter while you are not using it, you may be wondering whether it’s okay to just leave it parked on the roadside, or whether you need to keep it in a garage.
If you already own a garage, then chances are you may be using it for something else such as storage and just leaving your car on the road to give yourself that extra bit of space. So should you clear it out and store your car there instead? Read on for our thoughts.
When you’re choosing where you park your car overnight when you’re at home, in some cases it may be an easy choice of whatever is available to you, which is the main reason most people who park on the street do so.
However, if you live in an area where cars are regularly vandalised, you may want to reconsider this. Paying to have repairs made to your car can be far more expensive than a lot of people realise, and if it is likely to happen on a regular basis this is something that most people simply cannot afford.
For many people, parking on the road outside their house is convenient and problem free, but if you have concerns about the safety of your own car, you can actually rent garages if you don’t have one of your own from companies like Lock Up Garages.
Longer term storage
If you have a car that you really love and you prefer to not drive it over the winter months, or if you’re planning on being away from your home for an extended period of time and leaving your car behind, then you will need to make sure you store it properly to avoid damage.
Generally speaking you will always be better off storing your car under cover, so a garage is ideal, but there is a lot more to it than simply parking it up and leaving it.
Check the small print
If you plan to keep your car in a garage, be careful to check the small print of any insurance policies carefully before you take out cover, as some have very strict garage clauses that could mean you are not covered.
For example, some state that your vehicle will not be covered if it is stolen from outside your property overnight since you have stated that you keep it in your garage. However, others may state that they will not cover you for theft or damage from outside your home under any circumstances.
This effectively means that you would not be covered if you drove your car out of your garage to clean it and something were to happen to it while you left it on your driveway drying or numerous other everyday scenarios where you might leave your car outside your house.
You can read more about how where you park your car overnight can affect your car insurance from GoCompare here.