Reasons you should keep your car in the garage... and reasons you shouldn't!

Should I Keep My Car in the Garage?

Why You Should Store Your Car in the Garage

There are some great reasons for storing your car in a garage. We all like to protect our cars from the Great British Weather for one.

A garage also protects the interior car from prolonged exposure to sunlight. Sunlight can fade and crack interior car features such as your dashboard. Or your seats if you have a vintage 1970s motor with vinyl seat covers!

A locking garage is good for security too. What’s more the insurance companies prefer a car to be stored off the street so keeping your car in a garage often means cheaper insurance premiums.

Reasons to Get Your Car Out of Your Garage

Cars don’t usually rust from the top unless the paint is damaged. Generally they start to rust from underneath. Putting a wet car away in a sealed garage means the moisture will remain on the vehicle for much longer. So the chances of rust developing is much higher.

When you drive your car in the wet, water and dirt from the road sprays up onto the underside of the car. This can accumulate and penetrate into all the little nooks and crannies under your vehicle. This can stay wet for weeks in a garage, creating the ideal conditions for corrosion and rot.

What to do? The cheapest way to avoid this happening is to stand your car out on the street on the next good dry day. If you’re putting the washing out, put the car out too!

Making sure your garage has good ventilation can help the car dry out. Even opening the garage doors on the next fine day can help, if it’s safe and secure to do so in your area.

Top Tip to Stop Rust on Your Car

Our top tip to stop rust developing on your car? Give the wheel arches and underside a really good clean! We spend a lot of time washing and polishing the top of our cars but how much attention do you pay to the underneath?

A quick spray under the car with a hosepipe will remove the dirt (and salt in the winter) is a simple way to stop the rust rot. Pay particular attention to the wheel arch lips as this where dirt accumulates and will eventually cause the metal to rust if not removed.

You can also give the underside of your car a rust-proofing treatment. We use Bilt Hamber anti-corrosion products for underbody rust-proofing. If you’d like your car treated, please get in touch via the contact form or give us a call on either of these numbers: 0116 3190 118 or mobile 07850 881 911.

So Should You Keep Your Car in the Garage?

There are a lot of good reasons to keep your car in the garage. Insurance, security, sun protection. But, if you don’t use your car every day, you need to make sure has the chance to dry out after being driven in the wet, and your garage is well ventilated.

If your car in coming out of winter and/or lockdown hibernation, read more on our Spring Car Care tips blog.

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