Let’s face it: garages have become more than “a place to park your car.” In fact, many homeowners end up not parking their car in the garage at all, instead opting to use the garage as a catch-all storage space.
Unfortunately, if you live in the Phoenix area, this could be bad news for your car. Many people in the area, especially those that live in surrounding areas like Glendale, Chandler, or Gilbert, own their cars and rely on them for transportation, yet are unable to keep their cars in their garages.
Today, we’re going over the biggest reasons why you should make room in your garage, so you can actually park your car there.
If Phoenix is known for one thing, it’s the brutal summer heat. Those triple digits hang around for months; from early morning to late night, it’s really, really hot outside. Parking your car in this heat (not to mention exposing it to the sunlight) can affect your car in several ways, including battery life, tire longevity, and even gas mileage.
A car sitting on your driveway or in the street is a prime candidate for theft. Even if the car itself isn’t taken, it’s not too hard for someone to break into your car and steal valuable items out of it. Locking your car doors will certainly help, as will making sure you don’t leave valuable items in the car, but the problem could be solved if you were able to park in the garage.
Likelihood for damage.
A car that’s sitting outside is more vulnerable to damage. Arizona monsoons can get very strong, blowing around debris, knocking over trees, and sometimes even bringing hail. Not to mention the dust! Beyond that, cars parked outside are also susceptible to human damages, like being backed into or sideswiped. Keeping your car in your garage is your best bet for avoiding unnecessary damage.
Convenience to owner.
Have you ever touched a steering wheel of a car that’s been sitting outside in the Phoenix heat for a while? It’s not fun. On the opposite end of the spectrum, winter mornings can be pretty cold, and climbing into a cold car and waiting for the heat to warm up can be pretty miserable. Plus, if the weather is bad, the walk between your car and your house could be brutal, leaving you exposed to rain, heat, or dust. When your car is kept in the garage, the temperature remains much more stable, resulting in a more comfortable experience, no matter what the season. And trust us, carrying groceries in is much easier when you don’t have to do it in the rain or the summer sun.
There are plenty of reasons to make room in your garage for your car, but if you’ve been used to parking your car outside for a while, it’s safe to say that your garage has probably accumulated quite a bit of “stuff.” Is it even possible to get it all cleaned out so you can park your car inside?
With self storage, it definitely is. A self storage unit can basically act as a second garage—the place where you keep all the stuff you aren’t ready to get rid of but don’t need to access regularly. Think: holiday decorations, off-season sports equipment, sentimental items, unneeded furniture, and so on. Anything that’s taking up room in your garage can be kept in a storage unit, freeing up your garage space for more important things (like your car).
For exceptional self storage options in the Phoenix area, check out Arizona Storage Centers. We have centers all around the Valley, in Phoenix, Glendale, Deer Valley, Chandler, and Gilbert, so your belongings are never too far away. Plus, we pride ourselves on our highly secure units, our available features (like temperature control), and our top-notch customer service. For more information, check out our website, call us at 480-386-6022, or stop by one of our centers today. We look forward to helping you!