Less Than 50 Per Cent Of People Use Their Garage To Store Their Car

Research by Manheim Auctions has shown that 55% of motorists don't use their garage for parking their car, and use it instead for storing household items or as a garden shed.

25% of motorists use their garage for both their car and other equipment inside their garage, with just 21% using their garage for its original purpose.

Top Ten Items Stored in British Garages
  1. Lawnmower
  2. DIY Tools
  3. Bikes
  4. Ladder
  5. Golf clubs
  6. Tent
  7. BBQ
  8. Garden equipment - soil, plant pots
  9. Drink
  10. Guinea pigs

"Where you park your car may seem like a trivial subject, but keeping it in a garage may pay off in the long run," commented Craig Mailey, Marketing Director, Manheim Auctions.

"If a car is stored in a dry, cool garage every night it’s more likely to have a higher resale value because it’s been protected from the elements and risk of accidental damage. Paint weathers so keeping it inside a garage will help to protect it, and if a car is parked outside there’s always the opportunity for it to be exposed to accidental knocks and scrapes by other drivers or passers-by."

"In the 1970s it was the norm to use the garage to provide essential respite care for fragile cars. The modern car may be more robust but don’t neglect what is, after your home, likely to be your most valuable asset."

13 June 2011 Staff

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