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The Shoutbox
If it's not connected to the house and opening and closing the garage door really is so tedious you could always leave it open and just regard it as the equivalent of an automobile lean-to
Originally Posted by Yoda
Almost everybody on our street has one. It's a two-car garage, too!

It's kind of wasted on me, I thought of it as a downside since I'm "paying for it" but will probably get far less use out of it than most people. If I could cut it down to a one-car and get more yard I would (and I'd be tempted to do away with it entirely if not for resale considerations sometime down the line). But, I admit, on the first snow of the year it's quite nice.

I doubt I'll use it to actually house the car more than a half a dozen times a year, when I explicitly know it'll be super cold or snowy the next day. I'll still mostly just be parking out front.
Hey, in our case we have a huge two-car garage that will likely never house a car because it's a storage area instead (for tools, a snowblower, the lawn mower, a generator, gas cans, shovels, weed whackers, and even spare appliances.

At least now you have a place to store a lot of those outdoor things that come with having a yard.

Also, an attached garage would steal some of the heat in the winter. Detached = don't have to heat it in any way. Can you remote-start your car from the house to warm it up, or is the garage too far/not windowed on the right side for that to work?
Originally Posted by Yoda
It saves wear on my tires just to be parked in a garage instead of the street?
Yeah, UV rays are pretty damaging for rubber. Plus, since it'll have less rapid changes in temps that should help with the rubber seals on the doors and such.
It should also keep the engine temp more stable through the nights. So less time to heat it up in the winter, and the fluids will thank you.
Heh. Bird crap not a huge problem here/not one that's bothered me much, at least.

I think the most compelling argument is, once they start salting the streets, it probably cuts down on undercarriage damage and stuff.

It saves wear on my tires just to be parked in a garage instead of the street?
Don't forget the wear it'll save on your tires.
Don't forget: acid rain, UV rays, and birdshit. I'd kill for a garage just for that last one.
If it makes any difference I don't care about my car getting dented or scratched or anything really. Just about reliability and longevity, for the most part.
Yeah, I guess maybe it would help reduce rust, which is a thing in places like Pittsburgh. Hadn't thought of that until just now.

It's a little tedious to do the whole garage door thing each time, much easier to just park out front, but maybe I'll get most of the wear and tear benefit by using the garage just during the winter. Hmm.
A garage kept car > all other cars.

Tuck ya baby in every night, man
One big loss is it's not connected to the house: you have to walk through the yard to get to it. Seems like that removes a lot of the benefit. Obviously it'd be a huge boon to be able to warm up the car and drive out and everything and not once have to actually trek in the snow before you get where you're going.