Where Should I Park My Car for Winter?

by Joe Ferguson on January 2, 2013

A hotly contested issue between car owners is where to park your prized ride during winter. The cold months of the year can be damaging to new and used cars alike. If you’re wondering where to park your car during winter, here are some things to consider.

When it comes to where to keep your car, the choice is ultimately yours; it’s a free country after all.

Keeping it on the street or in the driveway are viable options, but this also leaves your car exposed to the elements. Freezing temperatures could make your motor oil more viscous, plus nobody likes hopping into an ice bucket on the way to work.

If you’re lucky enough to have one, your best bet is to keep the car in your garage.

For obvious reasons, a garage can keep your car protected from ice accumulation, corrosive street salt, and wayward drivers losing control on an ice patch and sliding into your precious automobile. Of course an icy accident is awful, but if it only happens to your parked car (without you inside) count yourself lucky.

If you do find yourself with a damaged car from someone else’s inept winter driving, your local reputable auto shop can fix a damaged exterior easily.

Some drivers warn against parking in a heated garage, but this can be misleading.

Although the warmth of a heated garage can speed up the rust process from excess street salt being caked against the car, the warm temperature will also keep your motor oil from becoming thick and viscous. Not to mention, you won’t have to waste precious morning minutes scraping ice and snow from your car’s exterior.

Where you keep your car is entirely up to you. For your money, the best way to preserve your used car value during winter is to keep it in the garage, if you have that option. If you’re going to leave it parked on the street, have an auto repair shop on call, as your car will be in the line of fire (well, ice) and may end up on the receiving end of some snow-inflicted poor driving.

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