The Advantages & Disadvantages of Parking Your Car in the Garage in Winter

The Advantages & Disadvantages of Parking Your Car in the Garage in Winter

If you regularly park your car in the garage, you probably do it year-round without giving it an extra thought. Except, in winter, you just love the fact that you can get into a car that is completely free of snow and ice even after a night-long blizzard (not to mention the guilty pleasure you get from driving past neighbors who’ll be late for work because they’re still chiseling out!).

But the idea that it’s always best to keep your car in the garage has been challenged by those who feel that, when you do so in the winter, it can cause more harm than good.

If you park in the garage in winter, you’ll remember those times when you’ve arrived home during a storm with your car covered in snow and slush from the road. Yet when you headed back out a short time later, your car was once again snow- and slush-less. Nice.

But, those who question the benefits of winter garage parking say it is that melting, caused by the heat of your engine in the enclosed garage, that causes problems for the car.

Primarily, because the slush from the road contains corrosive salt when it melts, the salt comes in closer contact with your car’s body panels and undercarriage. The salt-carrying moisture doesn’t evaporate very quickly in the damp conditions. In a way, it can be like giving your car a salt bath.

According to the Globe & Mail, the constant shifting between hot and cold, by taking your car in and out of the garage, especially if the garage is heated, can also deteriorate the seals on your car.

Regular washing of the car in winter and extra rustproofing can help delay the onset of rust regardless of its cause.

The verdict is still out about whether you should or shouldn’t park your car in the garage in winter. If you simply enjoy not scraping and defrosting after a storm, then it might not matter.