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Parking your car outside 365 days - Any major concern?

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Parking your car outside 365 days - Any major concern?

May be a dumb question but wondering how many of you are parking your car (assuming you are using your Garage for something else may be workshop or home gym or whatever).
Any major concern other than battery weakening over period of time?
I am also reading in some forums that it is very common that cars are parked outside 365 days but need your thoughts.
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If your car is not brand new, I guess UV rays damage to the paint and interior could be an issue, esp. if you don't take care the car.
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nowhere2010 wrote: May be a dumb question but wondering how many of you are parking your car (assuming you are using your Garage for something else may be workshop or home gym or whatever).
Any major concern other than battery weakening over period of time?
I am also reading in some forums that it is very common that cars are parked outside 365 days but need your thoughts.
If you are parking the vehicle, that is fine. A lot of people park their vehicles on the streets and driveways....no garage.

If you are talking about having your vehicle hibernating on your driveway, just use a breathable cover, fuel stabilizer, charger for the battery, plug up the exhaust pipe so rodents can't get in, etc.
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I'm assuming you mean sitting for a year straight.

Put in extra air pressure in the tires, put a car cover on it to protect the paint from uv's, plug in a battery tenderer, and just leave it. Not really anything else to do.

If its on your property check it regularly for signs of animals, but otherwise not much you can do if a mouse decides he wants to eat your wiring loom. My neighbour had his chewed up and his car only sat a few days lol.
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Ecsta wrote: I'm assuming you mean sitting for a year straight.

Put in extra air pressure in the tires, put a car cover on it to protect the paint from uv's, plug in a battery tenderer, and just leave it. Not really anything else to do.

If its on your property check it regularly for signs of animals, but otherwise not much you can do if a mouse decides he wants to eat your wiring loom. My neighbour had his chewed up and his car only sat a few days lol.
I’m pretty sure OP means just parking outside full time, not storing the vehicle…

Plenty of cars sit outside year round. Proper care for paint and trim should be done regularly to prevent UV damage.
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EP32k2 wrote: I’m pretty sure OP means just parking outside full time, not storing the vehicle…

Plenty of cars sit outside year round. Proper care for paint and trim should be done regularly to prevent UV damage.
That'd be a pretty dumb question, but re-reading it a few times you're probably right haha.
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nowhere2010 wrote: May be a dumb question but wondering how many of you are parking your car (assuming you are using your Garage for something else may be workshop or home gym or whatever).
Any major concern other than battery weakening over period of time?
I am also reading in some forums that it is very common that cars are parked outside 365 days but need your thoughts.
What do you think people without garages do? Honestly :facepalm:
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Ecsta wrote: That'd be a pretty dumb question, but re-reading it a few times you're probably right haha.
Well it is RFD...

LOL
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Not an issue, many people park they car outside all year round (assuming you don't mean storing and not driving)

Its recommended you put some sort of protection on the cars paint to help protect it against UV. Waxing the car 2 or 3 times a year with a good quality wax will help protect the paint & no the car wash wax is no where near the same & last a few days if your lucky.
nowhere2010 wrote: May be a dumb question but wondering how many of you are parking your car (assuming you are using your Garage for something else may be workshop or home gym or whatever).
Any major concern other than battery weakening over period of time?
I am also reading in some forums that it is very common that cars are parked outside 365 days but need your thoughts.
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EP32k2 wrote: Well it is RFD...

LOL
Gotta keep it interesting I guess, otherwise will just be a bunch of "EV is bestest evar" and "Hyundai sucks fireballs" threads :lol:
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Why do people down vote on everything?
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BensonNV wrote: Why do people down vote on everything?
Usually I would say this too but in this case it's totally warranted, it's a stupid question. The fact you can't see that....well...
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Paint fade, tire rot, rodents. Park inside if you car about your car.
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ES_Revenge wrote: Gotta keep it interesting I guess, otherwise will just be a bunch of "EV is bestest evar" and "Hyundai sucks fireballs" threads :lol:
Don't start....
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I am going to buy a used car and also had similar thoughts.

I live in a condo, and I can rent a parking space either on the surface or underground.
The underground parking is $20 a month more than surface.

In such case, does it make sense to spend $20 every month for parking it underground ?
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patel21 wrote: I am going to buy a used car and also had similar thoughts.

I live in a condo, and I can rent a parking space either on the surface or underground.
The underground parking is $20 a month more than surface.

In such case, does it make sense to spend $20 every month for parking it underground ?
In the winter you won’t have to clear snow off of it. Assuming the underground isn’t as cold as outside either.

In the summer, being underground, it should be cooler and there won’t be full sun on your car.

Benefits from less UV year round.
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We park year round in a driveway. Haven't had any issues, other than clearing snow in the winter sucks.

Most homes in our neighbourhood don't have garages.
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It is a strange question.

What car are we talking about? A collectible, or a Mercedes-Maybach?

If it is a "regular" car, I wouldn't be concerned. Leave it outside all the time.

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