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Keeping a Car Outside vs Garage: Which is Best?

Keeping a car parked outside during the day and overnight (even outside your house) puts a vehicle at risk of theft from opportunist thieves and from being damaged. 

Since it鈥檚 such a serious crime, how can you keep your car safe? Explore the pros and cons of keeping a car outside vs a garage below.

Is it Better to Keep a Car in a Garage?

Keeping a car in a garage is safer and better for the vehicle compared to keeping it outside on the street. Leaving a car outside makes it visible to car thieves and easier to break into.

Keeping a car in a garage protects it from being damaged due to road traffic accidents, collisions, dangerous drivers, and antisocial behavior (like people smashing wing mirrors or keying paintwork).

Plus, a garage protects the paintwork, wheels, windows, and other parts of the car from the elements. 

Keeping Car Outside vs Garage: The Pros & Cons

Here鈥檚 a quick summary of the pros and cons of keeping a car outside vs garage.

Pros of Keeping a Car Outside

  • Easily accessible when leaving the house
  • Can leave the house faster when in a rush

Cons of Keeping a Car Outside

  • Visible to car thieves
  • Easier to break into
  • Exposed to weather 
  • Gets dirty faster
  • At risk of damage caused by road collisions and antisocial behavior
  • Can increase insurance premiums

Pros of Keeping a Car in a Garage

  • Adds another layer of protection against theft
  • Isn鈥檛 visible to car thieves
  • Is protected against all weather
  • Stays cleaner for longer
  • Garages can be secured for extra protection
  • Can lower insurance premiums
  • Keeps vehicle cooler in hot weather

Cons of Keeping a Car in a Garage

  • Takes up space
  • Takes longer to get in and out

What鈥檚 the Best Way to Protect a Car Parked Outside?

Keep reading to learn the best ways to protect a car parked outside if you don鈥檛 have a garage.

1. Install home security cameras

Another benefit of home security cameras is, if someone dents a car or smashes the windscreen, the camera captures the event and proves to insurers that the damage was not the owner鈥檚 fault.

Plus, if the number plate is recorded in the footage, it makes it easier for the police and insurance companies to track down the driver.

2. Add motion detection lights

Because thieves don鈥檛 want to be spotted, they鈥檙e more likely to operate in darker areas. This is part of the reason why parking lots are a primary target for car thefts.

Increasing the light around your home acts as another possible deterrent to car thieves.

Without cameras, there鈥檚 the possibility that they actually aid whoever鈥檚 stealing the car. When used alongside security cameras, motion detection lights make it easier for you to see what鈥檚 happening from your device, so you can call the cops. 

It also provides better evidence to the police should a car be stolen, since facial features are likely to be easier to make out in the footage.

3. Fit a tracking device inside the car

Another way to protect a car from theft is to fit a tracking device inside the car.

While these devices won鈥檛 deter criminals from stealing the vehicle, they make it much easier for the police to track down where it is after it has been stolen.

4. Use a steering wheel lock and/or wheel clamp

Car crime is best done when it鈥檚 fast and inconspicuous. Disabling a wheel lock and taking off a clamp can be noisy and time-consuming. Hence, criminals are less likely to target a car fitted with these devices.

5. Install a car alarm

Most modern vehicles come with a factory-installed car alarm already fitted.

Vehicles manufactured before the early 2000s generally don鈥檛 have factory-installed alarms. However, even modern cars aren鈥檛 fully protected against thieves just because they have an alarm.

Factory-installed alarms provide some protection against thieves, but they aren鈥檛 foolproof. Modern thieves know how factory-installed alarms work.

Car thieves won鈥檛 know if a vehicle has an aftermarket alarm until they try to break into it. When they do, the alarm will sound, attracting attention and causing the thief to abandon the burglary.


Overall, keeping a car inside a garage vs outside is best. They leave cars less visible to opportunist thieves, making them less likely to be stolen.

Garages also protect parked cars from accidental damage caused by other motorists and by anti-social behavior.

Easily install AlfredCam or another AlfredCamera device, inside the garage to provide additional safeguarding of the vehicle. Security camera footage is, after all, essential to successfully making an insurance claim and is useful when reporting an incident to the police.