Fleet News

Using your garage can pay dividends, says Manheim

Research by Manheim Auctions has revealed that 55% of motorists don’t park their car in their garage, preferring instead to use it to store household items or as a garden shed.

Meanwhile, one in four motorists manage to fit both their car and other equipment inside their garage, whilst only 21% admit to using their garage for its original purpose.

The top ten items stored in British garages include:
1. Lawnmower
2. DIY Tools
3. Bikes
4. Ladder
5. Golf clubs
6. Tent
7. BBQ
8. Garden equipment – soil, plant pots
9. Drink
10. Guinea pigs

“Where you park your car may seem like a trivial subject, but keeping it in a garage may pay off in the long run,” said Craig Mailey, marketing director, Manheim Auctions.

“If a car is stored in a dry, cool garage every night it’s more likely to have a higher resale value because it’s been protected from the elements and risk of accidental damage. Paint weathers so keeping it inside a garage will help to protect it, and if a car is parked outside there’s always the opportunity for it to be exposed to accidental knocks and scrapes by other drivers or passers-by.”

“In the 1970s it was the norm to use the garage to provide essential respite care for fragile cars. The modern car may be more robust but don’t neglect what is, after your home, likely to be your most valuable asset.”


Click here for remarketing best practice and procurement insight

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment


  • Bill Badger - 13/06/2011 13:57

    Great work here by Manheim - except anyone with half a brain could have worked this one out for themselves! Who has paid for this masterpiece of detective work? The consumer I'll bet, one way or the other. I can't wait until next month when the contents of our sheds will be revealed to all.......

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee