Buying a Car Shelter? Read this First
A car shelter can make early winter mornings much more pleasant. Less snow to clear, less frost to scrape off and less idling in the driveway - what’s not to like? If you’re thinking about a car shelter consider the below.
Check the Bylaws
Check with your municipality for any restrictions on temporary structures. These may have to do with size or where you’re allowed to place the car shelter but it’s best to know the restrictions before you buy.
Consider Your Needs
Do you intend to shelter one car or two? Are you looking for storage space as well as space for the car? Ensure you purchase the correct type of shelter, one that can withstand tough winter conditions.
Install with Care
Proper installation is essential. Shelters must be secured to the ground with proper anchors - follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the type of anchors to use. If you live in a high-wind, storm-prone area, you may want to add additional weight in the form of sandbags or water bags around the perimeter of the shelter. It’s a good idea to document the installation in case of any potential property damage.
Snow buildup must be cleared off as soon as possible to ensure the integrity of the structure. Sweep the roof with a soft brush to minimize the risk of structure collapse and damage. Never leave the car running in the shelter. In addition to possible carbon monoxide poisoning, the fumes can cause damage to the materials. Lastly, check the bolts and screws holding the structure together on a regular basis and tighten as needed.
To protect your investment, follow the storage guidelines provided by the manufacturer. At a minimum, the tarp or canvas must be washed and cleaned of any potential build up of debris and completely dried. Check for any rips or tears and mend as needed. Store it in a cool dry place, away from moisture - an airtight bin is a great option.
If your car shelter causes damage to your property or the property of others, it may be covered by your home insurance. If the shelter causes damage to your car, the claim would have to be made with your auto insurer. Connect with your Aviva broker for more information and to confirm if you have the appropriate coverage for damages.
The content in this article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as professional or expert advice.