Renting a Place With No Carport? The Easiest Solutions

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You’ve found your perfect rental home in a great neighborhood, but there’s no carport! While it may not be a deal-breaker for you, you may well be wondering exactly how to go about protecting your car from the elements - not to mention tree sap, bird droppings, and other nuisances that can damage the exterior of your vehicle. Don’t worry, we’ve got the easiest solutions for this dilemma covered below.
Use a Car Cover
The simplest and cheapest way to give your vehicle a little extra protection from the elements is by using a car cover. You can either buy a generic car cover or have one custom-made to the exact specifications of your car. Whichever you opt for, ensure that the material is breathable to avoid moisture getting trapped between the cover and the car.

In addition to their inexpensive nature, the benefits of a simple car cover include being able to use it even when your vehicle is wet, and when not in use, they can be folded up and stored without taking up too much space.
Consider Rent-a-Carport or Garage
No carport? No problem! How about renting a carport? There are now many companies offering these sturdy metal structures to rent, which can protect your vehicle from the elements, whether this is rain, snow, hail, or strong sunshine. There is a huge range of rent–a-carports available, so you can opt for the size that suits your vehicle and your property. Some providers even offer customers the option to buy their carports after a certain rental period. Do be sure, however, to check with your landlord if you’re considering renting a carport - in most cases, you’ll need their go-ahead.

Alternatively, you could buy or rent a garage that’s close to your home. This is the perfect option for those who want maximum security and protection for their vehicle - and all that added storage space is also a bonus!
How About a Portable Garage?
If the rent-a-carport sounds interesting but isn’t quite right for you, what about a portable garage ? If you’ve not heard of this solution before, imagine a large tent - because that’s essentially what a portable garage is! With a metal frame and waterproof cover, this could be a great way to protect your vehicle from the weather (although it won’t guard against the effects of humidity) - even allowing you to work on your car in inclement weather without getting soaked to the skin.

One of the best things about portable garages is that you can pitch them on just about any surface - if it can’t be pegged down you’ll simply need to use weights or otherwise anchor the supports to the ground.
Other Ways to Protect Your Vehicle if Your Rental Doesn’t Have a Carport
Looking for other ways to protect your vehicle from the elements if your rental place doesn’t have a carport? Consider taking one or more of the following steps:
Apply Paint Protection
Applying a paint protection film to the outside of your car not only provides protection against daily driving wear and tear but also enhances resilience to the weather (and tree sap) when parked. This type of film is a clear polymer layer that adds an attractive high-gloss shine, too.
Use Interior Sun Shields
Bright sunlight can cause damage to your vehicle's interior, including its seats, plastic parts, and electrical components. If you don’t have a carport, a simple way to guard against this is by using interior sun shields to physically block the glare.
Keep an Eye on Foliage
While foliage can provide some much-needed shade, it can also add up to your car getting covered in tree sap and seeds, and bird droppings, which, over time, can cause damage to the exterior paintwork. To this end, it’s a good idea to keep foliage regularly trimmed back or ask your landlord to carry out this task on your behalf.
Will Not Having a Carport Affect My Car Insurance?
It may well do. In calculating your car insurance premiums, a provider will take into account many factors, especially those relating to risk. If you don’t have a ‘proper’ carport in which to park your vehicle, this may cause your premiums to be a little more expensive. But if you’re looking for ways to save money on insurance, there are plenty of other ways to do so.

Did you know that you can lower your insurance costs by bundling renters and car insurance policies ? This is also a great way of cutting down on the hassle and admin of managing multiple policies and their associated premiums.
No Carport? Easy Solutions to Protect Your Vehicle
If your rented home doesn’t come with a carport, it’s not the end of the world. Use the tips and hacks above to protect your vehicle from the elements and help keep its exterior in tip-top condition all year round.

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