4 Places to Work on Your Car When You Don’t Have a Garage
Garages are ideal places to perform maintenance on your car. But where do you work on your vehicle if your house or apartment doesn’t have one? You might live near a few alternative spaces that are safe to use for this purpose. However, make sure to check your city’s regulations in case it prohibits do-it-yourself car care in certain public areas.
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A parking lot can make a great garage alternative. Pick an abandoned one in your neighborhood. Or, better yet, go with an auto parts shop parking lot. That way, you’ll have easy access to parts if you find out that you’re missing a couple of items that you need to get the job done right. According to The Drive, some auto shops discourage customers from wrenching on your car in their parking lot, but there are many shops that are OK with it.
A shared space or storage unit
Another option is a DIY shared space or rented garage. It’s likely that such a place won’t mind if you use the unit as a temporary car care space.
If you live in the country or have a friend or relative that does, the woods can be a decent location for tinkering on your car. Make sure to have plywood and tarps on hand to help keep your vehicle clean during the process and prevent it from getting stuck in the mud. If you need electricity to get the job done, bring along a portable generator. You can also use nearby trees to help hoist up your car or any heavy parts you’ll be working with.
A friend’s garage or driveway
Ask a friend if you can use their garage or driveway to work on your vehicle. If they give you the green light to do so, make sure to bring all the tools you need to perform the service task. And pack cleaning supplies so you can tidy up before you leave.
If you plan on caring for your car yourself, make sure that you have everything you need in a car maintenance toolbox so everything goes smoothly. No matter where you work, don’t forget to look up the proper way to dispose of car fluids so you don’t pollute.
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Whitney Russell is a current resident of Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming in Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not adventuring through the exciting world of car news, she can be found hiking with her husband and their two dogs, motorcycling, visiting her cute nephews and nieces, discovering new memes, reorganizing and/or decorating some corner of the world, researching random things, and escaping into a great movie, poem, or short story. See more articles by Whitney.