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Pros & Cons Of Parking Under The Shade

Even if it's winter, Australian sun has a knack for still hanging around this season.

Posted on: June 22, 2017

Even if it's winter, Australian sun has a knack for still hanging around this season.

As a child were you always told to park under the shade so the car doesn’t get too hot and it won’t damage your paintwork? The old wives’ tale does, however, have a couple of flaws that few of us as children didn’t identify. Parking under a tree means more animal droppings, car washes, and fallen leaves, but getting into your car on a hot Australian-summers day could be considered a worse fate. Here is our (not precisely) definitive list of pros & cons, but it’s up to you to decide – just remember that getting into a black car in summer is far hotter than a white one.

Pro: Saunas be gone!

Sometimes getting into your car in summer makes you sweat more than the walk to it. It’s hot, your seatbelt burns you, and don’t get me started on touching the steering wheel! Your car will no longer resemble the temperatures of the underworld, but shade doesn’t save all problems. I guarantee it will still be hot, but certainly not as hot as the alternative.

Con: Engine turns into a compost bin

Typically leaves fall in the autumn, but the added wind in summer or the lack of water for the trees means that there are still going to be leaves on the ground. If you park under the shade of a tree, you are going to be returning to your bonnet covered in a pile of leaves (and maybe a few sticks for added measure). In turn, they may start hiding under your bonnet and getting into all the important nooks and crannies that aren’t meant to house an abundance of leaves. Next thing you know, you’re at the mechanic telling them your car is making a gurgling noise!

Pro:Paint work stays in shape

It’s common knowledge that the sun fades colour. While your skin may go darker, your car’s paint work may be fading at a rate of knots. Sure it won’t happen after just one day, but if you are parking in the sun every day at work, you’ll see the change in due time. It isn’t particularly pretty and also makes your paint go flaky – not a good sight.

Con: Higher chance of animal droppings

Leave your car under a tree for one hour, and you’ll more than likely return to a couple of bird droppings as new additions. Not only is it an eyesore, but it also means you are washing your car more often or alternatively destroying your paint. Either way you lose, sadly.

Pro: Less aircon blasted to cool car down

Picture this: you hop into your car, it’s 35 degrees inside, and you blast your aircon for the next 15 minutes to cool it down. Sound familiar? It probably is. Also this uses more fuel, making your weekly top up go a heck of a lot shorter in the petrol department. Shady parking means less heat, meaning less aircon, meaning less fuel used. It’s as simple as that.

Con: Paint work scrathes from branches

In addition to those pesky leaves, overgrown trees mean that the branches are more likely to hit your car when you go to park or twigs fall ultimately scratching your paint. Driving around with a scratched roof may not affect you all that much, but it sure will drop your resale price when you decide it’s time to upgrade.

Pro: THe extra walk counts as exercise

Been too busy at work and aren’t able to get in a quick workout on your way home? Well if you’re really concerned about it, the extra walk will probably do you good. Carparks aren’t typically engulfed in trees, so you will be parking a little further away from the office and hiking it to work.

Con: Extra walk in summer = sweat city

Summertime, however, kind of makes the previous pro a con. I’m sure you don’t want to be sweating like a pig on your way to work and having to cool down when you get there, and your co-workers probably won’t be fond of it either…

So, now it’s up to you to decide which is best. Just remember that with every aspect of your car’s life, you should always be thinking ahead to your resale value. It may not seem like a big deal when you’re young and it’s your first car, but your first car sale will undoubtedly be contributing to your next purchase in the future, and probably downsizing the cost of your vehicle loan in the long run.

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