How to Keep Your Car Safe While You’re Away on a Holiday Trip

As the winter begins its cold and dark ways many of us are planning to escape the cold winter by taking a vacation to somewhere warm. There is a lot to account for when you are planning on leaving your home for an extended period of time.

Who will watch the dog? What if there is an emergency? What about the goldfish? Making sure all your bases are covered is important so you can enjoy spending time in the white sandy beaches and warm blue waters of a foreign tropical land.

One very important and often overlooked factor to consider when traveling is where you will leave your car while you are gone. It seems so trivial while you are planning your perfect vacation escape from the cold winter, but it is a very important thing to consider and should not be taken lightly.

Ask a Friend

Every year, thousands of people take trips just like you and every year thousands of people have a wonderful vacation filled with days in the sand, swims in the ocean, and bottomless margaritas. All that fun only to come back home and realize that their vehicle has been damaged, ransacked, or even stolen.

This can be a real bummer as the worst part of any vacation is always coming home to the cold and to make it even worse realizing your car was stolen or vandalized. One good way to make sure your vehicle stays safe while you’re gone is to ask a friend to watch your vehicle for you.

You may have to give them a little bit of cash for their troubles, but it is definitely better than having your vehicle broken it to while you are gone. 

Use a Professional Service 

One way to protect your vehicle is to have a friend to watch it. That may work for you, but personally, I used Parkos the last time I went on a vacation and everything went better than expected.

The thing I loved about using them is that they inspect daily to ensure no one is vandalizing vehicles or snooping around where they should not be. They also have good deals and allowed me to book a parking spot at a moment’s notice after we booked a last-minute trip to the Dominican Republic. 

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Rent your Car 

This option can keep your car safe while you are gone and also help pay for part of your trip. If you have a luxury vehicle you may be able to rent your car out on an app such as Turo.

This is a great way to protect your car as the app provides some coverage and it will also allow you to earn some cash. If you do choose this option, I would recommend having a friend help you out in case of an emergency. It would also be wise to make sure your insurance covers this type of activity. 

Park in a Garage

This is a good option if you own a home with a garage. Parking your car in your garage will keep your vehicle out of the prying eyes of anyone looking to cause trouble.

Putting your car in a garage will help protect it from any harsh weather elements such as hail, snow, and cold temperatures.  

If you want to make sure your vehicle stays safe while you are on vacation, I recommend following some of the tips mentioned above.

Having a friend watch your car or using a professional service is a good way to ensure your car stays safe while you are on vacation. Another option available is to park your car in a secure garage to ensure that prying eyes are kept away from your vehicle.

Also, If you want to make some extra money while you are on your vacation you should consider renting your car on Turo to make a few extra dollars. Following these tips will put your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. 


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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla.


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