Nearly 4 million Britons are choosing to convert their garages into a living areas rather than keep them as storage space, a new survey has found.

According to research from Sainsbury’s Car Insurance, only 22 per cent of car owners now park in a garage overnight, while 18 per cent park their cars on the street overnight. 8 per cent of people who park on the street do so in an allocated space.

The vast of car owners park on their drives. Also, of the 22 per cent of drivers who do use a garage, 3 per cent actually rent the space.

An estimated 3.9million people have converted their garage, with the choice to change it into a workshop the most popular option, with 26 per cent of people making this choice.

13 per cent of people surveyed created bedrooms, while 7 per cent changed their garage into a playroom. 16 per cent extended their kitchens or living rooms into the garage space.

Scott Gorman, of Sainsbury’s car insurance said: “Overnight parking can affect the premiums you pay with some insurers. However, Sainsbury’s Bank wont base a premium on where your car is parked.”

In contrast to the statistics, some people do not have access to a garage at all, with 50 per cent of those who responded to the survey saying that they had not had a garage within the past 20 years.

Sainbury’s Car Insurance has advised those parking on the street to make sure that valuables are kept out of sight when leaving the car, and to try and pick a well-lit open location.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 12, 2015

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