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Old 05-04-2015, 08:16 AM
 
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We are considering a house that can only fit one car in the garage, so trying to understand how critical it is during winter to have both cars garaged? (for ease of driving car w/o having to remove snow, heat up, etc)

We would most likely both need cars (driven separately) - not every day but 3 days out of the work week.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:21 AM
 
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i don't think it is critical. We had a 1 car garage at our old house, but 90% of the time parked outside. Yeah, its a little annoying to scrape off frost or whatever, but you can just start the car and let it run for 3 minutes to help it along.

we have no garage at our new house, which isn't an issue for the cars, but does make it hard to store snow tires and things like that.

Chris
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:48 AM
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I never use one. For heating - I use a remote start anyway. Warms up the car nicely. Unless you've got an older car (pre-2000 which are prone to rust) you might end up never using it other than for storing junk, so I wouldn't fret about having one car outside unless you are old/frail and snow removal is impossible for you.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:43 AM
 
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It is a major pain to me. If you can afford it, get the 2 car garage. However, those are rarer than 1 car garages in lower westchester so you will pay a premium. Up to you to decide if its worth it.
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Old 05-04-2015, 10:57 AM
 
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we have a two car garage but there is junk in one side so we keep one car outside. Would go with a 2 car or get a shed
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:48 AM
 
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We have a one car garage now and we always say that the next house we buy, a 2-car garage is a requirement. It's much much easier. Its not just a matter of clearing the snow off the car. It gets in the way of plowing/shoveling, etc. Even more important though - is the driveway wide enough for two cars to fit side by side? Ours is just a single car width, which is even more annoying. Every night you have to plan ahead who is going to be leaving first, and juggle the cars around, etc. Again, not the end of the world, but if I had any choice, I would try as hard as possible to get a double width driveway with 2 car garage.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:04 PM
 
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We are considering a house that can only fit one car in the garage, so trying to understand how critical it is during winter to have both cars garaged? (for ease of driving car w/o having to remove snow, heat up, etc)

We would most likely both need cars (driven separately) - not every day but 3 days out of the work week.
I have never garaged my vehicles and I live in the north-western corner of the County. Its not critical to me at all. But it is really about you the driver. When we get over snow which requires removal, over a few inches, it takes me 45 minutes to clear my driveway and another 10 minutes to clear both vehicles. Its probably a bit longer for me since my two vehicles are a large F-150 and a large SUV. Its about that 10 minutes. Whatever time you spend clearing the driveway really will not change. But the cars will take time. They warm up while I clear the driveway, then I drive them down to the street, clean of the snow, and drive them back. As for heating them up, I have remote starters in both cars. They heat up from the comfort of my home.

If I had a garage, I might use it, but its not critical to me.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:53 PM
 
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the wide driveway is key. garage or not, single-width driveway would be a pain.
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Old 05-04-2015, 09:30 PM
 
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For us having an attached 2 car garage was a non-negotiable. ABSOLUTELY had to have it. Once you've had it I don't think you can go back...

Scraping snow and ice off my car at 7:30 in the morning in the freezing cold? No thank you. I go into my heated garage, hop in my car, and off I go. Brilliant. Why some people use their garages for storage and park outside I'll never know.
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Old 05-05-2015, 06:43 AM
 
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For us having an attached 2 car garage was a non-negotiable. ABSOLUTELY had to have it. Once you've had it I don't think you can go back...

Scraping snow and ice off my car at 7:30 in the morning in the freezing cold? No thank you. I go into my heated garage, hop in my car, and off I go. Brilliant. Why some people use their garages for storage and park outside I'll never know.
Again, its all about the driver. I had a two car garage and I converted it to a playroom for the kids, which is now a man cave for me. I never understood the waste of space for a garage. I mean its just a little cold outside. to each his own.
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