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Honestly, in some cases, the garage just doesn’t provide you with the necessary settings to work on your automobile. For example, if you have just purchased an antiquated car for a restoration project and your family’s automobiles are already taking up all the space in the garage, than you would have no choice but to conduct the repairs under the clear blue sky.

Rain, the scorching sun or even a hailstorm would prevent you from focusing on fixing up the car or working at all. Not to mention the fact that all your electric power tools would be exposed to the elements. A temporary shelter, on the other hand, would eliminate all these issues.

What are temporary shelters?

Basically, a temporary shelter consists of a waterproofed fabric roofing supported by a structure of pylons. These constructions can be installed and disassembled with only the basic tools in a matter of minutes, effectively providing a versatile enclosure to work on your automobile. By shielding the car from the rainwater, snow and UV, they allow a car owner to focus on the task at hand, whether it means spending some quality time with your son and teaching him about the mechanics of automobiles, waxing/painting your family vehicle, changing the tires/oil or any number of other tasks.

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Temporary shelters versus permanent structures

A permanent shelter has certain benefits over the temporary version, namely superior temperature/humidity control via insulation. However, the problems associated with obtaining the building permits, the numerous building code specifications you have to adhere to, the sheer “permanence” and immovability of the structure make these solutions less attractive compared to temporary canopies.

To put it simply, once you have erected a permanent structure, you will not be able to make use of that yard space when it is no longer in use without tearing it down. That is, if you can get the approval of authorities to build it in the first place. At the same time, building a permanent structure is substantially more expensive than purchasing a temporary canopy.

Selecting a temporary shelter for your workshop purposes

First of all, you will have to consider the dimensions of the car and the working space required around it. The larger the vehicle, the more space it will require. In addition to that, you need to decide whether you plan to work exclusively on a single car at a time or conduct repairs simultaneously on two or more vehicles.

Next, make sure that the materials, meaning the fabric of the rooftop and the support pylons are appropriate for the typical weather conditions in your area. If the roof is not robust enough, a stronger gust of wind may tear it right off. Alternatively, if the pylons are not constructed from stainless alloys, they will eventually rust. Lastly, go for a shelter that doesn’t require an intricate or lengthy assembly procedure, for versatility purposes.

Alternative utilizations

A temporary shelter is not exclusively useful for DIY automobile overhauling projects. Due to their portable nature, these canopies can provide excellent protection for your car when you go camping or temporary automobile storage solutions. And, if your car needs repairs when you are away on a trip, at least you have a dry and protected enclosure to perform them!


Karen Young is an avid travel blogger. She advises people to check their car canopy and it’s accessories regularly.