• Jan 26, 2013
Infographics are the energy bars of information delivery – not bad for you, lots of tasty calories and just enough to get you by, but not so heavy on the lasting sustenance. Yet because they skip all the boring bits they can make just about any subject interesting, and that's how we've come to know all kinds of interesting things that we'll shortly forget about the humble home garage.

The IFA Insurance Company lays out the stats on the domestic carport, from its origins in the word "garer" and as a place for horses, to being covered for feature stories and magazines and a source of envy for homeowners. Oh, and the US alone has 82 million homes with a garage – enough to store every car made in the world last year, with a few garages left over to fix a few million of those cars.

You'll find more factoids in the full infographic below.
History of GarageCourtesy of Ifa Auto Low Cost Auto insurance


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      Jonathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know I find ridiculous? People who have their garage filled with crap, and have to park in their driveway. So let me get this straight, you're going to leave your car worth THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS out in the weather, so you can have room for WORTHLESS JUNK?!?!?!? Insane. Don't get me wrong, I don't have the cleanest garage, but I can fit 2 cars in it. (It's a 2 car garage). If I start to get to where I can't fit a car in the garage, I start throwing **** away. Nothing I'm putting in the garage, is going to be worth more than one of the cars.
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was waiting for the "Storage" info bit at the bottom since I know too many people who use their garages like oversized attics and store their piles of junk. Personally it'd drive me nuts if I had so much junk in my garage that I couldn't park cars inside (using the area as workspace, on the other hand, is a perfectly fine exception)
        Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        I live in a townhouse neighborhood of about 50 homes, and of those, I've only ever seen about a half-dozen (not including myself) of them use their garages for their cars. A good majority of them are used for junk storage.
          axiomatik
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean
          That's one of the big problems with townhouses, not much storage.
      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      You uppity city-folk and your fancy French names for things. "Garage", indeed. I prefer to call it a car-hole.
        Brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        Am I the only one who got it?
        hp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        My car hole was used for a counterfeit jeans operation.
        telm12345
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        Haha. Actually as a \"city-folk\" in Manhattan, we don\'t even have cars. And our garage costs $300/400+ a month and is afforded by investment bankers and the like.
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to see these garage statistics: Percentage of homeowners that park their vehicles outside because of things they've accumulated over the years, that they never use. Percentage of said junk the homeowner used in the last 5 years.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      An HOA Nazi neighbor asked me why I park my cars in the driveway. I replied, "Because I have 3 vehicles already in my garage." I keep my POS DD's in the driveway.
        LifeLongCarGuy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jebibudala
        Sounds like you need to sell you POS daily drivers. I don't mind people having as many cars as their heart desires, but when it disrupts the look of the neighborhood that is when I have a problem. I think HOAs are lame too, but if it weren't for inconsiderate people you wouldn't need them at all.
          The Other Bob
          • 1 Year Ago
          @LifeLongCarGuy
          A car in the driveway kills the look of a neighborhood? I always thought driveways were for cars.
      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      My neighbors enjoy watching me wash my car inside the garage. I have overhead showerheads (5) and the walls are far enough from the water where it's not an issue. And yes, I have overhead fans too to dry them...also helps washing out the floor.
      LukkyStrike
      • 1 Year Ago
      I do not have junk, but we have 2 cars, and a one car garage. So at all times in the winter, one car is outside one inside, with one motorcycle in the garage on stands and the other motorcycle is in the dinning room. Then in the summer, the 2 motorcycles get the garage, and the other car is outside under a cover....I would not call my Triumph and Ducati junk, but all i have to say is i need a 3 car garage ;)
      - v o c t u s -
      • 1 Year Ago
      MAN CAVE FTW
      autoblogfan
      • 1 Year Ago
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