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Hi all

I am thinking I might take an old car over to PT and leave it at my house when I am not there in summer. The house has a car port next to it, which is brick on two sides and open on two sides with a tiled roof. The open sides face south-west and south

For other uses I have thought about bricking in the open side so it is a garage. But will that make it very hot for a car in the summer? Having it exposed on two sides seems like it will also be very hot but air circulates more? I am less concerned about the car being hot when I get in it, more about whether it will get degraded sitting there and whether it is better to be in it, but with two open sides or enclosed? 

Any thoughts on keeping cars stored when not in use would be helpful, thanks.

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You might want to factor into your plan that a foreign registered car can only remain in Portugal for a maximum of 6 months in any 12 months period before it must be matriculated (registered) to Portuguese number plates. The registration fee (ISV) for doing so can be very high unless you're able to claim the 'new resident' exemption from ISV.

Article 30 Lei 22A/2007

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@old-bloke yes thanks for that. I am just looking into what might be the best plan, it may be to bring the car over for 6 months at a time, or wait until I become fully resident and claim it as a new resident. Or just forget it and keep hiring for now.

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You could consider, if the car is too exposed under the carport, getting some simple weighted drapes (canvas with a pole stitched into the bottom) to cover one or both open sides - in a light colour like white/beige, they'd reflect the heat and allow ventilation...

 

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@thomasribatejo That is a brilliant idea! thank you.

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Yes, that is what people do here in my state for cars that are left out in the elements for an extended period of time.  There are fitted covers that you can buy for specific models models, but weighted canvas will do the same job.

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@jeanne Indeed.  However, beware the humidity effect - it can speed up rusting of older vehicles, in non-baking-hot seasons (learned from experience!)

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@thomasribatejo I think that's why (cotton) canvas may be a good solution, as that should be breathable. I would not try it with any synthetic fabric though.  I think the green material that Martin advises may be similar to something I've used to make sun blinds, called 'Cooleroo'( or something like that), which has held up very well for me. 

 

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also there is green (and other coloured) shading netting which allows the air to come thru but easily does reduce the heat

Adubopor, Lda

this is a great shop in Portimao (close to aqua shopping centre) which sells the above and loads of specialised agricultural products you will not see elsewhere

 

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@martin   thanks. I will add this to my list of specialized shops.

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@martin ooo that shop is useful to know about it might have quite a few things I am after, thanks!

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