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eBay reveals the ultimate garage, as more than half of motorists admit they would consider moving house if it came with the ‘perfect garage’

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Nearly two-thirds of UK motorists (65%) would consider moving house for the perfect garage, and they’d be prepared to pay 4.9% over a property’s asking price for the dream layout – that’s according to the latest research by eBay.

While 91% of respondents to the poll had a garage big enough to house a car, only half (51%) used their garage for this purpose – with clutter preventing 60% of motorists from making the best use of the space available. 

Using the findings from its study of 2,000 car enthusiasts, eBay worked with architectural studio, Bindloss Dawes, to envision how the UK’s ultimate garage would look. The dream design includes practical touches such as custom toolboxes and a hydraulic lift, to help carry out repairs, while a mini kitchen and jukebox keep car aficionados fed and entertained while they work on their vehicle.

According to the research more than four in ten (42%) homeowners feel that their current garage stops them from fulfilling their passion for cars. More than half (64%) of respondents would be more likely to own a classic car if they had a garage to store it in.

The UK’s perfect garage would also have a large tool chest for storage - along with a complete selection of hand tools essential for car repairs and fine-tuning. With over 130,000 car tool listings on eBay, it comes as no surprise that car fans need the perfect place to store them.

Additionally, the ultimate garage would have built-in drainage so owners can wash their car indoors, a full body workshop and ventilation for spray painting would be key ingredients as well.

Pleasingly for neighbours, 79% of respondents would want it to be soundproof too, while 71% would ensure it was eco-friendly.

The study also revealed the iconic Aston Martin DB5 (22%) is the car respondents most wanted to have in their perfect garage, followed by the Jaguar E-type (18%), Porsche 911 (17%) Ford Mustang (17%), and the Audi R8 (17%).

 Laura Richards, Category Lead – Vehicle Parts and Accessories eBay UK, said: “The result of our mission to imagine the perfect garage has made it evident that the automotive enthusiast spirit runs deep in the UK, with so many dream features centring on the tools and vehicles themselves. Tinkering with cars is a real passion point for many of our auto customers and we’ve got hundreds of thousands of tools and parts on eBay to help them bring their ultimate garage to life.”

Notably, the desired features extend beyond mere storage solutions, with preferences ranging from a car charging port, tyre changer, air compressor, and a hydraulic car lift. 

Oliver Bindloss, director at Bindloss Dawes Architects said: “Garages are so much more than just a functional space for cars, they must be tough and work hard but also be enjoyable spaces to relax in. For us as architects the perfect garage has to start with the cars themselves and what they require; is the garage for full restorations or lighter maintenance? 

“Given the passion of the owners, we love to create a perfect garage washed with natural light, showing off the cars at their best as well as making for a space that is enjoyable to spend time in and to relax while working on their cars or with friends.”

 

TOP 40 FEATURES OF THE PERFECT GARAGE

  1. Large tool chest for storage

  2. Space efficient storage options

  3. High-level security system

  4. A fridge/freezer

  5. Complete selection of hand tools essential for car repairs/fine-tuning

  6. Built-in drainage so you can wash your car indoors

  7. Car charging port

  8. Superfast internet

  9. Tire changer

  10. Air compressor

  11. Custom tool cabinets

  12. Every socket wrench available

  13. Car charging port

  14. Eco-friendly heating and air conditioning to ensure cars are stored at the perfect temperature

  15. Task lighting

  16. A hydraulic car lift

  17. Mini kitchen

  18. A top of the range car diagnostics tool

  19. Jukebox

  20. Pool/snooker table

  21. Vehicle inspection pit

  22. A bar with draught beer on tap

  23. Voice-activated lighting

  24. Full body workshop

  25. Vehicle inspection pit/grease pit

  26. Decorative lighting

  27. Discrete bicycle storage

  28. A cinema screen and projector

  29. Arcade machines

  30. Petrol/diesel pump

  31. Ventilation for spray painting/use of solvent-based products

  32. Wheel balancer

  33. Welding equipment

  34. Record player

  35. Engine hoists

  36. Plants

  37. Framed artworks

  38. Latest game consoles

  39. La-Z-Boy recliner

  40. A Bat Cave-style turntable