Are you tired of parking your car on the driveway? You have no other choice if you don't have a garage or if your garage is filled with garden equipment, tools, and maybe boxes containing Christmas decorations. Indeed, many people use their garages for storage rather than cars.

According to one source, as of 2021, two-thirds of housing units in the U.S. had a carport or garage. That means one-third of housing units lack carports and garages, which means having to park in the driveway, in a parking lot, or along the street.

But what are your options if you want a place to store your car out of the elements? Your vehicle will last longer and look better if you can safeguard it from unnecessary exposure to rain, snow, or other weather systems.

Continue reading to consider three options if you don't have a dedicated parking space.

1. Garage

One option is to get a garage built on your property. Some people have a garage attached to their homes and add a stand-alone garage that can double as a mancave, home office, or something else. This is an excellent option if you have the space to construct another structure on your property. The last thing you want is to add a structure that leaves your property looking crowded. So, when you speak to a company specializing in constructing garages from the ground up, they will work with you to figure out the right size, configuration, and amenities for your garage.

You can also get a pre-assembled garage built to your specifications and delivered to your property. You won't have to do anything other than order it, pay for it, and choose where you want it to be placed. Depending on the square footage of the garage you choose, you'll have a dedicated place to park your car and can use some of the space for other purposes.

2. Carport

Another option is to have a carport built. A carport is a covered structure you can use to protect your vehicle from the elements. It can be a freestanding structure or attached to your residence. When it comes to a carport, there are usually no walls, one wall, or two walls. A carport is an excellent option if you don't have a garage or need a space in addition to your garage. But you can take your carport to the next level by getting one with solar built in.

"You can transform your outdoor space by adding a solar carport," says Jen Helms, co-owner and director of business operations at Shade Power in Sunnyvale, CA. "When you get a carport or pergola with solar panels built in, you can get the protection you want for your car, shade for your outdoor activities, and clean power from the sun for your home.”

Shade Power, which constructs solar shade structures for homes and businesses, offers custom-built solar carports that can support EV chargers, power outlets, and lighting.

Whether you go with a traditional carport or a next-generation solar carport is up to you, but a carport is another good option if you're seeking a place to keep your cars out of the elements.

3. Portable Shelters

If you're on a tight budget, you should consider setting up a portable shelter on your property. Compared to a garage or carport, a portable shelter from a big box store won't have the same durability or aesthetic appeal. But if you're in a pinch and want to spend as little as possible, a portable shelter might be the way to go. It likely won't serve you more than a few years before you have to replace the fabric component or get another one altogether. However, it's something to consider if you want somewhere to keep your car out of the rain or snow.

Consider the three options above if you want to park your car somewhere other than the driveway. You'll find plenty of options among the three categories listed, so figure out exactly what you're after before going out and getting the solution that best fits your needs and budget.