Gone Garage

12 November 2015

Research from Sainsbury’s Car Insurance(1) reveals that garages are becoming a less common feature of Britain’s family homes, with an estimated 3.9 million people having repurposed their garage over the past 20 years to provide extra living space.  The most popular choice is to make it into a workshop (26%), followed by an office (20%). Other ‘converters’ created bedrooms (13%) or playrooms (7%); or extended their kitchens or living rooms in to their garage (16%).

With the garages gone, Sainsbury’s Car Insurance asked how do we ‘house’ our motors overnight?

The majority of car owners park on their drives (51%) followed by 22% of car owners who park in a garage (19% own their garage; 3% rent one). The street is home overnight to 18% of cars, while 8% use an allocated parking space, and 1% park their cars ‘elsewhere’.

Scott Gorman, of Sainsbury’s Car Insurance said: “Overnight parking can affect the premiums you pay with some insurers. However Sainsbury’s Bank won’t base a premium on where your car is parked.”

With many customers not having access to a garage (50% of respondents said they have not had a garage within the past 20 years), Sainsbury’s Car Insurance has provided some tips on securing cars overnight

Sainsbury’s Car Insurance tips for securing cars overnight

Sainsbury’s Bank Car Insurance is offering 12 x £2.50 coupons off fuel, one to be used each month, for people buying new Sainsbury’s Car Insurance policies before 21st March 2016(2).

Sainsbury’s Premier Cover car insurance has been awarded a 5-Star Rating by Defaqto, the independent financial research company, giving you reassurance about the cover we provide.


For further information on Sainsbury’s Bank car insurance, underwritten by U K Insurance Limited, call 0800 096 2389, visit or pick up a leaflet in store.



For further information, please contact:

Emma Murphy / Saira Khan

Citigate Dewe Rogerson

020 7282 1072 / 1049


Jennifer Johnston-Watt

Sainsbury’s Bank

0131 286 0779


Rates and information correct at date of issue.


Notes to editors:



  1. Research commissioned by Sainsbury’s Bank and conducted by ICM Unlimited. ICM interviewed a random sample of 2,004 GB adults aged 18+ online between 18-25th September 2015. Surveys were conducted across the country and the results have been weighted to the profile of all adults. Some figures have been rounded. ICM is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. Further information at
  2. Money off fuel each month for a year (12x £2.50 dated coupons to spend on fuel). Introductory offer available to customers who purchase a new Sainsbury’s car insurance policy from 29th September 2015 to 21st March 2016. Quote must have originated on the Sainsbury’s Bank website or on the telephone. Quotes and subsequent accepts from price comparison sites will not be eligible. Offer is 12 x £2.50 coupons with varying validity dates. Coupons are only valid for spend on fuel within manned Sainsbury’s Filling Stations until their expiry date. All coupons will be issued 60 days after the policy start date. If your policy is cancelled within this period your coupons will not be issued. Sainsbury’s Bank reserves the right to alter, cancel or withdraw the offer at any time and without prior notice.


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