The Top 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in Canada Will Probably Surprise You

Most Stolen Vehicles in Canada

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When you think of the most stolen vehicles in Canada, you would expect new luxury cars, SUVs, and trucks to be among the most targeted types by auto thieves.

That’s not even close, actually.

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) recently released their annual list of the top 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada for 2019 and we must admit – it’s not what we expected.

Top 10 most stolen vehicles in Canada

  1. 2007 Ford 350
  2. 2006 Ford 350
  3. 2005 Ford 350
  4. 2004 Ford 350
  5. 2006 Ford 250
  6. 2003 Ford 350
  7. 2018 Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL 
  8. 2005 Ford F250
  9. 2002 Ford F350
  10. 1998 Honda Civic Si

Why are older Ford pickups such magnets for thieves?

Other than several models of the 2018 Lexus RX, there are no new vehicles to be seen on the list. Goodness, there’s no other vehicles on there that even qualify as “relatively new”!

So what gives? Why are not one, not two, but eight of the most stolen vehicles in Canada heavy-duty Ford pickups whose ages are well into the double digits?

It comes down to availability, design, and demand.

Ford F-Series trucks are the best-selling vehicles in North America. In Canada, they’ve held that crown for a decade. As a matter of fact, F-Series trucks account for half of Ford Canada’s sales

In addition to so many of these pickups being spread around the country, pre-2008 F-Series models lack an ignition immobilizer. It does exactly what you’d think, which makes the trucks easy to hot-wire. 

Stolen pickups and SUVs are also highly coveted for their overseas resale value. Combine all of these factors and you have the answer as to why the F-Series dominates this list of the most stolen vehicles in Canada.

Why is a 22-year-old car one of the most stolen vehicles in Canada?

You may also be wondering, “What’s the deal with a 21-year-old Honda Civic being such a car thief magnet?”

Like the Ford pickups, it once again comes down to the popularity and design of that specific car model.

1998 was the year the Civic started its impressive run (that has yet to be broken) of being the best-selling car in Canada. With that level of popularity comes a high-demand market for “hot” Civic parts.

Newer Civic models are less attractive to car thieves because they’re simply harder to steal than the older models. 

Ontario, Alberta, and B.C.’s most stolen vehicles

The IBC’s list of the most stolen vehicles in Canada also provides a breakdown showing which models thieves prefer in each province.

Here’s what their data shows for three of Canada’s most populous provinces:

Ontario:

  1. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  2. Lexus RX350/RX350L/RX450h/RX450hL
  3. 2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  4. 2005 Chevrolet/GMC Tahoe/Yukon
  5. 2016 Land Rover Range Rover
  6. 2002 Chevrolet/GMC Tahoe/Yukon
  7. 2004 Chevrolet/GMC Suburban/Yukon XL 1500
  8. 2006 Chevrolet/GMC Silverado/Sierra 2500
  9. 2005 Chevrolet/GMC Suburban/Yukon XL 1500
  10. 2018 Toyota 4Runner

Alberta:

  1. 2007 Ford F350
  2. 2006 Ford F350
  3. 2006 Ford F250
  4. 2004 Ford F250
  5. 2005 Ford F350
  6. 2005 Ford F250
  7. 2000 Honda Civic Si coupe
  8. 1999 Honda Civic hatchback
  9. 2004 Ford F350
  10. 2007 Ford F250

British Columbia (model years unavailable):

  1. Ford F-Series trucks
  2. Honda Civic and CRX
  3. Dodge trucks
  4. GMC/Chevy trucks
  5. Ford E-Series vans
  6. Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee
  7. Acura Integra
  8. Toyota Corolla
  9. Honda CRV
  10. Dodge Caravan

8 more facts about vehicle theft in Canada

Smart car tech means more convenience and versatility for drivers, but that also makes them more vulnerable to smart thieves.  

While thieves favour older vehicle models because of their relatively inferior security features, tech-savvy criminals are still managing to figure out how to outsmart the sophisticated tech built into modern vehicles.

The IBC calls vehicle theft “much more than an insurance problem, it’s an expensive social menace”. That can’t be disputed when you look at some facts about vehicle theft in Canada:

  • every seven minutes, a vehicle is stolen in Canada
  • Statistics Canada says that 86,132 vehicles were reported stolen in Canada in 2018
  • vehicle theft costs drivers almost $1 billion annually
  • insurance companies cover about half of that $1 billion amount to replace and repair stolen vehicles 
  • law enforcement, courts, and the health care system need to devote large resources to theft-related matters
  • selling stolen vehicles for their parts is more lucrative than selling entire vehicles 
  • air bags, catalytic converters, and car seats are the most coveted parts resold from stolen vehicles
  • when a vehicle is stolen just to commit another crime, it is typically abandoned and found within two days with significant damage

One of the best ways to prevent car theft? Park in your garage.

Even if you’re not an owner of one of the most stolen vehicles in Canada, you shouldn’t have a false sense of security about how safe your parked vehicles are. 

An experienced thief can steal a vehicle without a key in as little as 30 seconds. Completely eliminating the accessibility thieves have to your vehicles by simply parking in the garage instead of the driveway is one of your best defenses against theft.

Parking in your garage may be easier said than done if the room lacks adequate systems to keep it organized, causing it to become overrun by clutter. 

Garages are usually the most cluttered rooms in a house, to the point where 25% of people with 2-car garages don’t park in them at all. A third can only park one car, according to a U.S. Department of Energy study.

black and blue cars parked in luxury garage

Parking in the garage makes your vehicles less visible and accessible to potential thieves.

Additional best practices to protect your vehicles

There are many other common-sense ways to ensure the protection of your vehicles that will cost you nothing.

Lock your vehicle doors and keep the windows shut at all times, even if the vehicle is only going to be left unattended in the driveway for a few minutes. A good thief only needs a window that’s cracked open an inch to get inside a vehicle.

It doesn’t get much easier for a car thief than finding an unattended, unlocked idling vehicle just waiting to be separated from its careless owner. Avoid extended idling periods in the driveway and especially an attached garage (which raises the risk of high levels of carbon monoxide entering the main living space). Think twice about using a remote starter to warm your vehicle up on cold mornings, too.

Park in safe, well-lit areas when you’re away from home, even if it means the walk to your destination is a little bit longer. Owners of older vehicles should consider investing in anti-theft devices like steering wheel locks, brake pedal locks, and GPS tracking systems.

Be mindful of keeping important documents like insurance paperwork well-hidden or avoid keeping them in the car altogether. In the wrong hands, they can be used for insurance fraud or identity theft. Remember, a locked glove compartment in most vehicles is child’s play for a thief to break into.

Don’t give a burglar any extra incentive to break into your vehicle by leaving anything of value (even loose change) visible. 

By “anything of value” we’re including your key fob and traditional car key. Between 2013 and 2018, the number of vehicles stolen because their keys or fobs were simply left inside them has increased 88% according to a National Insurance Crime Bureau report.

Even when you’re at home, be careful about where you keep your fob. These devices may be super-convenient, but they’re vulnerable to what is known as relay theft. Fobs kept within close proximity of a home’s walls, windows, or an exterior door can potentially have their signal hijacked by a pair of thieves outside the house using wireless transmitters. 

As a safeguard, store your fob in a closed metal box (which blocks the signal) in a centralized part of the home.

7 more good reasons to park in your garage

most stolen vehicles in canada car buried in snowBesides safeguarding what are likely the most expensive assets you have besides your home, here’s why the garage and not the driveway should be where you’re parking:

  1. Vehicle windows will be less prone to fogging up in damp weather and from early morning dew.
  2. Indoor parking lets you avoid dealing directly with bad weather when entering and exiting vehicles.
  3. Vehicles are protected from body damage caused by long-term exposure to the sun, tree sap, and projectiles when there are high winds.
  4. Parking in a safe space means some insurance companies may lower your insurance rates.
  5. Vehicles won’t need snow and ice cleared off in the winter, which saves you time.
  6. Having your vehicles closer to the garage access door into your main living space is more convenient for getting groceries and other transported items inside.
  7. Vehicles will warm up faster in cold weather.

Make space in the garage to keep your vehicles safe

Whether or not you own any of the cars or trucks on this list of the most stolen vehicles in Canada, it never hurts to be reminded about what you can do to keep your vehicles more secure. 

If you’re one of the many homeowners who can’t park in the garage because of clutter (or you can, but find it difficult to do so because there’s so little space), it’s a problem that has an easy solution.

Talk to Garage Living to find out how we can make your garage an organized, clutter-free space that can give your vehicles back their rightful home.

Our storage systems include slatwall, cabinetry, and overhead racks to help maximize any garage’s storage space and update its look. To create more garage parking space, we can also install a car lift.

Schedule a free design consultation with us to get your garage in order so you can reclaim it for parking your vehicles indoors once again.

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Hot Wheels: Do You Own One of the Most Stolen Vehicles in America?

Most Stolen Vehicles in America

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Every 42 seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the U.S.

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) tracks which cars and trucks are targeted most by thieves. Their list of the most stolen vehicles in America will probably surprise you for a few reasons.

Top 10 most stolen vehicles in America

  1. 2000 Honda Civic
  2. 1997 Honda Accord
  3. 2006 Ford F-Series pickup
  4. 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup
  5. 2017 Toyota Camry
  6. 2017 Nissan Altima
  7. 2017 Toyota Corolla
  8. 2018 GMC Sierra pickup
  9. 2001 Dodge Ram pickup
  10. 2000 Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee

Why thieves love older cars, Hondas, and pickups

Looking at that list, you may be wondering why there’s no luxury vehicles or new vehicles on it. It basically comes down to three things: availability, design, and demand.

Every one of the vehicles on the list is a best-seller, year after year. For example, the Camry has been the best-selling car in America every year since 2000, with the exception of 2001.

And the crown holder for the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. is the Ford F-Series pickup, which has held that title for a staggering 36 years in a row. 2017 saw the F-Series have its best sales year ever, with 896,764 trucks sold.

With so many of these vehicles out there, that logically gives thieves a lot more opportunities to steal them. Popular cars and trucks also create a higher demand for parts to maintain them, whether those parts are acquired legally or illegally.

For thieves, selling stolen vehicles for their parts is actually more lucrative than selling vehicles which won’t have their parts stripped.

The “design” aspect of why older vehicles are so often stolen comes down to their security features. They simply lack the anti-theft technologies of newer vehicles, so they’re easier to steal.

This explains why according to data provided by the FBI and the National Insurance Crime Bureau in 2016, the top five model years of vehicles stolen in 2015 was 1998, 1996, 2006, 1997, and 2004, respectively. 

Here’s another common denominator with nearly all of the most stolen vehicles in America – they retain their value very well, especially the Toyotas and Hondas.

Top 10 least stolen vehicles in America

The HLDI also released data on which newer vehicles have the fewest number of insurance theft claims. Among 2016-2018 models, these are the vehicles that thieves targeted the least:

  1. BMW 3-Series
  2. Tesla Model S
  3. Tesla Model X
  4. Chevrolet Equinox
  5. Buick Encore
  6. Subaru Legacy
  7. GMC Acadia
  8. Subaru Forester
  9. Volkswagen Beetle
  10. Subaru Outback

Teslas are 90% less likely to be stolen than the average car according to the HLDI. Here’s why:

  • they’re more likely to be parked in a garage or closer to a house for recharging
  • Teslas have highly advanced key fob security tech
  • the GPS tracking technology Tesla includes in its vehicles is far more sophisticated than the average car 
  • an option on some Tesla models requires a PIN to be entered every time the car is started

In the rare case that a Tesla is stolen, their recovery rate is miles above the 58% that was reported in 2016 for stolen cars and trucks. Between 2011-2018, only three of the 115 Teslas stolen in the U.S. weren’t recovered.

That’s a smart car, indeed.

Your best vehicle theft defense? Park in the garage.

Even if you own one of the least stolen vehicles in America, you shouldn’t have a false sense of security about how safe your parked vehicles are. 

To virtually eliminate the accessibility thieves have to your vehicles, all you have to do is park them in a secure garage. After all, an experienced thief can steal a vehicle without a key parked in your driveway in as little as 30 seconds. 

Garages are the most cluttered rooms in homes, which makes parking indoors easier said than done. A U.S. Department of Energy study found that a quarter of people with 2-car garages don’t park in them at all because clutter prevents them from doing so. A third can only park one car.

Solving your garage’s clutter problem is easier than you might think. Take a page out of a Tesla owner’s handbook when it comes to protecting your four-wheeled investment. 

All you need to do is have smart storage systems added that maximize the garage’s storage space on the walls and in the ceiling area. That eliminates or significantly reduces how much obstructive clutter gets left on the floor.

most stolen vehicles in America, SUV parked in garage

Any vehicle is a lot more safer when it’s parked in a secure garage.

7 more smart reasons to park in the garage

A messy garage that prevents you from parking inside to keep your vehicles safer isn’t the only reason to finally get your garage in order.

Other than safeguarding one of your most expensive assets besides your home, here’s why you should be parking in the garage instead of the driveway:

  • time will be saved because vehicles won’t need snow and ice cleared off in the winter
  • vehicles will warm up faster in cold weather
  • vehicle windows will be less prone to fogging up in damp weather and from early morning dew
  • having your vehicles closer to the garage access door into your main living space is more convenient for getting groceries and other transported items inside
  • indoor parking lets you avoid dealing directly with bad weather when entering and exiting vehicles
  • some insurance companies may lower your car insurance rates
  • vehicles are protected from body damage caused by long-term exposure to the sun, tree sap, and projectiles when there are high winds

Talk to Garage Living to find out how we can give you more usable square footage for storage in your garage. We have a variety of highly effective storage systems like slatwall, cabinetry, and overhead racking to maximize any garage’s storage space.

Your floor will stay clear, parking will be a breeze, and your garage can even become a more useful space.

We also have car lifts available, which are a great solution when a lack of garage parking space is an issue.

7 additional tips to safeguard your vehicles

In addition to garage parking, there are many other practical and simple ways to ensure the protection of your vehicles – and most of them won’t cost you a cent.

  1. Naturally, always lock your vehicle doors and keep the windows shut, even if the vehicle is only going to be left unattended in your driveway for a few minutes. A window cracked open even an inch on a hot day is all a skillful thief needs to get inside.
  2. Hide anything of value that’s visible inside your vehicle. Why give a burglar who only wants to take what’s inside your vehicle and not steal the vehicle itself any extra incentive to gain entry?
  3. audi key fobWhen we say “anything of value”, that includes your key fob and traditional car key. Incredibly, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that the number of vehicles stolen because their keys or fobs were carelessly left inside them has increased 88% between 2013 and 2018.
  4. Don’t just be careful with your entry fob when you’re out and about. The newest security concern with key fobs is that they can be used to steal your vehicle, even when you’re inside your home. If your fob is within close proximity of your home’s walls, windows, or an exterior door, a pair of thieves with wireless transmitters can potentially hijack its signal to steal your vehicle. It’s called relay theft.
  5. Don’t let your vehicles idle unattended while parked in the driveway or garage, especially an attached garage. Vehicles shouldn’t be idling in the garage for long periods anyway, as this can create high levels of carbon monoxide that can be dangerous to the rest of the home. It also wastes gas. Think twice about using a remote starter to warm up your vehicle on frigid mornings, too.
  6. Documents left in vehicles like insurance paperwork can be used for insurance fraud or identity theft. Remember, that locked glove compartment isn’t exactly Fort Knox.
  7. When away from home, park in safe, well-lit areas, even if it means a longer walk to your destination. Anti-theft devices like brake pedal locks, steering wheel locks, and GPS tracking systems for older vehicles are also good investments.

Make space for garage parking today

If you do own one of the most stolen vehicles in America, you clearly have every reason to step up the security measures for your car or truck.

And while newer vehicles and luxury cars and trucks are stolen less often, consider this fact: our vehicles sit parked 95% of the time.

Why increase the risk of having your vehicle stolen by leaving it highly visible to the entire world because it’s parked in the driveway all the time?

Schedule a free design consultation with us to make space in your garage for parking to keep your vehicles safer.

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Hot Home Design Trends: 7 Smart Upgrades Worth Investing In

A new survey by HGTV shows that 38% of Americans are planning to do some type of home improvement project in the coming year.

While your main motivation for reinventing a part of your living space will be to enhance your comfort level now, it’s always wise to keep the future in mind, too.

Taking a forward-thinking approach to the remodeling projects you undertake and considering how they add value to your home and will make it more attractive to future buyers is financially savvy.

So which home design trends are expected to be embraced by homeowners this year? We took the pulse of various interior designers and homebuilder organizations to find out.

home design trends house exterior

7 home design trends worth paying attention to

Naturally, not all of the home design trends listed below will have staying power with homeowners and still be popular in, say, five years.

Some will evolve and some may well just fizzle out. After all, that’s why they’re called trends! We’ve mostly chosen relatively “safer” remodeling trends, including a few that never seem to fall out of fashion.

Here are seven home design trends worth paying attention to if you’re looking to update the aesthetics and functionality of your house.

1. Modern kitchen upgrades

Of the 2,000 respondents to that HGTV survey, 55% named the kitchen as the area of their home they considered the top priority for a renovation.

Because it’s one of the hardest-working rooms in the house, kitchens are always top of mind amongst homeowners when it comes to living space upgrades.

Another new survey of 1,000 U.S. homeowners by Hausera (an online kitchen and bath specialty retailer) found that 84% of the respondents had remodeled their kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom in the past two years. Two-thirds of them planned to do further upgrades to these rooms in the next two years.

In the kitchen, the top three reasons given by homeowners for doing a makeover were:

  • a change in lifestyle (41%)
  • to add value to home (38%)
  • to improve the room’s functionality (38%)

The “Marie Kondo effect” continues to resonate in the world of interior design. The minimalist aesthetic of gray colors that have been popular for a number of years now are expected to give way to more usage of another neutral color – black.

Two-thirds of the interior designers recently surveyed by Sherwin-Williams planned to use more black colors in their kitchen projects, particularly matte blacks.

The minimalist design approach includes showing less visual clutter. This should lead to more kitchen designs that keep appliances hidden, yet easily accessible via cabinetry with pullouts and lift-up panels.

For kitchen appliances, the stainless steel look continues to be very popular. Convection and induction ovens are expected to make their way into more homes. And more stoves will ditch the over-the-range microwave above them for high-quality ventilation hoods.

Granite will remain one of the most popular go-to materials for kitchen countertops. As a premium countertop option, porcelain slabs and quartz are being used increasingly in kitchen renovations.

2. Finished garages with a more upscale appearance

blue car parked in luxury garage

One of the home design trends that continues to grow is finishing the garage and turning it into an upscale extension of the living space.

The New York Times described garage makeovers as “the final frontier in home renovation”.

Porch.com’s new Homeowner’s Most Wanted survey found that a finished garage was named the fourth most important feature for homebuyers. 25.8% of those surveyed considered it a high priority, especially baby boomers and millennials.

Showroom quality floor coatings, slatwall panels that look superior to a wall’s exposed studs or scuffed drywall, and premium cabinetry can be color coordinated to create a stylish, visually stunning space.

While garage aesthetics are getting more attention from homeowners, so is giving the room more functionality. Primarily, maximizing the garage’s storage space is of significant importance.

Adding enough efficient and versatile storage systems (like slatwall and overhead racks) creates parking space for vehicles. With the proper setup, keeping the home’s single-largest storage space well-organized requires much less effort.

New lighting, insulation upgrades, a new garage door and opener, and cool extras like a TV, audio system, or decorative perimeter LED lighting add to the garage’s appearance and functionality.

A garage makeover is seen as a win-win for homeowners. They can enjoy the comfort of a stylish, modern-looking garage with more storage, which in turn becomes a great selling point for their property in the future.

3. Flooring upgrades

If a trend never seems to go away, can you really call it a trend?

The answer is apparently “yes”. Most of the homebuilding and interior design experts we looked at say that flooring upgrades will be one of the most commonly done home improvement projects this year, just as it is every other year.

The timeless visual appeal and low-maintenance nature of hardwood and ceramic tiles explains why this is one of the home design trends that never ends.

Technological advancements also give consumers an almost limitless numbers of design options to choose from with both products.

If you fancy adding ceramic tiles that look like real wood to your floors, that’s doable (and quite trendy). Engineered hardwood now has a bigger share of the flooring market than traditional hardwood does.

Another popular design trend is having a more consistent flooring appearance on a floor, or even throughout the entire house.

In addition to having a cohesive look, this design strategy also helps make a living space look bigger. 

4. Bolder bathroom designs with modern amenities

The bathroom is another perennial favorite part of the home for upgrade projects.

As in the kitchen, interior designers are looking to take a “bolder is better” approach to the colors used in bathroom remodels and will be more partial to darker tones this year. That means trendy grays are out and black is in.

Black is also expected to become a more popular color for bath tubs and other bathroom fixtures. Deep soaking tubs, freestanding tubs, and large open-concept showers are in vogue right now. Shower add-ons like ambient lighting, anti-fog mirrors, and integrated bench seating will be used in more shower designs.

Industrial-style sinks and vanities are trendy at the moment as well and add a classy (and classic!) look to the bathroom, while also providing a modern aesthetic.

North American homeowners have been slow to warm up to incorporating bidets into their bathroom designs and designers expect progress in this area to continue at a very modest pace.

The Japanese trend of using high-tech toilets that have seat warmers, built-in deodorizing systems, and lids that automatically open will also continue to grow.

Here are several more of the home design trends that are expected to appear in more bathrooms over the next few years:

  • underfloor heating systems
  • terrazzo counters, backsplashes, and wall surfaces
  • brass finishes (particularly brushed brass)
  • lighting that’s creatively integrated into the bathroom’s architecture
  • tiles with unconventional shapes

5. An outdoor kitchen and entertaining space

home design trends outdoor kitchen and furniture

Interior kitchens aren’t the only cooking space that homeowners want to upgrade.

Recently, the American Institute of Architects released their Home Design Trends Survey. Incredibly, 45% of the architects who were surveyed expected outdoor kitchens to be the most popular type of home kitchen remodel project done.

Forbes acknowledged the increasing popularity of outdoor cooking and entertaining spaces by writing “outdoor kitchens and living areas are trending strongly and richly, with more enhancements than ever before”.

Here are some of the key components for creating a home showpiece with an outdoor kitchen:

  • a premium built-in grill with state-of-the-art features like temperature control, smart tech that responds to voice commands, and integrated lighting
  • a stylish, yet resilient countertop
  • durable built-in cabinetry tailored for your grill setup and customized to complement a home’s décor
  • interior kitchen amenities like a sink, side burners, and a countertop grill
  • built-in refrigeration appliances and ice-making machines

6. Smarter home tech

There are a head-spinning number of smart home tech products on the market and choosing the right ones for your living space can require a bit of homework.

Once you have decided which upgrades to make, you should start to enjoy the convenience and savings that these products promise to provide in helping to run your home.

Smart appliances are one of the most widely adopted types of high-tech products. Better voice recognition by the products’ smart assistant systems will widen their appeal.

Wi-Fi-enabled fridges are getting smarter with features like internal cameras, remote access  via a smartphone app, and programmed voice reminders to pick up certain types of groceries.

Motion-sensing faucets for the bathroom and kitchen, as well as smart lighting products, rank near the top of consumers’ wish lists for smarter home tech.

7. Open spaces that also allow for privacy

A new wrinkle in the area of open-concept home designs has been trending upwards in the past few years. 

Sliding closet door systems have been making their way out of the bedroom and into other parts of the home.

Taking advantage of this product’s versatility, the sliding doors are being used as room dividers to partition off large open spaces to create privacy when needed.

A big reason this trend is growing is that it allows homeowners to enjoy the best of both worlds with their living space.

The spacious open-concept floor plan can still make the occupants feel like this part of their home is more interconnected. When more privacy is needed, the simple slide of a door separates an area of the room.

To keep as much natural light in the living space as possible (while maintaining privacy), the sliding door is designed with attractive frosted glass panels.

In addition to this clever concept being implemented into more house designs, condos and office spaces are using it, too.

Which home design trends appeal to you?

Will any of these hot home design trends influence which home improvement project(s) you take on over the next couple of years?

If owning a finished garage you can be proud to show off to your neighbors is at the top of your list of remodeling projects, let Garage Living help you achieve your goal.

Schedule a free design consultation with us today.

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Garage Living Designer Series: Exclusive Garage Designs

The garage makeover process varies widely for each one of our clients.

Some start their journey with a clear, concise idea of what they want their garage to look and function like.

Others may have a general idea of the aesthetic they’re looking for with their garage. Many of Garage Living’s clients come to us with very little knowledge of what modern garage décor and storage options are available.

Regardless of how fully formed the vision for their remodeled garage is, the goal of anyone enlisting the services of a trusted garage professional is the same – they all want to transform their garage’s appearance into something truly special.

To simplify the process of designing your garage, we’re pleased to introduce the Garage Living Designer Series. It’s a collection of exclusive garage designs inspired by and created for you.

2 red Ferraris parked in a red-themed garage

Performance Designer Series

The inspiration behind the Garage Living Designer Series

Since 2005, Garage Living has completed thousands of garage makeovers across the U.S. and Canada.

All of that experience has shown us what works most effectively when it comes to designing garages (and what doesn’t work). It’s also given us a lot of insight and expertise into what homeowners are looking for when putting their garage redesign together.

For this reason – and because we know not everybody has the time or inclination to fully research their garage décor options – Garage Living has produced seven custom Designer Series themes.

A different dynamic color theme is featured in each Designer Series that infuses a distinct, cohesive aesthetic to any garage.

Each Designer Series garage has its own design board that shapes the product and color palette selection. A design board is also known as a mood board or concept board and provides an arrangement of inspiring images that tell a unique narrative.

Design board showing paint swatches, various slatwall panel colors, textures, and materials

Design board showing paint swatches, slatwall colors, flooring color, textures, and cabinetry colors – Performance Design Series.

Why the Designer Series helps anyone planning a garage makeover

There can be a lot of decisions to make when planning a top-to-bottom makeover of your garage.

The Designer Series saves our clients time by simplifying the design process, providing a focussed starting point with contemporary garage themes.

These carefully curated, pre-packaged complementary color and product combinations conveniently bring the vision of your “future garage” into sharp focus.

While each Designer Series helps guide you through the design process, you’re not strictly limited to the colors and products recommended in each Series.

Customization and design flexibility is a hallmark of Garage Living. We will work with you to make adjustments to your garage’s design and address any secondary needs you may have.

Which Designer Series is right for your garage?

Let’s briefly summarize the highlights and features of each Garage Living Designer Series so you can get a better idea of which one may work best for your needs.

Harbor

blue car parked in garageThe Harbor Designer Series takes its inspiration from the world’s most popular color – blue.

Good things come in blue. The sighting of blue jays, freshly picked blueberries, and the allure of blue eyes. Blue is the essence of inspiration and beauty. It can evoke images that calm and relax us, or stir our spirit, creating renewed energy. 

Harbor features nautical colors that conjure feelings of peace, tranquility, and organization. It was the perfect visual concept for one of our clients who chose it as the theme for the garage at their weekend getaway in a lakeside resort community.

Midnight

White Porsche in grey and white themed garage.

You don’t collect cars, you curate luxury. Every vehicle you choose is a refined choice. Like vintage wine, where you keep it should look as finely crafted as what you select.

If these things resonate with you, the Midnight Designer Series may be just what you’ve been looking for when it comes to your garage’s look.

Midnight is an engaging combination of black, grey, and white shades, emphasizing a sense of elegance and simplicity that projects a modern, sophisticated aesthetic.

Midnight provides an alluring place to start and end your next great journey, creating a one-of-a-kind showplace that is an extension of your style.  

Carbon

Charcoal grey Merceds parked in custom garage with dark decor.

Greys are increasing in popularity in the realm of interior design and feature prominently in the Carbon Designer Series.

Carbon is a transitional and timeless blend of grey and black, creating a balanced, finely honed garage look that’s strong and sophisticated.

Carbon provides a brilliant, rock-solid palette that can take center stage in showing off your garage interior. It’s equally capable of receding into the perfect, tasteful backdrop for your star vehicles. 

Barn Board

Jeep SUV in a barn board inspired custom garage.

The Barn Board Designer Series from Garage Living is earthy, warm and natural. Just like you. Just like your home. It’s easy on the eyes, comfortable, and perfectly expresses your style.

Barn Board brings a modern approach to farmhouse-inspired design with warm expressions, distressed wood, and inviting neutrals to form a comforting, grounded experience.

Patriot

Blue Mustang Shelby with white racing stripe in blue and white designer garage.You’re not afraid to show your true colors. You wear your pride like a favorite pair of jeans that are dependable and reliable, just like the cars you choose to drive.

The Patriot Designer Series features a traditional blue, white, and grey color palette that creates a visually stunning yet comforting home space that is a reflection of your values.

Performance

The Performance Designer Series says you’re not afraid to make a statement, especially when that statement honors your love of speed and the finer details when it comes to your cars and where you park them.

The dynamic Performance series is ideal for the consumer whose automotive choices are top-level and engineered with precision and distinction.

Performance captures an adventurous spirit that’s anything but standard, delivering a lasting impression with its bold color palette. 

Tudor

Green sportswear in a green-themed garage.

The inspiration behind the Tudor Designer Series comes from the iconic green color that originates with the birth of the UK motor racing scene.

The finest racing cars from Bentley to Bugatti and Lotus have sported the distinct British Racing Green shade racing in the Le Mans, Grand Prix, and Formula One. So why not bring a hint of racing green home? 

Tudor is a fusion of passion and tradition, where green, white, grey, and neutrals come together to produce a contemporary look.

Tudor Green is also the newest exclusive Floortex™ floor coating color available from Garage Living.

Learn more about the Garage Living Designer Series

To assist in your decision-making process and to learn more about the Garage Living Designer Series, you can download a PDF brochure from the link on each series page.

We encourage you to visit your local Garage Living showroom to view samples of the Designer Series. Please don’t hesitate to ask our professionals any questions you may have about a particular series or anything else related to garage makeovers.

You can also schedule a free design consultation with Garage Living at your convenience. 

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9 of the Best 2020 Luxury Cars We’re Excited About

Garage Living is all about transforming the garages of our clients into highly functional spaces that look incredible.

As a company with a keen eye for stylish design and high-end aesthetics, we’re always interested in the newest luxury vehicles some of our clients might one day be parking in their new garages.

Recent years have seen a boom in the sales of luxury vehicles worldwide, with especially strong showings in the U.S. and Canada.

Considering the strong economies in both countries and the innovative and stunning models that auto manufacturers keep producing, it’s no wonder luxury vehicles are being parked in more and more garages. 

9 of the best 2020 luxury cars to look out for

2020 has no shortage of amazing luxury vehicles to get excited about.

Our list, which isn’t in any particular order, focusses on some of the standout models that have been highly rated by respected automotive journalists. Canadian prices (CAD) are in parentheses.

Take a look at some of the best 2020 luxury cars available right now that add a major “wow factor” to any garage!

1. Lexus LC 500

2020 Lexus LC 500

Consumer Reports named Lexus the most reliable automaker for 2020, not just for luxury vehicles but the entire auto industry. That was based on exhaustive data collected on more than 400,000 vehicles manufactured from 2000-2019. We’re not surprised considering Lexus is a subsidiary of Toyota, a perennial leader in automotive reliability.

The LC 500 makes our list of the best 2020 luxury cars because…well, just look at that photo above! What’s not to love about that sleek front end, burly V8 engine (pushing 471 hp on the standard model), and exquisite interior?

Lexus’ flagship coupe is available in four different versions:

  • LC 500 standard model
  • LC 500h hybrid
  • LC 500 convertible
  • LC Inspiration Series (limited to just 100 cars)

Starting from: $92,950 ($103,450 CAD)

2. Porsche Taycan

2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo best luxury cars

The Taycan (pronounced tie-kahn) was unveiled as a concept vehicle in 2015 and the first fully electric Porsche has finally made its way to market, making quite the first impression in the process. Automobile magazine named it their 2020 Design of the Year.

The car’s name, roughly translated, means “soul of a spirited young horse”, which seems quite fitting. It aligns nicely with the horse featured on Porsche’s iconic logo and reflects the serious horsepower lying beneath the hood. 

The baseline 4S model delivers 522 hp (up to 563 hp with a bigger battery), the Turbo has 670 hp, and the Turbo S packs a whopping 750 hp.

The premium electric vehicle features front and rear electric motors providing all-wheel drive and an 800-volt electrical system that’s touted as having shorter recharge times. Car and Driver magazine expects that the Turbo S model’s driving range will be around 225 miles (362 km), while the Turbo model should be around 270 miles (434 km).

Starting from: $103,800 ($119,400 CAD)

3. Audi R8

2020 Audi R8 luxury car

Available in coupe and convertible versions (the latter is called the Spyder), the Audi R8 was praised by Car and Driver for its “head-turning styling, minimalist cabin, and a V-10 engine that sings’’.

That 10-cylinder engine is the same one the Lamborghini Huracán uses, so you know it’s no slouch in the speed department. The standard model of the vehicle runs at 562 hp and the Performance model of the coupe and convertible pushes 602 hp, with “neck-snapping acceleration”, as Car and Driver puts it.

View a gallery that shows how the color of the Audi R8 of one of our clients influenced the color scheme for his garage makeover. 

Starting from: $169,900 ($188,400 CAD)

4. Corvette ZR1

Corvette ZR1 luxury car

As Corvette manufacturer Chevrolet boasts, “The ZR1 has returned to the throne to push the Corvette legacy to its highest point ever. It’s a supercar that’s at once luxurious and overwhelmingly capable, delivering the icon’s fastest, most powerful, most advanced performance in a production Corvette to date. Drivers, hail the new King.”

Look beyond the standard automaker marketing hyperbole, however, and you’ll find an impressive luxury sports car whose 2019 model was named Road and Track magazine’s Performance Car of The Year. That model achieved a top track speed of 212 mph, making it the fastest production Corvette ever.

The supercharged V-8 engine can go 0-60 in just 2.85 seconds and tops out at 755 hp. You can even control the volume of the car with a new exhaust system with four different sound profiles, ranging from the in-your-face Track setting to the quiet-as-a-mouse Stealth setting.

Starting from: $123,000 ($138,595 CAD)

5. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz S-Class best luxury cars

Mercedes-Benz is the leader in luxury vehicle sales both in the U.S. and globally. The flagship S-Class is a big reason for that and is a longstanding favorite of luxury car buyers. 

Trusted automotive resource Edmunds named the 2019 S-Class the winner of their Buyers Most Wanted Luxury Large Car award. Car and Driver heralded the 2020 S-Class for its “flawless fit and finish inside and out, creamy-smooth engines, and a distinguished on-road presence” and Carbuzz.com says the sedan “still manages to set the bar for virtually every other competitor at this premium end of the market” in its review.

The full-sized luxury sedan has a spacious interior loaded with the latest car infotainment tech and premium options like a 360° camera system. Extras also include semi-autonomous driving and seats that can do almost everything except drive the car itself (well, not quite…they do have ventilation, heating, and massage capabilities, though).

New for 2020 is a hybrid model (the S 560e), which joins the sedan, coupe, and convertible S-Class models.

Starting from: $95,000 (109,000 CAD)

6. Tesla Model S 

2020 Tesla Model S best luxury cars

If Google searches are any indication, the Tesla Model S is the second-most wanted electric vehicle in the world, trailing only Tesla’s Model 3 (according to data from MotoringResearch.com). 

We do know it has been the best-selling large luxury car in the U.S. and Canada in 2018 and 2019. Not bad for a model that only launched eight years ago.

Other auto manufacturers are trying to catch up to Tesla’s industry-leading electric vehicle driving range. The latest Model S has an impressive 373 mile (600 km) driving range and an acceleration speed of 0-60 in only 2.6 seconds.

The newly launched Taycan is a direct competitor to the Model S, as Porsche tries to cater to car buyers seeking luxury, high-performance, and more eco-friendly transportation.   

Starting from: $85,000 ($113,600 CAD)

7. BMW 7 Series

2020 BMW 7 Series

One of the world’s most popular luxury brands gives its flagship luxury sedan a few relatively minor updates for 2020. Notably, BMW’s 7 Series luxury car gets new headlights and taillights, reworked powertrains, updated infotainment tech, and a refresh of its hybrid model (with the 745e replacing the 740e). 

AutoBlog.com’s review of the 7 Series raved about how “nearly every technological, engineering and performance trick up BMW’s sleeve can be found in this car, making it one of the most sophisticated and advanced vehicles on the road today”.

The in-your-face front grille is fairly divisive amongst some BMW enthusiasts and auto journalists (TopGear.com’s review called it “hilariously, unforgivably ugly”), but the 7 Series remains one of the world’s best-selling large luxury cars for a good reason.

Starting from: $103,645  ($119,800 CAD)

8. Polestar 1

2020 Polestar 1 best luxury cars

Polestar is a rather unknown auto brand here in North America. The company was founded in 1996 and built its reputation as a team on the European racing circuit. Volvo purchased them in 2015 and two years later Polestar’s first high-end electric performance cars hit the market. 

We thought the exciting Polestar 1 was a good under-the-radar pick for our list of the best 2020 luxury cars. Driving.ca said the built-in-China zero-emissions vehicle “may not just be the best EV on the market today but possibly the best luxury gran turismo”. 

The plug-in hybrid coupe features two rear electric motors and another electric motor under the hood that can combine for a powerful 600 hp. Polestar says the 1 delivers the best electric-only range of any hybrid car on the market.

As in previous years, the production run of the vehicle is limited to 500 units.

Starting from: $155,000 ($208,950 CAD)

9. Porsche 911 Carrera S

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Sure, it’s another Porsche on our list, but it’s the iconic 911 Carrera S. Porsche has eight different models of one of the most well-known sports cars in the world on offer for 2020, ranging from the baseline Carrera coupe up to the Carrera 4S Cabriolet.

We love the Carrera S for its sleek looks, luxurious leather interior, cutting-edge amenities, and incredible handling. And then there’s that legendary power of the car, which has a top track speed of 191 mph, does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, and has a 443 hp engine.

Since the 2020 911 Carrera S was unveiled, the accolades have been rolling in, with Motor Trend naming it one of their finalists for 2020 Car of the Year.

Starting from: $113,300 ($120,000 CAD)

For the best 2020 luxury cars, only the finest parking space will do

Any of the best 2020 luxury cars listed here need something more than a drab, outdated garage space to call home for the coming years.

If you appreciate the beauty of a luxury car, you owe it to yourself to park your vehicles in a luxury garage that’s befitting of the high-end looks of your four-wheeled investments.

audi r8 luxury car

An Audi R8 parked in the remodeled garage of one of our clients.

Garage Living specializes in designing garages that give homeowners ample storage space that’s easy-to-manage, as well as showpiece garages you’ll be proud to show off.

Take your first step towards parking your vehicles in a gorgeous space that gives you the feeling of luxury the moment you arrive home. Schedule a complimentary design consultation with us today.

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