IT'S BEST TO SHIELD CARS FROM SUN, IF POSSIBLE

BY TOM AND RAY MAGLIOZZI Modified: July 13, 2012 at 11:40 am •  Published: July 13, 2012
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RAY: A permanent carport definitely is the best solution, Elizabeth. But I'd actually recommend that you start with something temporary. Why? Because Tucson's a beautiful place, but after you spend a furnacelike summer there, you might change your mind about the "and all future summers" part. So you may not want to spend the money on a full-scale construction project until you're sure you're going to return year after year, rather than flee and spend your summers in Juneau, Alaska.

TOM: But if you do go for the temporary carport, be sure to write your name and address on it, so when it blows away in one of Tucson's summer monsoons, your neighbors can return it. Good luck, you guys.

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