Carports can protect your vehicle in any weather condition and prolong the life and value of your assets. A carport is an open-sided, roofed structure that stores at least one parked car, van, truck, boat, trailer, golf cart or caravan. Carports differ from garages in that the sides are open rather than walled. However, you could opt to have garage doors and sides installed to provide maximum protection for your vehicle at a fraction of the cost of a conventional garage.