A frozen car in Yakutsk

A frozen car stuck in the ice. Yakutsk, Yakutia/Siberia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Actually this car wasn’t frozen accidently. Its owner got it frozen for winter intentionally. Reasons are various. First, if the car is used the whole winter, it could work a short period of time only. Second, to have a warm, heated garage is relatively expensive. Such a garage in downtown may cost approx. 1,000,000 rubles (~33,000USD). A month heated garage rent cost ~300 USD. Third, a car consumes in cold weather more fuel than in summer, and one litre is sold here at the price of ~1 USD

But keeping a car frozen might be risky. In the course of the long winter, from the mid October till the end of April, anything unpleasant can happen to a loved vehicle. Like flooding as a result of water supply pipes leakage.

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