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What is the Best Car Cover for My Car?


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Some of the main "rules of thumb" when talking about car covers are really nothing more than common sense. As a sports car owner myself, this is something that has been talked about to death on our forums as well. Here's what I tell people based on my perspective of protecting the paint and purchasing the exact cover that fits your needs.

 

 

 

1. All car covers are NOT the same.

 

Duh, you say! You get what you pay for, but the price of the cover IS NOT what should totally influence your decision. Do the research. There is cutting edge technology out today that makes some covers much better than others. With that said, the best cover in the world may not be the best cover for you. You don't want to pay for technology that you will not be using. Ask yourself the following, "Is it for indoor storage only, occasional outdoor use, everyday use, long term storage?" Don't pay for an indoor cover with dust repellent technology and UV protection if your garage has no windows. UV damage is not a concern for you. Pay only for what you need. You can get car covers today as customized as the car you just bought.

 

 

2. Buy the cover that fits your needs.

 

A superb indoor cover is made exactly for that use. A superb outdoor cover is made exactly for that use. Don't take a cover made for the garage and use it outdoors. Don't take a cover that is made for outdoors and sunshine only, and use it in the rain or snow. Covers are now customized for the climates that people live in and thus, an excellent outdoor cover for someone in Boston, MA may not be suitable as an outdoor cover for someone living in Tuscon, AZ. A cover for a car near the ocean may not be ideal for someone in Fargo, ND. Buy the correct cover for not only the indoor/outdoor use it will see, but the climate that you will be exposing it to.

 

Also, understand the wording that describes your car cover's purpose. Water repellent is NOT the same thing as water proof. A cheap car cover will be water proof. It will not allow water to get to your car, but it will also trap moisture under the cover. As you all know, this can cause stuff to rust and create mold and mildew, which will drastically kill the value of your car and make it a hell hole to drive for those of you with allergies (like me). A water repellent cover will keep water off the car, but still allow the cover to breath. These covers understandably cost more, but you get what you pay for in this instance.

 

Another thing that people never talk about is drying time. If you are on the road and it has rained, you want to have a cover that dries as quick as possible so that you are not sticking a wet cover into the trunk of your car. Again, the last thing you want to deal with is mold and mildew. Various covers have different drying times and this can be a very important consideration if you are on the road.

 

 

3. Care for your cover - it's a science.

 

I bought a gorgeous blanket for my king sized bed once that cost almost $200. I didn't find out until weeks later that it could only be dry cleaned instead of washed. Had I known that, I might not have bought it. You can imagine what it cost to dry clean a king sized, embroidered blanket.

 

This is something that you need to consider when purchasing your cover. The cleaning instructions are very explicit and not following them can lead to the failure of your car cover, as well as you having your cover's warranty voided. If you are not going to be able to care for your cover correctly, maybe that's not the cover for you. Better yet, ensure that you can care for the cover you choose to purchase.

 

 

4. Warranties - they vary from cover to cover and manufacturers.

 

You will quickly find out that a quality cover will have a much better warranty than a cheap one. There is a reason you are spending that kind of money. Let your fingers do the walking and call the manufacturer. Have them not only explain what is covered with their warranty, have them also point you to the location on the web where this information is posted because hey, anyone can say anything but writing hold up in court. If it is not posted, have them email you a copy of their warranty. Steer clear of anyone who can't or is not willing to do so.

 

 

5. Treat your cover as you do your paint.

 

I use my California Duster to wipe my cover down BEFORE I remove it. After all, all that dust that would have been sitting on your car is now sitting on your cover. My cover allows for that and you should check with your cover's manufacturer to see if you can do the same. You do not want to constantly fold that dirt up in the cover because that side of the cover could come in contact with the car's paint. At that point, it's a big ol' sheet of super light sandpaper. Not a good scenario. It also keeps the cover clean as enough dirt can cause a cover to fail. This is especially true with covers that "breath".

 

You don't stack stuff on top of your car's paint so don't make this a practice with your car cover either. Just because your car is covered doesn't mean you can now loose your mind and start treating it like it is wearing body armor.

 

 

When to use a cover - the most important information you need to know.

 

Here is the perfect scenario for using a car cover. You have just washed the car and it is spotless. At that point, cover it. If you drive the car, it is no longer clean, period. If you leave it sitting outside for a few hours, it is no longer clean. If you leave it in the garage overnight, it is not clean unless you have some kind of dust filtration system in your garage. Other than someone like Jay Leno, I can't think of anyone who wouls have such a setup. Thus, only after a wash is when you should be covering the car, especially black car owners. The only thing you do by covering a dusty or dirty car is:

 

a) Dirty up the car cover (the part you DO NOT want dirty).

B) Grind that dirt into the paint.

 

Not good choices my friends.

 

So as you can see, your cover will not get a lot of use unless you are anal enough to constantly care for your paint. For me, it's on a car that may sit for a week at a time because it is not my daily driver. Thus, I can uncover a clean car, drive it, wash it again and cover it until the next episode. Add to that I'm a bachelor and have nothing better to do than take care of my car. For you folks with a family life, I feel your pain!

 

So there you have it, everything you need to consider when choosing a car cover. I will offer this tad bit of info. Car covers made in the USA definitely have their advantage but even those are not equal. As for my personal preference (for what it's worth), I prefer a cover made by the American company Covercraft because they have been making covers since the 60's and their selection is WIDE. I feel that gives them a little experience in this department. Their two plants that actually make the covers are located in the US. They have a third plant in Mexico but that plant mass produces high volume accessory items and does not make any custom covers. All custom car covers are made in the two U.S. facilities.

 

Here is the Covercraft Fabric Guide that you will find very useful in deciding which cover best fits your needs.

 

That's the Junkman's take on car covers. Your eyes are probably bleeding from all this reading but at least you are now armed with the knowledge to make a well informed purchase. :thumbsup:

 

The Junkman

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Awesome write-up. Mine is covered right now and will be for 5 days of rain. Washed it and waxed it then covered immediately. Only concern is condition of my cover. Had it a year and am sure it has gotten dust on the wrong side. I never cleaned it before removing. Will have to keep my Cal Duster somewhere besides in the trunk for easy use.

Looking for cover care instructions now...

Thanks AJ

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I use my California Duster to wipe my cover down BEFORE I remove it.

:bow::bow: Will you come clean my house??

 

 

We do not own any car covers. The only thing covering our Vettes right now is the garage.

 

With that being said...I know there is a layer of dust over both of them from sitting in there since last November. :willy::willy::willy:

 

I need to invest in some covers.

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:bow::bow: Will you come clean my house??

 

 

We do not own any car covers. The only thing covering our Vettes right now is the garage.

 

With that being said...I know there is a layer of dust over both of them from sitting in there since last November. :willy::willy::willy:

 

I need to invest in some covers.

Yes you do, especially if your cars sit all winter. Dust sitting on my Thunderbird, plus the fact that I used the California Duster wrong, almost ruined the paint. Took me the better part of 2 days with a clay bar to get it smooth again.

 

Junkman,

Great advice on dusting the cover off before removing it:thumbsup:

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Just found this thread and of course my car cover gets delivered today so I was a bit worried - looks like I got lucky though, I ordered a custom fit one from Car Covers Direct and they use CoverCraft - I got the Noah and plan to put it on my '78 280Z - glad I read this write up because I would've just thrown it on the car today without cleaning it all up first.

 

Great write-up!

 

EDIT 4/25/2010 - cover is now on the car after a detailing on the 280Z today - really nice cover, great fit, seems to function real well because it rained this evening but the underside of the car stayed dry - let's see how this thing holds up to the Florida sun. :)

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Nice thread Junkman.

I live in the UK, but dont have a garage just a driveway, so reading this was really helpful, as far as care of the cover is concerned.

I'm awaiting mine ATM it has a nice cotton backing, so it's soft on the paintwork.

Only thing that worries me is although it has ties whats it gonna be like when the winds get going.

 

BTW I just gotta say this, it's really you that has got me into detailing as a hobby your vids are the best I have seen, and I have watched loads, so thanks for all that great info, and the really easy step by step way you do it.:2thumbs:

 

Next you should do a film ;).

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Great info, thanks. I am thinking of looking into an indoor cover for the Pontiac. When I ordered the vette I ordered the outdoor cover from the factory with it.

It's gonna kill me to be leaving the Vette outdoors mostly, but the Pontiac is black and rarer. I'm hoping to rent some garage space somewhere this winter for newer car.

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I've said this before, but I have a dust cover and a winter cover. The mrs. bought two super soft flat fleece sheets and sewed them together at the ends. Cut a hole in one end for the antenna and I cover the Vette once it's clean and dry. Keeps the dust off till I 'm ready to drive it. Then in the winter, I leave it on as a soft barrier between the car's paint and the heavy cover. Works for me.

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Great info, thanks. I am thinking of looking into an indoor cover for the Pontiac. When I ordered the vette I ordered the outdoor cover from the factory with it.

It's gonna kill me to be leaving the Vette outdoors mostly, but the Pontiac is black and rarer. I'm hoping to rent some garage space somewhere this winter for newer car.

 

You're parking the Vette outdoors?

 

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:jester::D

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I have had tremendous success with covers from California Car Cover Company. I bought a cover for my last show truck. It was a custom fit in/out combo so I could use it at shows and at home. It was GREAT! I sold it with the truck, but if I need a new cover down the road, I will be getting one from them again. Just my .02;)

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