Whether you have a brand new car or a vintage ride that you have purchased as an investment, a durable car cover will keep your vehicle looking its very best. There are a number of questions you will ask yourself once you decide to buy a car cover. It is important to consider where you live and the conditions that your car, truck or SUV will endure on a regular basis when choosing a car cover.
What Do I Want To Protect My Car From?
Water: While rain is great for plants, it can be trouble for your vehicle. Your vehicle is prone to rust when exposed to the rain for long periods of time. Acid rain and snow can also cause your car's finish to rapidly deteriorate. Extremely cold weather places pressure on your car's surface, causing scratches and dents.
Sunlight/UV Rays: The sun and high temperatures damage the inside and outside of your vehicle. UV rays cause paint to fade and chip. Temperatures inside of vehicles can exceed the outside temperature by over 30° on a sunny day. Not only is it uncomfortable for you to get into, it is also damaging to your interior.
Dust: Over time, dust particles can settle into your car's paint and cause tiny nicks and scratches. Those small imperfections can ruin a finish and result in paint chipping off the car's body.
What Type of Car Cover Does My Car Need?
Outdoor: Some car cover types are designed to protect your car, truck or SUV from all elements, from snow and ice to dust and sand. Fabric made from layers of Endura Plus™ make for a durable outdoor car cover. Endura Plus™ provides superior breathability and all-weather protection, including thorough UV protection and high water resistance.The extra thick material provides maximum strength and protection.
Indoor: If you park your vehicle in a garage and want a light-weight automobile car cover that will protect your vehicle from dust, dirt and other elements, an indoor car cover is probably right for you. Indoor car covers are the least expensive of the car cover types as they provide basic protection for your vehicle.
UV Resistance: If you live in a sunny state, such as Arizona, California, Texas or Florida, sun protection will likely be your main concern as you shop for a vehicle cover. Look for a car cover that is made from DuPont Tyvek™ material, which is the same material used in home construction. DuPont Tyvek™ will keep your vehicle cool and clean by offering 99.8% solar efficiency.
Waterproof: A waterproof car cover is a good choice for you if you want a car cover that will protect your vehicle from rain and elements other than water, such as dust, snow, and pollen. Look for a cover made with SFS material because it has an inner layer of microfilm that is waterproof, but also breathable to prevent mold and mildew damage.
Should I Choose A Custom Or Semi-Custom Car Cover?
It is important to keep your car in the best shape possible, whether it's brand new, a classic or somewhere in between. Car covers are a great way to prevent and protect vehicles from the elements and other potential dangers. Choosing a semi-custom car cover provides the same protection as custom covers, at half the price. Custom car covers are uniquely fitted to the specific make, model and year of a vehicle, which can make them more aesthetically pleasing. Pockets for side mirrors may look like a perfect fit, but overtime the material that rests on the side mirrors will begin to stretch and deteriorate. An additional benefit for choosing a Semi-custom car cover is that they often have a longer warranty because they are less prone to wear and tear.
In the long run, damage prevention is cheaper and easier than repairing damage. A car cover is a simple, protective solution against multiple elements. Protect your vehicle and wallet by choosing the right semi-custom car cover for your needs.
Published Dec 7th, 2015
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