Your car is always a target for a wide range of damaging factors, regardless if it is parked inside or outside. A car cover can be the answer you need when it comes to protecting your car from the elements, bird droppings, pollen and accidental scratches.
A car cover can deter potential thieves, who will be reluctant to work their way inside your car. Moreover, some cars become a sitting target for criminals due to their brand, which is hidden by a car cover. Buying a car cover is not a decision to be made on a rush, so here are five things to consider when buying such an item.
Custom fit or universal fit
There are many different categories of car covers, one of them being related to how they fit to the car. There are universal fit covers and custom fit covers. The latter are made to fit your car’s make and model, so they have pockets for mirrors and spoilers. On the other hand, universal fit covers, which are cheaper, are made to fit multiple cars with the same average size. This might become a disadvantage, if the cover is too tight or too loose.
Covering the entire car or part of it
When you start searching for car covers you need to know if you want to cover the entire car or only part of it. There are full covers, truck cab covers, truck bed covers, hardtop, snow shields and convertibles. For example, if you want to protect your truck cab from snow, you need a truck bed cover, which leaves the rest of the car exposed.
Indoor or outdoor
Depending on where you park your car, there are indoor and outdoor covers. There are also indoor-outdoor covers. The outdoor only car cover is designed to offer protection against the outdoor factors, like tree sap, pollen, branches, bird droppings and UV rays. An indoor only car cover protects the car from dust, dings and humidity. An indoor-outdoor car cover is a mix between the other two types.
What type of protection do you need?
Depending on where you live, you want to base your buying decision on the weather. For example, in Florida you want to protect the car from overheating and UV rays, while in Seattle you want to protect it from rain. You can choose between car covers especially designed to provide protection against sun, rain, snow, dust or scratches.
When you want to protect a new car or a classic car, you need a cover with an inner soft layer. Depending on its specifications, there are various levels of softness to choose from, categorized based on all the other specifications in this list. The best and better inner softness car covers are usually thicker and designed for indoor use, while those labeled as good or minimal are labeled for outdoor use.