Making it to the top of the list is the Leader Accessories Car Cover – a high-grade universal fit protective layer designed for all types of cars. Crafted and designed from superior quality eco-friendly fabric with air holes, it offers optimum breathability and is resistant to moisture. Ideal for indoor and outdoor use, this car cover offers protection against dirt, dust, sand, leaves, bird droppings, and harmful UV rays. Thanks to its strong buckles and straps at the base of the cover, it helps keep the cover on even during the strongest gusts of wind. For a custom snug fit, the cover features a durable elastic hem at the bottom that goes around the car perfectly to give you full protection.
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What To Look For In A Car Cover
If you live in an area where there is a high possibility that dust, dirt, and pollen might set upon your car, then you should definitely consider investing in a car cover if you haven’t already. Now, it needs to be said that it isn’t just the people who park their cars outside that employ car covers but also a big number of people who cover up the car whilst inside the garage. You may not see them, but dust particles are everywhere and they have the potential to seriously damage your car’s paint job unless you do something about it. With that in mind, let us find out what characteristics to look for when buying a car cover and what exactly to avoid.
Types Of Car Covers
For the most part, car covers come in three different sizing categories – universal, ready-fit, and custom-fit, each with their own particularities. While universal car covers are designed to approximate the shape of an average car, they lack the tightness that’s sometimes required to ensure that your car is protected from the elements. With ready-fit covers, you get a slightly better version of universal covers, in the sense that they are built to match the type of vehicle in regards to the overall shape. Custom-fit covers, as you might have guessed, are usually designed to meet the exact specifications of whatever car you own.
- Universal Car Covers – These types of car covers are made to fit most of the common car models out there, be them small, medium, or large vehicles. Perhaps the greatest benefit these covers provide is the inexpensive purchase price, which recommends them as the ideal purchase for anyone who only wants a temporary solution for their car-covering needs. Bear in mind that these particular covers are usually rather loose and that you may want to improvise a way to make them fit your specific car.
- Ready-fit Car Covers – A ready-fit cover, unlike the universal model, is cut to match the type of vehicle that you own. This doesn’t refer to the exact car that you have but rather to the general form of the vehicle (hatchback, pickup, van, SUV, etc). It should be said that these covers may have their drawbacks but they can be expected to deliver a much tighter fit than universal covers. Not just that but they are also widespread and easy to come by, meaning that you won’t have to wait around for an exact fit if all you want is a quick cover.
- Custom-fit Car Covers – As the name would suggest, these covers are custom-fit to match your exact car to the last detail. A bit harder to come by, these covers provide a perfect fit for your vehicle and deliver the highest possible standard of protection. The only real issue with these covers is that custom-made designs usually require that you wait around for a while until the cover is built. This may vary between a couple of weeks to a couple of months depending on the manufacturer.
- Indoor Car Covers – Regardless of the fit type, you also have to consider whether you want an indoor-only cover or a more versatile model. With indoor car covers, you get the type of cover you can use to cover your car when parked inside a garage, shop, or other covered parking area. The main purpose of this cover isn’t just to protect the car against the elements but also to safeguard it against physical threats that might end up causing damage to the paint job or to the structural integrity of the car itself.
- Outdoor Car Covers – This particular cover is intended for cars that are commonly parked outside. As such, their main goal is to protect the car against not only dust and rain but also pollen and whatever impurities the wind might blow over. For the most part, these covers are water-repellant yet breathable enough to avoid condensation underneath the cover. It needs to be said that most of these covers are crafted with multiple layers to keep out impurities and to also provide a reasonable standard of UV and thermal protection.
- Car Capsule Covers – These types of covers are inflatable by design and made to wrap up the car in a nice bubble of sorts. Sometimes referred to as ‘capsules’, these covers are built out of plastic inflatable components that have the purpose of encapsulating the whole car in a tight fit. Perhaps the main benefit of these types of covers is the near-perfect seal they provide when compared to most of the standardized car covers the market has to offer.
One should also consider the construction of a car cover, mainly the textile materials used in its making. Many manufacturers employ fabric-synthetic microfibers because of how sturdy and durable they are but also for their water-repellent properties. Others use cotton for its smooth and lightweight properties, a design that’s pretty much perfect for indoor use. Bear in mind, however, that the choice usually comes down to location, mainly if you plan on parking the car outside or inside a garage or covered parking area.
A decent car cover should protect your vehicle not only from UV rays but also from heat and rain. At the same time, the cover needs to insulate your car against snow and ice if you live in a particularly cold area, which isn’t exactly a standard you can expect from low-end car covers. You will find that good covers also safeguard the car against hail, dust, and dirt, as well as providing a sturdy barrier against physical scratches and bird droppings.
Last but not least, we should point out that the lining is very important for a car cover, as it determines how softly it will wrap up the car when you put the cover on. It is therefore important that you choose a cover with a soft lining, preferably one that’s made out of fleece, polypropylene fabric, microfiber, or woven nylon. On a related note, try to look for a car cover that’s advertised as being gentle on the paint job for obvious reasons.