How To Choose a Car Cover

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When storing your car, cover choice can mean the difference between preservation and deterioration of your cars exterior.

Regardless of whether you are storing your car inside or outside make sure its paint is clayed, waxed, and washed. Also make sure it is free of dust before you cover it. Any sediment or irritant that gets between the paint’s finish and the cover can scratch and cause damage over time to the clear coat.

If you are storing your car inside and have some money to spend, I would recommend a semi custom or custom flannel car cover. Flannel will stay fixed in one place because of its weight. It will also protect against dings and dents.

If you want a budget option, a cotton or polyester cover will work. Again, make sure the surface of the paint is free of dust and dirt, otherwise you risk scratching the paint with harsher cover fibers mixed with movement of the cover.

If you plan to store your car outside for extended periods an acrylic car cover is a great choice. They don’t fade or deteriorate in the sun and allow the car to stay cool in and out. The downside is that they are expensive.

A budget solution for this is to use a tarp combined with a car cover. First, put the cover on the car, then use a blue or brown tarp and place it over the car cover. Finally use bungees to secure the tarp (2 or 3 should do it).

While this whole process can seem expensive and time consuming, it is probable one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to protect your 4-wheeled asset over the years.

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