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Car Cover Buyers Guide

Car Cover Buyers Guide


Hey guys Greg from CARiD.com and I am back in the shop with you today to talk about car covers. But more specifically my goal is to take you
through everything that you need to know when it comes down to shopping for one. So, let’s be honest with each other, you
don’t just WANT a car cover you NEED a car cover. And because there are so many different hazards
that can damage your car, we’re going to give you every bit of information possible
so by the end of today you are going to know everything about car covers. Now we’re also going to be showcasing 20
plus covers by industry leaders like Coverking and Covercraft. But the covers that we feature are just a
sample our extensive inventory. CARiD.com is your one stop shop, we stock
it all, and that’s why we’re able to give you the information that you need to make
the right decision. So here is a quick summary of today’s agenda. We’re going to start with explaining the
key differences of indoor and outdoor covers, and the most important protection qualities
they need to possess for each environment. Then we get into some soggy issues, specifically
what you need to know about protecting your car from rain and snow. Then we transition to the opposite end of
the spectrum blistering heat from the sun and UV rays. Up next it will be all about keeping that
film of dust and dirt off your clear coat. Then we consider what’s needed to prevent
dings and dents from the inevitable garage accident. Following our protection categories, we then
explain why it’s so important for a cover to breath. Then we explain what it takes to ensure you
have a soft inner liner to pamper that paint job. And after all that we wrap everything up explaining
the main differences between universal and custom fit covers. So, go ahead strap in because we are going
for a ride and when we reach our destination you are going to have the perfect car cover,
not only for you but your car. Alright so the first thing that you need to
figure out is where you plan to store your car and ultimately use your cover. Now there are 3 main usages types, outdoor,
indoor, and indoor/outdoor. Now if you want my opinion I think it just
boils down to just indoor, and indoor/outdoor. There is absolutely no reason why you can’t
use an outdoor cover indoors. But the most important thing to remember is
that both indoor and indoor/outdoor covers are going to have their strengths and weaknesses
when it comes down to protecting your vehicle. From bird dropping bombings, rain, snow, grass
clippings, dirt and dust, too even falling hazards in your own garage. Now depending on where you plan to store your
car these threats are going to vary so you need to choose a car cover that’s going
to be capable of protecting your car against the threats in your environment. Now let me go ahead and give you an example. Let’s say you’re already able to keep
your car inside your garage. You’re not really going to be concerned
with normal outdoor hazards like extreme weather, your more so worried about keeping it clean,
right? So the main factors that you need to be concerned
about if you are storing your car indoors are dust and dirt, inner liner softness, ding
protection, and breathability. And just remember no indoor cover will be
able to protect your car from outdoor weather hazards. So, if you do end up having to store your
car outside, even just occasionally, focus your search on outdoor covers only. Now speaking of outdoor covers, if you are
storing your car primarily outside the main categories you should be concerned with is
anything and everything that mother nature subjects your car to! Now again all of this will vary depending
on the climate that you live in, but you should already have a pretty good idea of what to
expect. Things like rain, snow, dust and dirt, powerful
UV rays from the sun, and breathability, are all things that you need to be mindful of
when storing your car outdoors. But so you can get a better idea of exactly
how a car covers can keep your car protected from all of these threats let’s go ahead
and get right into it and start explaining each protection category. Alright let’s get things started with one
of the main reasons that most people get a car cover and that’s wet nasty weather. A cover that’s exceptional in water protection
is crucial. Now all of you that live in rain saturated
areas like Florida and Louisiana, or high snow fall states like Alaska and Colorado
this category is important. Now I want to stress that most covers on the
market are not water proof but actually water resistant. But this is done for a good reason though,
it’s important for a car cover to breathe and not to trap moisture underneath it especially
on top of the paint. Now full waterproof covers will trap water
and damage paint so bottom line stay away from those. Now the level of how protective the cover
is against rain and snow all comes down to the layers of fabric. A basic single layer cover will do ok for
small time periods outdoors but over time it will just end up absorbing all that moisture
and it’s going to get through the cover. You’re going to find that the better the
cover is at protecting against water it usually has multiple layers to do so. At times, it may be even up to five layers
of densely woven microfiber material. Now this use of fine woven materials and dense
layers of fabric creates holes that are so small not even a drop of water can fit through
them! This design keeps water on top of the cover
and any excess moisture under the car is still able to evaporate. Alright so to keep your car dry, and car rust
free, here are three recommendations of covers that we offer that perform well in this category. Let’s start off with an entry level cover
this time it’s the Trigaurd cover from Coverking. The Trigaurd is an affordable outdoor cover
that’s rated at a 3 out of 5 in the rain protection category. This cover is a perfect solution for those
of you that need basic protection, without breaking the bank. Our middle of the road cover in this category
comes from Covercraft with the Ultra’tect. Once again you will pay a little more in price
but by doing so you get a cover with a 4 out of 5 rating in rain protection as well as
in inner liner softness and UV protection. But for a cover that provides so much protection
it’s like your car is stored indoors you got to check out Covercrafts Weathershield
HD. This cover is a serious heavy duty outdoor
cover with a full 5 out of 5 rating in rain protection. As always though, premium protection will
cost you premium prices, so for this cover be prepared to shell out more than average
for maximum protection. Ok so to sum up our rain protection category,
here are the key factors to remember. Look for car covers that uses, dense fabric,
fine woven fabric, and multiple layers of dense fine woven materials. If it’s a 4 out of 5 or better it will offer
exception rain protection. Alright let’s go ahead and turn up the heat
a little and talk about sun and UV ray protection. This category should be important to anyone
that is storing there car outside for an extended period, but especially for those of you that
live in the sunbelt. You know who exactly you are, places like
Nevada, Arizona and Southern California, these environments subject cars to serious sun damage. The sun can fade paint and clear coats, fade
interior fabric and plastics, and even cause plastic and rubber moldings to crack and dry
rot. Now when shopping for a cover that is exceptional
at blocking UV rays remember that material is everything. A standard car cover will certainly help and
be better than nothing. But what you really need is a cover that uses
polyester with the addition of special reflective properties, or a cover that incorporates the
use of acrylic fibers, which are naturally UV resistant. But now that you know what it takes for a
cover to be exceptional at protecting against UV rays, let me share with you three options
that we offer that excel in this category. Let’s start things off with the entry level
option the Coverking Silvergaurd outdoor cover. The Silvergaurd will provide you with excellent
UV ray protection and is rated 5 out of 5 in this category. But on top of that it’s also very effective
in the breathability category. All these features at an entry level car cover
price. A step up from that is the Coverkings Silvergaurd
Plus which will still give you a top rating of 5 out of 5 in the UV protection category. The biggest difference compared to the Silvergaurd
is its thicker material which allows it to excel in both inner liner softness as well
as ding protection. But if you’re looking for the true cream
of the crop it’s going to be Covercrafts Sunbrella. This cover is the best of the best when it
comes to UV protection with a 5 out of 5 rating but it’s also very strongly rated in rain,
inner liner softness, breathability and even ding protection! But because it excels so well in all categories
be prepared to shell out a few more dollars for this cover. Ok so to sum up our UV ray protection category,
here are the key factors to remember if you’re looking for exceptional UV ray protection. Look for a car cover that uses, any material
that reflects UV rays, this can include a material that has reflective properties added
to it, or a material that is naturally UV resistant such as acrylic fibers. If it’s a 4 out of 5 or better it will offer
exceptional UV ray protection. Alright now let’s take a closer look at
one of the most annoying issues about keeping your car uncovered, dust and dirt. Now dust and dirt really can be very harmful
to your car but only when persuaded. Now let’s just say you live by the beach
and constantly experience high winds. Dust and dirt get pounded into the paint which
can cause fine scratches all over the car. Or maybe your able to keep your car inside
but no matter what dust will accumulate overtime. If you wipe it down with anything other than
a microfiber cloth this can also cause fine scratches everywhere. So, to keep it clean and reduce some frustration
excellent dust and dirt protection is important. Now to get that kind of protection you’re
going to want to stay away from single layer non-woven fabrics. They can be quite porous and allow more dust
to get through. Covers that excel in dust and dirt protection
use tightly woven fabric, and multiple layers. Just think about it, dust and dirt particles
are TINY, so the tighter the fabric and the more layers that are, the less chance that
dust has getting through. But don’t look at just the fabric, how its
secured is also just as important. If you do choose a cover that is loose around
the bottom edges dust and dirt can still be blown up from the floor onto the paint. So, find a cover with a strong and tight elastic
so it seals as tightly as possible. Ok now that you know what’s needed for excellent
dust and dirt protection, here are three recommendations that we offer that excel in this category. Now first, we have an entry level cover, Coverkings
Coverbond 4. This cover provides a middle of the road dust
and dirt protection and rates at a 3 out of 5. But considering its entry level price and
the fact that it has high ratings in both inner liner softness and ding protection it’s
a great option. But if you’re looking for something with
more dust and dirt stopping power you got to check out Covercrafts Evolution cover. The Evolution rates at a 4 out of 5 in dust
and dirt protection and has very strong rating in rain, UV and even ding protection. Now you’re going to pay more for this cover
but the additional benefits make it worthwhile. For supreme protection Coverkings Autobody
Armor comes in at the top with a full 5 out of 5 rating in not only dust and dirt but
multiple other protection categories. Once again you will pay a premium price for
this cover, but your also getting top quality protection in all categories. Ok so to sum up our dust and dirt protection
category, here are the key factors to remember. Look for car covers that uses, tightly woven
fabrics, multiple layers of tightly woven fabric, and also a tight elastic at the bottom
of the cover. If it’s a 4 out of 5 or better it will offer
exception dust and dirt protection. Now I don’t know about you guys but for
me regardless of how clean and tidy my garage is there is always a chance of something falling
on top of or even running into my car. Shit happens, right? We may not all have the ideal storage locations
for all of our cars. They may end up in barns, packed warehouses,
or even a shared storage unit. That’s why having an indoor cover with exceptional
ding protection is not something to overlook. To achieve that stay away from thin covers
with only 1 layer, there simply just isn’t enough between the hazard and the body. The main feature that allows a car cover to
excel at ding protection is layers. Just think about it, the more layers of fabric
create a thicker cover, and a thicker cover gives you more cushion on top of the body. That way if your cat decides to run across
the hood, or maybe your kids drop a bike into the side of it, you have a lot better chance
of preventing that ding, dent or scratch, with a thicker cover. Now I can’t help you create a force field
around your car, but what I can do is share with you some covers that we offer that shine
when it comes down to ding protection. Now let’s go ahead and start things off
with Covercrafts Block It 380, this cover has a middle of the road rating when it comes
to ding protection with a 3 out of 5. But where it lacks in ding protection it makes
up in both rain and inner liner softness. Now if you’re looking for something a little
stouter check out Covercrafts NOAH car cover. This cover will give you a 4 out of 5 rating
in ding protection as well as full 5 out of 5 ratings in both rain and dust and dirt,
so it’s a perfect middle of the road option. But if you want the closest thing to a force
field a solid choice is the Coverking Moving blanket. This is one of the thickest and softest covers
on the market and comes with a 5 out of 5 rating in ding protection, inner liner softness
and dust and dirt. Now you’re going to pay a premium price
for this cover, however you will also get premium protection. Ok so to sum up our ding protection category,
here are the key factors to remember. Always look for a car covers that uses, thick
woven fabrics, multiple layers of thick woven fabrics, and you got to stay away from single
layer non-woven covers. If it’s a 4 out of 5 or better it will offer
exception ding protection. Alright so up until now we have focused primarily
on elemental protection categories, let’s go ahead and get into our first base protection
category, breathability. We all know that water and moisture can destroy
a car over time. When water and metal mix over time that causes
rust and corrosion. Not only that but if water gets trapped under
the cover its got nowhere else to go but right into the paint. And if that happens that shiny clear coat
is going to turn cloudy, and the only solution at that point is a pricey repaint. Therefore, breathability is a key factor for
cars being stored outside, or indoors in an incredibly damp area. Now believe it or not a waterproof cover will
do more damage than it not being covered at all just because it can’t breathe. This is the reason that most car covers on
the market are actually water resistant, and not water proof so some moisture is expected
to seep through the cover. But if a cover can breathe, water and moisture
underneath the cover can escape faster allowing your car and cover to dry quickly. Now it’s important to remember that solid
layer non-woven material, or multiple layer thicker covers will tend to be less breathable. The key here is tightly woven multiple layer
fabrics or woven single layer fabrics, this is going to create holes so small it’s difficult
for water to pass through, but large enough so that moisture can escape. So, to ensure that any trapped moisture can
escape, a car covers material needs to have the appropriate amount of breathability. Now to get an idea of some covers that efficient
at being breathable here are the top 3 on our site. Let’s start with the entry level Coverkings
Trigaurd cover. This cover is rates at a 4 out of 5 in this
category, but where it lacks in breathability it makes up in inner liner softness as well
as rain protection. But if you have the cash and you want to step
it up a little further, you got to look at Covercrafts Fleeced Satin. This cover is rated at a full 5 out of 5 in
breathability, with another 5 out of 5 in inner liner softness it’s a great package. However, if you only want the best of the
best of your prized ride look no further than Covercrafts Form-Fit, you will certainly spend
some extra cash on it, but with a 5 out of 5 in this category as well as ding protection,
and inner liner softness I think it pays for itself. Ok so to sum up our breathability category,
here are the key factors to remember. Look for car covers that uses, a single layer
tightly woven fabric, or multiple layer tightly woven fabric, and definitely stay away from
solid layer non-woven materials. If it’s a 4 out of 5 or better it will offer
exception breathability. But what about the inside of the cover, the
part that’s actually touching your paint? A covers base layer, or inner liner softness
is an important part. This is the area of the cover that is physically
touching your paint. And if the right material isn’t used it
can cause more damage than if it was just left without one. Now this category should be important to everyone,
however more so for those of you with that perfect paint job. So, if inner liner softness is just as important
to you as it is me, just remember it all comes down to the fabric. Now polypropylene is a common fabric that
you will find more so on entry level universal covers. This fabric tends to be a little more abrasive
then the others so it won’t be the softest touch. Now a step up from the standard would be any
type of polycotton material, although it’s not completely cotton it offers a much softer
touch than polypropylene. If you want the absolute best of the best
though you can’t go wrong with either nylon fleece, cotton flannel, but especially 100%
cotton. Alright now that you know what to look for
when it comes to a plush inner liner, here are the top three covers that we offer that
excel in this category. Coming in at the entry level slot is the Covercraft
Polycotton. This cover offers a 3 out of 5 rating for
inner liner softness, but where it lacks in softness it makes up for in breathability
with a 5 out of 5. Our middle of the road cover is the Evolution
from Covercraft with a 4 out of 5 in this category. But besides the inner liner it’s also exceptional
in other key areas such as UV, rain, and ding protection. So, for a few extra bucks you get a lot more
all-around protection. But if you want the epidemy of an inner liner
then you need to check out Coverkings Satin Stretch. Not only does this cover give you a full 5
out of 5 rating in this category but it also excels in dust and dirt, ding protection and
breathability. Just be prepared to cough up some more cash
if you want the top notch. Ok so to sum up our inner liner softness category,
here are the key factors to remember. Look for car covers that usea, a polycotton
blend, nylon fleece or cotton flannel, but the best of the best will always be 100% cotton. If it’s a 4 out of 5 or better it will offer
exception inner liner softness. Alright so in the full car cover realm, there
are two main fitment types, universal, and custom fit. Now custom covers have a slew of features
that all together creates an amazing fit. Custom covers can be searched using your year,
make and model and even sub model. By doing so you can find a cover that has
been manufactured to fit your exact vehicle. So, every curve, side mirror, and even antenna
location is designed to fit under the cover perfectly. And for those of you out there with custom
body work, maybe a spoiler or aftermarket hood. Well our manufactures also offer additional
features and can build you a cover specifically designed to accommodate these modifications. However custom covers can be expensive, so
if funds are low you can go the universal route. Now if you’re looking for a universal cover
remember that searching using the year, make and model will help narrow things down but,
these covers are more so based off the vehicles dimensions. Remember universal covers are designed to
fit a large array of vehicles. So even if you purchase a universal cover
to the correct dimensions don’t expect it to be a snug tight fit. It’s still going to be loose and baggy,
so it’s always a good idea to use a set of straps to secure it if you’re leaving
it outside. Now your wallet on the other hand will thank
you, generally they are less expensive than a custom fit, so if your short on cash it’s
a great solution. Well guys we covered a lot today, I threw
a ton of information at you and I hope you found it helpful. Car covers can be confusing, like I said earlier
choosing the right one is never easy. But hopefully after all of this you took away
something that will allow your search to be a lot easier. And if you have more questions or are still
unsure, that’s not a problem just give one of our product specialists a call. Our team knows car covers, and can point you
in the right direction to find the right car cover for not only you, but that prized ride
of yours. Well thanks again for taking the time to join
me in the shop today, and as always I will see you guys next time in the garage.

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32 thoughts on “Car Cover Buyers Guide

  1. whats the best for extreme hot and cold weather???? cause im not going to buy 2 or 3 different car covers for each season lol

  2. Good luck using that in a Canadian winter. It will likely damage your vehicle as it'll trap ice. You can't make a winter cover "breathable" has water will seep through and freeze.

  3. Ok so I plan on buying a cover for my car. My car sits outside and I need a cover that can deal with Michigan weather which can be very weird. So I would need a cover that can handle winter snow, rain, and hot summers as well. I would also want that cover to be breathable as well so the moisture does not get trapped inside. What would be the best choice for me?

  4. what would you recommend for a 2017 Honda Civic lx that is parked outside in southern CA? Could provide two options, one being the absolute best and the other that accommodates all needs with minimal drawbacks.

  5. Great video, but the moving blanket only protects from dings, dust, & dirt? #wammy I guess I'll need to purchase at least 2 covers? One for rain & snow, & another for UV ray protection?

  6. I need a car cover that I can put on and remove twice a day since I have to move my parking location at work and since then I have to come home and wash my car every day any suggestions.

  7. So what are you supposed to do with your car cover when you're not using it? There's no way that I would be putting it in my car considering that my car is always covered with albino spiders and other spiders. I have no garage and no outdoor storage area either. So how do you keep a $530 Sunbrella cover tip-top? I would think it would get moist and then just mold. You would have to hang it somewhere which I suppose isn't very practical if you're getting home late at night. I guess you'd have to buy something to hang it on? And where would you keep that? So while this review is helpful it doesn't really answer all the questions one would have before actually pulling the trigger on a purchase.

  8. As a woman in the Southeast, I need a cover that I can easily put on/take off daily and protect my car from UV/snow/ice/hail/rain/wind and leaves/bird poop! Which one for a small sedan?

  9. I need a cover for a 2019 Camaro ss. I live in Florida so I want to protect the paint from the sun and rain but I dont want the cover to scratch my paint. What's my options

  10. Are you serious dude , there's too damn many car covers for each thing ,I'm even more confused now , dont they offer an all purpose car cover , if they do please send the link ,so I dont have any confusion on which one to buy ,my trucks outdoors all the time ,so I need one that meets the requirements, thank you anybody with this knowledge…

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