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Old 06-22-2010, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default Car covers?

Well I'm in the final stages of moving and I realized that where I'm moving to has no garage for me. SO I need to get something to cover it. The dealer wants over $100 for a car cover. I see a bunch on ebay ranging from $17 to $200.

Does anyone have a reccomendation or should I just go cheaper since all I need is to keep the pine sap from landing on the car?
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:44 AM   #2
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i am interested as well. subscribed.
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Old 06-22-2010, 12:44 PM   #3
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….there are several car cover threads you can browse through if you want some opinions on the pros/cons, proper maintenance, etc.. Having said that, I wouldn’t go “cheap”. I would choose a vendor who uses good fabric(s) and makes covers that specifically fit your application. California Car Covers is one such vendor. They use Kimberly Clark fabrics and have a variety of offerings depending on the protection you are looking for. Here a couple of the more important tips to remember….

1) Keep the car and cover clean. Never install the cover on a dusty/dirty car.
2) Make sure the cover fits snug. A cover that is loose will flap in the wind and against your finish. This allows dust/dirt under the cover and the buffeting action can abrade your paint.
3) Store the cover properly when not in use. They are usually sold with a bag that you can roll them into.
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Old 06-22-2010, 01:57 PM   #4
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Get one that is made for the car. Generic ones will not last long. At first it is very annoying to put on and take off the cover but after a few times you can get it down to 30 seconds.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:35 PM   #5
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Personally, I don't think a car cover would work very well for a car you drive every day. Putting it on and taking it off every day will eventually cause abrasions to the cars finish. Not to mention, can you really keep your car totally clean every day before you cover it?

IMO, I'd go with a cheap portable carport type cover.


Or make one yourself from pvc piping and a waterproof outer material.
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:53 PM   #6
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The only time I would actually use a car cover would be if I was leaving it out in the sun for extended periods of time. Having swirls just outweighs the damage the sun can do to a paint job/interior. Just my opinion.
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