A car cover is an incredibly useful accessory that allows you to keep your car or truck in top shape. Yet, there is a tremendous range of car covers on the market today, so it’s important to get the one that ensures maximum protection in your specific circumstances. Depending on the level of protection you need, the type of car covers may vary. For instance, in rainy Louisiana or snowy Colorado water/snow resistance is the key factor, while in Arizona and Nevada reliable sun/UV protection is on top.
Types of Car Covers
There are four main groups of car covers, each focused on different kinds of protection:
- Thanks to multiple layers of densely woven microfiber, water resistant covers have microscopic holes that are so small that water drops won’t get through. At the same time, they are large enough to ensure moisture evaporation;
- As their name implies, car covers ensuring dirt and dust protection keep your car clean. The highest level of protection is provided by the covers featuring several layers of tightly woven fabrics. The higher the number of layers, the less chance for dust to get through. And a strong and tight elastic will ensure that dust won’t get onto your vehicle’s paint from the floor;
- There are covers intended to protect your car from sun & UV rays. Maximal protection is ensured by the covers that use acrylic fibers and those incorporating polyester with special reflective properties;
- Dent and ding protection is needed not only when you happen to leave your car in a crowded lot and want to make sure no door dings will appear on its surface when you return. Even when it’s parked in your own garage, it’s not immune from getting damaged by dropped things. A cover featuring multiple layers will ensure the highest level of protection in this case. The more number of layers, the better protection.
Whatever type of a car cover you select, remember that it should breathe well to prevent water from being trapped inside the cover, because in this case the only way for water to go is the paint of your car or truck. That’s why most covers on the market are water resistant, not water proof. Inner softness of the car cover is another key factor to pay attention to, because the inner lining of the cover physically touches the surface of your vehicle and has to be soft to prevent possible damage.
The last but not the least is the fitment of your car cover. Universal ones are more affordable, but they’re designed to fit many vehicles and even if the dimensions are right, such a cover will look baggy and loose or conversely – too tight. Custom-fit covers will fit your car or truck like a glove matching all of its contours. In case you need some additional information to make the right choice or would like to see certain offerings live, this video will help you.