Weather, roaming pets or any number of man-made or natural hazards can lay waste to your vehicle's finish.
If you live where the weather changes with the season—rainy springs, hot summers, windy autumns, snowy winters or any combination—we advise a car cover that offers all-weather protection for your vehicle. The Noah car cover and WeatherShield HD car cover, for example, give you versatile fortification no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.
Some areas such as the Pacific Northwest and the Deep South get more rain than others and require better water resistance. The best outdoor car cover fabrics will shed the most water, especially the Noah and StormProof materials.
Snow that piles up on a car cover will eventually melt. On the best car covers, only minimal amounts of moisture will seep through; however, no car cover is completely waterproof. That's because the fabric must be able to breathe in order to stop moisture from building up under the cover, where it can fester and ruin your finish.
Some car cover fabrics, such as the Block-It 380 and Evolution, are even specially designed to keep out the damaging contaminants found in acid rain.
Dirt / dust
Dusty environments such as the desert Southwest demand a car cover that will the prevent dirt and dust from sifting through the material. Drape your prized ride with a WeatherShield HD car cover or a Sunbrella car cover to stop dirt from spoiling your paintjob.
UV (sun) damage and photo degradation
UV rays can bake your interior and cook your finish into a flakey crust. Most outdoor car cover fabrics have heat-reflective properties and provide 100% UV protection. For the greatest shield against solar rays, go with a Sunbrella car cover. Its fabric was originally designed for use on boats, which sit in the sun their entire lives.
The acidic properties of bird droppings can cause discoloration and even eat into your paint. Many outdoor car cover fabrics will not allow bird droppings to permeate the material and make its way to your vehicle's paint. From the Triguard car cover all the way up to the WeatherShield HD car cover, outdoor car covers keep the bird drizzle off your vulnerable finish.
Tree sap is difficult to remove from your vehicle's paint. Select a car cover that will stop most types of tree sap from reaching the paint finish. Both the Evolution car cover and WeatherShield car cover stop that sticky goo from wreaking havoc on your auto.
Type of Usage
Which outdoor car cover you choose not only depends on external conditions, but on how often and where you plan on using it.
Lightweight outdoor car covers - easy on and off
Drivers who park their vehicle on quiet streets or in driveways and cover / uncover often prefer a lightweight car cover, such as the WeatherShield. A lightweight car cover for your vehicle is easier to remove, faster to fold and stores in a smaller space.
Heavyweight outdoor car covers - ding and dent protectors
For those who often park their vehicle in crowded lots at night, on busy street with lots of traffic, or plan on long-term outdoor parking, a thicker car cover can provide some dent and ding protection. Go with a Noah car cover or a Evolution car cover for some extra cushion.
Granted, an outdoor car cover is not Ft. Knox, but that layer of cloth delivers more protection than you'd think.
Out of sight out of mind
How many times have you shuffled things around in your vehicle to hide purses, electronics or other items of value? A car cover keeps valuables out of sight and out of the would-be criminal's mind.
Timing is everything
Any good thief knows he needs to get in and out of your vehicle quickly in order to avoid getting caught in the act. When presented with the choice of a covered vehicle or an uncovered vehicle, the choice is obvious. And, when you add a lock and cable, you get an extra level of security that's sure to scare away even the most determined thieves.
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