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Old 09-11-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Winter Car Cover?

Anyone have any suggestions for a reasonably priced winter car cover? Any specific brands I should be looking at? I don't have a garage and will need to put my SVT in the driveway. I need to find a good winter cover to stop the elements.

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Old 09-11-2012, 05:09 PM   #2
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I would put it in storage.
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I would but, I think it would be really expensive for 5 ish months. I guess I should check that option out to.
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www.autoanything.com has a wide variety of covers. Get the NOAH fabric made by Kimberley-Clark. Had TWO for my 03 Corolla and they worked wonderfully. Around $200.
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It's a car, it'll be fine.
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I'm with Nik; it's supposed to be outside. I also take issue with a car cover used outdoors for any long term period... the water could become frozen to the cover causing possible scratches, and winds will continuously expose the car to being beaten in the same spot by a loose cover. I've seen vehicles get a 'burn' from a cover rubbing the same spot for months.

I have an SVT swapped hatch and it's left outside and off the road (for the last 8 winters); I prep it for winter and then go crazy again in the spring to bring it all back and it still looks good. If you're really that worried, spend half the amount for a cover on a battery of products for the finish: clay/wax/polish/seal the thing for winter and let it be! If it gets snowed on, let the sun remove it... you push the snow off and it may scratch. You know you're just gonna go nuts with the waxes and such once the weather breaks again in the spring!
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It sits under a tree so I am mostly worried about the leaves and crap sitting on it for the winter months not getting washed. I think I like the car cover from Steeda. Looks pretty nice and it's just over $100.
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what people don't realize with covers is they really aren't meant for outdoor storage. The ones that are still are a bad idea.

REASONS:

moisture can/will get trapped between cover and car, but will not escape if it's a "weatherproof" cover. meaning it will cause mold and mildew to form into the clearcoat

wind will cause the cover to flap against the paint and leave wear patterns

if the cover takes on water and freezes, it WILL scratch the car

it will tempt small animals from nesting in between the cover and car. Lots of times in the wiper cowl area

covers don't do anything to protect the car from anything falling on it (hail, apples, chesnuts, iceicles, etc)

If you're really worried about leaves and the elements, you are far better off spending your $200-300 on a port-a-garage type deal....essentially a frame and tent around the car. this will allow air changes, you can crack your windows a hair for air flow, and put fabric softener sheets all over the interior (the smell shuns animals and will leave a pleasant scent behind when you bring it back out in the spring). also, if the tent takes on ice or snow or leaves it's nowhere NEAR the body of the car, and if there's a hailstorm or something crazy the car can't get dented.


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Yup, exactly...If a car cover was really that effective then why don't dealerships cover their cars? Because it simply doesnt matter in fact it can make it worse.
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Alright, thanks for the info guys.
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