Some people are surprised to learn that all car cover isn’t made equally. In fact, there is a broad spectrum of different types, and they all serve different purposes. From outdoor and indoor to waterproof and sunproof, it’s important to know what’s out there when you are in the market for a car cover. Some of the terms you see may be confusing, so it’s important to know what they really mean. Getting the wrong type of protection for your car may cause significant damage to the paint, tires, and even to the interior. Below are the main types of car covers out there and their explanations.
- Indoor: This is your basic, standard car cover. They are the lowest price you will find, so some people get these and try to use them outdoors, which is a big mistake. An indoor car cover is perfect if your car is usually in the garage, or if you live in a place with extremely mild weather, like San Diego maybe. You may wonder why you need to cover your car at all if it’s just sitting in the garage. But dust and other chemicals that continuously land on your car will eventually cause rust and paint damage.
- Outdoor: There are different levels of outdoor covers. The basic one is one that is made with 3 layers of fabric and is just practical for everyday use. It can also be used indoors. It should offer some water resistance, as well as UV protection. This is a good basic car cover if you live in a place that occasionally gets hotter and colder. But if you live or are going to a place that frequently has extreme weather, than you may want to get something a little fancier.
- Waterproof: This is the next level up in terms of outdoor car covers. It usually comes with an extra layer of fabric, increased additives for sun protection and has added softness. A good quality waterproof cover made with 4 layers should be able to protect your car from rain, snow and heavy winds. You should look for the softest possible material, because harsh abrasive material can cause scratches to your car. It’s also important that it has some added weight. If they’re not designed for extreme weather they tend to fly off because of high winds.