If you are considering buying a car cover for your car, there are some things to consider before making your purchase. Not all car covers are made the same, and some are not worth buying if you want a cover that will truly protect your expensive automobile.
Custom Car Covers
When you are buying a car cover, the fit of the cover is critical. If you have a classic Corvette, a cover for another car may fit, but it is not going to cover your Corvette correctly. The cover needs to fit over all the contours of the car and tuck under the body so that it stays on but does not scratch or mar the paint when you are putting the cover on or taking it off.
Buying a cover for the right year car is also essential. An early 1960s Corvette car cover is not going to fit the same vehicle from the 1970s. The dimensions of the vehicle changed so much over that time that you need to have the right cover.
Universal Car Covers
Some universal car covers on the market may fit your Corvette, but they do not do the job nearly as well as the custom-fit covers. Often retaining the car cover is the tricky part because the universal cover needs to be able to stretch over may different body styles that they do not tuck in properly under the body of the car.
The result is a loose fit that can be problematic, and that sometimes flaps around in the wind and can cause wear spots on the car. If you are covering a car that is under construction and has yet to be painted, a universal cover is not a bad idea because they are inexpensive, but for a classic or custom car, they are not a great solution.
Lined Car Covers
In some cases, the car cover you buy may have a soft liner inside the cover. These liners are often a microfiber material or soft wool that will not scratch the car while the cover is in place or during installation or removal of the cover.
It is crucial that you store a cover in a place that will keep it clean while it is off the car, because while dirt on the liner or inside of the cover may not be noticeable, but it can scratch the paint. If you are using a cover with a soft liner, check the liner over before putting it on your car so that you are sure that it is going to do the job properly without causing damage.