Protecting your car is incredibly important. After all, we use cars practically every single day so it makes sense to take good care of them and their safety. There is more than one type of safety, though, and car covers tend to provide quite a few. They’re great multipurpose protectors, and it’s a bit of a shame that not a lot of people use them, as they’re very useful. I’ve already talked about sound-proofing your car, so now it’s time to talk about how to protect it from the elements, such as harsh weather, but also from things like theft and dents.
Protection from Dents and Scratches
Discovering that first dent on your car is always a strange feeling for more or less everyone. However, as much as you may try, getting a dent or a scratch here and there is almost unavoidable. The good news is that it can be delayed for as long as possible, and you can even reduce the severity of the dent or scratch. That’s one of the main reasons you should consider using outdoor car covers because they have a layer of padding on top of them that significantly cushions incoming blows and can even completely prevent a potential scratch or dent. It’s not armour, so it won’t stop a dent from forming if someone directly bumps into the car, but it won’t allow a scratch or bump to form if someone randomly bumps it on the side.
Defence Against Theft
Even though a car blanket is rarely anything else than a thin layer of fabric, it can easily act like theft deterrence. The main reason is that most thieves are looking to steal a vehicle as quickly as possible, and that is simply not an option with most vehicle covers. It almost always takes some time to get the cover off, and pulling it off can easily attract a lot of unwanted attention for the thieves. On top of that, many covers can be upgraded with a lock and cable, which is even more extra work for the thieves. All of that together adds a significant level of defence against theft, which is why it’s always recommended to use a car cover, especially if you live in a bad neighbourhood.
Protection from Harsh Weather
Even if know next to nothing about vehicles and weather, you definitely know how damaging the weather can be to cars. It’s perfectly normal and safe for the car to withstand the elements in moderation, definitely, but excessive heat, or even heavy rain, can damage the car’s finish and cause tiny blemishes. Acid rain is extra damaging, as well. Auto covers are pretty much ideal for such types of situations because they protect your car from water and the sun’s UV rays entirely. On top of that, moisture and salt can easily destroy your car’s paint, and they won’t be able to get under the cover because that’s what they’re designed for.
Good Protection Everywhere
The elements and theft are far from the only potentially damaging factors. There are plenty of other things to consider, as well, such as debris and dirt, which can cause a multitude of problems. Birds can also pose a significant threat to the car’s paint job as their droppings are definitely not easy to clean. If you choose to park somewhere under a tree that might look perfectly safe, you can never be too sure that things like berries, nuts, and pollen won’t wreak havoc on your vehicle. Using covers for your car will absolutely stop that from happening, no matter where you are. All it takes is a bit of dust to sit on the paint and turn abrasive because by the time you’ve noticed it’s most likely too late. Why risk something so easily avoidable when you can simply use a car cover?
How to Choose an Outdoor Car Cover
There are several factors to consider when it comes to getting a car cover. While most covers will be useful in a pinch, there are definitely a few things to consider first. Making sure that you’ve picked the right cover is crucial because you want to protect your car as much as possible in the long term.
Where You Park
Depending on where you park, there are a few things to consider. If you park outside where there aren’t a lot of people on a constant basis, you may want to use a lightweight cover. That’s because those are easy to unpack and to put over your vehicle, and they’re very easy to fold. However, if you’re around a lot of people, then definitely consider getting thicker ones so as to protect against unwanted dents. That also depends on if there is a potential for a lot of dust or debris accumulating, in which case thick sturdy ones are ideal.
Weather definitely plays a major role. If you’re in the hottest areas of Australia, then you definitely want to get something that has extra UV protection, because it’s likely that your paint job will suffer otherwise. Similarly, getting one for coastal weather means that it should protect against humidity and salt, which can be potentially damaging to your car in general.
Picking a cover’s colour is not just a stylistic choice as it can also play a role in protecting your car. Sunnier climates tend to warrant the usage of lighter coloured fabrics when storing the vehicle outside. That way your cover will provide extra protection from the sun. However, bright colours also tend to bleed under some conditions, so by using lighter colours you will definitely avoid that.
Outdoor car covers are an incredibly important tool to utilise. They’re very useful, which coupled with the fact that they’re easy to use, makes them a no-brainer for getting for your car. Automobile covers are also quite affordable so they can be included in practically every budget, meaning you’ll definitely be satisfied with your purchase. While not everyone has a habit of using a car cover they should definitely see widespread adoption because they provide a great utility for you and your vehicle.