Types of Car Covers


Designed to prevent costly paint jobs, car covers block dust, tree sap, humidity, accidental dings and scratches, etc. In addition, they protect both the paint job of a vehicle and its interior from UV rays that cause fading of the base color layer and interior materials. When it comes to choosing the perfect car cover for your vehicle that meets all your needs and requirements, you should keep in mind a number of factors. Here we are going to provide you with some useful information about car covers to make your shopping easier. For more detailed information, watch this video.

First of all, you should decide between a custom-fit car cover and a universal-fit one. Custom-fit covers are designed to match all contours of the particular make and model and feature mirror and antenna pockets in addition to the fewest seam design. Crafted for an “average car,” universal-fit car covers have no pockets for mirrors and an antenna and are snugly attached to a vehicle with the help of elastic ribbing along all bottom edges. Yet, they cost less than custom-fit ones.

Depending on the conditions they are going to be used, car covers are divided into:

  1. indoor
  2. outdoor
  3. indoor/outdoor

Indoor car covers are limited to indoor use only as they cannot provide effective protection against severe conditions found outdoors. Yet, there is no reason why you cannot use an outdoor car cover indoors.

Today, customers may also choose among different levels of inner lining softness:

  • “Best” (provides the highest possible level of inner softness)
  • “Better” (mostly outdoor car covers with 3 or 4 layers of fabric)
  • “Good” (outdoor covers with 2 or 3 layers of fabric)
  • “Minimal” (single-layer covers crafted for a basic level of protection against dirt)

When choosing a car cover, you should decide what kind of protection you need most of all depending on the climate you live in and the environment you are going to use it in. Almost all car covers provide some form of protection from all hazards, but it’s necessary to find out the factor that is most important especially for your location. For instance, if you live in Seattle, it may be rain. But for those car owners who live in the sunbelt (Nevada, Southern California, and Arizona,) sun and UV protection is more desirable.

Today, customers may choose among the following protection categories:

  • Rain & snow
  • Sun & UV
  • Dust & dirt
  • Ding & dent

Finally, no matter whether you live in Alaska or Florida and whether you store your vehicle indoors or outdoors, breathability is the base protection category. If a car cover can ‘breathe,’ moisture and water underneath it escape faster letting a vehicle and cover dry quickly, thus preventing possible rust and corrosion.

Source: Car Covers Shopping Guide by