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May 2019

How to keep your car or truck looking its very best for the length of ownership.

By Ryan Wegman May 14, 2019 472 Views No comments

How to keep your car or truck looking its very best for the length of ownership.

Your "wheels," your "get around town mobile," your "grocery getter," your "weekend warrior," the "daily driver"; no matter what you call it or use it for, there is one thing that’s certain: we all want our vehicles to look their very best. Have you started noticing your car or truck is getting old? Do you feel like you are not the only one that has noticed the faded paint, scratches and oxidation? Do you feel like giving your car a face-lift?

You aren’t alone. There are preventative measures you can take to help protect your vehicle from harsh elements and daily paint destroying threats; for example, simply using a high-quality cover like the Platinum Shield car cover or the Platinum Shield truck cover goes a long way to help prevent premature cosmetic issues on your "weekend warrior".

When it comes to automobile ownership, you know that anything mechanical will eventually wear out or break down, and the cost of those repairs can be quite expensive. According to the Travel Services Giant AAA, the average repair cost is between $500 & $600, and the average cost of owning and operating a vehicle, AAA said, is about $8,500 this figure includes monthly payments, insurance, and gas. AAA says “that 1 out of every 3 motorists cannot afford to pay the repair bill without incurring some form of debt.”

That’s some serious cash flowing out of your bank account each and every month, and this isn’t even counting the unforeseen issues that come from daily use & storage of your car or truck. The daily debris, dirt, construction dirt, enemies from above and harsh grime from below all are threats to your car or truck’s finish. These repairs can cost from several hundred to several thousands of dollars to correct; in some cases exceeding $1800 for these cosmetic repairs.

Here are three quick, simple, and effective things you can do to make your vehicle look like it did the day you bought it. These tips will change the way you and your friends look at your vehicle!

#1 Waxing your car is fairly quick and easy. The best part is the return on investment! When you properly wax your vehicle, the exterior will shine like it did the day you bought it. This will help to keep the appraised value and resell value higher VS. no maintenance whatsoever.

#2 Removing paint residue left on by another vehicle is something you do not have to take your vehicle to a professional to have the paint residue removed. You can quite easily do it yourself!

#3 Vacuuming the interior of your vehicle can give a whole new life to your interior. Your seats and carpets will look and smell better than they have in years!

In the long-run, one of the most inexpensive ways to protect your car or truck is by shielding its finish from any and all harsh threats. Vehicle protection is a major part of resale or trade-in value. To protect your vehicle, use a quality cover like the Platinum Shield Truck Cover to protect your investment for years to come.

Introducing The All New Indoor Black Satin Shield Truck Cover From CarCovers.com

By Ryan Wegman May 13, 2019 411 Views No comments

You've dreamed about this moment for a while now, and it's finally happened. Your beautiful new truck is sitting in your garage, all threats that could cause harm to it have been removed from the immediate area. You're about to head inside to grab an ice-cold beverage and then it happens, the family runs out to see your new truck.

Images of fingerprints, smudges, oil prints all race through your mind, the dollar signs start adding up as you assess the situation that is about to unfold. You feel your gut wrench with the impending repair bill. It's your worst nightmare come true, and uncontrollably you shout "KEEP AWAY FROM THE TRUCK!" Instantly you realize what just happened, the embarrassment takes over and you're standing there with a blank stare as everyone is glaring back at you.

That's when it hits you like a ton of bricks, the lightbulb goes off & it's like being struck by a lightning bolt, you think "if I only had a nice soft truck cover to protect it, this would have never happened."

You snap back to reality, realizing the grave error in judgment you just made, seeing everyone's face staring back at you in total shock and amazement of what

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How to get your UTV ready for summer fun

By Ryan Wegman May 8, 2019 2793 Views

he excitement is in the air, the temperatures have warmed up, the sun is shining and the snowpack is melting. You're full of excitement and anticipation like a little kid on Christmas morning who is eagerly waiting for everyone to get up so you can go open presents.

You get dressed and run out to the garage, you quickly remove your UTV cover, and immediately you start staring at your UTV with that googly-eyed adoring look, your eyes meet the shiny finish of your clean and shiny UTV. She's as beautiful now as she was when you covered her up for the long winter season last fall.

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You've anticipated this moment since you heard that winter had officially ended and spring was in full effect. You've spent many sleepless nights worrying if your UTV is really going to be protected under its cover. Now that that weight has been removed from your shoulders, it's time to get ready for fun in the sun.

Here are a few tips to get your UTV ready to ride for the summer:

  1. You've got to start from the ground up. Check your air pressure to ensure adequate pressure is in all 5 tires including the spare tire. No one wants to get left stranded out in the middle of the dunes.
  2. You'll want to jack up your UTV and then check the wheel bearings, spin each tire, listen for grinding or any odd noises. The last thing you want is to seize or break a bad bearing.
  3. Next, reattach any disconnected battery cables, make sure you have clean and solid connections. Don't leave any loose connections at the terminals.
  4. You'll also want to take the time to inspect the brake pads, brake lights, and head/taillights too.
  5. Check all air and fuel filters to ensure they are clean and not in need of replacement.
  6. Inspect all fuel lines, rubber hoses and belts. Look for cracking, leaking, or any visible signs of wear that need attention.
  7. Check the cooling system, power steering system, engine and transmission oils to be sure all levels are full and at their correct fluid level. Now's a great time to service the engine oil & filter before you leave on your trip.
  8. Check your suspension, shocks, and CV joint boots for tears, leaks and exposed bearings.

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Now that you’ve inspected your UTV and determined it’s ready for some hard riding, you are ready for some fun and excitement. Be sure to keep yourself healthy and safe while playing in the hot summer sun.

  1. Pack plenty of water and keep it accessible in the UTV, hot sun, winds and dry heat is a great recipe for dehydration.
  2. Pack your safety gear, helmets, leather jackets, boots, gloves, goggles or sunglasses too.
  3. Don't push yourself too hard, Allow ample time for breaks and cooling off periods.

When the ride is over and you are on your way home, remember UTV owners do not have to fear not being able to protect your toy from the harsh seasonal elements. With a quality UTV cover, you have a great solution to protect your UTV all season long.

Simply unload the trailer, wash or wipe down the dirt, dust, and debris from your UTV, then after it is all dry and ready to put away, throw your UTV cover back on your toy to keep it looking fresh and ready for the next fun run.,/div>

​Getting Your Jet Ski Ready For Fun In The Summer Sun

By Ryan Wegman May 1, 2019 4262 Views

It's finally here, summertime is here! The sun is out the temperature is heating up. It's time to go hit the water. But, before you do, there are a few things you need to take into consideration before taking your jet ski out on the water. First, you'll want to remove your jet ski cover to get started.

You've already taken care of the weatherization on your jet ski before you put it away for the winter at the end of last season. Now it's time to do post weatherization on your jet ski and get it ready for the lake or ocean once again.

Before you fire up the jet ski for the first time this season, you want to address some basic maintenance issues such as draining out any old fuel or oil that's been left in the machine over the winter. Old oil or fuel can become thick and full of sludge which will lead to performance issues or even mechanical failure of your jet ski.

You'll also want to pull out the spark plugs, inspect them, clean them up or replace them if they are fouled. Then you'll also want to check your electrical connection for the battery and the ignition systems on the jet ski to make sure that you have a good solid electrical connection that won't leave you stranded out on the water like a floating duck. If they electrical connections are loose or corroded, clean them and tighten them.

Next, you'll want to make sure your jet ski battery is fully charged. Visually inspect all of the rubber belts and hoses on your watercraft such as fuel hoses, cooling hoses, belts, and cables to make sure they are in good condition – not cracked, frayed or broken.

A broken fuel line, loose electrical connection or damaged throttle cable is a sure way to bring a quick end to your summer fun. A little time spent prior to casting off will save you hours of frustration later.

After you have finished the visual inspections, it's time to test your watercraft. You'll want to hook up a flush kit to your jet ski and test everything out before you actually take your jet ski out to the water. Be sure to use the manufacturers directions when using the flush kit so that you don't cause any internal engine damage.

Now that you verified your jet ski is ready to run the water, the last thing you're going to want to do is make that jet ski shine. Get out your wax, and spruce up the exterior of your jet ski so you and your machine look like $1,000,000 when you're jetting across the water.

You may have heard the old saying “penny-wise and pound foolish.” Take the little steps to ensure you, your family and friends are going to stay safe on the water. Invest the time now before you leave on your summer vacation, and take the precaution to inspect your jet ski thoroughly before it's too late.

Don't let the TLC stop there, invest in a quality cover for your jet ski from CarCovers.com. You've spent the time inspecting and preparing for the summer season, and you know you want to keep your jet ski looking new and fresh all season, too. A high quality Jet ski cover is one of the most affordable and easiest ways to do that.

You don't need to worry about the sun, the rain or the snow causing damage to your jet ski. When you cover your jet ski with a high quality cover, you can rest assured that your jet ski is well protected when you're on vacation or when you're back at work in the office waiting for the weekend, knowing that your jet ski is stay safe and protected.