Best Car Covers 2020Written By: John Linden
Looking for a car cover that protects your vehicle from scratches, dents, dings, and hazardous weather conditions? You’ve come to the right place. Use our helpful guide below to find advice, tips, and hints on choosing the very best car covers for your specific vehicle.
Why Use Custom Car Covers?
Choosing a car cover that protects your vehicle from scratches, harmful weather, and dings are just a few of the many benefits to purchasing a custom fit car cover. Covering your vehicle helps to ensure that your valued investment will look as good as new for years to come. Read on to learn more about the many unexpected benefits to using a vehicle cover.
Benefits to Using Custom Car Covers
If you can relate to any of the questions listed below, a car or truck cover will be a wise investment.
- Only drive your car or truck during certain times of the year? Wrap your vehicle in a car or truckcover to shield it during periods of extended storage.
- Concerned about thievery? Car covers protect your vehicle from hazardous damages—including car thieves.
- Park your vehicle outside? Outdoor car covers protect the exterior of your vehicle from natural or man-made hazards.
- Park your vehicle in a tight, cluttered garage? Automobile covers shield your automobile from scratches, dents, and dings.
- Live in a climate that consists of harsh seasons and hazardous weather conditions? Vehicle covers protect the exterior of the vehicle from weather that could chip away at the vehicle’s paint.
- Just took your vehicle through the car wash? Car covers keep your vehicle squeaky clean for longer periods of time.
Whether you’re traveling abroad, are away on vacation, or only drive your vehicle during certain seasons—custom fit car covers can protect your vehicle from hazards while you’re away or when the vehicle isn’t in use. For added protection while you’re away, cover your vehicle in a car, truck, van, SUV, or other type of car cover best fit for your specific vehicle.
But before you store the vehicle and cover it for an extended period, wipe away the interior of the vehicle to reduce the chance of any unpleasant odors developing over time. For added protection, wipe down the exterior of the vehicle to protect it from any grime and dust that may develop from sitting and not being used. Wash and scrub the exterior of the vehicle and then wax and seal the automobile before wrapping it in the car cover.
Thieves are more likely to target vehicles that are easy to access. However, custom car covers can add an extra layer of security to your vehicle. Thieves need to act as quickly as possible to ensure that they do not get caught in the act, so they’ll be more likely to bypass covered vehicles since they aren’t as easy to access.
Additionally, you can add a Cable and Lock Set to lock the car cover into place, protecting it from theft and making it even more secure from the outside world.
Protection from Trees, Dust, and Birds
Trees, dust, and birds are just three of the many natural hazards that could damage your vehicle. And as most things involving nature go, there isn’t a whole lot you can do to protect your vehicle from natural hazards. Unless you keep it covered and protected, of course. Here are a few ways an outdoor car cover can keep your vehicle protected from nature’s harm.
The Ultimate Tree Protection
Amid the summer months, parking under a beautiful tree may seem like a good idea. The pleasant view, protection from the hot sun, and added privacy are just some of the benefits that may come to mind. However, trees can inflict damage to your vehicle in a few ways. Whether it’s the roosting birds or the berries, sap, nuts, and pollen that can fall from the tree and onto your vehicle—your vehicle is less than protected under a tree.
However, a car cover will not only keep your vehicle cool and shaded like a tree can, but it will also keep your vehicle covered and protected if you do decide to choose the scenic parking spot under a tree.
Protect the Vehicle from Dust
Dust on a vehicle may not seem like a big deal, but there are more reasons to keep your vehicle clean and covered than meets the eye. You see, the paint on a vehicle is approximately 0.006 inches thick—meaning it’s thin enough for dust to chip away at it. When dust sits on the vehicle’s paint, it easily scratches away at the paint. And by the time you notice the scratch, the damage is already done.
Choosing an indoor or outdoor car cover will protect your vehicle from dust and keep dust off your vehicle’s delicate surface.
Keep the Vehicle Clean from Bird Droppings
Even if they can’t help where their droppings land, bird droppings can be a major headache. Not only are they difficult to remove from a vehicle and wipe away, but the acidity of bird droppings can damage your vehicle’s paintjob. However, an outdoor car cover protects your vehicle from acidic bird droppings—without harming the fabric of the car cover.
Scratches, Dings, and Dents
When you purchase a new vehicle, it’s painful to think of the first scratch, dent, or ding that will eventually appear. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to protect your vehicle from scratches or dings, especially when you park in public parking lots, parking ramps, or on side streets. However, the best car covers will add a protective layer to the exterior of your vehicle, shielding the vehicle from shopping carts, car dings, or other types of blows.
Protect Your Vehicle from Rain, Shine, or Snow
No matter the time of the year, weather has the potential to damage your vehicle. However, a protective outdoor car cover can shield your vehicle from the sun’s harmful rays, destructive acid rain, or the salty roads of winter.
Destructive Acid Rain
While a gentle rain shower isn’t enough to damage your vehicle on its own, it does have the potential to turn into something worse. You see, even gentle rain can disappear into blemishes or scratches on a vehicle, which leads to corrosion. Additionally, acid rain can wreak major havoc on your vehicle. However, waterproof car covers protect your vehicle from all different types of rain.
The Sun’s Harmful Rays
First, nobody likes jumping into a burning hot car in the heat of summer. But as it turns out, the sun’s rays aren’t only making you sweat—they’re also damaging your vehicle. Look at an outdoor car cover as sunscreen for your automobile. Car covers protect your vehicle from the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping to prevent photo degradation. Plus, car covers of lighter colors help to keep your vehicle cool all summer long.
The Salty Roads of Winter
In the winter, it isn’t the cold weather or the snow that cause damage to your vehicle. It’s the mixture of salt and moisture. The combination of the two result in corrosion, which eats away at the vehicle’s paint. However, many car covers for snow and winter protection are available to keep your vehicle’s paint intact.
Keep Your Vehicle Clean
Aside from protecting your vehicle from harmful weather and natural threats, car covers keep your vehicle clean and sparkling for longer periods of time. Even cheap car covers can help to keep your vehicle clean and protected, whether parked indoors or outdoors. Your vehicle is already a valued investment, and you shouldn’t have to break the bank to keep it clean and covered.
Why Custom Fit Covers?
The best outdoor car covers are covers that are custom fit to protect each specific vehicle. Contoured to cover each line of your vehicle, custom car covers are the best way to protect your vehicle from damages—no matter the time of the year. On the other hand, many universal car covers are baggy and fit a vehicle poorly enough to cause damage to the vehicle.
You see, universal car covers aren’t designed to fit any specific type of vehicle, so they slide, rub, and slip off the vehicle, which destroys the vehicle’s finish in the process.
Tips for Choosing the Best Car Cover for Indoor Use
The best indoor car covers allow you to pamper your vehicle with its soft, smooth texture. Plus, they keep your vehicle safe and secure whether parked in a home garage, storage space, or in a parking ramp.
For example, if you’re looking to purchase a BMW cover, an Indoor Car Capsule may be the best possible choice for your vehicle. The Indoor Car Capsule is a completely enclosed car bubble for the 2016 BMW 320i. However, custom car covers are available for any specific make and model you choose.
If you store your Mustang indoors during the cold winter months, search for an indoor Mustang car cover such as the Basic Shield Car Cover for 2015 Ford Mustang Coupes. The Deluxe Shield Car Cover for 2015 Ford Mustang Coupes is a great option for outdoor use.
Tips for Choosing the Best Car Covers for Outdoor Storage
Whether for indoor or outdoor coverage, the best rated car covers are covers that protect your vehicle from the hazards of dust, weather, other drivers, and a variety of other conditions. However, the type of car cover you choose depends solely on how often you drive your vehicle and where you park most frequently. Below, you will find a few tips to help you choose an outdoor car cover.
Regular, Outdoor Use
When you park your vehicle outside on a regular basis, you want to use a car cover that does its job and keeps your vehicle protected, but doesn’t take a whole lot of time to fold, unfold, and arrange on the vehicle. Additionally, the cover should be easy enough to fold up and store away when it’s not in use.
If you drive your vehicle regularly and you know your car cover will get a great deal of use, the CovercraftWeatherShield HD features a 100 percent fully custom car cover that holds up under any outdoor weather condition, whether it be rain, sun, or snow. Additionally, the CovercraftWeatherShield HP 100 percent fully custom cover is another high-quality option that can be made-to-order—whether you need a Toyota Rav4 cover or a Porsche 911 cover.
Busy, Crowded Streets or Parking Lots
When your vehicle is parked near other people or vehicles for extended periods of time, you need a thicker, heavier outdoor car cover. From kids playing in the street to busy traffic passing by at all hours of the day—your vehicle needs a durable cover that holds up against scratches, dents, and dings.
The Covercraft Noah cover is a 100 percent custom made-to-order item featuring high-performance fabric and a soft inner lining fleece. Plus, the cover protects your vehicle during any type of weather condition. Whether you need Jeep covers or Tundra covers—these custom-made car covers are excellent choices.
Tips for Choosing a Car Cover for Your Region
Whether you need a Silverado cover or any other type of truck or car cover—your car cover should be influenced by the types of weather conditions you experience in your region.
- Rainy regions like the Pacific Northwest or Deep South require users to look for outdoor car covers with exceptional water-resistance. The Covercraft Noah is an excellent made-to-order moisture-resistant option.
- Regions along the coast such as the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico need added protection from the sun and salty coastal air. The CovercraftWeatherShield HDor the CovercraftReflec'tect are both smart options for drivers in coastal regions. Additionally, the CovercraftWeathershield HD is an excellent choice for drivers who live in snowy climates.
- Sunny, desert regions such as the Southwest need car covers that contain added photo degradation and UV protection, like the CovercraftReflec'tect.
Choosing the Best Color for Your Climate
The climate you live in influences the type of outdoor car cover you purchase—including the color of the cover. When it comes to car covers, it doesn’t matter if your favorite color is purple, black, or red—what matters is how the color will affect the functionality of the cover itself. Here are some tips for choosing a car color for the climate you live in:
- Lighter colored outdoor car covers are better fit for sunnier, warmer climates.
- For many reasons, lighter colored car covers are better fit for lighter colored vehicles. For one, brighter colors could bleed onto the vehicle under certain weather conditions. For the best protection, choose a lighter color cover for lighter vehicles.
- For a smooth, stylish look—opt for attractive, vibrant colors. Many car cover styles are available in a rainbow of colors, including blue, black, red, and mustard yellow.
Choosing Between a Semi-Custom and Fully Custom Fit Car Cover
When choosing between car covers for indoor or outdoor storage, refer to the Car Cover Comparison Guide. This guide will help you to decide which car cover option best fits your needs. Our recommended car covers include Semi-Custom Fit Car Covers and Fully Custom Fit Car Covers.
Semi-Custom Fit Car Covers
Semi-Custom Fit Car Covers provide users with the best possible value. As a top seller and our best rated car covers, Semi-Custom Fit Covers are completely sized to the length, width, and height of each specific vehicle. Styles vary depending on the dimensions and shape of the vehicle.
Unlike the universal car covers that can be found in an auto part store, semi-custom fit covers contour to the shape and lines of each vehicle. Each cover features a snug elastic front and back for added protection. Plus, shipping is fast and usually ships within the same day or the next business day.
Fully Custom Fit Car Covers
While Fully Custom Fit Car Covers are the most expensive car cover option, they also provide the best possible fit for your vehicle. Manufactured to order, these covers can take up to two weeks to ship. Each cover is specifically designed to meet the dimensions of each vehicle’s make and model, and most fully custom covers feature mirror pockets. However, prices vary and range from about $250 to $1,000 and up.
Choosing a Material Quality
The quality of your custom car cover’s material ranges from Basic, to Deluxe, to Ultimate, to Platinum. Below, we’ll highlight some of the benefits to each material quality.
Basic Car Cover Materials
Made of polypropylene, Basic Shield Car Covers protect a vehicle from dust and dirt. Basic Shield car covers are ideal for indoor use and come with a three-year warranty. The interior of the cover features a non-abrasive, non-fleece material. Each Basic Car Cover comes equipped with a free storage bag.
Deluxe Shield Materials
Deluxe Shield Car Covers are good options for indoor and outdoor protection. However, Deluxe covers feature the lowest level of outdoor protection. Made of polypropylene, Deluxe Shield Car Covers come with a five-year warranty. The interior of the cover features a non-abrasive, non-fleece material. Each Basic Car Cover comes equipped with a free storage bag.
Ultimate Shield Car Covers
Ultimate Shield Car Covers make a great year-round car cover for indoor and outdoor use. As one of the best rated car cover materials, our Ultimate Shield covers offer ultimate protection from UV rays, snow, rain, tree sap, and other harsh weather conditions. Made of polypropylene, Ultimate Shield Car Covers come with a ten-year warranty and a free storage bag, antenna patch, and Cable and Lock Set. The interior of the cover features a gentle fleece lining.
Platinum Shield Car Covers
Platinum Shield Car Covers are our best rated car covers, featuring top level platinum vehicle protection. Made of high-quality woven polyester materials, Platinum Shield covers offer maximum protection from UV rays, sun, dirt, rain, and harsh weather conditions. In addition to its high-quality fabric for all climates, gentle fleece liming, and lifetime warranty—each Platinum Shield Cover comes equipped with a free storage bag, antenna patch, and Cable and Lock Set.
Choosing Between Ultimate and Platinum Car Covers
Depending on the region you live in, it may be difficult to decide between the Ultimate and Platinum car covers. If you’re looking for the best car cover for winter, the Platinum Shield Car Cover may be the best choice for you.
The main difference between the two covers is the Platinum cover’s ability to protect vehicles from the harshest weather conditions. Featuring a lightweight but highly durable material, the Platinum cover offers the highest possible level of protection. Plus, the Platinum cover features a lifetime warranty where the Ultimate Shield car cover features a ten-year warranty.
On the other hand, the Ultimate Shield cover features the heaviest cover material and works exceptionally well for year-round weather protection. Both are excellent options.
How to Choose the Best Car Cover for Indoor Use
If you need an indoor-only car cover, then any of our quality materials will work well for your needs. We only offer the best possible products to our customers. Additionally, your indoor car cover should be able to meet the following qualifications:
- It’s breathable: The perfect indoor car cover should be breathable to reduce condensation. Air should be able to flow freely throughout the cover’s fabric.
- It blocks dust: As we mentioned earlier, the paint on your vehicle’s exterior is much more delicate than it appears. An indoor car cover should protect the vehicle from dust, which can sink into cracks and scratches and chip away at paint.
- It’s gentle: The inner layer of the car cover should be gentle and non-abrasive to avoid scratching at the surface of your vehicle. Therefore, many car cover materials feature a fleece or gentle inner lining.
- It’s rot and mildew-resistant: An indoor car cover should be treated with inhibitors that minimize rot and mildew. If not, moisture can expel and collect on the cover, causing it to mildew and rot.
However, it’s important that you choose an indoor car cover that best fits your specific needs, whether you need a lightweight car cover or a heavy-duty car cover.
Lightweight Car Covers That Are Easy to Apply and Remove
If you drive your vehicle regularly and you’ll be applying and removing the car cover daily, you’ll want to find a cover that is lightweight and easy to remove, carefully fold up, store away, and then put back on at the end of the day. Our Basic Shield Car Covers are an excellent choice.
Heavy-Duty Car Covers That Stop Scratches, Dents, and Dings
If your vehicle is parked in the middle of a busy garage that gets a lot of traffic from family, kids, and pets, then you’ll probably want to look for a heavier-duty car cover. Our Completely Enclosed Car Bubble Indoor Car Capsule is an excellent choice for protecting vehicles in cluttered, dusty garages.
Outdoor Vehicle Cover Options
Choosing the best outdoor car cover is a bit trickier since there are so many factors that come into play. However, it is important that your outdoor car cover is strong enough fulfill security and weather requirements.
Car Covers for All Seasons
If you’re lucky enough to experience four seasons each year, your vehicle may struggle to keep up. However, a car cover that offers superior protection for all types of weather conditions is ideal, especially if you live in areas like New York City, Minneapolis, or New Haven. The Covercraft Noah, WeatherShield HD, and Ultimate or Platinum Shield Car Cover are all great options for year-round weather protection.
Car Cover Snow Protection
If you live in a climate that gets snow, one of the greatest benefits to using car covers is the ability to keep the windshield clean and free of ice, snow, and moisture. While no car cover is completely waterproof—since it needs to be breathable—a car cover will protect your vehicle all winter long.
Car Covers for Rain Protection
If you live in a climate like the Deep South or Pacific Northwest, you need water protection. The Covercraft Noah, Deluxe Shield Car Cover, Ultimate Shield Car Cover, and Platinum Shield Car Cover are all great options.
Dirt and Dust Protection
Dirty, dusty environments require a car cover with added dirt and dust protection. Basic Shield Car Covers or Deluxe Shield Car Covers are two excellent options for dirt and dust protection.
Sun and UV Ray Protection
Just like your skin, your car needs UV ray and sun protection, too. CovercraftReflec'tect, the Ultimate Shield Car Cover, and the Platinum Shield Car Cover are all wise choices for sun and solar ray protection.
Tree Sap Protection
Parking under a tree makes for a pretty view, but the tree sap all over your vehicle? Not so much. Keep your vehicle clean and free of sticky tree sap, which can eat away at paint finishing. The CovercraftWeathershield HP, Deluxe Shield Car Cover, and Ultimate Shield Car Cover all provide tree sap protection.
Car Covers that Fight Bird Dropping Discoloration
Unfortunately, the acidic components found in bird droppings can cause your vehicle’s paint to discolor and deteriorate. The CovercraftWeathershield HD and Platinum Shield Car Cover both protect vehicles from bird droppings.
Choosing a Lightweight or Heavy-Duty Outdoor Car Cover
Aside from weather and external factors, the perfect car cover for your vehicle depends on how often you use it and what you plan to use it for.
Lightweight Outdoor Car Covers That Are Easy to Apply and Remove
If you park your vehicle outdoors in a quiet parking lot, quiet side street, or in a driveway, then a lightweight outdoor car cover is probably all you need. Lightweight car covers are perfect for daily use and are easy to apply to your vehicle and remove. The Deluxe Shield Car Cover may be the perfect lightweight car cover for you.
Heavy-Duty Outdoor Car Covers That Stop Scratches, Dents, and Dings
However, if you park your vehicle in a busy parking ramp, on busy, crowded streets, or areas with heavy amounts of traffic, a heavy-duty car cover will offer your vehicle the best outdoor protection. The Covercraft Noah is an excellent option.
Added Outdoor Security
If you don’t park in a monitored parking lot or ramp, you may feel more comfortable opting for a car cover with additional security protection. A car cover will help to deter thieves from breaking in or stealing your vehicle, and it will help to keep your valuables covered.
Additionally, the Cable and Lock Set provides your vehicle with an added layer of security, keeping thieves away.
Best Rated Car Covers for Your Cars and Trucks
Now that you know the benefits of using an indoor and outdoor car cover, it’s time to find the best car covers for the specific type of vehicle you own. Fortunately, you can search for the exact type of car, truck, van, SUV, Hummer, limo, motorcycle, scooter, or RV that you own to find the best possible fit.
Best Rated Car Covers
The best car covers feature the Ultimate Shield or Platinum Shield materials. Whether you need a Mercedes cover or a Mercedes Benz car cover, there are car covers available to fit any make, model, year, or body of vehicle.
Honda Car Covers
If you’re looking for a car cover to fit your 2010 Honda Accord 4 Door Sedan, then there are several car cover options for you to choose from:
- Platinum Shield Car Cover for 2010 Honda Accord 4 Door Sedan
- Ultimate Shield Car Cover for 2010 Honda Accord 4 Door Sedan
- Deluxe Shield Car Cover for 2010 Honda Accord 4 Door Sedan
- Basic Shield Car Cover for 2010 Honda Accord 4 Door Sedan
- Indoor Car Capsule for 2010 Honda Accord 4 Door Sedan
Jaguar Car Covers
If you’re looking for a car cover to fit your 2012 Jaguar XFR, then there are several car cover options for you to choose from:
- Platinum Shield Car Cover for 2012 Jaguar XFR
- Ultimate Shield Car Cover for 2012 Jaguar XFR
- Deluxe Shield Car Cover for 2012 Jaguar XFR
- Basic Shield Car Cover for 2012 Jaguar XFR
- Indoor Car Capsule for 2012 Jaguar XFR
Hyundai Car Covers
- Platinum Shield Car Cover for 2020 Hyundai Sonata
- Ultimate Shield Car Cover for 2020 Hyundai Sonata
- Deluxe Shield Car Cover for 2020 Hyundai Sonata
- Basic Shield Car Cover for 2020 Hyundai Sonata
- Indoor Car Capsule for 2020 Hyundai Sonata
Trucks are quite a bit larger than cars, so you may be wondering how a car cover could also fit a truck. That’s where custom car covers come in. Custom cover covers are available to choose from, whether you drive a truck, van, SUV, Hummer, RV, limo, or other type of larger vehicle.
When looking for the best possible truck cover, you should be aware of the following qualifications:
- The cover should be custom-made to fit your specific truck.
- The cover should be made of the same high-quality materials as car covers.
- The inner lining of the cover should contain a soft, gentle material.
- The fabric should be breathable, allowing moisture and heat to escape through the fabric.
- The cover should be mildew and mold resistant.
- For added security, look for a Cable and Lock Set.
Below, find several suggestions for high-quality truck covers that are compatible with some of today’s most popular trucks on the road.
Finding a Dodge Ram Cover
Truck covers are available to meet the custom specifications of the vehicle you own. For example, if you’re looking for a truck cover to fit your 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 (Regular Cab Long Bed), then there are several truck cover options for you to choose from:
- Platinum Shield Truck Cover for 2016 Dodge Ram 1500
- Ultimate Shield Truck Cover for 2016 Dodge Ram 1500
- Deluxe Shield Truck Cover for 2016 Dodge Ram 1500
- Basic Shield Truck Cover for 2016 Dodge Ram 1500
Jeep Wrangler Car Covers
If you’re looking for an SUV cover to fit your 2014 Jeep Wrangler 4 Door, then there are several SUV cover options for you to choose from:
- Platinum Shield SUV Cover for 2014 Jeep Wrangler 4 Door
- Ultimate Shield SUV Cover for 2014 Jeep Wrangler 4 Door
- Deluxe Shield SUV Cover for 2014 Jeep Wrangler 4 Door
- Basic Shield SUV Cover for 2014 Jeep Wrangler 4 Door
Mazda Car Covers
If you’re looking for a van cover to fit your 2012 Mazda Mazda5, then there are several van cover options for you to choose from:
- Platinum Shield Van Cover for 2012 Mazda Mazda5
- Ultimate Shield Van Cover for 2012 Mazda Mazda5
- Deluxe Shield Van Cover for 2012 Mazda Mazda5
- Basic Shield Van Cover for 2012 Mazda Mazda5
Disposable Car Cover Options
Additionally, disposable vehicle covers are also available to choose from. If you need a Ford cover for your Ford Explorer, the five-pack Universal Plastic Disposal SUV Cover is a great option, which fits most SUVs.
If you need a Toyota cover for your Camry, the single-pack Universal Plastic Disposal Car Cover is an excellent option, which fits most cars.
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