By on July 12, 2019

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Whether it’s a sports car or snazzy truck, chances are you’ve invested a lot in your ride. If you’re serious about preserving its value, whether for trade-in time or simply for extending the life of its paint, slapping down a few bucks on a car cover falls squarely into the category of a Very Good Idea.

Like most security items in life, a cover isn’t perfect but it certainly acts as a good deterrent. That ne’er-do-well with the keys in his hand will find it more difficult to carve epithets into the paint of a covered car than one which isn’t comfortably ensconced in some form of man-made polypropylene. Same goes for the miscreant who wants to haul open the door and drive away.

We’ve searched Amazon to unearth eight good examples of the breed. As you’d expect, some are cheap while others are uber-expensive. Read on to discover what we found.

(Editor’s note: As noted above, this post is meant to both help you be an informed shopper for automotive products but also to pay for our ‘90s sedan shopping habits operating expenses. Some of you don’t find these posts fun, but they help pay for Junkyard Finds, Rare Rides, Piston Slaps, and whatever else. Thanks for reading.)

1. Editor’s Pick: SEAZEN Waterproof All Weather Car Cover

seazen waterproof car cover

This cover has a few extra and thoughtful touches, including a zipper for easy entry into the car without having to unwrap the thing like an eagerly anticipated Christmas present. There are a few reflective strips applied at critical places as well, pleasing anyone who wants their car to look like a manufacturer’s camouflaged test mule. They’ll also help prevent wayward locals from slamming into your street parked covered classic at three in the morning.

Heavy straps with typical backpack-style clasps keep the thing grounded in heavy winds, helping to prevent the thing from flapping like a politician’s jaws at a council meeting. All sizes are the same price so, for once, fans of big Oldsmobile sedans are not punished at the checkout, though we remain objects of scorn and derision. The seller also markets this cover as waterproof, a great bonus.

Pros: Reasonably priced, waterproof, comes with a carry bag

Cons: Shiny alien spaceship appearance may alarm slack-jawed locals

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2. Cheap Choice: Budge Lite Car Cover, Indoor/Outdoor

budge lite car cover

Unlike children’s clothes, where the small amount of material does not necessarily correspond with a small price tag, it would seem that car covers are priced within reason considering their size. This budget option seems to be a great choice for cars and SUVs of all shapes, with different length-based options ranging between rigs measuring 162 inches long to land yachts spanning 22 feet from stem to stern. The 1973 Imperial LeBaron wasn’t even that long, by the way.

This cover has built in grommets for ‘extra security’ but remember that these things certainly fall under the category of deterrent, not iron-clad theft prevention. Like all covers, it will protect against dust, debris, liquids, paint, falling objects and UV exposure. Double stitched seams provide added durability, and our non-abrasive materials won’t scratch your car

Pros: Cheapest option on this list

Cons: Some customers report a worryingly short lifespan

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3. Seven Sparta Car Cover

seven sparta car cover

Resisting the urge to make a reference to Leonidas and the 300 is futile when talking about this particular car cover. Seven Sparta markets this unit as having waterproof reflective material to reduce the heat to the inside of a vehicle and block the effects of damaging UV rays while also keeping dust and scratches away from the car.

Reviews are scarce but extremely recent and overwhelmingly positive, so take from that what you will. The seller keeps mentioning the cover’s 210D fabric, a designation which refers to a lightweight polyurethane material that repels water and is found in items like tents. It does not, sadly, refer to an old and obscure Volvo.

Pros: Repels the sun and water, big enough to cover down to the exhaust tips

Cons: Small amount of customer feedback

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4. OxGord Executive Storm-Proof Car Cover

oxgord executive storm proof car cover

While its brand name sounds like a beast of burden saddled with the first name of your senior citizen neighbor, this cover from OxGord is one of the best-reviewed units on Amazon with a decent sample size of buyers. Seven layers may sound like a great recipe for chocolate cake but it is also a great recipe for a good car cover. Multiple layers of polypropylene on top of micro-porous film and soft fleece allows for waterproof protection against the elements.

Contrary to first thought, one shouldn’t necessarily have their car wrapped tighter than a drum. Breathability is important, as are solid tie down grommets and a yaffle of drawstrings. Your author chuckled at the “semi glove fit” description, undoubtedly written by a cadre of bedwetting lawyers seeking to ward off complaints in case this cover doesn’t fit your car tighter than O.J.’s glove.

Pros: Available in a wide array of sizes, multi-layer protection

Cons: Bring-yer-own tie down string

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5. Cover Craft Custom Fit Car Cover

cover craft custom fit car covers

Nearly every single one of these lists includes an extravagantly priced option, and this post is no exception. The crew at Cover Craft routinely list their wares for about the price of three good derby cars. This does seem to be a case of getting what one pays for, however, with this unit featuring sheared cotton fleece so it’s exactly like wrapping your car in a sheep but without all the bleating.

Available in six different colors, this super soft cover is said to follow the contour of your car as it protects against minor indoor accidents. We presume this refers to someone dropping a screwdriver on the car and not an entire can of house paint. The outer shell is made of woven knit polyester blended with spandex, which means it dresses your car much like a 1970’s high school teacher.

Pros: Fantastic choice for protection during indoor storage

Cons: Outrageously expensive

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6. Color Rain Time UV Protection Car Cover

color rain time uv protection car cover

One of the few options available in black, this cover is said to provide all-weather protection while guarding against scratches and deposits from your friendly neighborhood aviary team. The black color apparently doesn’t contribute to heating the car’s interior like a wood-fired pizza oven thank to a reverse side in silver.

Reflectors adorn the edges where the car’s front fenders and side mirrors will reside. A trio of straps with buttons do the job of keeping the thing from taking to wing when the wind picks up. Most customers report using this cover on the likes of an Audi A4 or “small BMW”, despite what the ad’s assertion that this is an XL in size.

Pros: Good price, looks different than all the others

Cons: May not fit vehicles bigger than a compact sedan

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7. Vislone Waterproof Car Cover

vislone car cover

Another entrant into the elcheapo end of the car cover spectrum, this one retails for less than 30 bucks, meaning a person could conceivably double up on vehicle protection at a reasonable cost. Elastic straps at the bottom to secure the car cover around your vehicle, while the waterproof construction should repel the likes of snow and water.

The Vislone cover also, naturally, does the standard job of protecting against dust and harmful UV rays which can nuke a car’s interior if left unchecked (ask Murilee about the insides of cars at various yards he’s visited in places like Phoenix). Its package weight – the cover, not Phil – is a mere 1.8 pounds.

Pros: Dead simple alternative to the expensive choices

Cons: Complete lack of customer reviews

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8. For the Truck: KAKIT Waterproof Truck Cover

kakit waterproof truck cover

Just a few letters away from the name of a popular chocolate candy bar treat, this car cover features a driver’s door zipper for easy access to that cell phone charger you forgot, plus the thoughtful addition of a gasket at the top & bottom of this zipper to prevent scratching of the car’s paintwork. Beats a plastic zipper any day of the week.

Five-ply construction up top bears the brunt of snow or nuclear fallout, while thick and robust buckles keep the cover lashed to your truck. Yes, Virginia, this unit will fit over a pickup truck, partially explaining why the shipping weight is a lardy 13 pounds. It also comes with an anti-theft lock (again, this is just a deterrent) and storage bag.

Pros: It’ll fit your pick-em-up truck, heavy duty five-layer construction

Cons: Look elsewhere if you are tasked with protecting a MINI Cooper

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8 Comments on “Wrap Music: Best Car Covers...”

  • avatar

    Since when did cotton come from sheep?

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    they work if put on a pristine car inside a garage

    if put on a car w/ even minimal dirt it will sand the finish if wind moves the cover or just in putting the cover on and taking it off and once the inside of the cover is dirty then the sanding process will contiinue

    it will also trap moisture under the cover if parked outside

    so most of the time they are worse than worthless – but good for LT storage of a clean car, indoors

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    James Charles

    In Australia we have foil blinds that fit inside the wind shield. These are great for protecting the interior, especially the dash. They also drop the inside temperature of a parked vehicle considerably. No hot seats.

    Also in Australia most every vehicle has dark tinted windows, further protecting the vehicles interior.

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    Intro-Tech car covers are beautifully made and very durable. They have breathable, silvered fabric to reflect the sun. They come with strong, durable bungee-type cords that hook into the cover at each end to hold it in place, and are easy to attach and remove. There is a reinforced grommet at the center on each side to attach the included cable lock. Now the best part: they are guaranteed for life. Available on Amazon.

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    Why do the vehicles look better covered up?

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