There are many different types of car covers available on the market, and before purchasing one, it is important to find out which cover is best suited to you and your car. You will need to ask yourself a few basic questions;
Where do you live? What type of climate do you live in and what is the general weather conditions there?
Where do you keep your car? Do you keep it in a garage or on the street?
What is your budget?
These are three basic, fundamental questions, that when you can answer them fully, you will be able to select the perfect cover for your car.
Where you live will very much depend on what type of cover you get. Someone living in Phoenix for example, will not need to purchase a cover that specialises in the area of waterproofing. It would be a sheer waste of money for such a person. Better he should use that money and get a cover that concentrates on being ultra-violet resistant.
There is a cover for almost every type of climate. There are different combination of resistance and at varying level. Hence there is a cover for everyone, no matter where you live, so it would be a shame not to be able to get a cover that would prove to be most advantageous for you, and your their car.
The next question, about storage, is also vital. You may live is a very wet, and rainy climate, but if you keep your car indoors, is it so necessary to spend the money on a waterproof car cover? Your car is anyway shielded from the rain when kept indoors, but needs other sorts of protection from indoor damage. Indoor covers tend to be cheaper, as they do not need so many combinations of resistance, and you would otherwise be wasting your money. However you will still want an indoor cover that has some type of protection against rain etc, for that odd, occasional outdoor use.
Lastly, budget. For some, this may have been the first question, but I have put it last, as I believe that you cannot completely decide you budget before sorting out the type of protection. I believe so, simply because a person might totally under-cut himself, and then end up with an inadequate cover. This, in my opinion is a waste. He will still have to then spend money on things like car-washes, polishes etc, and in the end would have saved more had he bought a more expensive cover to begin with.
I put budget the last because once you have chosen the cover, you choose the size, and this varies in price. There is the universal cover which will fit any type of car, no matter what size. This is of course the cheapest type as it can be mass-produced. However people don’t always like to buy the universal size simply because it doesn’t look so nice. Often there is lots of excess material hanging around the car, and it doesn’t look so pleasant.
The custom cover is tailor-made for the car. It will fit the car like a glove, and maximises the type of protection offered. A custom cover looks very sleek and chic and therefore lots of people tend to buy it. Naturally, this works out the most expensive though.
The last size is called a semi-custom. It is a compromise between the universal and custom. It is made to fit a selection of cars that are of similar shape and size. Therefore the fit is better than the universal, but not as snug as the custom. This is cheaper than the custom, hence it is often termed ‘the happy medium’.