You don't need to wash your car that regularly if you use a car cover.
A good car cover will protect your car from not only from pollution, rain or sun but also from bird droppings, leaves, insects, scratches as well as dirt and moisture in your garage. Protecting your car exterior not only makes it look nice, but it also prolongs the paint and therefore the value of your car.
When should I use a car cover?
The most common use for a car cover is when you're not going to be using your car for an extended period, or if you're going to be parking your vehicle in an area that will make it wet, dirty and possibly scratched from falling items like leaves.
What type of cover is best for my car?
It depends on what you want to protect it against. You'll first need to understand the different types of covers available for your car.
Different Types of Car Covers
- Cotton Car
Waterproof Car Cover
Waterproof car covers help prevent water from coming in close contact with your car. They are made of either a plastic coating or film to repel water. They're most useful for people living in tropical areas where rain is abundant. This kind of car covers stops rain from getting on the body of your car – roof, bonnet, doors and windscreen.
These covers are quite expensive. If you're operating on a low budget, this might not be the right choice for you.
Water Resistant Car Cover
Water-resistant car covers can also save your car against small dents and scratches by adding a layer of padding to protect your vehicle from anything dropping from trees or blown around in the wind. That shady spot under the tree outside your home may look like a welcome spot to park your vehicle. Unfortunately, sap, pollen, seeds and pods falling from the tree can damage the surface of your car.
Water-resistant car covers will also help against condensation as they facilitate the circulation of air around your vehicle. This is as an advantage over the waterproof car cover.
Composite Car Cover
This kind of car cover filters and drains water that may come into contact with your car. Though its primary function is to filter water, these covers also do a fantastic job in filtering dust away from your vehicle.
Cotton Car Cover
Cotton car covers are suitable if your main wish is to avoid scratches on your car paint. Cotton car covers to cover the entire body of your vehicle, are gentle to car paint and are budget-friendly. If protecting your vehicle against water or rain isn't your concern, then the cotton car cover is the right choice for you.
Now that you understand the different types of covers, it's time to learn how to use a car cover effectively.
How to Use a Car Cover Effectively
Use only on a clean car.
Don't place a car cover on a dirty car. Covering a dirty car can insulate surface dirt and contaminants. Also, if the cover rubs against the dirt particles on your vehicle, it can have an abrasive effect and inflict swirl marks or light scratches on your car paint. This goes against the very reason you used a car cover.
To ensure the car cover protects rather than damages your car, you need to clean your vehicle before covering it.
Handy Hint: Don't place the cover on the ground.
Don't ever store your cover on the ground as it will make it dirty. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines on how to clean or treat the cover appropriately to keep it in good condition, functioning well and doing its job to protect your car.
If you choose the right cover according to what you want to protect your car against, and in turn take care of the car cover itself, you will save your car from fading paint and expensive car washes. A high-quality car cover should be viewed as an investment - something that will help keep your car in its best condition.