Taking out what seems to be a great value insurance package only to find six months down the line that it doesn’t cover damage caused during icy or snowy conditions is of little use, especially in many areas of the UK.
Often people tend to buy outdoor car covers assuming that as long as it’s a reasonably good fit and covers the whole of the car then it will be protected against most of the potential damage which might be caused. However, to think like this is like assuming that buying one single pair of gloves is all you’ll ever need.
Whilst woolly gloves are great for keeping your hands warm, they don’t protect as well against the damp, whereas leather gloves might be better in wet conditions, except that they may not let your hands breathe over longer periods of wear.
Sometimes it seems that a compromise is necessary, but with outdoor covers there should really be no need for compromise, as long as you plan ahead and think carefully about what your needs really are.
The first thing to consider is how regularly you use your car, or more accurately, how regularly you’ll be fitting the cover on to it, and taking it off.
If you’re likely to use your outdoor cover every day, or almost every day, then this shouldn’t pose any problems, but if you’re thinking of covering your car up for several days at a time, or even for longer than this, then it will be particularly important to think about the type of material used in the construction of the cover.
Some of the cheaper, budget end outdoor covers are made from a polythene based plastic material that doesn’t allow the car to breathe.
This means that any moisture trapped underneath the cover, or which evaporates up into the covered space will simply have nowhere to escape to, building up and causing an increasingly humid atmosphere. This in turn gives rise to a greater chance of mildew and rot which can cause real problems around rubber seal areas in particular.
If you have a soft top then it’s doubly important to make sure that you consider only those outdoor covers which are fully breathable. Read the rest of this entry »