Sunday 30 May 2010

TOP 10 DONTS when buying a car cover

The internet is full of companies telling you how great their car covers are, a lot of it has shocked us in terms of how much "bull" there is and here we hope to give some REAL advice on what to avoid.

1) Lots of companies sell general fit covers. They come in a generic box with Small, Medium, Large etc printed on and usually a list of cars on the back that the cover will fit. If you thought you were buying a fitted car cover and one of these boxes arrives, send it back, or call and ask the company who supplied it to collect it.

2) Dont buy a Polyurathane cover if you are going to use the car indoors. Also dont buy one if you are going to use it in a hot climate. The material wont be upto the job. See also our recent Blog Checklist on what to look for when buying a cover for use in a  Hot Climate

3) Avoid covers that have no method of securing it to your car other than a couple of holes at the hemline and a piece of rope which you pass under the car and tie. The rope will create a friction point as it moves and mark your paintwork. Look for a cover with integrated straps and protective silicone boots or even better a hemline securing system which will take pressure off the strap to cover attachment point.

4) When fitting the cover Dont drag it along the floor or over the car. Start from the roof and fold down to each corner.

5) Always store the cover with the inside protected ( ie folding inwards ) and dont store it anywhere dusty, damp or dirty.

6) The inside of an outdoor cover shouldnt be soft and fluffy. You may initially think this is a good idea but it will attract and hold dirt, dust and moisture so over time, everytime you put the cover you risk scratching the car.

7) The inside SHOULD be a non woven material that wont hold moisture and dirt particles.

8) If its cheap, its cheap for a reason. Some of the worst covers we have seen are just sprayed with a waterproofing agent and are not waterproof at all. When it rains water pours through the cover, sometimes taking deposits of the agent with it which can leave marks on paint / soft top.

9) If you use your car daily, chances are if you cover it it will be dirty when you do so always clean it first.

10) Buy the best cover you can for the application required. If you use your car often and want to take it with you in the car go for something robust and light which compresses quite small. ( like our Voyager or Voyager PLUS) If your car is being stored outdoors long term, go for something a bit more heavy duty, ( like our Stormforce or Stormforce PLUS ) cover.

11) If you are looking to invest in a really good cover then go down the Custom Fit or Bespoke Route, these usually take weeks to produce and come in a variety of colours.  Like our Advan-Tex or Cielo Covers

12) If you are going to use your cover on the highway then you will need to display your number plates, this is the law.  You will also need to consider displaying a parking permit if this applies to you.  Taking this into account our Advan-Tex covers can come with window panels to display all these as an optional upgrade.

If in doubt give us a call on 01744 633985 or visit our website at

Saturday 29 May 2010

Car Cover ( Solar Battery Charger Compatible )

Soon we will be offering to customers, the option of a Solar Battery Power Charger Window in their Advantex Car Cover at the time of production. Using a Solar Battery Charger is an ideal was to keep your battery topped up, but you must choose the right one, there are lots of cheap solutions available to buy online which just arent upto the job. Our solution is a 4 Watt, foldable panel device that sits on the dash of your car, positioned next to the Car Cover Window. The device can either be plugged into the cigarette lighter socket or clipped directly to the battery under the bonnet with the wire threaded through the window.

Details of the recommended Solar Power Battery Charger can be found here

Sunday 16 May 2010

Stormforce Car Cover Review

If you are looking for an outdoor car cover that is fitted, breathable and waterproof then look no further than a Stormforce 4 Layer option from us here at Dont take our word for it though, make sure your read some of the many indpendent reviews that have been undertaken.

Here are a couple to start you off...

GT Purely Porsche Magazine - Stormforce Porsche 911 Review

The Minor Site - Stormforce Morris Traveller Review

The Car Cover Specialists

Sunday 9 May 2010

Tips on Choosing the right Car Cover

So you have a nice car, you like to look after it and keep it clean. This makes sense as its an investment and there is no better way to protect it than a good quality fitted car cover. Finding the right one however can be an easy as scooping air into a heap. A quick search of the internet will reveal a variety of websites selling car covers, all claiming to be the best.

So you are surfing the net looking for the right cover. Here are some tips on do's and donts to help you avoid disappointment.

a) Dont buy the cover because it seems cheap. If its cheap, its cheap for a reason.

b) Dont buy a cover because of a special free offer or giveaway item, its the cover that you wanted to buy not a freebie.

c) Ensure the cover is a specific fit for your car. Many websites we have visited ( some very reputable and selling supposed custom fit covers ) ask you for your make and model and even year of car, do a search, then come up with the phrase "Medium Cover", this will be a generic fit so be warned.

d) Make sure the cover has a guarantee, 2 year if possible

e) Make sure the seller is actually there, ring them up if you can, ask for advice and get a feel for the customer service / backup

Car Covers are used indoors or outdoors or both. Indoor Covers protect from dust, dents and dings. In a garage damp or moisture generally rises from the floor so it needs to be breathbale so as not to trap any moisture underneith. The very best indoor car covers are Soft, Fleece and Stretch and fit the car like a second Skin. Our Softech Indoor Covers and like this and can be made in custom colours.

Outdoor car covers protect your car against acid rain showers, harsh UV rays, cats, kids playing football, acidic bird droppings and dust and dirt, even sand. A light weighed breathable car cover can be used in this instance, like our Voyager Car Cover. Also ideal if taking with you in the car and space is limited. ie small boot.

For longer term outdoor storage, a Monsoon, Stormforce or Advantex cover should be used, these are Waterproof yet breathable and have a soft, brushed inner.

Our covers have advanced to the degree where they can be custom made to accomodate a single wing mirror, non removable aerial, parking permits, number plates, custom printing, alarmed and or locked.

Here is a list of our best selling car cover marques..
Car Covers for Aston Martin, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW and Mercedes

Once you have purchased your car cover you need to take care of it properly in order for it to take care of your car. Be careful where you put your car cover when not on the vehicle and make sure its not left on the floor and its dry before you store it. Here is a great video we found on cleaning your car cover...View Video

If in doubt visit us today at Coveryourcar, we are here to help and answer your questions.

The Car Cover Specialists.

Wednesday 5 May 2010

Registration Number on a Car Cover

We are now able to PRINT you vehicle's registration number onto your next bespoke custom ADVANTEX outdoor car cover, front and back, if required. We can also professionally add a window into the cover so that your tax disc or parking permit will show through the cover.

Be wary, most places offering the "Window" option in car covers sell it as a kit, so when your cover arrives with you, "YOU" have to cut the cover and apply the window, usually with glue. Make a mess of it and the cover is in the bin and there is no come back on the seller because you have made a mistake... dont say we didnt warn you.

The Car Cover Professionals @ Cover Your Car

Sunday 2 May 2010

Advantex - Colour Choice Bespoke outdoor car covers

You may have noticed we have recently started to roll out the new Advantex range of bespoke outdoor car covers on our website at Cover Your Car

So if you require a high quality fitted outdoor car cover in Black / Silver Grey / British Racing Green or Dark Blue then you are now able to buy one for your pride and joy online. There is also the option to have a Tax Disc or Parking Permit Window professionally fitted at time of production, in the location of your choice.

Click For more information on our Advantex Outdoor Car Covers