Tuesday 19 December 2017

Something New for 2018

We have been busy with several new projects underway for 2018. 

Prototypes have been made and are currently being tested for projects we will launch and reveal in the new year.

Something we are excited about are a new range of PLUS outdoor covers, specifically for 4x4 vehicles like Land Rovers, Jeeps etc where total coverage is required, but never truly ever really achieved.

This new range of PLUS covers is being announced due to the incredible success of the Stormforce PLUS Outdoor Car Covers we launched earlier this year.

Keep an eye on this blog, the website and our various social media streams for more information in January 2018. - i.e. Facebook - Instagram and Twitter

May we take this opportunity to wish all our customers, old and new a Happy Christmas and Great New Year.

Greg Lunt - MD - 1st Portal Network Ltd

Thursday 7 September 2017

Car Cover Reviews - Not all they claim to be....

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a garage and if your car is facing Winter outdoors, it pays to cover it up with the best solution available in terms of fit and effectiveness.

You will find so called independent reviews on the internet, usually by Auto Magazines that know little or nothing about car covers judging by few samples they have chosen, then give the best of them 5 stars.  Quite often the covers chosen are from retailers or manufacturers who have paid a fee to have their cover featured and reviewed....bit misleading to say the least.

Anyone serious about protecting there car over Winter wouldn't go and buy a generic outdoor car cover from some retail park and expect it to work as well as a fully tailored, custom solution, they are worlds apart.

So if you are looking for a cover for the Winter ahead, spend wisely, do your own research, listen to reviews by actual customers on forums and the like and make your own decision.

We know our covers are good and our bespoke solutions rank amongst the best available, but we will leave it to the customer to make the final choice.

Happy Motoring

Greg Lunt - 1st Portal Network Ltd 

Friday 25 August 2017

Latest STOCK Availability on Cielo Custom Fit Covers

We have been busy, stocking up, mainly for the impending rush of cover sales, into Winter.

Always our busiest time of year, normally production times can stretch out up to Christmas with customers waiting 5 weeks sometimes for custom made covers.  This means that by early December, most places that offer a Truly Custom Product, and not an off the shelf general fit equivalent are struggling to fulfil orders before the 25th Dec.

So this year we have planned ahead and aim to have custom made and custom fitted stock available of our most popular car patterns.

So anything modern where we know the car wont have unique features, like mirrors on wing(s) fitted by owners or dealers, which have to be custom located for pocket(s) we will try and stock.

We currently have the following stock in already but will be looking to expand in the next few months.  

We always have the likes of Stormorce ( and New Stormforce PLUS ), Voyager ( and New PLUS), Monsoon and Sahara covers in stock for next day delivery, but if you require something more fitted for outdoor use , then the Cielo or Advan-Tex is the way to go.

To find our more about these unique two tone, truly fully fitted covers visit our Cielo Car Cover page

The Team Coveryourcar

Cars and Coffee Liverpool - Car Covers

We will be at The Liverpool Cars and Coffee Meet on Morning of Sunday 3rd September at the front of The Chung Ku Restaurant.  Always a great meet, we will be attending in our Lancia Delta Integrale and will be on hand to answer any Car Cover questions you may have and have samples of indoor and outdoor covers.

If attending to show or just browse the amazing cars that are on show, be sure to get there before 9 as it gets very busy.

See you There.  Greg,

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Old Skool Tech Combats New Age Car Hacking

There is a worrying trend here in the UK, that seems to be in the news daily regarding cars stolen off driveways and car hacking of wireless entry and start systems of certain types of cars.

Apparently rife in America, and soon to be over here in the UK and Europe.

Where criminals will still target certain makes and models of cars and even break into houses looking for keys, the new trend seems to be just stand outside the owners front door with a sniffer / booster device which can detect the signal emitted from the wireless remote which polls to the car if its in close proximity to the house.

Check out this story the Daily Mail ran describing such a theft.
If you google further you will discover a list of cars, which are susceptible to being hacked with an ever increasing number of stories about such disturbing events.

But there are things you can do and it seems that revolve around old School Technology to protect your pride and joy.

1) Use a Faraday Bag or Faraday Box when keys are in the house, this will stop the signal from polling from the key fob to the car when idle.

2) Use a Steering Wheel Lock, make sure key is NOT on the same set of keys as the car's.  We recommend using a Thatcham approved product such as Disklok which we will shortly be stocking.

3) Use a Security Post of your driveway, make sure key is NOT on the same set of keys as the car's.

4) Use a Wheel Clamp, make sure key is NOT on the same set of keys as the car's.

5) Use a Car Cover with Clip to Car Activated Alarm which can't be hacked. This will give you some warning against a signal hack and keys being stolen plus it will make it less obvious what car you actually have.

6) Fit a physical / manual third party Thatcham approved immobiliser or cut off switch to the ignition.

Further updates will be forthcoming

The Team at Coveryourcar

Monday 26 June 2017

A Bespoke, Custom Fit Outdoor Car Cover with no waiting.

As many people know, our custom fit Cielo, Two Tone Outdoor Car Covers, that are inch perfect, are usually on a 4 week basis.  However we stock many poplar patterns so customers can order and have their cover within a few days, no waiting. So the benefits of a Bespoke Cover, but available quickly and at no extra charge.

Our ever expanding stock of custom fit, bespoke covers now includes the following..

Ford Focus RS, MK1, MK2, and MK3  (These are three different custom patterns, not one fits all )

The New 2016 Fiat 124 Spider and Abarth Version

Alfa Romeo 4C

Audi R8 Coupe and Spyder ( Non V10PLUS Non GT Spoiler )

Fiat 500 Abarth

Toyota GT86

Toyota IQ

Nissan GT-R (R35)

Lancia Delta Integrale Evolution with spoiler at 45 degree angle

Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Roadster ( Again 2 different patterns )

Jaguar XK8/R Mk 1 Coupe

Jaguar XK8/R Mk 1 Convertible

Any other vehicles we can usually do on a 2 or 4 week basis.

To find out more about these amazing cover visit

Thursday 15 June 2017

The ZWIFT Revolution. Cycle Trainer Custom Covers for your Man Cave

Due to our involvement with Cycling over the years in terms of running our own Cycle Team and providing various types of Cycle Covers to the likes of British Cycling, we decided to embrace the next evolution in Home/ Trainer Cycling.....Zwift.

Zwift is an interactive piece of Software that communicates with the latest generation on 'Smart' Cycle Trainers for a real world style experience.  So expensive bikes now sit on expensive trainers, in pain and man caves across the globe, coming together in social group rides online in an ever growing phenomena.

In order to protect your investments we have designed and produced an indoor fleece pattern that can be used on a Road Bike while its on the trainer when not in use, keeping both bike and trainer free from dirt, dust and dings.

This is more important than you may think as many of these Smart Trainers contain mico chips and delicate circuitry and tech which if sat on a cold, dusty garage floor when not in will cause issues over time.

The pattern we developed fits road bikes on Wheel Out Direct Drive Smart Trainers, such as the Tacx Neo or Wahoo Kickr and also conventional style Wheel In Trainers such as the Tacx Vortex, Wahoo Kickr SNAP etc, tucking under the rear feet of the units providing a fully tailored fit on the bike.

Each cover is custom made to order, and as such is available in almost any colour combination, so can be made to match your Man Cave decor, Club, Team, Bike or Sponsor colours.  We can also print onto the front of the cover a personal message, your initials, name, club, team or motivational phase, again in almost any colour.

For more information and to finish off your Man Cave with the Ultimate accessory visit our website today.  Production normally 3 weeks as each one is custom made to your choice.

The Coveryourcar Team

Monday 22 May 2017

Car Covers - Best Solution for Hot Weather - Lanzarote - Canary Islands - Dubai etc

Having seen first hand what heat, dust, sand, sun and high levels of UV can do to a car's paint work, not to mention interior, we are now able to offer our Silver, Heat Reflective Fitted Covers as a cost effective solution in areas like The Canary Islands, Dubai, Spain, Cyprus, South of France, Parts of the USA and other Hot parts of the world.

On a recent business trip to Spain, we took some photos of cars that were experiencing issues with their paintwork due to being left in the sun for long periods. These can be seen below and prevented by using one of our Special Heat Reflective Fitted Car Covers.

Shipping is typically just £20 - £25 from the UK due to our special rates, and the covers come fitted to the shape of the car with a one year guarantee against failure.

We also offer an "upgrade" to the standard cover known as a VOYAGER PLUS for those left for longer periods, especially if windy, for that peace of mind factor, where a hemline tension skirt applies pressure around the entire underbelly of the car, rather than the usual strap only system of most covers.

Customers in the Canary Islands can often not pay 20% UK VAT if they can provide a Residency ID Number, they will however pay import duty of around 7% on receipt of the cover.  Call us in the UK on +44 1744 633985 to order yours.

Call us today on +44 (0)1744 633985 to discuss your best options or visit us online at 

Saturday 29 April 2017

Towing Covers for Caravans - The Tow Pro

This month we launch our new mini website dedicated to Towing Caravan Covers called CoverYourCaravan,

Made to order on a 4 week schedule, each one is tailored to fit a specific make and model of british caravan, post 2012.

Available in Tow Pro, Tow Pro PLUS or Tow Pro Elite they include many nice little extra features

Reasons for using a Caravan Cowing Cover include...
  • Protect from impacting dead insects and flies, especially in Summer.
  • General Road Dirt and Mud Splashes.
  • Stone Chips.
  • Water and Spray Damage when it’s being towed.
  • Marks from sxhaust emission from towing vehicle. 
  • Sun, UV and Glare

As an Example The PLUS Version includes...

  • Fully tailor-made in the UK
  • Sleek design allows fitting within minutes, with no buckles or clips to adjust
  • Caravans own lights are visible through Perspex windows
  • Elasticated sides create a snug fit around the front of your caravan
  • Locker Box Access and our Easy Grab System as standard
  • Choice of 4 colours
  • Free UK delivery (4 weeks)
Visit us now for more information or to buy online at CoverYourCaravan

Sunday 9 April 2017

Lancia Delta Integrale Car Covers - Custom Made

Owning one ourselves we are aware of the need to cover up your Lancia Delta Integrale if being stored inside or out.

Our custom made outdoor covers are tailored to fit the specific version of Integrale, and also the angle of the rear spoiler if fitted.  Either down, 45 degrees or Vertical.  This can made a big difference to the fit at the rear.  Also a non tailored cover may rub the corners of the spoiler over time, this is because if its an original spoiler it will be made from alloy and as such won't have been baked during the painting process so the paint remains soft.

The integrale is also quite an angular car, being from the 80's and 90's so lots of square corners that need to be covered perfectly to avoid rubbing issues.

We can also manufacture indoor covers, similar to the original Lancia Cover that was supplied with every Evo2.  Drop by our website or give us a call to discuss your requirements on 01744 633985

Here's one we made earlier in action in our two tone Cielo fabric.

Monday 3 April 2017

Stormforce PLUS vs Car Cover Over Net

Many companies have now copied our idea of using an Over Net with a car cover. Having sold it for many, many years we know its limitations and why you should always go for a PLUS upgrade over a net unless you are trailering that car and using it to keep the cover in place.

Here are some reasons why you wouldn't use a Car Cover Over Net.

a) The Wrong Kind of Net.
A Net that is glued and not looped will eventually fail.  Every "join" point on the net also becomes a friction point.  Too many small loops means the cover is going to ruin your car cover quickly.  Slightly bigger "holes" are better than lots of small ones.

b) Warranty
Many Car Cover manufacturers will invalidate any warranty on that cover if its been used with an over net. ( Worth Checking ).....  Why?  because it will move in the wind and over time remove / shred the outer layer of any multilayered cover as it puts pressure on the outer surface as it moves.

c) Where is it made?
Our nets are made in Scotland, by one of the countries oldest, traditional net makers, establshed in the 1800s, as opposed to india or china where the quality just isn't the same.

d) Price
Its cheaper to upgrade your cover to a PLUS version, and still maintain the full warranty on the car cover, that use a more expensive Net that won't.

e) Adjustable bungee cord.
Every Net we sell comes with a minimum of 10 Meters worth of 1cm thick bungee cord.  This can be adjusted through the net at the best point that suits you and adjusted to fit.

To find out more about the right kind of net that can be used for trailering visit our Car Cover Over Net Page here.  Should you need more security for your car cover in high winds visit our Stormforce PLUS page here.

The Team at

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Return of the Guanto

The revolutionary Guanto fabric has now become available to us once again, so we are now offering this cover solution to customers who want a custom, form fitting indoor cover that can also be used outdoors short term.

The fabric is stretch and teflon coated which makes it unique.  Available in Black or Grey, custom made to order and available with or without a colour print on the bonnet.

For more information on the Guanto range visit

Now available to order online once again at

Friday 6 January 2017

VW Camper Van Stormforce Cover Fitting for Winter

We were recently asked for home assistance locally covering a Classic VW Camper Van, it was a conversion with pop top bay version with a large rack on the rear.  On this rack was the spare tyre.

Having seen the van previously we knew that our Standard Stormforce Camper Van Cover would fit perfectly if the rack was removed.  The van was parked up in an ideal location, out of the shade and in a place where sunlight would fall on the van early morning dew.

The rack was carefully removed and stored inside the van, the van was cleaned and then the cover was carefully fitted, tucking under the bumpers front and rear.  We also fitted a cover over strap kit as the van was being left for long periods unattended and this would give the owner piece of mind in high winds.

We took photos of the fitting and made a short video of the event below.