Car Cover Fitting Options
You should know: car covers are designed to fit in accord with one of three ideals. When you get a cover for your vehicle, it will either be a true custom, semi-custom, or universal fit. While a good fit is a parameter any kind of car cover should be measured against, each of these three styles achieve a good fit in different ways, and in balance with other consumer concerns. Budget, ubiquity, or obscurity of the vehicle and conditions of use all play into the balance each style of cover tries to strike in its design.
True or full custom covers cater to every idiosyncrasy of the vehicle in question. A full custom cover might be made to order or simply exist to cater to the market created by very popular cars, or those with extremely particular builds that can't be protected by more general structure covers. Semi-custom covers logically reflect a compromise between custom covers and universal fits. They are analogous to a shoe: made for your size, but certainly not your foot. Thus, semi-custom car covers fit a more general category of vehicle than the specifics of your model, all the while bearing its recognizable silhouette. Universal car covers, exhausting the only possibility remaining which isn't quite as general as a sheet or blanket, seek to fit as many vehicles as possible. While this sometimes results in a shoddy, poorly tailored product, it can also result in a highly adaptable cover – with clever strap setups and the like – that make the most of most situations.
To read further, visit our blog: Custom-Fit vs. Semi-Custom vs. Universal
Custom-Fit Car Covers
Custom covers go to the extreme in order to hug every curve and contour of your vehicle. They bypass the need for client-side efforts like antenna hole cutting and ensure the greatest ease in dressing your vehicle. Their pockets, mirror-sleeves, and precise trim ensure that your prized ride is always announced – even when it is concealed. All these perks come – quite literally – at a price, however. Custom-fit covers can be hard to find in stock, if active stock is kept at all. Supply management – in addition to the fine-tuned stitching and sewing required for construction – make custom covers the most expensive and patience-demanding covers to invest in. Perhaps, most importantly, fully customized covers make a permanent cast of the always fungible shape of your car. If you are enthusiastic enough about your vehicle to invest in a custom cover, then it isn't far-fetched to assume that a vehicle is something you might be interested in modifying. Modifying a car that has been fitted with a custom cover, if not rendering the cover useless, at best makes it more like the much more affordable semi-custom cover that was opted against! For these reasons, CarCover.com urges readers to weigh their options carefully beforehand. If you do choose to go fully custom please visit the blog post above and discover which models offer custom coverings for!
Universal Car Covers
Universal car covers, as introduced above, aim to fit as many different vehicles as conceivable. This comes at the expense of simplicity and a suitable kempt appearance. The best universal covers cannot help but face two troubles: tackiness, and troubleshooting. When things aren't adequately tailored, there is always excess or lack, and your covered vehicle is left with all buckles, flaps, and straps. It is this shiftiness that takes the convenience and duplicability out of covering your car – it quickly becomes difficult to cover (or uncover) your vehicle intuitively and consistently, when the cover dressing it isn't truly meant for it. We do not sell or recommend universal car covers. While it is true that a universal car cover can still be a product of reasonable quality at a reduced price, we hold to the belief that our custom and semi-custom covers are themselves attainable at such bargain prices that to take chances on a lesser product would be disadvantageous and unnecessary risk.
Semi-Custom Car Covers
As some readers might have inferred from the above paragraphs, we here strongly believe that a custom car cover is the best solution for the vast majority of potential cover owners. As a sensible and flexible alternative to both fully custom and ‘universal’ covers, semi-custom covers are our specialty. To mitigate the compromises that come with not going fully custom, we offer solutions like the antenna patch which come with most of our covers, that allow you to cut and subsequently seal off the boundary of holes made for antennas in a manner that would otherwise, and more costly, be done in-factory for custom covers.
It goes without saying that the term ‘semi-custom’ has a lot of wiggle in it – wiggle between custom, and ‘universal’. Fortunately for you (and proudly for us) our semi-custom covers err comfortably closer to that desirable full custom fit, without the drawbacks. We put in the work to figure out how far a regularized figure can be stretched before it breaks – breaks the sense of proper dress, that is. Shopping with CarCover.com's comprehensive catalog of semi-custom car covers guarantees your satisfaction, and, your best dollar – just ask.
What a Good Car Cover Looks Like
Investing in a car cover can be an intimidating endeavor – precisely because, more often than not, it isn't obvious what you should be looking for prior to making your decision. Many potential buyers may not think to consider anything beyond build quality – and while quality is of central importance, it isn't comprehensive. Consider, too, these following things before you make your purchase.
Let's begin with the obvious: you want a strong warranty and prompt shipment and delivery if you are going to be buying a car cover online. These requirements guarantee that online shopping introduces convenience into your life, rather than removing it. On this front, CarCover.com has you covered – all our products offer urgent short-term (three or fewer days) shipping, and a lifetime warranty!
Your car cover is going to be doing more than just sitting on your car – it's going to be stored, carried around, and installed – be it by you, or someone else. For these reasons, it is best if a cover comes with a storage bag, integrated straps (for fluid installation), and a manageable weight. Storage bags ensure that the very elements you strive to keep away from your car don't gather on or in the cover which will later be in close contact with that same car. Weight can similarly sabotage the benefits of your cover: even a soft material might dim a mirrored detail if the layers above it amount to too much!
Finally, car covers are a desirable and substantial commodity. You want to protect your investment while it protects your car, and while it does that, it can't be locked inside. It can, however, be locked to your vehicle: this is where cable locks come in handy. All of CarCover.com's car covers come with a cable lock, which threads through the cover and affixes it without hassle to your car. This much can easily be said - dissuading would-be thieves from taking your cover (or the now unseeable contents of your car!), a cable lock does a world of good.
To read further, visit our blog: Important Things to Look For When Buying a Car Cover