Car Covers: The No-Brainer Money Savers

Every car owner is weary and aware of the expenses that can come from maintaining your vehicle. Between oil changes, tune-ups, and especially unexpected repairs, owning a vehicle can quickly become prohibitively expensive. One surefire way to considerably lower your risk of unnecessary expenses is to invest in a good quality car cover.

Car covers are designed to protect your vehicle from inclement weather, all manners of muck and mess, and a few other potential hazards. Whether you are parking your car outside or inside, in your own garage or storage, there is a car cover well-suited to the job, and near guaranteed to save you money.

In this article, we'll dive into all the specifics of exactly how a car cover can save you money – the kinds of conditions they protect against, and the manifolds ways they benefit your car – such as: protecting your car's finish, preventing pests and other hazards from damaging your vehicle, protecting your car from dents and scratches, and reducing the need for frequent washing and waxing.

  1. How Car Covers Protect Your Car from The Elements: Probably the most obvious benefit of using a car cover, and the typical reason your average joe might buy one, is to protect your vehicle against weather. Whether it's rain, snow, hail, or intense sunlight, car covers are sure to help protect your vehicle against mundane and extraordinary weather conditions.

    Most people live in an area with periods of snow or rain – this much is certain. Car covers wick away moisture and protect your vehicles body. Water will eventually cause rust, which can be expensive to repair, and because of its chemical makeup can cause fading or discoloration of your car's finish. By using a car cover to keep your car dry, you will save money on repairs and maintain its resale value. Similarly, intense sunlight (or extended exposure to less UV intense sunlight) will cause fading and discoloration of your car's paint job, and eventually create dry conditions that lead to cracking of seals and rubbers and peeling of upholstery. A car cover will usually (be sure to check that this is a feature of your cover) block or reduce harmful UV rays, keeping your car looking new for longer and, again, saving you money on repairs and maintenance.

  2. Be Wary of Environmental Hazards: In addition to protecting your car from the elements, a car cover will help to protect your car in the case that something (not another car, of course) collides with it. When you park your car on the street, it is exposed to a variety of hazards such as bird droppings, tree sap, and – most concerningly – falling branches. These nuisances can cause damage to your vehicle and be difficult and/or costly to remove. A suitably robust car cover will provide an extra layer of protection against these hazards, keeping your car's finish looking clean and new for longer, and most importantly: dent free. This can save you money on detailing and other maintenance costs, as well as helping to maintain the value of your car.

  3. Perfect for Pest Prevention: Car covers, especially well fitted wrap around covers, are very well suited to protecting your car against various pests like rodents and bugs. Consider this: if you park your car in a garage, it is certain to become vulnerable to rodents including (but not limited to) mice, rats, and squirrels. Such pests are attracted to the residual heat trapped in vehicles, and are inspired to build nests, often chewing key electrical components and shredding upholstery – making for an expensive fix. Wrap around car covers provide a physical barrier that limit means of access for rodents, saving you from the hassle, costs and gross-out factor associated with infestations.

  4. Lessen the Odds of Dents and Scratches: As I alluded to earlier, a good and thick car cover will significantly dampen the harshness of medium and small objects (relatively speaking) which might impact your car – not just falling branches. If you park your car in a crowded or busy area, it may be prone to dents and scratches from people and objects. A classic and often unconsidered case of this is collision with some manner of tool when storing your vehicle in a crowded home garage. Such damage could be expensive to repair, especially when the dent or mark extends beyond the paintjob and overcoat and effects the metal underneath.

  5. Maximizing the Life of a Wash and Wax: Beyond just protecting your car against wayward objects and harsh elements, also extend the lifespan of a wash or wax job. Especially while outside, and even indoors, the surface of your car will be coated in all manners of airborne debris, resulting in subtle and unexpected consequences. This buildup is harmful to your car's paint job and demands frequent rewashing to prevent micro-scratches. A car cover will help maintain your car's sheen by preventing these particulates from accumulating on its surface. Washing and waxing are costly both in time and money – if you do it yourself, or have it done professionally – and extending the interval between each inevitable maintenance session is a wonderful convenience. While you might be eager to protect your vehicle right away after a wash or finishing job, it is extremely important to ensure that your vehicles recent work has sufficient time to dry before you leave it under a cover. Covering your car when it isn't finished setting will ruin the sheen of its polish. Similarly, it is ill-advised put a heavy cover on a dirty car, as this will encourage the built-up sediment to grind into the finish and cause sheen-reducing micro-scratches.

To conclude, investing in a car cover and using it properly will almost guarantee that you save (or make) money on maintenance, detailing work, and the eventual resale of your car. Between the effect of the elements, threats to your cars finish, and the possibility of pests, the reasons to invest in a car cover are many. Whether indoors or out, there is always a reason to swaddle your vehicle in the safety of a good quality car cover.