Over the years I have purchased a number of car covers. The reasons varied from outdoor protection, short term car show dust protection, and long term indoor storage protection. I have always had a love-hate with these products. Although, for the most part, they do help but putting them on, taking them off and storing them is a real issue.
As the Coronavirus stay at home order takes its toll, my thoughts for the need of a car cover reappeared. I decided it would be good to have a quality cover for our Talladega for those times when it isn’t locked safely away in my climate and humidity controlled Man Cave. I did some research and eventually ended up ordering three. One for the Talladega, one for the Daytona, and one for the Corvette. Each represents a different challenge but we will only deal with the Talladega here.
When you go shopping for a car cover, take your time and decide why you want one. They are not all the same. There are two basic types, indoor and outdoor (some high-quality ones will work for both, that is what I got.) Once that decision is made you need to consider fit, price, material, and warranty.
When ordering a car cover for any car that is as rare as a Talladega you expect complications. The Talladega is obviously very similar to a Torino but just a little longer. How does that impact the fit of a car cover? I ordered all three covers from CarCover.com. I DID NOT rely on the web site to place my order. I emailed the company and explained my fit concerns. Very quickly I received a callback and worked out all my issues to my satisfaction. I placed the order and within one week I had my covers.
Very few companies make fully custom tailored fit car covers for our cars and those that do are very expensive. Car Covers.com has a semi-custom cover that they make for us. Because the Talladega and Spoiler II are basically a Torino or Cyclone they have the ability to add a little extra length to fit out cars. I had 3 or 4 inches added to mine and I really like the way it fits the car.
There are a few things to remember with a car cover.
- Never use a car cover on an open trailer. The flapping of the cover on the car will rub the paint off!
- In high winds, a car cover will blow off.
- Never install a car cover on a dirty car, the inside of your cover will get dirty and it can scratch your paint.
- If you are putting the cover on your car outside with even mild winds you will likely need a helper.
- A car cover will help protect your car from dust and dirt etc. It may help prevent some door dings and prying eyes but it is not a shield. Hail, branches, and other hard objects can still harm your paint and body. And, don’t forget those nasty bird droppings!