A vehicle, whether a car, truck or sport-utility vehicle (SUV), is one of the most expensive purchases a person makes. Of course, it's only natural that you would want to take care of it. Simply put, we should use car covers to protect vehicles from the ultra-violet sun rays, rain, snow, sleet, or hail.
Well and good if you have a garage, but for those car owners who don't have indoor parking facilities, a good car cover would definitely turn out to be a wise investment. If you park your vehicle in a shared garage, it is also advisable to put a car cover on your car.
The most basic reason for you to use a car cover is to protect your car's finish from ultraviolet rays and intense sunlight during camping. Parking your car in direct sunlight exposes your vehicle's paint to a lot of heat as well as UV rays. These can break the molecular bonds in your car's paint, causing the paint components to oxidize, resulting in your car's paint fading over time. Using a car cover is the easiest way to avoid this.
Aside from UV rays, a car cover can protect your car from all kinds of damage, from dust particles scratching your car's finish, to ruffians keying your car, and some car covers may even protect your car from blunt force impact!
A car cover provides good environmental protection for your vehicle. Strong winds can blow sand, pebbles, twigs, and all sorts of debris onto your car. While the damage may not show up at once, the unseen scratches and small dings can and will accumulate over some time, and will certainly wear down your vehicle's finish, leaving it looking dull. During rainstorms or blizzards, a car cover will help your vehicle avoid a serious beating from the rain, hail, and the elements, short of a tree falling on your car or a boulder crashing onto it.
In the summer, a car cover can prevent direct sunlight from causing your car's interior to degrade. Intense heat may cause your car's interior to fade and can cause your dashboard to dry up and become brittle, causing unsightly cracks which can cost a lot to repair.
Theft and vandalism can also be prevented by car covers. At the very least, car covers can prevent vandals from spraying graffiti on your car. Car covers that are made of very tough, knife-resistant material and have locking mechanisms are available at most car accessory stores and even online; while they may be a bit more expensive than ordinary car covers, they can be very useful in preventing car thieves from jacking your beloved vehicle or stealing whatever's inside.
Always remember, though, the car cover you buy should NOT BE 100% WATERPROOF! The liquid can be trapped in between the car cover and the car itself, and it may cause stains and even rust to appear on the metal panels of your car. Be sure to buy a car cover that breathes!
When it comes to protecting your car, a car cover is one of the most important investments you can make!