Why do I need a Car Cover?
Why a Car Cover?
First thing that must be said about car covers – they are a great protection for your car, they’ll increase the life of your car, they’ll keep your car clean and protect it from the harsh Australian sun.
However, if you are just going to buy a cheap PVC or plastic cover, you may be doing your vehicle more harm than good! Sure, they’ll give you some protection from the elements but because they are cheap, they’ll fall apart quickly under Australia’s extremely high UV sunlight, they’ll cause scratching to your paint work and they are likely to hold in moisture which can actually accelerate corrosion.
All of the Autotecnica range car cover fabrics are fully breathable and can be left on your car for extended periods of time; they allow the condensation to escape and have breather vents built into them. Even these high quality covers should be removed from your vehicle every month or so to allow airflow and full moisture release ... and of course, while maybe a little more expensive, you can expect the same exceptional quality and breathability from all of our Custom fit car cover range.
SO FIRST LESSON – BUY QUALITY OR DON’T BUY AT ALL!
You want to easily take care of your pride and joy through the harsh Australian summer sun and through autumn and winter? Then it might be time to invest in a quality car cover! They can protect your car’s paint job from the worst that Mother Nature can throw at it. Read on to find out how the many, many ways they can help!
Not everyone has a garage, and some modern cars are often too big to fit in older ones! A car cover can be really useful for keeping your car protected from the elements. Even if you just have a carport, look at the number of hours the sun is hitting your paintwork throughout the day! We’ve got a great selection of car covers to suit all sorts of cars, so you can get the right amount of coverage.
Keeping the sun off
Next time you pass a few cars anywhere in Australia, but in particular in the sub-tropical and tropical areas, just look at how many have lost the top coats of paint all together. It just takes a couple of years of full sun exposure to see your vehicle’s paintwork start to bubble and peel – particularly if you are one of the many who just can’t find the time to be polishing your car regularly with a good quality car polish. Your deco simply ‘burns off’ in the harsh UV rays of a hot sun. We’ve got a great selection of car covers to suit all sorts of cars, so you can get the right amount of coverage and protection from the sun.
Keeping the hail stones off
Most of the most expensive natural disasters in Australia have been caused by hail stones. As the climate changes, these hail showers seem to be becoming more common and the hail seems to be getting larger!
Hail can wreck a car in a few minutes. It will smash windscreens and dent panels that can never be fully perfect again. While a standard storm-proof car cover will give some protection, it is really necessary to have a hail protection cover. If you want to be fully confident that your car ids fully protected then the Autotecnica Premium Hail Cover is really necessary. At over $200 you might think these expensive, but ask yourself, “how much panel repair work could I get for $200? Yes, it’s a great investment to protect your precious vehicle.
Keeping the frost off
Small, simple car covers are great in high areas or colder conditions. Car Covers will cover your car and windscreen on cold nights, and save you the job of scraping your windscreen in the morning!
Whole car covers
If you want to look after your whole car’s paintwork, it’s time to look at a full car cover. There are a number of reasons you might want to do this:
- Dust and dirt – so you don’t end up with a film of grime even when you haven’t used the car!
- Tree sap – as you might already know, this can be a nightmare to clean.
- Bird droppings – enough said!
- Vandalism – a car cover provides an extra barrier that a potential thief or vandal will have to get through to get at your car.
- The sun – direct sunlight can cause your car’s paintwork to fade, turning your nice red car pink! A car cover can also keep the car underneath cool.
Need even more protection for your car?
Our advanced car covers go even further. They’re made of a waterproof and breathable material, keeping the rain off your car and letting condensation evaporate. This means that water won’t sit on your car and cause damage to the paint or rust exposed metal parts. They also come with their own storage bags for when you’re out driving! If you want to make sure that your car is looked after while it’s not being used, they’re hard to beat.
Fitting a car cover
How to Buy Car Covers
We have a wide range of car covers suitable for a wide range of conditions from rain, storm, sun protection to indoor use. To find the right car cover for you first decide what you would like to protect your car from, then pick a style which suits the type of car you have e.g. UTE, wagon, sedan 4x4/4wd or hatch. Now the only thing left to do is pick which size. We recommend you pick a length which is slightly longer than your car.
How Car Covers Work
Car covers are made from high durable materials able to withstand the elements and protection your car from damage they are much like a large tarp or tent shaped to fit your car loosely. Autotecnica car covers are fastened by straps and an elastic skirting with a smooth inside lining so as not to damage your vehicle’s paintwork. Importantly they are all breathable and have venting to allow air flow.
Our range of Autotecnica car covers are perfect for a huge range of vehicles and conditions. Autotecnica car covers are built to the highest quality and will last many years, the covers come with a bag for easy storage and transport.
You will find a car cover to fit your specific model of car – just google your car and find out its length and order one that is no shorter than the length stipulated. Some covers come in sizes like small, medium and large. When you fit a cover to your car, look for one that fits snugly and won’t flap around in the wind. That way, you’ll avoid the cover itself causing any damage to your paintwork although Autotecnica covers do have soft cover lining inside.
Lastly, never put a cover on a dirty car! Dirt trapped between the cover and your car can cause scratches to the paint.
Why Buy A Quality Autotecnica Car Cover?
An Autotecnica car cover is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your investment and keep your vehicle looking show-room new. Peruse these car covers to learn everything you ever wanted to know about car coves—and even some stuff you didn't.
- Prevent unsightly dents, dings and scratches
- Shield against finish-destroying man-made and natural hazards
- Keep sticky-fingered thieves at bay
- Put a barrier between your paint and damaging weather
- Wrap your ride for long-term storage
- The fundamental advantages of custom-fit car covers
- Your guide to selecting the correct car cover for your vehicle
Dents, Dings and Scratches Reference
There is a certain feeling you experience when you discover that first dent, ding or scratch on your new vehicle. Unfortunately, they're a fact of life and nothing short of covering your vehicle with reactive tank armour will truly prevent them. However, using a car cover adds a layer of protective padding to cushion against runaway shopping carts, absent-minded car doors or other blows.
Natural Hazards Guide
Birds, trees, dust. They certainly seem harmless enough, but without a car cover, they can inflict serious damage to your prized vehicle.
Our fine feathered friends seem to have impeccable aim when it comes to leaving their droppings on our vehicles.Outdoor car covers catch bird bombs before they splatter against your paint job. Plus, the majority of outdoor car cover fabrics are not harmed by the dropping's acidity outdoor car cover fabrics.
The shady spot under a tree may look like a welcome spot to park your vehicle. However, with nuts, berries, sap, pollen, not to mention the roosting birds, parking under a tree can wreak havoc on your vehicle. A car cover can help keep your vehicle cool, even in the sun. Or, if you do park under a tree, a car cover can safeguard your vehicle from the onslaught.
Your vehicle's paint is only about 0.006 inches thick. Whether indoors or out, when dust sits on your paint it turns abrasive and causes minute scratches. By the time you notice them, it's already too late. Both indoor car cover fabrics and outdoor car cover fabrics are designed to keep dust away from the surface of your vehicle.Theft Deterrent Reference
Though it may only look like a thin layer of fabric, a car cover can do an amazing job at keeping thieves away from your vehicle. Since time is crucial in not getting caught, thieves often pass by covered vehicles, which take longer to get into, and go after easier prey. And, if you add a lock and cable to your car cover, you will not only keep your cover secure, but your vehicle becomes even harder to steal.Damaging Weather Guide
You don't have to be a meteorologist to know that harsh weather can do a number on your vehicle's finish.
An occasional spring shower poses no real threat to your vehicle. However, seemingly harmless rain can find its way into tiny scratches or blemishes and start the corrosion process. And, acid rain—well, the name says it all. A water-resistant outdoor car cover will keep your vehicle high and dry.
Harsh UV (ultraviolet) rays and the intense radiant heat of the Sun can cook the colour right out of your paint. A car cover is like sunscreen for your vehicle, blocking harmful UV light and preventing photo degradation. And, a lighter coloured car cover will yield a reflective cooling effect.
It's not the cold that gets to your vehicle's finish—it's the moisture and salt. These two corrosive cohorts are in cahoots to ravage your paint. Fortunately, a car cover can keep both these culprits away from your vehicle.
Pack Your Vehicle Away for a longer time
Sometimes you must store your vehicle for an extended period of time. Whether you're going overseas or the inclement weather demands it, car covers are the perfect way to protect your vehicle during long term storage.
For the ultimate protection, cover your car with your standard cover, then wrap it up in a super-protective Car Bubble Much like a giant zip-lock bag for your vehicle, a car storage bag or car jacket will protect your prized ride for the long haul.
Remember, before you store, always clean the interior thoroughly to prevent any gag-inducing odors that could fester over time. And, give the exterior paint and chrome a proper wash, scrub, wax and seal before wrapping it up for storage. This prevents dust and grime from being ground into the finish by the cover. Go to the store now?
The fundamental advantages of Autotecnica car covers
A good fitting car cover fits the lines of your vehicle. No detail is left unattended.
On the other hand, low-quality universal-fit car covers are cheap, baggy and slippy, slide and rub against your paint, destroying your finish. Additionally, the poor fit allows the harsh elements to creep in at every gap, usually cause condensation and defeat the purpose of the cover – stay away from them.
A Guide to Selecting the Correct Car Cover for Your vehicle
- Where you park and how often you use your vehicle
- The weather in your area
- What colour is right for your vehicle and storage needs
Where You Park and How Often You Use Your vehicle
Where you park and how often you use your vehicle may be the most important factor in choosing your car cover. Whether it's your daily commuter, your hot rod, classic cruiser or Sunday car, Car Covers and Shelter has a variety of car covers to suit your needs.
- When you park outside and cover up every day, you may want to choose a lightweight outdoor car cover that's simple to use and easy to fold. The lightest cover available is the Autotecnica TYVEC, and it folds up to about the size a football for easy storage in your trunk, backseat or storage bag.
- For those who park in crowded lots or on streets with children at play and heavy pedestrian traffic, a thicker, heavyweight outdoor car cover that provides some dent and ding protection is best. Slip on an Evolution car cover for a substantial defence against body blows.
- If you garage your vehicle and frequently cover and uncover it, a lightweight indoor car cover is ideal. For an easy-to-wrangle cover, go with a Dustop car cover.
- Choose a heavier indoor car cover to keep your classic ute safe for long-term storage. Look into a a Ute Cover for this parking situation.
- A super-soft indoor car cover lets you pamper your "baby" and keep it safe and secure. Again, the Flannel car cover both caress your auto's finish with downy protection.
The Weather in Your Area
The ideal car cover for your vehicle is greatly influenced by your local weather. Many materials have been developed to deal with specific inclement weather conditions.
Rainy parts of the country like the Tropics and Tasmania would demand an outdoor car cover with exceptional water resistance. For example, Stormguard car covers deliver top-notch protection during even the nastiest storms.
The coastal areas along the Pacific and Indian Oceans need a car cover that will protect from salty air. The marine-grade Hail protection Cover stands up against the briniest environments, and the this car cover puts up a strong defence as well.
In the sunniest zones of the country like WA and Queensland a car cover with extra UV and photo degradation protection, capable of looking after your vehicle in the worst hail, and reflective properties makes the most sense. Autotecnica premium hail protection car covers block the most rays and the hail, and StormProof car covers strongly fend off the sun as well.
Type of Cover required and suggestions
Some areas such as the Pacific Northwest and the Deep South get more rain than others and require better water resistance. The best outdoor car cover fabrics will shed the most water, especially the Noah and StormProof materials.
Snow that piles up on a car cover will eventually melt. On the best car covers, only minimal amounts of moisture will seep through; however, no car cover is completely waterproof. That's because the fabric must be able to breathe in order to stop moisture from building up under the cover, where it can fester and ruin your finish.
· Acid rain
Dirt / dust
Dusty environments such as the desert Southwest demand a car cover that will the prevent dirt and dust from sifting through the material. Drape your prized ride with a Stormguard car cover to stop dirt from spoiling your paintwork.
· UV (sun) damage and photo degradation
UV rays can bake your interior and cook your finish into a flakey crust. Most outdoor car cover fabrics have heat-reflective properties and provide 100% UV protection. For the greatest shield against solar rays, go with a Stormguard car cover. Its fabric was originally designed for use on boats, which sit in the sun their entire lives.
· Bird droppings
The acidic properties of bird droppings can cause discoloration and even eat into your paint. Many outdoor car cover fabrics will not allow bird droppings to permeate the material and make its way to your vehicle's paint. From the Triguard car cover all the way up to the WeatherShield HD car cover, outdoor car covers keep the bird drizzle off your vulnerable finish.
· Tree sap
Tree sap is difficult to remove from your vehicle's paint. Select a car cover that will stop most types of tree sap from reaching the paint finish. Both the Evolution car cover and WeatherShield car cover stop that sticky goo from wreaking havoc on your auto.
Indoor Protection from your Car Cover
Your indoor car cover will need to do more than cover your vehicle.
A breathable indoor car cover will dispel condensation and heat that gets trapped between your vehicle and the fabric. The indoor car cover must allow air to flow freely through their fabrics.
o Dust blocking
Your vehicle's paint is only about 0.006 inches thick. When dust settles on your paint, it turns abrasive and causes minute scratches. By the time you notice them, it's already too late. A good indoor car cover is designed to keep dust away from the surface of your vehicle and keep the paint looking great. Dress your cherished classic with an Autotecnica car cover to keep gritty dust off.
o Finish pampering
Putting a soft, non-abrasive layer against your paint surface is as important as any exterior protection a car cover may provide. The best indoor car cover fabrics feature a soft, silky paint-pampering lining. The best indoor dust protection comes from the Autotecnica showroom range
o Mildew / Rot resistant
When moisture is expelled or collects on the exterior of an indoor car cover, mildew can form and the cover could rot as well as causing corrosion on your car. Most indoor car cover fabrics are treated with inhibitors to minimize mildew and rot. Slip on an Autotecnica car cover to avoid decay for years of dependable service. Back to the store