Car covers protect your vehicle from the elements, keeping it looking clean and fresh. However, they need to be folded and stored correctly so that they last for as long as possible.
Most covers are made from high-quality materials that can withstand the elements and are designed to be fitted loosely over your vehicle. They are much like a large tarp, but with an inner liner to prevent scratching or damage to paintwork. They are also fastened by straps to keep them securely in place. They are generally used in a garage, but can also be placed in a driveway or on the side of the road. Some covers also feature a central belt lock and cable access points, which are important to ensure your cover is secure and safe.
When putting the cover away, it is important to do so sensibly, especially if it has been raining. Firstly, the cover should be brushed down to remove any dirt or dust that has been caught up in it, and to check that it is free of water or mildew. The cover should then be allowed to air dry before being folded.
Depending on the cover, it may be easy to fold. Some covers are designed to be rolled up and kept in a storage bag, which is ideal for those who have limited space or a garage, as they can be easily popped into the car when needed. Other covers, particularly the larger hail protection covers, are more difficult to fold back into their bags, but with practice can be done.