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Old 05-17-2010, 10:16 AM   #1
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Car Cover

Who has the best price on the factory GM car cover? GM parts direct has them for $254 but wants $50 for shipping; no thanks.

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Old 05-17-2010, 10:17 AM   #2
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I'd consider buying a used one if anyone is wanting to sell.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:16 PM   #3
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I paid $275ish shipped from GM parts House USA for a brand new greyw/ black stripes)

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http://calcarcover.com/

They have several different "models" depending on what your needs are.
I have had one of their's for over 20 years, excellent quality!
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:46 PM   #5
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You can get a better quality cover that will actauly protect your car for $200.00.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:48 PM   #6
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california car cover has them for $259.99,but don't know what shipping is.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:15 PM   #7
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autoanything.com $222 minus 10% off plus free shipping so around $200

Get the Noah it is the exact same Noah Cover that CalCarCover sales.


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Don't buy a cover unless you go weeks without driving your car or want to spend the time polishing out all the scratches it will leave on your paint.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:17 PM   #10
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Don't buy a cover unless you go weeks without driving your car or want to spend the time polishing out all the scratches it will leave on your paint.

So untrue, I am in a situation where I do not have a garage because of the community I live in. I have a Noah as well as a hand made car cover for hail season. I take the Noah on and off at a minimum of 5 times a week. If you have a clean car when you put the cover on, and you put it on properly you will not get any scratches.
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autoanything.com $222 minus 10% off plus free shipping so around $200

Get the Noah it is the exact same Noah Cover that CalCarCover sales.


ooops coupon for 10% and free shipping is ACTNOW
Cool thanks, but the 10% off is not applicable to this item.
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So untrue, I am in a situation where I do not have a garage because of the community I live in. I have a Noah as well as a hand made car cover for hail season. I take the Noah on and off at a minimum of 5 times a week. If you have a clean car when you put the cover on, and you put it on properly you will not get any scratches.
Jsut sayin what Junkman told me, do what you want.
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Cool thanks, but the 10% off is not applicable to this item.
Thats dumb, I hate restrictions
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:58 PM   #14
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I bought the GM cover without actually looking at the material, I did not like the feel of it so I took it back to the dealer (325.00) later. I bought a different one on the internet and it an ok cover, great fit, but after leaving it on the car for a couple of day's it leave some kind of film on the car. So it extra work when I take it off. The car is garaged. I have a cloth cover on my 55 Chevy and do not have these issue's. That cover at today price's is about $1000.00 (ouch). That is a lot of car wash's.
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Jsut sayin what Junkman told me, do what you want.
What one person says isnt always the same for the other.. even though Junkman does have great advice on when it comes to taking proper care of your car but its the person who owns their own vehicle to decide what is or isnt best.

I have the GM OEM cover and not once to this day have I had any such scratch on the rear or front fenders from the constant usage I have when I put it on/off from work or at home. It is a snug fit for sure but if you dress the cover the right way youll have no problems what so ever..
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:17 AM   #16
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This is EXACTLY what I tell people about buying and using car covers.

Some of the main "rules of thumb" when talking about car covers are really nothing more than common sense. As a sports car owner myself, this is something that has been talked about to death on our forums as well. Here's what I tell people based on my perspective of protecting the paint and purchasing the exact cover that fits your needs.



1. All car covers are NOT the same.

Duh, you say! You get what you pay for, but the price of the cover IS NOT what should totally influence your decision. Do the research. There is cutting edge technology out today that makes some covers much better than others. With that said, the best cover in the world may not be the best cover for you. You don't want to pay for technology that you will not be using. Ask yourself the following, "Is it for indoor storage only, occasional outdoor use, everyday use, long term storage?" Don't pay for an indoor cover with dust repellent technology and UV protection if your garage has no windows. UV damage is not a concern for you. Pay only for what you need. You can get car covers today as customized as the car you just bought.


2. Buy the cover that fits your needs.

A superb indoor cover is made exactly for that use. A superb outdoor cover is made exactly for that use. Don't take a cover made for the garage and use it outdoors. Don't take a cover that is made for outdoors and sunshine only, and use it in the rain or snow. Covers are now customized for the climates that people live in and thus, an excellent outdoor cover for someone in Boston, MA may not be suitable as an outdoor cover for someone living in Tuscon, AZ. A cover for a car near the ocean may not be ideal for someone in Fargo, ND. Buy the correct cover for not only the indoor/outdoor use it will see, but the climate that you will be exposing it to.

Also, understand the wording that describes your car cover's purpose. Water repellent is NOT the same thing as water proof. A cheap car cover will be water proof. It will not allow water to get to your car, but it will also trap moisture under the cover. As you all know, this can cause stuff to rust and create mold and mildew, which will drastically kill the value of your car and make it a hell hole to drive for those of you with allergies (like me). A water repellent cover will keep water off the car, but still allow the cover to breath. These covers understandably cost more, but you get what you pay for in this instance.

Another thing that people never talk about is drying time. If you are on the road and it has rained, you want to have a cover that dries as quick as possible so that you are not sticking a wet cover into the trunk of your car. Again, the last thing you want to deal with is mold and mildew. Various covers have different drying times and this can be a very important consideration if you are on the road.


3. Care for your cover - it's a science.

I bought a gorgeous blanket for my king sized bed once that cost almost $200. I didn't find out until weeks later that it could only be dry cleaned instead of washed. Had I known that, I might not have bought it. You can imagine what it cost to dry clean a king sized, embroidered blanket.

This is something that you need to consider when purchasing your cover. The cleaning instructions are very explicit and not following them can lead to the failure of your car cover, as well as you having your cover's warranty voided. If you are not going to be able to care for your cover correctly, maybe that's not the cover for you. Better yet, ensure that you can care for the cover you choose to purchase.


4. Warranties - they vary from cover to cover and manufacturers.

You will quickly find out that a quality cover will have a much better warranty than a cheap one. There is a reason you are spending that kind of money. Let your fingers do the walking and call the manufacturer. Have them not only explain what is covered with their warranty, have them also point you to the location on the web where this information is posted because hey, anyone can say anything but writing hold up in court. If it is not posted, have them email you a copy of their warranty. Steer clear of anyone who can't or is not willing to do so.


5. Treat your cover as you do your paint.

I use my California Duster to wipe my cover down BEFORE I remove it. After all, all that dust that would have been sitting on your car is now sitting on your cover. My cover allows for that and you should check with your cover's manufacturer to see if you can do the same. You do not want to constantly fold that dirt up in the cover because that side of the cover could come in contact with the car's paint. At that point, it's a big ol' sheet of super light sandpaper. Not a good scenario. It also keeps the cover clean as enough dirt can cause a cover to fail. This is especially true with covers that "breath".

You don't stack stuff on top of your car's paint so don't make this a practice with your car cover either. Just because your car is covered doesn't mean you can now loose your mind and start treating it like it is wearing body armor.


When to use a cover - the most important information you need to know.

Here is the perfect scenario for using a car cover. You have just washed the car and it is spotless. At that point, cover it. If you drive the car, it is no longer clean, period. If you leave it sitting outside for a few hours, it is no longer clean. If you leave it in the garage overnight, it is not clean unless you have some kind of dust filtration system in your garage. Other than someone like Jay Leno, I can't think of anyone who wouls have such a setup. Thus, only after a wash is when you should be covering the car, especially black car owners. The only thing you do by covering a dusty or dirty car is:

a) Dirty up the car cover (the part you DO NOT want dirty).
b) Grind that dirt into the paint.

Not good choices my friends.

So as you can see, your cover will not get a lot of use unless you are anal enough to constantly care for your paint. For me, it's on a car that may sit for a week at a time because it is not my daily driver. Thus, I can uncover a clean car, drive it, wash it again and cover it until the next episode. Add to that I'm a bachelor and have nothing better to do than take care of my car. For you folks with a family life, I feel your pain!

So there you have it, everything you need to consider when choosing a car cover. I will offer this tad bit of info. Car covers made in the USA definitely have their advantage but even those are not equal. As for my personal preference (for what it's worth), I prefer a cover made by the American company Covercraft because they have been making covers since the 60's and their selection is WIDE. I feel that gives them a little more experience in this department. Their two plants that actually make the covers are located in the US. They have a third plant in Mexico but that plant mass produces high volume accessory items and does not make any custom covers. All custom car covers are made in the two U.S. facilities.

That's the Junkman's take on car covers. Your eyes are probably bleeding from all this reading but at least you are now armed with the knowledge to make a well informed purchase.

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Old 05-21-2010, 10:35 AM   #17
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:26 PM   #18
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Don't buy a cover unless you go weeks without driving your car or want to spend the time polishing out all the scratches it will leave on your paint.
Ditto's to that! I had a 2004 Chevy SSR, only had 8k miles when I traded for my Camaro. It always had it's cover on but was in a dusty, ok I kept it in my horse barn, hubby has his weight bences in the garage. It was full of scratches from the cover and dust that went through the cover. My Camaro lives in the same barn but I got a California Duster so just dust it off and drive. Won't cover a car again unless it's kept in a less dusty garage and only covered after it's washed and waxed.
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Ditto's to that! I had a 2004 Chevy SSR, only had 8k miles when I traded for my Camaro. It always had it's cover on but was in a dusty, ok I kept it in my horse barn, hubby has his weight bences in the garage. It was full of scratches from the cover and dust that went through the cover. My Camaro lives in the same barn but I got a California Duster so just dust it off and drive. Won't cover a car again unless it's kept in a less dusty garage and only covered after it's washed and waxed.
If you use your cover at the wrong time, then yes... you will scratch up the paint. Is that the cover's fault? No.

A cheap quality car cover used at the right time is better than a top of the line cover used at the wrong time.
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