When you think of a waterproof car cover you think of a fabric which protects the car from rain and snow. Many people assume these covers are 100% waterproof. Advertisements also promote this idea, stating that waterproof car covers keep all the rain outside. But the truth is you don’t want a 100% waterproof car cover and here is why.
Rain outside, dry inside
According to some advertisements, a 100% waterproof car cover is the best cover for your car, because it acts like a barrier between the car and the outside elements. At the first glance, this looks like a great idea, but when you analyze what happens underneath the car cover, you discover the truth.
A 100% waterproof car cover is made from plastic, which means it prevents the water from reaching your car. But, it is not breathable, so it also prevents the water from evaporating. The condensation builds up between the car cover and the car, unable to escape. In time, this damages the paint and leads to mold and rust, which is exactly what you we’re trying to avoid in the first place by using a car cover.
A good waterproof car cover needs to be breathable, allowing the moisture to evaporate, but preventing the water from reaching the car.
Waterproof and soft
Car covers need to do more than just preventing rain and snow from reaching the car. Dust, wind and sun can also damage the car, so a good car cover should protect the vehicle from these as well. We often hear about acid rain and we know snow can contain chemicals, which damage the car paint, but other elements are just as dangerous. Dust can lead to soft scratches, while UV rays fade out the car paint and the interior fabrics’ color. Another damaging agent is heat, which damages the interior and the exterior of the car.
Before you purchase a car cover, make sure it has a soft inner layer, which can protect the car from scratches and attenuate bumps.
A good car cover also needs to fit the car: if it is too loose, it might cause damage and if it is too tight, you might struggle to put it on.
Depending on where you park your car, you might want to look for a different type of car cover altogether. Cars kept inside don’t need a waterproof cover, but an indoor cover, which can protect them from scratches and dust, which are the main enemies for indoor cars. All in one, a waterproof car cover might not be the best car cover for you and 100% waterproof car covers are definitely not going to protect your car from rust and water damage. A good waterproof car cover is made from a breathable material, which allows all the moisture to evaporate from the surface of your car.