Outdoor Car Cover

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  1. Calum95

    Calum95 New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I have recently purchased a w204 c63 coupe. I work away on extended periods of time and leave my car outside. Does anyone know of an outdoor car cover they could recommend? I'm very anal when it comes to car detailing and hate to leave it uncovered and open to the elements while i'm away, especially when it comes to leaving bird droppings on the paint!

    Thanks in advance.
    Calum
     
  2. ash59fifty-uk

    ash59fifty-uk Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Have you had the car treated and coated? I’ve always struggled to find one which didn’t sweat underneath or do anything untoward beneath, mine is open to the elements
     
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    For my 'other' car which is usually covered for most of the bad winter and when the sap is falling out of the trees I have a Noah cover by Covercraft, There not cheap but are tailored to fit.
     
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    Martin 1 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Even the best outdoor covers will "sweat" to some degree, and need to be removed periodically. Have a look for fleece lined ones and take advice from the makers. Cheers, good luck.
     
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    Loads of previous threads on covers, some quite recent.
     
  6. Alex225

    Alex225 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    If you opt for a Stormforce cover, it'll allow moisture to pass through the material whilst remaining waterproof.

    Assuming your car is meticulously clean prior to fitting a cover and you must ensure it is tightly fitted. I use a cover on my CLS and it's not been a problem. I usually keep it covered for the winter. I have actually bought a net that you fit over the cover to keep it down and stop it ballooning as that's when you run the risk of dirt getting under the cover.

    Check out Coveryourcar.co.uk I have used them a few times, covers are good and excellent customer service.
     
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    flowrider99 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Have you looked at the Carcoon......

    Outdoor Carcoon
     
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    Calum95

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    Thanks for all your replies so far, the car is polished and waxed every 3-6 months. My dad used to have a carcoon but sold it to a friend, I had no idea they were so expensive! The car is typically left for 2-4 weeks at a time and sometimes up to 6 weeks. The reason i'm after a cover is because it's parked close to conifers and a large tree when I leave it. The cover will only be used when it's left in winter months as I get sick of the leaves covering the car and getting into all the panel gaps.

    What is the advantage of a tightly fitted car cover and what would "sweating" cause problem wise?

    The stormforce covers seem good but that price is a little steep, I was expecting £50-£100.
     
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    Gazwould Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I could of really done with one of those covers the other day...
     
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    Hi, the reference to sweating, means condensation, which damages paint and underneath, almost impossible to avoid. A car "cap" would certainly help, IF you have the bodywork clean and properly waxed. It would certainly protect the roof and windows. Being uncovered, allows the wind to dry the paint and undersides and doesn't allow condensation. Not an easy problem to solve, bit of a compromise.
     
  11. Alex225

    Alex225 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    To be fair, a properly fitted cover specific for the model of car is going to be £100+ although I've not paid more than £200. For that money I'd anticipate a custom made cover and beyond that the carcoon type covers.

    Unfortunately you will get condensation under a cover. Apparently Monsoon covers which are rubberised and completely water tight allows the condensation to form outside the cover not under it. I stupidly left a cover like this on one of my cars for far longer than recommended. Actually years rather than months and expected some TLC when uncovered but the paintwork was clean and unscathed. Admittedly this was a 2010 car so modern and largely plastic so rust wasn't a worry but honestly the car was perfect underneath.

    The Stormforce covers allow some moisture but it dries and again from experience they don't cause a problem, they're lighter than the Monsoon covers though so need securing. I have a new one to fit on my CLS this weekend and it'll stay on until the new year. :)

    I'd be mindful of really cheap covers, I have heard similar issues about moisture and the car basically being damp underneath. Same as cars just wrapped in a tarp! Bad idea.
     
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    Is the monsoon cover easier to fit and stay on better. I would like one that’s fast to fit and easy to remove without too much hassle.
    It’s quite windy where I am so would need to be secure.
     
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    A tight fit will minimise movement an doing so cuts down any chaffing/rubbing during windy weather. It will also minimise the tendency for wind to pull cover off the car.

    Ensure it has underbody straps too, keeps it v secure.
     
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    I would say the Monsoon stays put better as its heavy, imagine a rubber type cover with a soft lining that’s the Monsoon.

    Unfortunately they don’t do one for the CLS so I opted for a Stormforce cover but have gone for a car cover net that goes round the whole cover. Designed for transporting a covered car or really windy conditions. With a Stormforce cover I would recommend over body straps at least. Made a big difference and had no negative impact. :)
     
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    Thanks for all your replies, I have gone for the stormforce cover from coveryourcar.co.uk!

    Cal
     
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    Alex225 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Hopefully you won’t be disappointed with it mate.

    Having used Coveryourcar multiple times I got to know Greg who runs it. Great prices and customer service.

    Let us know how you get on
     
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    Will do mate, didn't realise they were based in St Helens, do they have a store there too or just online based? I'm only round the corner from them.

    The cover arrived today and i'm leaving for another job soon so will get to try it out the next few weeks.

    Thanks again for all your help.
     
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    Alex225 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I don't know if they have a store. The covers actually come from a company called CoverZone who you can order through directly but their covers are still cheaper through Coveryourcar! Go figure. :)

    Apart from the prices, the one thing I will say for Coveryourcar is that their customer service is awesome. I ordered a cover for my Twingo but actually didn't need to swap the cover over for a while so I kept the cover wrapped up for 3-4 months. When I came to fit it on my car it was the wrong fitment. Despite not having to do so, Coveryourcar sent a courier to pick it up and sent me the correct cover. To think they'd go to that trouble 4 months after I bought the cover was impressive.

    One thing that may be worth considering (obviously see how you get on) is the over body straps. I ended up fitting some to my CLS just at the base of the windscreen and rear window.
     
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    For what its worth i bought my cover from these guys and have zero issues so far

    MERCEDES AMG GT CAR COVER 2015 ONWARDS

    However it will be going into secure storage over the winter so the cover wint have to cope with the winter extremes. No sign of condensation or other issues and car is always cleaned and dry before it goes on.
     

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