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Good waterproof Evora car cover under $100??? Thanks!

looking for a good car cover that is waterproof and won't blow off on a windy day. Any thoughts? Thanks
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looking for a good car cover that is waterproof and won't blow off on a windy day. Any thoughts? Thanks
Be careful with a car cover in the wind, it can abrade your paint. Especially the water proof covers. I use an indoor soft cover outside in good weather.
If it is windy, you are better of just to remove the cover. Just my opinion.
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you are better of just to remove the cover. Just my opinion.
My opinion as well, though I would expand it beyond just windy days to really anytime. In my humble opinion, car covers most always do more harm than good. If the car is completely dust-free and a completely clean SOFT cover is applied, and the car is being kept indoors, then maybe it would be OK. But in most other cases either 1.) the cover itself will scratch, or 2.) the cover will grind dust/grit into the paint. Unfortunately I did not come to this opinion by mere speculation

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My opinion as well, though I would expand it beyond just windy days to really anytime. In my humble opinion, car covers most always do more harm than good. If the car is completely dust-free and a completely clean SOFT cover is applied, and the car is being kept indoors, then maybe it would be OK. But in most other cases either 1.) the cover itself will scratch, or 2.) the cover will grind dust/grit into the paint. Unfortunately I did not come to this opinion by mere speculation
I agree, I only cover my car when it is clean. Mostly for a few hours at a time in front of my office. The rest of the time it is in my garage.
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why not combine the indoor cover with an outdoor waterproof cover. that way, the indoor cover keeps the car safe from the outdoor waterproof cover which keeps the car (and indoor cover) dry

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Because the wind will whip the paint to death... And the price won't come in < 100 anyway

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You're really looking for a sub $100 cover to put on a $80k car? Good to know Evora owners are just as cheap as Elige guys. If your budget is that tight perhaps you bought the wrong car.

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You're really looking for a sub $100 cover to put on a $80k car? Good to know Evora owners are just as cheap as Elige guys. If your budget is that tight perhaps you bought the wrong car.
As a daily cover user, I can tell you keeping a car covered year-round is much more expensive than you think.

Where I live car covers need replacing 3-4 times a year. Not kidding. The air here is extremely dirty. Plus we get lots of high winds, and there is no grass or trees. Just lots of dust, grit, and trash blowing through my neighborhood. Downtown LA is purely concrete jungle. A real sh*thole for any car. Without a cover, all the cars here literally get sandblasted every night and are covered in dust every morning. And at $600 a piece for a genuine fitted Lotus cover, it becomes an expensive proposition. I have a brand new one for sale if anyone wants it. I got tired of replacing it and I switched to a cheap Budge cover. Fits like crap, but whatever it's cheap. I don't feel so bad tossing it out every 3 months. So far my paint is okay but my clearbra is beat to hell--not from the cover but from me constantly wiping my car down before covering (an absolute requirement for any cover use).
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Thanks for the insights guys, Its much appreciated. I guess I should just buy a new house with a garage lol. I dont think I will use it that often, just for use when I have to leave the car at the airport and on days when the landscaper comes though with the leafblower...ARG!

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just for use when I have to leave the car at the airport
Putting a cover on a car in public (save for your driveway) is about the lamest, doucheist thing you can do IMHO...

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Putting a cover on a car in public (save for your driveway) is about the lamest, doucheist thing you can do IMHO...
That's harsh, I use my cover in public all the time. When I am out and away from my garage. I always clean or dust the car off before I cover it. If it is windy, I don't cover it. Let him do what he want's it's his car.
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That's harsh, I use my cover in public all the time. When I am out and away from my garage. I always clean or dust the car off before I cover it. If it is windy, I don't cover it. Let him do what he want's it's his car.
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You're totally right it's his car and he can do anything he wants with it - but I stand by my statement. A car parked in public with a cover on it is lame lame lame. Save for a extremely expensive collector car (which shouldn't be parked in public anyway). Again IMHO...

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that's funny, I am not talking about using a car cover at the grocery store, but for when the car will set in a public lot for days at a time.
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That's harsh, I use my cover in public all the time. When I am out and away from my garage. I always clean or dust the car off before I cover it. If it is windy, I don't cover it. Let him do what he want's it's his car.
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PS I love your garage Ron, Is that a E-Type on the lift? I just sold my jag
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PS I love your garage Ron, Is that a E-Type on the lift? I just sold my jag
Thanks, yep it is a 1965 FHC 4.2, Carmen red, Biscuit interior. I bought it in 2002,and restored it in 2005. My daughter and I show in many California car shows and in some JCNA show as well. I upgraded it in a few area's. 5. speed gear box, better front brakes,and better cooling act.
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Thanks, yep it is a 1965 FHC 4.2, Carmen red, Biscuit interior. I bought it in 2002,and restored it in 2005. My daughter and I show in many California car shows and in some JCNA show as well. I upgraded it in a few area's. 5. speed gear box, better front brakes,and better cooling act.
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I hear you.

Nothing wrong with using a car cover at airport parking. Some folks travel for days or weeks and that's the ride they have. Grime from the airport can be brutal to clean. Come visit LAX parking lots, numerous with car covers.

If it's for the occasional usage, just get one from pepboys/autozon and get a lock.

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Putting a cover on a car in public (save for your driveway) is about the lamest, doucheist thing you can do IMHO...
Ross, by the similar standards, you are already a douchebag for owning this car...

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Ross, by the similar standards, you are already a douchebag for owning this car...
Oh don't I know it - and really I'm a douchebag for so many better reasons. Like for popping off on a thread about car covers....

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Sorry, but I think the possible risk of small, barely visible abrasions in the paint from the cover is far preferable to tree sap/pitch and bird poop on the car. The latter can really damage your paint, particularly if you aren't right there to remove it.

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