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Old 04-11-2008, 03:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone using the $35 Costco Car Cover?

How do you like it? As compared to more expensive covers?

Thanks.
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldnt advise that $35 car cover. Can you not afford the more expensive ones? Its just not worth it.
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't know anything about the cover you are talking about but, Price does not always dictate quality - Post up some information on the cover you are talking about! You should also factor use - Just a dust cover or will it see all weather conditions!!
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Old 04-11-2008, 06:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Why would a car cover cost more than 50 bucks? Your not protecting an expense car here...why drop a couple of bills?

My guess would be you just want to keep kids from licking the car. (someone seems to have a problem here with that)
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I LOVE my Noah car cover.
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Some of the cheaper covers are known to leave very fine scratches on cars. Thats the reason I am mostly against them.
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:15 AM   #7 (permalink)
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get the genuine lotus car covers.they fit like a glove.
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Old 04-11-2008, 07:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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A car cover also needs to breath. You don't want moisture build up.
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Got mine at Murrays...... about 75.00 and very good quality.
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California Car Cover

http://www.calcarcover.com/

Really nice quality for a really nice car.

All kinds, all fabrics, all prices.

I've been using them for years and they fit a Lotus like a glove.

Keeps your interior from fading in the sun.

Keeps rain out of your engine compartment.

Keeps prying eyes and fingers away.
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I don't have much details here (no brand info). I'm going from memory from the one showed to me by a friend. Indoor, 4 layer construction, claims to be breathable, soft. Inside layer is not fleece soft, but it seems scratches would not be a problem if the car is kept clean. Material is tan in color, and top layer is perforated. It's got a "pleather" type appearance with some "hand". I will be using it indoors only.

Two main purposes for purchasing: 1) attract less attention when my garage is open, 2) prevent me or my wife from chipping paint when moving around in the garage (tools are kept out there, and I use the other space for doing maintenance on my old POS cars.)

For reference, I am of modest budget and do want want to spend a lot of money on assessories. I will be tracking this car from time to time. Appearance is secondary. I want to do what I can to keep the car looking nice, but I'm not going to lose sleep over it. I want to enjoy the car, not toil over every scratch.

I'm starting to think now I want to wait and see how often wash it first. I'm pretty sure I want to cover it over the winter months though.
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Speaking of car covers, there is a guy who makes convertible top covers for Ferraris, including the Dino. I asked him about making one for an Elise and he said he'd definitely consider it. That was a while ago. I guess I'll ask him again


It'd be something you place over the car while you're in the store or something.
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I don't have much details here (no brand info). I'm going from memory from the one showed to me by a friend. Indoor, 4 layer construction, claims to be breathable, soft. Inside layer is not fleece soft, but it seems scratches would not be a problem if the car is kept clean. Material is tan in color, and top layer is perforated. It's got a "pleather" type appearance with some "hand". I will be using it indoors only.

Two main purposes for purchasing: 1) attract less attention when my garage is open, 2) prevent me or my wife from chipping paint when moving around in the garage (tools are kept out there, and I use the other space for doing maintenance on my old POS cars.)

For reference, I am of modest budget and do want want to spend a lot of money on assessories. I will be tracking this car from time to time. Appearance is secondary. I want to do what I can to keep the car looking nice, but I'm not going to lose sleep over it. I want to enjoy the car, not toil over every scratch.

I'm starting to think now I want to wait and see how often wash it first. I'm pretty sure I want to cover it over the winter months though.
Then get one that's soft on the inside...

The cheaper ones simply won't last as long.

You'll be fine with what ever you get!
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:28 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Kestrel and Larry, could you post a link to the exact cover you have?
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Old 04-11-2008, 01:12 PM   #15 (permalink)
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http://www.calcarcover.com/

Go to the website.

Decide if you want a thicker cover that also protects against dings (STORMWEAVE),

or a thinner rain cover that fit's tighter and lasts longer (like SUPERWEAVE).

Call these people.

Tell them the car you have and they will make it for you custom.

They are flat out amazing covers.
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I've used the Costco $34 car cover for 7 years on my Pontiac TransAm SLP Firehawk which was consistently parked outdoors in North Dakota. Not only did it NOT scratch my paint, but after 7 years I sold the car for $15k. Purchased new(ish) at $19k (6 months old) because the paint was flawless. I DID wax the car twice a year though, and put 80k miles on it.

The cover is washable and dryable in a home washer/dryer setup, but is not very water proof. More like water "resistant". After 30 days, dirt from rain will start to seep-through, so a quick car rinse is necessary, as well as probably cleaning the cover.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:02 PM   #17 (permalink)
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get the genuine lotus car covers.they fit like a glove.
Definitely!
Having a car cover that fits is ideal.

I used a Costco cover on my Z a few times at work (when the car was newer), and basically gave up on using it.
it fit somewhat well, but a number of times I'd walk out to my car after work and would find the cover almost completely blown off, if not for the attachment strap underneath.

If you just want to keep your car covered inside a garage or in an enclosed parking structure of some sor that has no winds, you could probably get by with the costco cover.

But since our cars are so dang small and have unordinary dimensions, it's really ideal to get a cover that's cut for it - not a generic "small" cover designed to fit most japanese econoboxes.
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I have a $300 Lotus indoor cover and it fits like OJ's glove, takes me 10+ minutes to get it on by myself. And if there would be a speck of dust i know it would scratch from how tight it is... A PITA if you take it off and put it on every week.

So I bought a $10 Minivan cover on sale, goes on in about 10 seconds and keeps the dust off.
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Those bigger covers are great for the street.

You write "Buick" on them and everyone ignores your car...
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http://www.calcarcover.com/

Go to the website.

Decide if you want a thicker cover that also protects against dings (STORMWEAVE),

or a thinner rain cover that fit's tighter and lasts longer (like SUPERWEAVE).

Call these people.

Tell them the car you have and they will make it for you custom.

They are flat out amazing covers.

Nice site.

Good other stuff as well for my other rides too.



Sadly on some items the only Lotuses they know of are the Elan and Espirit
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