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#1611460 - 12/11/2017 16:19 Car cover recommendation
G_Man Offline
Club member 1656
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 16/03/2006
Posts: 707
Loc: Warrington
I'm taking the car off the road today and without having access to indoor storage it's on my drive with the following cover on it:

http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-acc...ar-cover-medium

If anyone's thinking of doing something similar I can recommend this cover certainly on the fit at least. The coop is fully covered with only 25% of the wheels exposed. Dunno how it will cope with the winter weather but it came out on top on a recent Autoexpress review so should be up to the job smile

By the way I'm not affiliated to Halfords in any way etc etc..

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#1611479 - 13/11/2017 07:37 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
glenn1960 Offline
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Registered: 27/03/2011
Posts: 1461
Loc: uttoxeter
Storm force ! Great cover but expensive!
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#1611485 - 13/11/2017 10:19 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
andyps Offline
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Registered: 16/12/2005
Posts: 1103
Loc: Pontefract, West Yorkshire
I've had a Halfords cover on a Mini for the last 18 months and it seems to be holding up pretty well. Going a bit green now but still keeping the car dry. The only problem with it is that it is being used on a proper Mini and the Small size is far too big! I have one for my Coupe too but haven't used it much as I try to use the car at least once each week.
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#1611488 - 13/11/2017 12:28 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: andyps]
came2dance Offline
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Registered: 18/12/2005
Posts: 13193
Loc: england
I always worry that movement of the cover in the wind and rain will scratch the paintwork. am i wrong in thinking this? confused
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#1611494 - 13/11/2017 14:15 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
andyps Offline
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I haven't noticed anything particularly. I think it is important to make sure the car is polished before using the cover and obviously that it is clean and dry when covered as dirt could easily lead to scratches.
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#1611495 - 13/11/2017 15:22 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
kev_megadon Offline
Making a profit

Registered: 20/01/2006
Posts: 270
Loc: Kidderminster
Ive been using that same Halfords one on my coupe for 3 years now. Still doing a fine job. gone a little green lately, but I plan to try it in the washing machine soon and see what happens.

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#1611616 - 16/11/2017 00:59 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
Slugcatcher1 Offline
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Registered: 04/09/2014
Posts: 197
Loc: Skipton, North Yorkshire
Have to say, I've had the Halfords cover since Jan 2017 and I already feel it's lost it's edge. Don't get me wrong, I agree the fit is pretty damn good, and especially for the £50 I paid, but when it rains I find the car is soaking wet underneath. That's why I decided to put it away for winter a few weeks ago.
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#1611628 - 16/11/2017 12:14 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
GDO Offline
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Registered: 12/11/2014
Posts: 19
Loc: Birmingham UK
I researched car covers at the NEC Classic Show last Friday. After duscussions with several suppliers/manufacturers I reckon that a cover from the Hamilton Group (hamiltongrouponline.com) is the way to go. They recommend their Moltex 'Sports Car Large'. This is not cheap (£170) but what value you car?

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#1611662 - 16/11/2017 19:01 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: GDO]
G_Man Offline
Club member 1656
Enjoying the ride

Registered: 16/03/2006
Posts: 707
Loc: Warrington
You're probably right and I was tempted but I needed a cover just for this winter so wasn't too keen to be forking out that sort of wonga!

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#1611665 - 16/11/2017 19:22 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
andyps Offline
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Registered: 16/12/2005
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Loc: Pontefract, West Yorkshire
I looked at the Hamilton covers at the NEC show last week too. Certainly looked impressive but at that price I would probably consider a specifically tailored one.
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#1611667 - 16/11/2017 19:24 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
Submariner Offline
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Registered: 20/12/2005
Posts: 1146
Loc: Kent
I think apart from bird lime there is no point to a car cover and don't see the point especially with freeze thaw conditions in the near future.

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#1611676 - 16/11/2017 19:55 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: Submariner]
Edinburgh Offline
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Registered: 04/03/2007
Posts: 9921
Loc: Auld Reekie
Originally Posted By Submariner
I think apart from bird lime there is no point to a car cover and don't see the point especially with freeze thaw conditions in the near future.


It helps stave off the UV rays and slows the degrading of the headlight lenses....
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#1611677 - 16/11/2017 20:01 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
Submariner Offline
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Registered: 20/12/2005
Posts: 1146
Loc: Kent
It also leads to luffing and marking, water marks etc all over my machine polished and waxed paintwork causing me to get the DA out again, puddles of water that dont dry out quickly in various locations on the car..despite the breathable bull it doesn't breathe fast enough (much like GoreTex if you are a walker it is next to useless) and have you tried using the car when the moisture freezes and sticks the cover to your body work?....I dont have a Speed Pink Coupe so UV has not impacted on my Sprint Blu to an extent that is noticeable, I do wax the car a lot though. Lights good point they have suffered but don't take long to polish up again.

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#1611962 - 21/11/2017 23:50 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
Sedicivalvole Offline
Club member 147
Forum is my life

Registered: 17/12/2005
Posts: 6539
Loc: Northampton England
Mmmm those indoor fitted covers look lovely...
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#1611987 - 22/11/2017 18:50 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
godders Offline
Club member 1575
On a journey

Registered: 16/05/2006
Posts: 128
Loc: Surrey Hills, U.K
I can recommend: https://www.classicadditions.com/en-GB/outdoor-car-covers/ultimate-outdoor-car-cover/prod_10077

I use this one to cover my track day Coupe when its on its trailer (I also have their "hair net" to stop the cover ballooning at motorway speeds).

Driving through absolute torrential rain in France earlier this year the car remained bone dry (even at (cough) French legal towing speeds rolleyes (cough)). The cover obviously gets wet, but drys really quickly, though they do not recommend putting it in the washing machine.

They are a bit expensive, but very good. The indoor softcover is absolutely fabulous I actually want to wrap myself up in it some times its so soft and cozy!

Sg

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#1611998 - 23/11/2017 06:37 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
Clintos Offline
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Registered: 05/01/2016
Posts: 605
Loc: UK
I have a ‘permabag’, just google
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#1612004 - 23/11/2017 08:27 Re: Car cover recommendation [Re: G_Man]
Kelv27 Offline

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Registered: 25/06/2007
Posts: 4396
Loc: Malaysia..Glasgow at heart
I got one of these through Alibaba..very convenient.

Auto car cover
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