Car enthusiasts across the world rely on car covers for one sole purpose: protection. When a vehicle is left sitting outside for any considerable amount of time, contaminants such as bird droppings, tree sap, and industrial fallout attack the exterior of your car causing various forms of damage. If your car is kept outside but is regularly used and washed then these haphazards have less of a chance to damage, and it would simply be too impractical to put on and remove a car cover every day. However, if your car is going to be left sitting for any more than a few days, for example if you go on vacation or have more than one car, then we recommend using a car cover to protect it. A quality car cover will help to extend the life of your car and retain much of its value while preventing minor nicks, scratches, and even small hail damage from occurring. Even if your car is kept in storage, an indoor cover is a smart investment in protecting your vehicle’s exterior paint. Indoor car covers will protect against dust, dirt, metal particles, and other airborne pollutants that can be found in garages or in storage spaces.
Coverking Bespoke Program: Custom Cover
We took a trip out to Coverking headquarters located in Anaheim, CA, to witness firsthand a demonstration of their 3-D Scanning equipment. Coverking recently launched its Bespoke program, which is ideal for owners of super-customized vehicles that also include crazy aero, allowing them to protect it with a perfect fitting custom-made cover that wont necessarily fit underneath a universal cover. We used our Mitsubishi Evo IX equipped with an aftermarket Voltex wing, street series bumper, canards, and custom side skirts as the perfect candidate for Coverking to scan and design a custom cover. Upon arrival, Coverking began the initial process by using a specialized scanner to take 3-D measurements of the unique body design.
Once the scan was complete, the data log information is relayed to their engineering department before finalizing the cover design to begin manufacturing. The Bespoke cover takes a mere week from the date of measure and is offered in a variety of fabrics and colors to choose from, as well as custom piping, embroidery, and logos. We chose to go with the Satin Stretch fabric, which is made for vehicles parked indoors. Stretch Satin material has Lycra fibers for stretch in both directions and is soft to the touch. The elastic-type material helps to mirror every perfect contour of our vehicle and uses a fleece inner liner to protect against scratches.
The New Generation of Covers
This isn’t your grandpa’s old-school car cover. Don’t assume all car covers should be watertight in design. Coverking and their team of engineers designs its own fabrics to specify exact material composition and construction and does not use “off-the-shelf” fabrics. All Coverking outdoor Custom Car Cover materials are breathable, which allows moisture that is trapped under the car to escape through the cover, preventing a “greenhouse” condition of condensation, which may result in rust damage—another reason why you should never use plastic tarps to cover your car. Car covers are specifically designed to let water run off and they are made of materials that will not degrade in weather, heat or humidity. Tarps trap water and have been known to cause significant damage to your paintjob, and since they can trap pooled water and moisture, you actually run a higher risk of rusting on your car. Along with the custom 3-D Bespoke cover, Coverking also provided us with their Stormproof cover for our Subaru STI, which spends most of its time outdoors. The Stormproof material consists of millions of microscopic yarns that is combined into a microfiber material and is extremely water and fade resistant, yet remains completely breathable. The end result is a cover that handles the extremes of any climate, wet or dry, with outstanding UV resistance yet soft to the touch and won’t scratch your paint’s surface.
Selecting the Proper Cover
Whether you live in a warm or cool climate, protecting your ride with a car cover is a smart choice. Live in sunny California? Choosing a UV-protected, outdoor car cover would be ideal for a warmer climate similar to California, Texas, or Florida to protect your vehicle's interior and paint from fading from the baking summer sun. What about wet and stormy East Coast weather? Coverking's wide selection of covers, which include their Monsoon model, provides excellent protection against Mother Nature's worst punishment, which includes rain, snow, and ice-ideal for a cooler climate such as New York, Minnesota or Washington. As rain water works its way over the exterior and over time may begin to corrode any sensitive or unprotected areas. No matter what types of weather, Coverking has the perfect cover.
When comparing a Coverking custom car cover to a universal cover, you will immediately notice how well it fits and is crafted, thanks in part to the usage of the fewest seams possible for better appearance. All Coverking covers are made using advanced CAD/CAM design and production systems pioneered 20 years ago. Many inferior covers, including our universal cover, use material patterns which are "chopped up" into small pieces, and sewn together creating a patchwork effect in efforts to cut down on material costs. Although patchwork sewing is cheaper to produce, many of these covers look shoddy in appearance and resemble your grandma's patchwork quilt design more than a car cover. Along with numerous patches sewn together, numerous seams must also be used, which are prone to coming apart or leaking. All outdoor Coverking Custom Car Covers are sewn using double needle and overlapped seams, resulting in a durable, leak-resistant seam that has a backup stitch if the main stitch fails, while their indoor Stretch Satin fabric is sewn with a "blind seam", which is ideal for use in the indoor, show car conditions the fabric was designed for.