Buying a car cover may seem like a cakewalk. But when you actually decide to buy one, you realize you need some tips. One of the best ways to guide someone on buying the right cover for their car is to bust some myths around it. Sadly, since car covers are one of the most overlooked safety features for any car, there are a number of myths surrounding them.
So, when it comes to important tips before buying a car cover, we bust some myths and also tell you what you should be doing instead.
Myth: Car covers protect the paintwork
Truth: There are many car owners who wish to protect the paintwork of their car from the harmful effects of the sun. This is why a lot of car cover manufacturing companies take advantage of this need and try to lure customers with car covers that come with UV protection. But, in reality, every car comes with at least a double layer of paint on top of the colored layer. These layers are effective enough to block the damaging radiation as long as they are in proper condition. Keep in mind that the cover will benefit rubber and plastic parts of the car, but to protect the paintwork, you do not need a car cover. The best solution is really to just park your car in the shade.
Myth: Car covers can protect cars from scratches
Truth: One of the main reasons why people want to buy a car cover is to protect their car from getting scratches while it is parked. But a cover cannot protect your vehicle from scratches. In fact, having a cover on the car puts it at a higher risk of getting minor scratches. The cover will not cause any scratches, but the dirt that accumulates on it might cause some minor damage in a few areas. Car covers are only effective against scratches till the time they are new. Once they get old and dirt starts accumulating on them, the dirt particles are retained in them. These particles can cause scratches while you fit and remove the cover. So, keep this in mind and either clean your car cover or get a new one to replace an old cover.
Myth: Car covers can safeguard against hailstorms
Truth: Hailstorms can cause some serious damage to your vehicle. Therefore, every car owner would want to buy a car cover that provides protection against the hailstones. But, unfortunately, that is not how car covers work. Almost all covers are laid close to the actual surface of the car. Therefore, they are not able to provide any protection against huge hailstones.