7 Key Factors that Affect Car Cover Prices

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Are you in the market for a new car cover? If so then there are many you can select from. When selecting a particular model there are tons of issues to consider including the price. It’s important to set a budget before you start shopping for a car cover so you won’t spend more than you can afford.

Another important step is to consider the various factors that can affect the price of the car/truck cover. Here are some of the main ones:

1. Brand

As when purchasing any other aftermarket products for your vehicle you can find branded and off brand covers on the market. The old rule that “You get what you pay for” basically applies. That’s why you should definitely consider looking for an established brand as it will give you a better chance of selecting a high-quality cover. Meanwhile, if you pick an off brand it will be nearly impossible to find a quality product since the manufacturers cut corners to keep the price tag lower.

2. Size

This has a lot to do with the type of vehicle you’re covering. It goes without saying that a subcompact car will require a much smaller cover than an SUV, for example. There are other factors that impact the size of the cover. For example, if you select a cover for a pickup truck you should consider the size of the truck’s bed, which will affect the overall dimensions of the cover.

It’s important to note that there are several other factors that affect the price of the car cover besides the dimensions. There are many low-quality items on the market that can be used for large vehicles, for example. However, it’s certainly a factor worth considering since more material is required to produce covers for large vehicles like vans.

3. Indoor/Outdoor

Do you store your vehicle in a garage or on a driveway? These are important issues because it can affect the price of the cover. An indoor cover is usually much cheaper than an indoor/outdoor cover since it’s just basically a dust cover. As a general rule, it’s better to consider an indoor/outdoor cover since there might be times when you’ll be storing your vehicle either environment. It’s better to spend a little more on a flexible cover instead of purchasing a unit for indoor use and one for outdoor use.

4. Warranty

This is usually a limited warranty and for 1-2 years. Should you look for this option? It depends on various factors but is certainly worth considering as a type of insurance. If your cover doesn’t have a warranty and it gets damaged quickly you might have to dish out money to buy a new one. So it’s generally a good idea to look for this feature even though it will add to the car cover’s price tag.

5. Thickness

This has a lot to do with the durability of the cover so it’s an important issue. It will also affect the price since more material means higher manufacturing costs. If you want a heavy-duty cover then you should definitely be willing to spend more on a thicker cover. On the other hand, if you’re just storing your vehicle in a garage then a lighter cover will be good enough.

Another factor related to thickness is that thicker covers will provide better protection from flying pebbles, bumps by bikes/toys, etc. So if you want to safeguard your vehicle better you should definitely consider a thicker cover over a thinner one.

6. Extras

You can also find car covers with various extras like a storage bag. This adds value to the product and will also likely boost the price as well. Are they worth it? It’s really a matter of whether or not the extras are practical for your use of the car cover. A storage bag, for example, can help to keep the cover safe and dry when it’s not being used. In terms of the extra value, it adds it might be worth the higher price tag.

7. Reviews

Sites like Amazon include customer reviews/ratings for products like car covers. If this is available you should check them out. Look for the average rating to get a snapshot of customers’ experience using the product. Also, consider issues like specific pros/cons mentioned and how many customers gave the product a perfect score.

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