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The summertime is all about showing off your ride and keeping it in tip-top condition should be an owner's number one priority. Choosing a car cover is one of the best ways to ensure a vehicle remains in excellent condition, but there are specifics that users need to consider before choosing a summer car cover. After all, there is no use installing one that's more appropriate for the winter and risking any damage to your vehicle. Let's take a look at what constitutes a good summertime car cover.
The summer brings warmer conditions, which is exactly why you want your cover to be as light as possible. This is not just because vehicles will likely be used during the summertime months, so an easy on-easy off procedure will be necessary. It will also ensure heat doesn't build up beneath the cover that could affect the internal temperatures of the vehicle and could even be damaging to the vehicle's engine if exposed to extreme levels for long periods.
If owners do choose a heavyweight option, it is best to ensure the fit is looser than they would normally do in the cooler months. This will allow air to circulate around the chassis and ensure operating temperatures remain tolerable during storage. This is also wise for lightweight cover, but it is important to ensure a loose-fitting light cover isn't exposed to high winds or other weather situations. The coarse abrasion of a car cover could leave fine scratches in the paintwork. Storing a car in a garage or another permanent solution is ideal for alleviating this concern.
UV rays aren't only harmful to human skin, they're also harmful to a car's finish. Overexposure to UVA and UVB can cause paint fade and other forms of cosmetic deterioration over time, which is why summertime car covers should be made of a reflective material to ensure the amount of exposure is reduced as far as possible. Additional control measures could also be in place, such as parking in a cool and shady spot or ensuring it is within a garage at all times.
Anti-dusting materials, like microfiber, should be considered for summertime coverage as road conditions tend to be quite dirty and dusty in comparison to wetter and cooler months. Choosing a cover made of microfiber or lined this material will ensure the amount of dust on a car is reduced when using in between washes and help reduce the amount of fine scratches as a result of dirty storage.