Car covers have come a long way from their humble beginnings as simple open sided shelters. Buyers now have numerous options in almost every aspect of car covers from size to functionality. For this reason, it’s important for a buyer to assess several issues prior to making a purchase.
* Intended use – Car covers are extremely versatile, providing shelter, storage, and other capabilities. They can be used as boat slip covers, as winter shelter for farm animals and additional space for either an office or a home, making it essential to define potential uses. The intended uses will then determine the size, type of structure, and whether any customization work is necessary. Customization work can include insulation, storage shelving, wiring for electricity, etc. Other contingencies should be considered as well, such as local weather conditions. Typically severe conditions, for example, might indicate for an enclosed car cover made of steel as opposed to a lighter material such as aluminum to bear heavy snow loads or to stand up against high winds.
* The budget – Metal car covers are a very cost effective alternative to other options for shelter, storage, and room additions. Budget constraints can determine whether a structure will be made of wood or a less expensive option such as metal. The budget can also determine the amount of customization that can be done on the car cover.
* The need for portability – Portable car covers can serve many purposes including provision of shade at outdoor events, covering walkways, and sheltering livestock. Metal and aluminum car covers are usually easy to take apart and re-assemble but the difference in weights could be a deciding factor. A buyer should be certain that the heavier weight of a metal car cover is manageable; otherwise an aluminum car cover will be the better choice.
* Going it alone – The basic car cover versions offer simple assembly, even with some addition of custom features. Assembly naturally becomes more complicated when features such as electrical wiring, insulation, and temperature controls are added. Many car cover providers offer free installation with the purchase so if the assembly of the structure starts looking complicated going with a company that will do the installation as a part of the deal can save a lot of aggravation and money. Car covers come in a variety of sizes and cover a multiple of uses. By assessing these issues first, buyers can ensure that they’re buying the best solution for their needs.