Best Car Cover Reviews

Thieves love your car, Mother Nature hates it, and the guy that parks too close to you is utterly indifferent to it.  Cars and especially car paint, get damaged virtually every day.

That’s a real problem, because for most people their car is the second largest investment they have other than their house.  The best car covers can help protect that investment.

Best Car Covers of 2019

Hand with umbrella that protects car.

We have picked the absolute best car covers to help you make the perfect choice for you and your car. 

Before we dive in, we strongly recommend reading our Definitive Car Cover Buying Guide.  It’s the most comprehensive resource on the internet.

You may also want to check out our proprietary survey on parked car damage.  The numbers may surprise you.

Universal Car Covers

There are two main type of car covers: universal and custom fit. 

  • Universal car covers fit a wide variety of makes and models (e.g., a mid-size sedan less than 184 inches)
  • Custom fit car covers are designed for specific makes and models (e.g., a 2017 Ford Mustang GT)

Universal car covers are almost always 50%-80% cheaper, but they rarely fit as well and are made out of lower quality materials. 

There are some very good values out there though.  Here are our picks for best universal car covers.

Title
Best Universal
OxGord Universal Car Cover
Best Seller
Kayme All Weather Car Cover
Front/Rear Color Coded
GUNHYI All Seasons Car Cover
Preview
OxGord 5 LayerPly Duty Waterproof Car Cover with Fleece Inner Lining, Fits Cars up to 180
Kayme Four Layers Waterproof All Weather Car Covers with Cotton Zipper Sun Uv Rain Protection for Automobiles Indoor Outdoor Fit Sedan Wangon (182" to 193") 3XL
GUNHYI Winter Car Covers Four layers Waterproof All Weather,Sun Rain Dust Snow Protection For Automobiles Outdoor Indoor,Fit Sedan (Length 180-194 inch)
Size Options
6 size options up to 229”
4 size options up to 208”
2 size options up to 208”
Layers of Material
5
4
4
Zipper Access to Driver Door
Tie Down Cables / Straps
ASA Rating
4.5
4.2
4.2
Price
$54.90
$59.96
$56.99
Best Universal
Title
OxGord Universal Car Cover
Preview
OxGord 5 LayerPly Duty Waterproof Car Cover with Fleece Inner Lining, Fits Cars up to 180
Size Options
6 size options up to 229”
Layers of Material
5
Zipper Access to Driver Door
Tie Down Cables / Straps
ASA Rating
4.5
Price
$54.90
Details
Best Seller
Title
Kayme All Weather Car Cover
Preview
Kayme Four Layers Waterproof All Weather Car Covers with Cotton Zipper Sun Uv Rain Protection for Automobiles Indoor Outdoor Fit Sedan Wangon (182" to 193") 3XL
Size Options
4 size options up to 208”
Layers of Material
4
Zipper Access to Driver Door
Tie Down Cables / Straps
ASA Rating
4.2
Price
$59.96
Details
Front/Rear Color Coded
Title
GUNHYI All Seasons Car Cover
Preview
GUNHYI Winter Car Covers Four layers Waterproof All Weather,Sun Rain Dust Snow Protection For Automobiles Outdoor Indoor,Fit Sedan (Length 180-194 inch)
Size Options
2 size options up to 208”
Layers of Material
4
Zipper Access to Driver Door
Tie Down Cables / Straps
ASA Rating
4.2
Price
$56.99
Details

 

Custom Fit Car Covers

Car owners rave about custom fit car covers.  They are among the best reviewed products in the car care segment .  Here are our picks for the best of 2019.

Best Premium Max Protect ($300+ Segment)

The Coverking Autobody Armor’s name says it all.  It provides top-of-the line protection.

Coverking Autobody Armor Protection Summary

A true custom fit cover, it is designed to tightly contour to your specific make and year model.  Tailored mirror and antenna pockets add to the custom fit.

The Autobody Armor is made from three layers of highly durable fabric, each with a different purpose.  The outer layer is woven polyester and is excellent at repelling debris and pollutants.

The middle layer is polyurethane and is designed for strong moisture resistance.  Lastly, a soft inner lining protects your car’s finish and clear coat.  Breathability (i.e., allowing moisture trapped under the cover to evaporate) is very good but not best in class.

The way it’s constructed screams quality.  Coverking uses the minimum number of seams possible, coupled with double stitching and heavy wax-coated threads to increase moisture resistance.

We say “moisture resistance,” as no breathable cover is truly waterproof.  That said, the Armor is about as good as it gets.

We rate the Autobody Armor as follows:

  • Dust (5 out of 5)
  • Sun/UV (5 out of 5)
  • Rain (5 out of 5)
  • Snow (5 out of 5)
  • Breathability (4 out of 5)
  • Ding protection (4 out of 5)
  • Bird/tree droppings (5 out of 5)
  • Inner lining softness (4.5 out of 5).

Note: even though we label this as a ‘max protect’ cover, even the best traditional car covers cannot prevent damage from serious hailstorms.  Specialized hail protection systems offer the only reliable protection for cars parked outside.

With a Coverking’s typical 30-day return policy and a 5-year warranty, the Autobody Armor is an excellent choice for anyone that is serious about protecting their car.

Who is it best suited for? 

  • Anyone living in harsh climates such as by the ocean or heavy rain /snow locales
  • Anyone who leaves their car parked outdoors long-term
  • Anyone who wants the best protection and isn’t worried about cost.
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Best Sun and UV Protection ($150+ Segment)

Sun, and specifically ultraviolet (UV) radiation, can harm your car in a few different ways.  First, with enough exposure, UV rays will fade and oxidize paint even with all the advances in modern paint technology.  Modern paint is MUCH more durable than in the past but is also far from indestructible.

Secondly, sun also damages car dashboards, steering wheels and other interior parts which are much less resilient than car paint.  Lastly, sun and extreme heat can make other risks like bird poop more damaging.  Heat causes clear coat to soften and absorb or “wrap around” debris effectively sealing it into the paint.

The best sun protection car covers have highly reflective polyester or acrylic fibers in the outer layer.  These reflect light and help keep cars cool.  The Coverking Silverguard is one of the best UV covers on the market.

It comes in two models, the Silverguard and the Silverguard Plus.  They perform similarly in terms of UV protection.  The Plus model has more reflective properties and a softer inner lining for a $50-$80 premium in price.

The Silverguard is a custom fit model.  This means you provide the brand, model and year of your car when ordering, and the manufacturer tailors the car cover to fit perfectly including custom fit antenna and mirror pockets.  The outer material is a very tried and true fabric, Denier 300 polyester, that is treated for water resistance and is also breathable.

In terms of protection and functionality, we would rate the Silverguard as follows:

  • Dust (4 out of 5)
  • Sun/UV (5 out of 5)
  • Rain (4 out of 5)
  • Snow (4 out of 5)
  • Breathability (4 out of 5)
  • Dings (3 out of 5)
  • Bird/tree droppings (4.5 out of 5)
  • Inner lining softness (4 out of 5 for the Plus model).

The manufacturing is excellent with double-needle overlapping seams and wax- coated threading for leak-resistant seams.  Like the Autobody Armor, it is made with as few seams as possible.  This makes the cover last longer as tears more frequently occur on the seams.

Like most premium covers, the Silverguard has elastic hems in the front and back to ensure a tight fit.  It also comes with grommets (or eyelets) on the side so that the cover can be secured even more tightly with cables and locks.

The Silverguard has guarantees and service truly befitting a premium cover. It comes with a 30-day return policy, a 3-year warranty and lifetime factory repairs (note: there is a fee after the warranty expires).

If you live in the South or Sun Belt, the Silverguard is a great all around outdoor cover that provides max UV protection.

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Best Rain and Dust Protection ($100 – $150 Segment)

The Carscover Ultrashield offers 5-layers of protection making it an excellent choice for rain and dust protection.

Carscover Ultrashield Black Car Cover

The five layers include a fleece lining for excellent softness.  This is a custom fit cover with elastic hems in the front and back.  To ensure an ultra-snug fit side grommets (eyelets) and a strap and buckle system are also included.  This helps secure the cover so it won’t blow off in windy conditions.

Ultrasonically welded seams and a UV stabilizing agent called “Remafin” really increase the long-term durability of this car cover.  Not surprisingly, it has a limited lifetime warranty (reading the legalese is, of course, always recommended).

We would rate its performance as follows:

  • Dust (5 out of 5)
  • Sun/UV (4 out of 5)
  • Rain (5 out of 5)
  • Snow (4 out of 5)
  • Breathability (3.5 out of 5)
  • Ding protection (4.5 out of 5)
  • Bird/tree droppings (5 out of 5)
  • Inner lining softness (4 out of 5).

Overall, the Ultrashield is a very good performer at an even better price point. It should definitely be on your short list.

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Best Ding Protection ($200+ Segment)

If you hit a car with enough force, it will get dinged.  That’s simple high school physics.  However, a good car cover can prevent many, if not most, everyday dings. The most important features are the thickness of the cover, the number of layers of material and the quality of the materials.

One of the best car covers on the market for protecting against dings is the Covercraft Evolution Car Cover.  It is custom fit car cover made out of 4-layers of Kimberly Clark’s premium Evolution fabric.

The outer layer is polypropylene fibers bonded with a non-woven finish.  The inner layer is soft, bi-component poly blend. Breathability is good, but as with most heavy, multi-layer covers, it’s a notch below best in class.

Construction is what you would expect from a premium manufacturer like Covercraft.  Overlapping, double-stitched seams are standard as are reinforced side grommets.

overcraft Evolution car cover double stitched seam Covercraft Evolution Car Cover Reinforced Side Grommet

We would rate the Evolution’s performance as follows:

  • Dust (4 out of 5)
  • Sun/UV (5 out of 5)
  • Rain (4 out of 5)
  • Snow (4 out of 5)
  • Breathability (3 out of 5)
  • Ding protection (5 out of 5)
  • Bird/tree droppings (5 out of 5)
  • Inner lining softness (4 out of 5).

It comes in three different colors and a standard 4-year warranty.

The Covercraft Evolution is a great outdoor car cover.  If you live in a sunny area and are at risk of having your car dinged, the Evolution is a smart choice.

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Recap of Our Recommended Custom Fit Car Covers

Our best custom fit car covers range from $100 to $300+.  If you must park outdoors, that’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

AccoladeCar CoverModelPriceWarranty ASA Rating
Best 'Max Protect'Coverking
Autobody Armor
$$$$$$5 Years4.9
Best UV ProtectionCoverking
Silverguard Plus
$$$$3 Years4.8
Best Rain/Dust ProtectionCarscover
Ultrashield Black
$$$Limited
Lifetime
4.8
Best Ding ProtectionCovercraft
Evolution
$$$$4 Years4.8

What to Look For in a Car Cover

Car covers come in many different varieties. For a thorough grounding, check out our Definitive Car Cover Buying Guide.

There are lighter, easy-to-install covers for people who keep their cars garaged full time.  Their primary goal is to prevent dust buildup and accidental scratches. For those that leave their cars outdoors for extended periods of time, heavier, multi-layered car covers are a must.

When evaluating car covers the important product features are:

  • Fit
  • Quality of material
  • Softness of the inner lining
  • Breathability.

How snugly a car cover fits is important.  Loose covers create many problems problems.  One of the biggest is that they allow dirt and debris to get underneath the covers and onto the paint.  Also, with any kind of wind loose-fitting covers rub or “flap” against the paint potentially damaging the outer clear coat.

Custom fit covers are designed for specific makes and model and contour precisely to fit mirrors, antennae, etc.  Universal car covers, on the other hand, are made to fit a wide range of makes and models.  They may or may not fit your particular car well.  Their biggest selling point is a much lower price, which is important.

Gray custom fit car cover
Example Custom Fit Car Cover

Another consideration is quality of material.  Manufacturers use many different kinds of polypropylene, polyethylene, nylon and synthetic covers.  Performance profiles will vary, so be sure to read up on the individual characteristics. Some are great at repelling moisture, others at reflecting UV rays, and some are good at everything.

The other aspect of material quality is the number of layers (usually ranging from 1 to 7).  Having more layers means more protection.  An indoor car cover can get by with 1-3 layers.  A long-term, outdoor car cover used in harsh environments needs max layers and max protection.  More layers also “thicken” covers and provide better dent protection.

Another  very important feature to evaluate is the softness of the inner lining.  You want something that is non-abrasive and will not scratch your paint.  Budget covers often have polypropylene liners which are acceptable, but not the best for premium paint jobs.  Poly-cotton liners are very good, and nylon fleece and especially, cotton are top of the range.

The last feature to look for is “breathability.”  Car covers made out of woven fibers allow cars to “breathe” and let any moisture underneath the cover to evaporate.  This prevents the formation of mildew and corrosion.  Covers with more layers will be less breathable than those with fewer layers.  It’s a tradeoff.

How to Choose the Best Car Cover

Choosing the best car cover in a highly saturated market is not easy. There are hundreds of products making it difficult for anyone but the most fervent aficionados to choose well.

At the highest level, drivers should ask themselves two questions.  What is the climate like where I live?  And, how do I use my car?

The big climate factors are sun/ultra-violet radiation, rain, snow, wind, hail, dust and salty ocean air.  Think about which of these are most prevalent in your climate.  Then it’s a simple matter of matching a cover’s protection profile to your car’s risk profile .  Many manufacturers will have sun ratings, snow ratings, et cetera to help you in this process.

How you use your car is the other important consideration.  We’ve talked about indoor versus outdoor.  If you travel frequently and park for short periods of time, get a light cover that is easy to install.  If you leave your car parked outdoors for long periods of time, a heavy, multi-layered cover is needed.  You may also want a zippered, easy access panel to get into to the car without removing the full cover.

There are car covers to fit virtually every need.  Finding the perfect one just takes a small amount of research and knowledge.