Budge car covers, sometimes confused with “budget” car covers, are big players in the segment.
While they absolutely offer low cost models, Budge prides itself on a broad product mix ranging from mid-tier, multi-layer outdoor covers to some that are the absolute lowest price points in the market.
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Product Comparison Table – Budge Car Covers
Here are our top picks for the Budge car cover line.
Budge Poly Guard 1
The Budge Poly Guard 1 is a true budget car cover and is listed at an unbeatable price point. It is designed primarily for indoors use and light outdoor use.
The Poly Guard 1 does offer some UV and moisture protection, but we only recommend it for short stints of outdoor use. Even then, it is best used for stopping larger debris like leaves and bird poop, not rain storms and sun.
The material is a single layer of polypropylene. This is a perfectly acceptable entry-level fabric. It is not very thick but will protect against light-to-moderate impacts. It is not abrasive but also not as soft as covers with cotton inner linings.
The flip-side of its single layer construction is that breathability is excellent. Moisture evaporates quickly, and mold and mildew are unlikely in normal settings.
Fit is good for a budget universal car cover. 8 sizes are available for cars, trucks and SUVs.
Elastic hems in the front and back and tie-down grommets ensure that any slack is easily removed.
As a budget model, grey is the only color option available. The Poly Guard 1 does come with a 2 year warranty, which is excellent for a car cover at a $20 price point.
Who is this car cover best suited for? Anyone on a tight budget who is primarily worried about indoor dust or needs protection for short stints outdoors (e.g., an hour parked under a tree).
- Unbeatable price point
- Great breathability
- Light and easy to maneuver
- Tie-down grommets
- Storage bag included
- 2 year warranty
- Highly limited outdoors (basically sunny days)
- Entry-level, thin fabric
Budge Protector IV
When it comes to outdoor use, the Budge Protector 4 (truck and SUV models can be found here) is one of the better options available right now. Unlike the previous options we just looked at, this one is built for heavy outdoor use.
Sure, it can definitely do what the Poly Guard can in the sense that it will protect your vehicle from dirt and dust if used indoors, but it can do so much more than that too.
While we hesitate to say that any woven fabric that breathes is truly 100% waterproof, the Budge Protector IV comes close. It is made for serious exposure to the elements with the highest protection ratings for rain, dust and UV.
The secret lies in the construction of the four-layer material. The outer two layers are a durable polypropylene. The third layer is a highly water resistant membrane. The inner layer that comes into contact with a car is a fleece-like material similar to the Soft Stretch reviewed earlier.
Added UV treatments mean that the Protector IV won’t allow harmful UV rays to damage paint, plus the cover itself won’t become weaker due to exposure to sunlight.
Like the others, the Budge Protector IV comes an elastic hem but also includes a strap and buckle system for extra security in windy conditions.
Sizing is described by Budge as “semi-custom.” If your vehicle is 264″ L x 70″ W x 53″ H or smaller, one of the 5 sedan size choices will fit. It is offered in a tan color that won’t show dirt and other stains as much as white or grey.
Who is the Budge Protector IV best suited for? Anyone who stores their car outdoors for long periods of time in climates with challenging sun, wind, rain or dust. It is a great car cover, and despite the mid-premium price, a good investment as well.
- Works indoors and outdoors
- Highly resistant to all elements, especially rain and dust
- Soft inner lining
- Elastic hem with a strap and buckle system
- 5 sizes to fit virtually all cars
- Storage bag included
- Whopping 5-year warranty
- Premium price
- Bulkier than light covers
- Only one color
If you have a nice car, you love it, you baby it, and you want it to stay in prime condition for many years to come, so you need to take proper care of it. You can’t just leave your car to be damaged and destroyed by Mother Nature or other forces.
As a fun little exercise, we’ve outlined in painful detail 20 ways to damage your car’s paint even while parked. The main message is, if you expect your car to stay in good shape for a long time, you need to take the steps to keep it in prime condition.
The real question for most people is how to pick the right cover? Let’s face it. Car covers pretty much look the same, especially online.
In actuality, big differences exist in price, usage, protection levels and durability. We’ve outlined all the main purchase considerations that you need to know in detail. A quick review is well worth your time and will get you up to speed quickly.
The main considerations are do you park indoors or a combination of indoors/ outdoors and how much protection do you need from the elements?
If you just park outdoors for a few hours each day, a light, easy to install cover would likely be ideal. If you park your car outdoors for long periods of time in a tough climate, you need max protection.
The three Budge car covers we reviewed span that entire range. They offer multi-year warranties and 30 day return policies.
If you like the Budge brand name and are looking for a new car cover, you would be well served to consider one of the above options. These are among the best that Budge has to offer.
While the Poly Guard 1 is meant for indoor use, the Protector 4 is a rugged “all-arounder.” With the generous return policies and strong warranties, there are limited concerns on the product side.
As for fit, measure your car or look up the specs on the internet. We always recommend carefully reading through the reviews and emailing the manufacturer if your car is on the borderline between two size models.
All in all, these are great car covers competitive prices. If you want to protect your car, they are definitely worth a careful look.