Budge has been in the car cover market for a long time and offers a wide range of budget car covers. Their product mix ranges from mid-tier, multi-layer outdoor covers to some that are the lowest priced in the segment.
While they do have a few models that get good reviews, for most segments, there are better budget options than Budge.
You may want to check out our review of the best universal car covers. These brands get better reviews and cost around $25-$50. Click here to see our top picks.
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
- Limited durability.
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 Budge options available right now but still lags the performance of other manufacturers.
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 also be used in more challenging conditions.
No woven fabric that breathes is truly 100% waterproof, and the Budge Protector IV is no exception. It is designed to be moisture resistant and not waterproof. Be careful of any marketing claims to the contrary.
The construction is a four-layer material. The outer two layers are a durable polypropylene. The third layer is a water resistant membrane. The inner layer that comes into contact with a car is a fleece-like material similar to cotton feeling material.
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. That said, all budget covers will fade and degrade over time.
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 moderate periods of time in moderately challenging climates. It is a budget cover that comes with limitations.
- Works indoors and outdoors
- Resistant to many elements, especially dust
- Soft inner lining
- Elastic hem with a strap and buckle system
- 5 sizes to fit virtually all cars
- Storage bag included
- 5-year warranty
- Premium price for the budget segment
- Not waterproof as manufacturers often contend
- 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” 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 questions 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.
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. However, as we noted there are other manufacturers with similar priced covers that get better reviews.
While the Poly Guard 1 is meant for indoor use, the Protector 4 is a rugged “all-arounder.” The warranty and return policies are good.
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.
These car covers have very competitive prices. If you want to protect your car and prefer Budge, the selected models above are the best in their line.