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Looking for a good quality car cover. This car is stored in a two car garage , so weather protection is not a concern. Just looking for something to keep it dust free and a cover that fits this vehicle. Thanks
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Looking for a good quality car cover. This car is stored in a two car garage , so weather protection is not a concern. Just looking for something to keep it dust free and a cover that fits this vehicle. Thanks
Previously, I purchased 5 car covers from California Car Cover. Quality covers no doubt. The fit was fine and I had no problems with them. A fair price at the time. A few years ago, I wanted to purchase a car cover for my '71 GTO which is always garaged. Looked at CCC again and couldn't believe their prices. Very high. Not sure what happened. Much more then I ever wanted to spend. I did find one of their covers I would have bought if much more reasonable, and I wrote down the specifics of it. I went on line and looked at many vendors selling car covers. I compared what they had to offer with the one from CCC. I found one that was about 1/2 the price of CCC, matched it fine, and I bought it. It's on my car as I type this. No problems or regrets. Just make sure you compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. I looked for warranty, kind of materials used, layers of materials, dust protection, repellency, fit, etc. I'm sorry that I don't recall the name of the vendor I dealt with. But, they are out there. Check their feedback. You don't have to spend a lot of money for the same cover if you choose not to. But be careful. There is also some real junk out there.
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I just bought a cover from Covercraft. They have several different fabrics available, some for outdoor use and some for indoor. One thing to be aware of: on their website they talk about 'custom fit' covers. However this really only applies to late model cars. For our GTO's what they have are some generic fit ones that actually do fit well, except for one thing: even the outdoor covers do not have sleeves for the radio antenna. They expect you to cut a hole in the cover and install a supplied plastic grommet to fit over the antenna. This shouldn't be much of a problem for an indoor cover but if you care about 100% weather protection on an outdoor cover, it won't be.

However with all that, I did get into a chat "discussion" with one of their reps online through their web site, and after ummm "expressing" my concern about that little detail and saying that I thought it was somewhat misleading, he promised that if I bought one of their outdoor covers, had it shipped here, then marked it myself for the proper location, I could send it back to them and they'd add an antenna sleeve at no charge. He said that was "a special deal" that they occasionally offer to customers who are concerned about that. FWIW.

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Very informative. Thanks for your help!!
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I have a couple of California Car Covers.....they work fine, but get dusty on the outside, and when you remove them and roll them up, they get dusty on the inside and it transfers to the car. Now, I don't use covers on anything. I use a California Duster about once every week or two and the cars always look fine. The covers stay stashed in the trunk of the car(s). I think I paid $125 for them 15-20 years ago....and they are still just fine. A caveat: they won't fit inside a normal washing machine to wash, so you have to go to a laundromat. Real PITA......
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I have California car covers for three of my cars. The trick to dust free is in removing it. Fold each side half way to middle (all dirty dust sides stay against each other). Now, with only the clean side showing that was against the car, you can continue to fold up again to the middle and roll from front to back or vice versa. When covering car back up, unroll in reverse.
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I bought a generic mid sized car cover from Pepboys. It cost somewhere around $100 (or less). Normally, I store my car inside. I moved about a year ago and it was going to sit outside for a week during the move so I went with an outdoor cover. This was what I could get off the shelf at the last minute. With everything else going on with the move, I completely forgot about the cover until I had to get the car out of my old garage. The outdoor cover looks like a blue tarp and has a couple eye hook holes in the center so you can run a rope under the car to secure it. The inside is fairly soft and, so far, has not marked or caused any rub marks on the paint. As an added bonus, it poured one of the days during the move and the car stayed bone dry. Only issue with going this route is if you need a perfectly fitted cover, this option is not for you. Since the dimensions of a new car are much different than the old cars, things like the mirrors and what not are in the wrong place. The antenna is not an issue on the 1970 since GM started putting them inside on the windshield that year. I had an 80's Camaro and used to keep a wrench in the car that fit the antenna to remove it when I covered the car.
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Im in the geeteeohguy camp... Now I just use a duster and if needed a little Griot's Speed Shine.
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