Car covers buyer's guide

Call us show-offs, but we love car covers! Who wants to be out on an early morning, scraping at your windscreen or a mountain of leaves scattered across your windscreen, when your car could have been snugly wrapped up the night before, safe from the elements? In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at the available options so that you can find the perfect fit for you.

Types of car cover

There are two main types of car covers: a full cover and a car cap. As the name suggests, a full cover encompasses the whole of your car, while a car cap just covers the windscreen, windows and roof of your car.

Whichever you choose, both full car covers and car caps do a great all-around job, protecting your vehicle from all of nature’s delights including sun, rain, tree sap or bird droppings.

Car covers

Car covers like the Halfords Car Cover are a great way to protect your paintwork from the weather, frost and other pollutants like dust and dirt. They also help to keep your wing mirrors, tyres, side panels and embellishments hidden away from prying eyes and potential vandals.

The Halfords Car Cover is available in three sizes (smallmedium and large), so there’s an option to suit the majority of cars. External seams minimise the risk of abrasions and the covers are quick and easy to install, so you can have it in place in no time.

All-season car covers

All-season car covers are another smart choice as they offer a premium level of protection. Highly durable and designed to fit snugly around a vehicle, the Halfords All-Season Car Cover will shield your car from UV damage and inclement weather, as well as any pollutants.

As well as being waterproof rather than just shower resistant, the biggest advantage of this all-season cover is that the material is breathable. This allows any condensation that builds up to evaporate, leaving your car dry and your paintwork undamaged, all year round.

Available in five sizes (XS to XL), the Halfords All-Season Car Cover comes with under-car securing straps and elasticated end panels for a firm and neat fit. The soft lining prevents any damage to your paintwork and it even comes with a carry bag so that you’ve got a convenient way to store the cover away when it’s not in use.

Car caps

As mentioned above, car caps cover the windscreen, windows and roof of your vehicle. They’re a lightweight and inexpensive way to add an extra layer of protection to your car.

The Halfords Car Cap comes in four sizes (S to XL), making it suitable for both small and larger cars. Shower resistant, it also provides protection against frost and UV damage. Elasticated hooks make the cap quick and easy to install, and it also comes with a handy storage case.

Have you got other items that need protection?

Tarpaulins

Our unpredictable weather can take its toll on more than just our cars. If you’ve got any items that need protecting – such as garden furniture – then it’s worth considering one of our tarpaulins.

They’re waterproof, durable, UV-resistant and tear-resistant, and also have reinforced edges to prevent fraying from occurring over time. Halfords Tarpaulins come in small, medium, large and extra-large sizes so whether you have a few plant pots or a furniture set to protect, we’ve got you covered.

Car seat covers

Protecting the inside of your car is just as important as protecting the outside. We’ve got a great range of car seat covers at Halfords, from budget essentials to premium padded support, so you’re sure to find something that meets your requirements.

Size guide

To find out which size you require, measure the horizontal distance from bumper to bumper and select the appropriate size. It is recommended to buy a cover slightly bigger than the car to ensure full coverage. Please note all dimensions below are approximate.

Size Length (cm) Width (cm) Height (cm) Fits cars similar to
X Small 375 165 120 Fiat 500, Citroen C1
Small 410 165 125 Ford Fiesta, Mini Cooper, Vauxhall Corsa
Medium 440 175 135 Vauxhall Astra, BMW 1 series
Large 470 180 135 Skoda Octavia, Renault Scenic
X Large 500 200 145 BMW X5, Audi A7

 

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