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Old 11-22-2021, 05:50 PM
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I have been looking for a car cover to use outside for my 2006 911 cabriolet. Overall, I think a cover is a plus if the car must be kept outside. Does anyone have experience with outdoor car covers and can recommend a specific car cover or offer any thoughts? There are many options out there. Many thanks!
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Old 11-22-2021, 05:53 PM
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So, my experience with car covers is that if the car is not kept spotlessly clean before putting the cover on, all you end up doing is making the cover dirty - and in turn you make the car dirty when you put the dirty cover onto a clean car.

But if you still want it, California Car Covers made good covers when I used them.

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Old 11-22-2021, 09:33 PM
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My experience is similar to Ed's above: covers can do a pretty impressive job of rubbing dirt into the paint.

Have you looked at something like the Car Cocoons? They need power, but effectively create an "air tent" around the car while protecting it from weather.

I haven't tried one, but have heard they work well.

https://www.carcoon.com/product-rang...tdoor-carcoon/
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I had a nano or ceramic coating on my 997 and would recommend that over a cover. Reapply every couple of years. The car was eleven years old when I sold it and the paint looked like new. I’ll almost certainly do this to the GT3 Touring when I have her detailed in the spring.
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As said before car cover on a car that is not spotless clean, do minute grit etc. is OK otherwise cover movement in wind can scratch. If just to keep a DD especially a cabrio dry then fine. but when you take it off soaking wet, have fun!!
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Old 11-23-2021, 02:25 PM
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Dirk, Karl, Chris and Ed,
Thank you for your responses. This is not at all a slam dunk, as you indicated. Since posting I researched many of the companies online. To make the decision even more complicated, the authenticity of the very good ratings on the company websites are questioned by many in terms of both performance and product support. Despite this, I feel I need to find something that offers some protection for both the car itself and the top. It is clear from your comments that the car and the cover need to be kept clean!
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One think to look at is the fit of the cover and how its held tight against the car. Those cable locks may lock. But any wind and you've got the cover whipping back and forth on your paint. When I've had to store a car outside under a cover, I've added extra grommets to the edges then secured them below the car with bungee cords to keep them tight.
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I have a cover from here that I use on my Cayman: https://autochic.com/
While not cheap, it has held up quite well. Mine is the New AllWeather.
It fits the car perfectly.
My spring job is to find a place to wash it for me.

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I have a cover from here that I use on my Cayman: https://autochic.com/
While not cheap, it has held up quite well. Mine is the New AllWeather.
It fits the car perfectly.
My spring job is to find a place to wash it for me.

Elric42
They list 2 "AllWeather" fabrics - flannel and non-flannel. Do you remember which you have? Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old 11-26-2021, 06:38 AM
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They list 2 "AllWeather" fabrics - flannel and non-flannel. Do you remember which you have? Thanks for the suggestion.
Flannel.

I am quite happy with it.

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