Congratulations on buying your dream car! Now that you're in the driver's seat and ready to hit the road, it’s time to think about how you’re going to protect your investment to extend its life and performance. At California Car Cover, we offer a huge inventory of high-quality custom fit car covers made from some of the best car cover materials on the market. Whether you’re looking for a cotton, see-through or microfiber car cover, we have what you need. This brief material buying guide will help you choose the right material for your vehicle and its storage needs.

3 Critical Factors

Today's car cover market is full of choices. Knowing where to start or how to find the product that's right for you and your vehicle can be overwhelming. To decide on the best car cover material for your vehicle, there are three critical factors you should take into consideration when weighing your buying options.

1. Where You Store Your Car

If you park your vehicle in the driveway, you may need different protection than if you stow your car in the garage. Most car covers are designed for either indoor or outdoor use, and therefore offer various degrees and types of protection. A 100% cotton car cover, for example, is a light material intended for indoor use. While it may be used for limited outdoor use, it won’t give the same protection from a thunderstorm as an outdoor car cover would.

2. What Kind of Weather You Need To Protect Against

Depending on where you live, you may be worried about protecting your car from frequent rain, or you might be more concerned about intense sun exposure. Different car cover materials specialize in protection from different elements, so it’s important to determine which material matches your needs. For example, if you want to ensure a material keeps moisture away from the finish on your vehicle, you may want to look at waterproof car covers. Conversely, you may need to look for car covers that are designed specifically to withstand UV rays.

3. Whether a Standard or Custom Cover Is a Better Fit

A standard cover may be just what you need to keep your car protected. But if your vehicle is a classic or uncommon type, you may want to look into ordering a custom cover to ensure it’s the perfect fit for your car. The car cover should be snug to guarantee maximum protection.

Premium Protection

How do car covers protect your vehicle? They protect from nature's elements, such as rain, sun and wind, and against airborne particulates and debris, and insect and animal damage. Particulates like dust and pollen can be as damaging as an obvious or known hazard such as heavy snow. For example, a grain of pollen can chemically affect and exacerbate exposed or damaged paintwork over time.

The type of protection a car cover offers goes hand in hand with the material used in its construction. An indoor car cover may feature a lightweight, dust-resistant material and a soft felt lining to protect your vehicle's paintwork. An outdoor cover may feature heavyweight water- and UV-resistant material that is also durable and ding- or scratch-resistant.

Standard or custom fits also contribute to your vehicle's premium protection. If you want your pristine classic Ford Mustang to remain free from insects, dust and light pollution in dry storage, a custom fit is your best bet. If you're looking for a UV-resistant cover to throw over your commute car in the parking lot during the heat of the summer, a standard fit may suffice.

Here's a closer look at some of the indoor and outdoor materials used by today's trusted manufacturers to construct their high-quality car covers.

Indoor Materials

Planning to keep your vehicle primarily indoors? Our indoor car covers offer extended indoor coverage and come with generous warranties. Here are a few customer favorites:

  • Plushweave Cotton Flannel: This is our most popular indoor car cover material and is made from 100% cotton. It is treated with 3M Scotchgard for light outdoor use.
  • California Customweave: Looking for a stretchy cover that comes with a soft cotton felt lining? The California Customweave is a great choice.
  • Dustop Car Cover: This material is recommended for indoor use and is highly resistant to dust.
  • ViewShield See Through: The ViewShield See Through makes it easy to admire and show off your vehicle while keeping it protected from dust.

Looking for a material we haven’t mentioned? Check out our other indoor car cover options online.

Outdoor Materials

Our outdoor premium car covers are designed with lightweight materials that keep your vehicle protected from the elements. They are also great for indoor use. A few of our most popular outdoor materials include:

  • SuperweaveThis material provides the greatest degree of protection against water, weather and UV rays. It’s lightweight, durable, and comes with a four year warranty.
  • Superweave Premium: Developed to withstand intense sun exposure, this material is a step up from the superweave and comes with a six year warranty.
  • Noah: As the name suggests, this material has a high level of resistance to water and dust.

We also offer outdoor covers that cushion against dings and are resistant to high UV levels, as well as the best car covers for winter.

California Car Cover Co. is the world leading brand in premium high quality custom fit car covers. We have the world’s largest inventory of custom-fit car covers, ready to ship direct to you today. If you would like to check to see if your particular car cover is in-stock please feel free to call us at 1-800-423-5525. Free Shipping on qualified orders.

Can’t find what you need? Call us. We have over 100,000 custom fitted car cover patterns available and in multiple fabrics. Our knowledgeable car cover service staff has had experience covering a variety of cars and trucks over the years; whether a current car, a classic collector car, a hot rod or race car. At California Car Cover we have car covers for dust, car covers for sun, car covers for rain, car covers for snow, car covers for hail, and car covers for all types of summer and winter weather conditions. That being said, you can use a California Car Cover everyday, whether stored indoors or outdoors. California Car Cover Co. offers the best quality car covers at the best price.

  • Our car covers are custom made to provide a snug and precise fit for any car, truck or SUV.
  • If you have questions about car cover orders, please send an email to or call 1-800-423-5525.

We have custom fit car covers already available for these vehicle makes:
Popular Vehicle Makes: Acura, Alfa Romeo, American Motors (AMC), Aston Martin, Audi, Austin, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet (Chevy), Chrysler, Daewoo, Daihatsu, Datsun, Delorean, Desoto, De Tomaso, Dodge, Edsel, Eagle, Excalibur, Ferrari, Fiat, Fisker, Ford, Frazer, Geo, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Hudson, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Jensen, Kaiser, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover Range Rover), La Salle, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Maserati, Maybach, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes Benz, Mercury, MG, Mitsubishi, Morgan, Morris, Nash, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Opel, Packard, Panoz, Peugeot, Plymouth, Pontiac, Porsche, Renault, Rolls Royce, SAAB, Saturn, Scion, Sterling, Studebaker, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Triumph, Volkswagen, Volvo.
Specialty Vehicle Makes: AC Cobra, Adventure, Aerolite, Ajax, Albany, Alco, Allard, Alpinet, Alta, Alvis, Amante, Ambassador, American Bantam, Amilcar, Amphicar, Anderson, Anglia, Apollo, Apperson, Archer, Arkley, Armstrong, Arnolt, Asa, Astra, ATS, Auburn, Autobianchi, Autocar, Autocraft, Autowa, Avanit, Avante, Avenger, Aztec, Baggs, Bernardi, Baker, Bantam, Beardmore, Beauford, Bedford, Berkeley, Bernardi, Berry, Bertone, Biddle, Bitter, Bizzarrinni, Blakely, Bond, Borgward, Bradley, Bremen, Brewster, Bricklin, Bristol, British, Broc, Brockway, Brubaker, Brush, Bugatti, Carter, Centaur, Chalmers, Chandler, Checker, Circle J, Cisitalia, Citi Car, Citroen, Cizeta, Classic, Clenet, Cleveland, Cobra, Coey Flyer, Cole, Columbia, Comanche, Cord, Corvair, Crosley, Cushman, Dagmar, Dambler, Damen, Delace, Delahaye, Detamble, Detroit, Devaux, Dimaond, DKW, Doble, Dodge Brothers, Dorant, Doretti, Dort, Ducati, Duesenberg, Dupont, Durant, Eagle, Elcar, Elva, EMF, English Ford, Erskine, Essex, Facel, Fairthorpe, Flint, Franklin, Gardner, Gatsby, Gazelle, Ghia, Ginetta, Graham, Griffith, Grout, Haynes, Healy, Henry, Hillman, Hispano, Holden, Humber, Hupmobile, Huselton, International, Invader, Invicta, Iso, Isotta, Jackson, Jordan, Jowett, Karman Ghia, Kellison, Kelmark, Kissel, Knox, Koehler, Kola, Krit, Kurtis, LaFayette, LaForza, LaGonda, Lambert, Lancaster, Lanchester, Lancia, Lister, Locomobile, Lohr, Lombard, London, Lozier, Mack, Magnette, Magnum, Manta, Marcos, Marmon, Marquette, Mason, Matador, Matra, Maxwell, Maytag, McFarlan, MCI, McLaughlin, Messerschmitt, Metz, Meyers, Midas, Milburn, Milwaukee, Minerva, Mitchell, Mitten, Moline, Monarch, Monteverdi, Moon, Moretti, Mullins, Napier, National, NSU, Nyberg, Oakland, Ogle, Orion, Orlis Royce, Osca, Otas, Overland, Paige, Palmer, Palomar, Panhard, Pantera, Panther, Peerless, Pegaso, Phillips, Pierce Arrow, Piper Lance, Pope, Pratt, Premier, Puch, Pullman, Puma, Railton, Rambler, Rauch, Reliant, REO, Rickenbacker, Riker, Riley, Riva, Rockne, Rockwell, Saxon, Sceptre, Schacht, Scimitar, Sears, Sebring, Shelby, Simca, Simplex, Singer, Skoda, Sparks, Spartan, Speedwell, Squire, Standard, Stanley, Star, Stearns-Knigh, Stephens, Sterling, Stevens, Stoddard, Stutz, Sunbeam, Talbot, Terraplane, Thomas, Trumble, Tucker, TVR, Twombley, Vanden Plas, Vauxhall, Vega, Velie, Veritag, Vespa, Victoria, Viking, Ville Royal, Voisin, Waverly, Whippet, White, Wilcox, Willis, Wills Sainte, Willys, Winton, Wolseley, Zimmer

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Every good investment deserves to be protected. Find your ideal car cover online or contact us directly at 1-800-423-5525 for help selecting the right cover. Whether you seek car covers for summer, winter, indoor or outdoor use, we have what you need.