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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-02-2016, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Moving to a new place, out of a house with a garage and to an apartment where they have garages but I was too dumb to think to ask if any were available. Nope. There are carports as well, but they're open on all 4 sides - just a roof over top. Apparently those are all full as well.

I work at home, so I'm not driving every day - and there will definitely be days of the car not being driven at all, but never longer than a week.

My 1.5 year old GT has always been in a garage, but failing that I'm looking for a car cover. I see that weathertech has one for $520, ouch.

Are the car covers worth that much? I have to assume that the weathertech is a good product.

How well do the covers perform in midwest snow and ice? Are they easy enough to remove during winter? Should I anticipate the cover cracking and tearing in the cold when it is removed from the car?
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Look on aliexpress, you should be able to get something <$150. Personally i've never been a fan of carcovers, they dont do much for paint oxidation if that's what you are worried about, so your paint will dull overtime with or without cover unless you park in a closed garage most of the time. The other thing with car covers is the light surface scratches that they'll put each time you put the cover on/off. I suggest detailing the car yearly for paint correction, and coating 2 layers of sealant during summer and one just before winter, that should protect the finish from UV and other elements.
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I think my purpose is to try to keep the sun, dirt, bird crap, and snow/ice off the car as much as possible.

I'm not sure why, but it bothers me to be driving around in a car with snow and ice on it. You can scrape the windows (which is not fun) but you can't clear ice from the body unless you plan to take the paint with it. Even then it would take at least an hour.

I have a weathertech windshield reflector, with the black on one side which is supposed to keep ice/snow on the windshield melted.

You have a good point about scratching the paint with the cover itself. I hadn't thought about that.

Maybe I can build my own private garage in the parking lot. Think the property manager would let that slide? They show up Monday morning and where once there were two parking spaces is now a small structure with a "Mazda 6 Parking Only" sign.
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Honestly, one of the best things I've found for keeping snow/ice off my car is waxing it right before it's going to snow. It will all just slide off in big chunks, and it's pretty great.
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