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Car cover

PostPost by: Andy8421 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:02 pm

Can anyone recommend a good quality car cover tailored to fit a S3 Elan?

Doesn't need to be waterproof, but I want something more robust (and perhaps more padded) than a simple dust cover. The car is going to be stored for a while in a friends garage.

UK based, mail order supplier preferred.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:28 pm

Don?t do it if your friends garage is in any way damp. The paint will bubble....

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PostPost by: Apx » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:21 pm

I second the above comment from experience.
IF EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE GOING WELL, YOU HAVE OBVIOUSLY OVERLOOKED
SOMETHING.
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PostPost by: bulfin » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:28 pm

I will third the bubble comment!
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:35 pm

If there's power in the garage buy either a Carcoon or better still a Cair O Port will keep it clean and dry with nothing touching the paint. The latter has a frame so it's easy to drive in and out of it. Often for sale used on ebay
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PostPost by: lotusfan » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:47 pm

Andy

I appreciate that I am a bit late to the party but I have an indoor car cover that I am very happy with and you may like to consider it if you have not yet made your decision. See the attached website and particularly read the 'Fact and Fiction' section for confirmation that a simple cotton cover is not good news.

http://www.carcovers.eu/car_covers.htm

The cover I have is one of their universal Supertex type.
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PostPost by: Hawksfield » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:26 am

Hi
I will join the list of bubbled paint and fourth it
Beware
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PostPost by: terryp » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:02 am

5th it!
Just caught my old +2 before it was too late.

Convert your living room into a garage, it makes more sense.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:21 am

6th it,
DO NOT PUT COVER unless you want bubbles on paint and like crying :roll:
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PostPost by: Chris » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:23 pm

In my opinion the only choice is carcoon for over winter, or long term indoor storage. I don't think covers which touch the car are worth a damn. The carcoon is not for day to day use as it can be quite a long winded process to insert the car and zip it up. However for over winter storage they are perfect as they don't touch the car, and are pressurised, so preventing rapid temperature transients which cause condensation. They also allow a steady airflow over the car and so remove any residual damp which may be present when putting the car away for winter.
They are not cheap to buy but worth every penny, and cost around 2p a week to run. My own car has been carcooned since end of October and I know it will be OK when I revive it shortly. The battery has a ctec conditioner connected permanently whilst in storage.
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:00 pm

i'd have to convince my wife to become CAR COVER way before i could get close to our living quarters with my s3 sandy
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