If you do not use your car for long periods of time, it is a good idea to cover it up. There are car covers for both indoor and outdoor uses, as you need to protect your car in all situations. Advantages for using car covers range from the obvious ones like protecting the vehicle from the rain to more surprising reasons, such as helping prevent theft.
For car thieves, the speed of the theft is of utmost importance, so they look for cars that are easy to steal. If you keep your car on the street and hide it under a car cover, it is less accessible which would take the thief more time to handle. Moreover, some covers include a cable and lock and are thus especially difficult to remove. Cover your car up and the thieves probably would not bother wasting their time and risk being caught. In addition, the cover could also prevent vandalism because the car is harder to access.
Protection from the Weather
If you keep your car outside, it experiences all weather conditions, unless you cover it. Rainwater that could at times also be acidic may start corroding the exterior and any sensitive areas. Moreover, it could dry onto the paint job and cause water spotting that is difficult to remove after the car has been long in direct sunlight. UV rays also fade the paint job, while strong winds bring about debris and contaminants that degrade the finish over time.
Protection from Other Hazards
Besides weather, tree sap, bird droppings, and industrial fallout could also damage your car's exterior. These things are out of your control, unless you install a car cover for protection. Other people are also a threat to your car as careless neighbours painting outside could contaminate the outside of the car, and construction workers may get brick dust or cement onto your car.
Protection from Dust
Inside the garage, dust is enemy number one. Dust particles can work their way into the thin layer of the paintwork and, over time, the paint could come off. The paintwork is especially thin and delicate on classic cars.
Helps to Sell the Car
If you decide to sell your car, prospective buyers would be happy to see that you kept your car in good condition and took care of it by protecting it properly. Someone who is wise enough to use a car cover in order to extend the vehicle's lifetime, probably keeps all the other maintenance aspects in order.