How well does a car cover protect a classic car parked outside over the years?

Asked by Feb 15, 2014 at 02:15 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Im thinking of buying a restored vw bug and
would be parking it on the street in San
Diego, Ca. Close to downtown.

1 Answer


In your area, pretty well. Car covers are great for keeping leaves, dirt, etc. off of your Bug. But they can trap moisture and, if allowed to flap around in the wind, damage the paint. Get a cable lock and a "Gust Guard" kit (sold by JC Whitney) to keep your cover in place. I have a car cover for my 2000 Grand Prix GT Coupe that I store outside. It works very well. Here in NJ Winter and Spring are damp so I take it out for drives to air it out every so often. Helps keep the brakes working well and prevents that moisture from building up and ruining things. Car covers also help keep the sun from damaging the upholstery as well. HTH. -Jim

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