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Should I keep my modern classic covered if it is parked outside?

I have an immaculate 2004 Toyota Celica TS which will have to live outside as further classic cars have used my garage space. This car is for keeps and is used about 2500 miles a year for reasonable runs. Should I keep it covered, if so do you have recommendations as to the type of cover?

Asked on 29 January 2019 by jagrestorer

Answered by Keith Moody
Personally, we'd opt for just keeping it clean and dry - however, if you're keen on covering it then you could find some storage or use something like a CarCoon. If you go down the car cover route, there are few things to watch when storing outside. Make sure you get one that's a tight fit, try and avoid 100% waterproof non-breathable material like tarpaulin as it allows the car does stay damp leading to moisture, watermarks, micro-blistering and other non-fun stuff. It's the same deal with cotton, which absorbs moisture. Even if you get a breathable cover, it needs to be removed in periods of high humidity or long spells of rain to allow the moisture to evaporate (this also applies to heavy snow, which won't allow the cover to breathe). Try and get a breathable, semi-tailored item. And don't forget - only use a cover on a clean car as any dirt could potentially scratch the paint. Before you buy, have a chat with a specialist like Hamilton Classic to make sure you find the right item for your car.
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