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      05-17-2019, 12:54 AM   #1
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As the car will sit in the driveway during winter months was thinking of getting a cover to protect it.

Does anyone use one and more importantly recommend a good one?

I was looking at the Storm force cover from Carcovers.uk
https://www.carscovers.co.uk/bmw-5-s...wards-f10.html
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Personally I am not sure how good an idea they are.

Would a cover not trap humidity/damp under them which could cause issues when stood for long periods of time?
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I agree with OE it's not a good idea with blowing winds putting dust and dirt under the cover and rubbing underneath.A neighbour has erected one of these up and over covers that does not actually touch the car.
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If the car is stood outside for long periods you need to watch the brake discs and pads, these can corrode and the pads can bind if stood to long.

This can lead to high spots which means potentially they will be scrap.

It happened to me when I bought a used car that had been stood outside with the previous owner

It maybe more about washing the car then leaving it standing but its a watchout
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Dilemma.....
want to cover it over the winter months, the covers do state they have vents but totally hear you about dust getting in from underneath.
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If the car is stood outside for long periods you need to watch the brake discs and pads, these can corrode and the pads can bind if stood to long.

This can lead to high spots which means potentially they will be scrap.

It happened to me when I bought a used car that had been stood outside with the previous owner

It maybe more about washing the car then leaving it standing but its a watchout
If that was the case then the car should have been driven on clear dry days to keep the discs clean.Alternatively some wheel covers could have been used to cover the wheels up preventing rain falling onto the disc surfaces and ruining them after a while.
It goes without saying that when car is washed it should then be driven to dry out the discs.
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If that was the case then the car should have been driven on clear dry days to keep the discs clean.Alternatively some wheel covers could have been used to cover the wheels up preventing rain falling onto the disc surfaces and ruining them after a while.
It goes without saying that when car is washed it should then be driven to dry out the discs.
You don't say....
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Dilemma.....
want to cover it over the winter months, the covers do state they have vents but totally hear you about dust getting in from underneath.
I get where you are coming from as mine tends to stop in the garage in the winter however if its off the road and on your property I would think its better to be left uncovered.

I would give it a really good wash and wax etc before winter which will give you a warmer feeling about it standing outside.

Are you able to rent a garage for 6 months of the year
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Dilemma.....
want to cover it over the winter months, the covers do state they have vents but totally hear you about dust getting in from underneath.
I get where you are coming from as mine tends to stop in the garage in the winter however if its off the road and on your property I would think its better to be left uncovered.

I would give it a really good wash and wax etc before winter which will give you a warmer feeling about it standing outside.

Are you able to rent a garage for 6 months of the year
More like 10 months of the year

Stupidly enough we demolished our garage last year to accommodate a bigger garden, how stupid was I!!!
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These up and over covers with a frame are your solution I think.I would have one if i didn't have a garage..a neighbour demonstrated his one to me closing it and opening in seconds and you'd have your clean polished car looking the same as when you put it in without dust or rusty discs.
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