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Model 3 Car covers? Tesla's are silly expensive.

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Fernand, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. Fernand

    Fernand Member

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    I'm wondering what people are doing to shield their
    precious, you know like those of us who don't have
    a garage, or can't find free space in that old treadmill,
    bicycles, toys, tools and other gadgets
    storage facility
    that once was a garage. After all, a freezer is important,
    and all that other bric-a-brac is too. The horse? outside.
    Sigh.

    After pondering e-Bay offerings "at length", I finally
    ordered this one. I'll report next week after it arrives.
    Any others, any success stories, terrible fiascos?

    It's hilarious how some of the Chinese vendors
    shamelessly cut/paste from the Tesla photos.
     
  2. Runt8

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    Word of warning: make sure your Model 3 is very clean before putting the cover on, otherwise you’ll scratch up the paint.
     
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  3. Watts_Up

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    It seems that there is no opening for the charger port door.
    Also, there is no opening for the front air vent.

    So if you want to keep your car charged while parked,
    you need to remove the cover for both of those issues.
     
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  4. Fernand

    Fernand Member

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    Yes, of course, it's the usual: pay 6x to have it
    done for you, or figure out a way by yourself.

    On the front air vent, if the cover doesn't hug
    the car body, plenty o' air. On the charge port,
    we'll figure out a way if everything else is OK.
     
  5. Plug-n-Play

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    If the cover doesn't hug then don't use it as a cover - it should snugly hug your car. Last thing you want is to be chasing after your cover when it parachutes from the wind. Worst case is repeated wind gusts will cause a loose car cover to flap against the paint of your car doing a number on it with scratches. Been there, done that, don't be me. Get a properly fitted cover for the Tesla that incorporates vents for the intake and an opening for the charge port.
     
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  6. JulienW

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    Rear end Car Cover ONLY.

    Park in a parking deck and has open end so the rear can be exposed to rain. Don't need or want a car cover but would like to cover the trunk area and partial rear window. Is there such a beast or any suggestions?

    IMG_0786.jpeg
     
  7. smicker

    smicker Roadster 1020 / Model S P100D / Model 3 #244

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    Like, a car diaper?
     
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  8. Fernand

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    Send me a check, I'll be happy to try that.
    Meanwhile, I try alternatives. I can't count
    the number of solutions I've found that cost
    a fraction of the high priced ones, and are
    often more practical in unexpected ways.
     
  9. Plug-n-Play

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    You ask for our opinions on what we are using to protect our cars and other stories and fiascos and then you don't want to accept it and insist I pay you to take proper care of your vehicle? If you're just coming here to try and justify your purchase, you don't need us for that. Just be happy with what you got and be done with it.
     
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  10. tvad

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    I highly recommend CoverCraft Weathershield HD or HP car covers with 6 year or 4 year warranties respectively. In Southern California where UV rays disintegrate the material, I have used the warranty twice. If you’re in an area with high UV exposure, a car cover will rip or tear in less than two years. The higher cost for CoverCraft will pay for itself with the warranty coverage.

    They fit extremely well.
     
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  11. RSR.M3

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    I was looking into this one, it has both a front vent and an opening for the charge port.

    Not sure if anyone has one and could give a better perspective for you?

    Car Cover for the Tesla Model 3
     
  12. jordanair45

    jordanair45 2019 Model 3 SR+ w/ FSD

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    Disclaimer. Did not read anything.

    I think OEM covers for Tesla are comparable to other OEMs, $ price wise.

    You can get a cover that will fit it for $60 at Costco, I'm sure.

    If the car is in the garage, a nice wrap and TLC will protect it.

    Me, living in CA, I'm just careful where I park it, wax and wash it often. Work has a garage, home is street.

    A car cover for a daily seems like a hassle...
     
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  13. MrMassTransit

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    I second this recommendation. I have a Covercraft HP for mine and swear by it. I park outside, under a tree - some form of cover is an absolute necessity. I paid extra for the cutout for the charging port and mesh over the vent areas so the car can charge with the cover on. Mine was around $500 though, so there’s that. Happy to post some photos if it would be helpful in the decision making process.
     
  14. qdeathstar

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    i would get the tesla one. I got a cheap on from amazon and the 150 dollar one from evannex and thy are both in the trash....
     
  15. Watts_Up

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    Why not make your own cover, a little bit like this:

    [​IMG]
     
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  16. groovidad

    groovidad Living the Dream!

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    Covers can be “pesky” and burdensome. As has been mentioned, you will scratch the finish if not clean. Personally, invest in Ceramic and a ceramic boost spray and bank on your regular exterior maintenance. Sure, if you’re gonna cover for days at a time, by all means, find a durable cover.
     
  17. Watts_Up

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    If you have an assigned parking spot, maybe you can instal a fording cover?

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. Fernand

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    #18 Fernand, Aug 28, 2019
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    It's China. Most of the covers are made in China,
    whether they have cutouts or whatever, or not.

    Thanks guys. I'm not disrespecting anyone,
    I'm asking what people have found. If you look
    on AliBaba you often find the exact same ones
    at a fraction of the stateside cost.

    The tree sap, pollen and sandy dust are hard on
    ceramic coatings too. Need a decent cover, doesn't
    have to be "perfect", it can be replaced as needed.

    I saw the same one I ordered from the same vendor
    from NJ on e-bay, one priced at $65, another at $95.
    So, guess which one I got. But I asked them: WTF?
    They said

    It's the same item, but we have the promotion in this store.

    THE
    promotion. OK. ITLA011 seems layered enough,
    decent fit. Nobody supercharges with any cover on,
    I doubt front ventilation is an issue. We'll see about
    the charge port clearance, it's all compromises.

    Further insights and maybe some gut-wrenching buyer's
    remorse coming, it's too pitch dark to tell right now. :confused:

    Meanwhile, while loving my Mod 3, my boy just got a
    Chevy Bolt. Much more affordable lease. Sigh. That's
    another something to go see in the light of day. :eek:

    Sadly money "does not grow on trees". Or we'd all be
    probably be driving Founder's Edition Roadsters. And
    if I told him he REALLY should be driving a Roadster,
    he might well say "sure, send me a check and I will".
    .
     
  19. Fernand

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    What happened with the Evannex?
     
  20. qdeathstar

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    white powder kept comming off of it.. even 3-4 weeks after i started using it...
     

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