(1) A loose cover flapping in the wind will rub the paint off your car. As it did for the guy who parked his Rabbit at my house one winter.
(2) When I was in Daytona for Bike Week, every bit of unpainted metal on my bike started to rust within two days of arriving by the ocean. Is it possible that slapping a cover over your car in San Francisco will have the same effect? (I know that the Hot Rod Magazine tips for storing a car mentioned this possibility).
I have a cover from California Car Covers that is really a great fit. I have the plushweave, since the car is never out of the garage. They also have tie down kits, which are important, as Adrew mentioned...
Costco and sometimes Sam's Club has Wolf car covers on sale. They are great, I've got the one that's made to fit the 3/S and it fits almost perfect. Real tight fit and I've never had to worry about it blowing off (never gets too windy anyway). It has reinforced tie down holes and breathes excellent. It's been through heavy rain and dew and you can take the coer off to a perfectly dry car, or cover the car with some dew on it and come out to a prefectly dry car
I live in San Francisco and I have had my car cover by CoverKing for years. Works great for me. You can look up their custom covers at www.coverking.com for all the info, but I actually bought it at www.carparts.com because they have better prices.
I think the model I got was called "Weathershield", but I don't see it anymore. It is black, water resistant (no cover is waterproof for breezability purposes) and is thin which makes it easy to fold up to a reasonable size in the trunk. I find that the thick ones are too bulky to fold.
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