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Have now had my Brera for over seven years and have grown quite attached to it so I am thinking of affording it a bit of protection over the coming winter. It has to stand outside through the snow and frost so I am looking at getting a quality car cover.

My concern though is that such a cover may have as many disadvantages, condensation etc, as advantages and wondered if anyone had any experiences they could give me the benefit of?
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Have you tried a search? I am sure this was discussed last winter in one of the lounges

Here are a couple
https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/gener...e-economy.html
https://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/gener...er-needed.html

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As long as it has breathing vents you wont suffer from condensation.
 
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I've found a breathable one from 'coveryourcar' to be very good so far..
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I have the Halfords breathable (not the cheaper cloth one) and it's fine.
 
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Specialised Car Covers do one wot's a bit saucy..


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I have used the Stormforce cover Stormforce 4 Layer Waterproof and breathable Car Covers

Weatherproof and breathable, non woven fabric. If you are careless with the cover, particularly when wet, it is possible to abrade it and wear through the fabric where there are "hard points" under the cover, although it seems to be very resistant to tearing. It is very easy to patch if you have any problems.

No condensation problems at all. I normally leave the windows slightly open when the car is covered.

You have to make sure the car is scrupulously clean of course - although the cover has a softish lining, any trapped grit can grind through the paint in no time at all. You have to make sure it is well strapped down too, otherwise it will be away with the wind.
Aerials have to be retracted or removed, etc. My cover has "Ears" to cover the mirrors, but on others you may have to fold the mirrors.

It is as well to think of what you will do with a soggy wet cover if you need to undress the car in the rain. You won't want it in the car, it is a messy job to fold a wet cover, and you can't really leave it in the kitchen or hide it behind the wheelie bin. You also have to fold it so that the potentially gritty outside doesn't touch the pristine inside.

Nevertheless, when used carefully, covers offer maximum protection for your car and even deter thieves who either can't see what the car is, or can't risk the time taken in removing the cover.

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Roll it up and lob it in the garage..


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Roll it up and lob it in the garage..


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...quite and with all the other junk in there
Why do I need a cover again?
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I've used these guys and have had a cover for a Porsche that is in a three sided garage, so quite exposed to the elements but under cover and for a GTV which can sit on the drive for up to 6 weeks at a time summer and winter. I have the Voyager one which I have found to be excellent. I think they recommend anything over a couple of weeks should be the Storm cover.

I've been impressed and have never noticed any condensation or even dampness on the car when I take the cover off. They do dry off on the car very quickly once it stops raining as there is plenty of room for the air to circulate and they are quite lightweight. They are held on by two under car straps.

Cover-zone Fitted Car Covers Price List

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I bought a halfrauds premium cover for about 60, seems to fit and work.
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I have the cover Mike linked to.
Was expensive but works great. I have to check the paintwork every week though to make sure it doesnt cause any problems to the paintwork.
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I have the cover Mike linked to.
Was expensive but works great. I have to check the paintwork every week though to make sure it doesnt cause any problems to the paintwork.
Yes, I had settled on the 'Stormforce' at 156 as well. The company that I was linked to on another post also did a fully fitted cover for 250 which looked really good but it had a four week order completion and if Alfa ever do bring a new model, out I doubt it would fit.

Stormforce now on order.
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^ that looks authentic.
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I bought a Voyager cover off Ebay for 30 it was for the Brera/Spider but it fits neatly over my Spider as I have a Boot rack fitted.I have just put her on SORN until March/April so I will see how effective it is.I intend to take it off every week or so to check things over but have to admit very happy so far, it fits well and with the underbody straps stays on securely even in high winds.I might even Sorn the Brera in the Summer as it fits that as well
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^ that looks authentic.
It was authentic. I beleive it was a deleted scene script from the Karate Kid.
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