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Must have been covered elsewhere, but here we go.

I am soon to move house. The Lotus sits very nicely in a garage I built for the purpose at the present place. However when I move the car will have to stand outside for a few months until I can build a new garage. We were hoping this would be over the summer (both for the sake of the car and the sake of the build) but the house sale dragged on and on, and we now find ourslves moving in the start of the depth of winter.

What do people think about car covers to protect their car. I have never been a great fan, but I am thinking about it at present. The car gets used a couple of times a week (all the way through the winter - keeps it reliable - honest), but with the harsh winter I am wondering whether I should invest in a cover.

If so what one fits the Lotus nicely. Any recommendations?

Phil B

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Moved to 'Motoring'.

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I fished for similar information a few months back and the general response was 'try to avoid it, you'll end up with the cover scratching the corners.' However, at the time my car was sat out the back of the flat, open to the elements and local pikeys and it felt wrong to be leaving it so exposed. Sooo, I phoned up Specialised Car Covers as mentioned by Bibs, and put in an order for a cover which with postage and the discount weighted in at just under

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Haha love the little hole for the ariel - I used to take mine off (not I dont have one !).

Had mine a year and needs a wash now - it did rub the paint a bit (like tiny) on the wing mirrors but it is a red car.

The white one is no probs - been on that for about a year now non stop and keeps it in perfect condition, the GT2 hasn't been out for about 3 months and it looks (inside and out) exactly the same as how I left it - spend the money, they're well worth the investment.

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Haha love the little hole for the ariel - I used to take mine off (not I dont have one !).

I Didn't specify that it just came with it, nice touch I thought. It does have velcro, so if you take the ariel off it seals the cover.

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I got a great cover here in the States from www.autoanything.com. It might be worth it for you, considering the exchange rate is so advantageous (for you, anyway), to pay for the extra shipping. Their covers are made-to-fit virtually any model, and the Weathershield model I got fits like a glove. (This particular one may not be heavy enough for English winters, though. All we have to worry about here in SoCal is fading from the sun, and maybe a few rain sprinkles.) They carry lots of different types and brands, though.

Good luck.

Brucet

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Just be aware that you'll have to rinse the car off with water prior to placing the cover on. If you don't grit & grim will scratch the car.

The wind will blow the cover about causing motion.

What about building a temp lean too type of structure?

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