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    Question Are there any "Good" Car Covers that Prevent Hail Damage?

    Hello Everyone,

    I have been searching the internet the last week for a "good and tested" car cover that can withstand hail and high wind. Does anyone have any recommendations? And yes, I do realize that the garage is the best place, however, my other cars are occupying that space. Since I am in the Dallas area, we get hail quite often during the year!

    Since I have been utilizing Meguiar's products the last several years, I thought this would be a great place to ask that question to other car enthusiasts!

    I wish Mequiar's would manufacturer such a product!

    Thanks for any answers!

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    Re: Are there any "Good" Car Covers that Prevent Hail Damage?

    Depends what size hail I guess.

    I have a 3-layer one from Covercraft, and can tell it is a little thicker.

    I think they make (or at least made) a 4-layer one. Would be even better I guess.
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    Re: Are there any "Good" Car Covers that Prevent Hail Damage?

    After living in Denver for several years I can tell you this: Nothing short of 3/4" plywood is going to stop 1" or larger hail. We even had a couple of storms that took out roofs, but they were rare, thankfully.

    Maybe try a portable garage, the tent style they sell at buyers clubs and Home improvement centers. Short of that maybe a dozen self inflating 2" camping mats under a car cover to take the hit.

    Something has to absorb the energy behind the hail and I don't think there's a cover that will do that on it's own.
    Life isn't about 'weathering the storm', it's about learning to dance in the rain.

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    Re: Are there any "Good" Car Covers that Prevent Hail Damage?

    I think it might minimize the damage. But to prevent it, not so sure.
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    Re: Are there any "Good" Car Covers that Prevent Hail Damage?

    Just got caught in a hailstorm while camping. Threw thick sleeping bags over the roof and hood. Still $1000 damage. Quarter size hail. *Lots* of very small dings. 1 -2 days work by a very good PDR tech will take care of it -- thank goodness. I don't think that a cover is going to do it.

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    Re: Are there any "Good" Car Covers that Prevent Hail Damage?

    But this might work sort of "...Short of that maybe a dozen self inflating 2" camping mats under a car cover to take the hit...." I may just try this on my next camping trip. Sometimes you can find the self inflating mats pretty cheap.

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    Re: Are there any "Good" Car Covers that Prevent Hail Damage?

    Could buy one of those soft indoor covers, layer with heavy blankets, then a larger outdoor cover....
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    Re: Are there any "Good" Car Covers that Prevent Hail Damage?



    I have seen "softball" sized hail.


    Yes...Softball.






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    Re: Are there any "Good" Car Covers that Prevent Hail Damage?

    I'm not trying to be a smart a$$ but it really depends in the size of the hail.

    Small hail, dime size:

    If the car is just sitting outside then cover it with a dense foam pad then cover the car with a high quality exterior car cover.

    Large hail, quarter size and up:

    Parking garage or underground bunker....
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    Re: Are there any "Good" Car Covers that Prevent Hail Damage?

    The asnwer is yes. A company called ACMENTERPRISES in Greenfield Indiana makes a really good hail resistant one.
    I bought one for 189.00 and we just had some bad storms come thru...no hail but tree branch fell on my truck and it didnt dent it.
    They have a youtube video where the guy slams golf balls and a softball onto the cover and then shows the hood and theres no damage. The video is hail storm auto cover on youtube. I thought for sure there would be a big dent on that guys truck but there wasnt. Check it out, hope this helped

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