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Old 10-24-2014, 04:13 AM   #1
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Boxster Car Cover Opinion?

I recently bought a 2013 Boxster (base) and after trying out a 3rd party outdoor car cover that fit poorly, I'd like to know if anyone found a quality & decent fitting cover thats not OEM-priced? Car will be in the garage 95% of the time but may need to park outdoors on occasion. Thx for any suggestions!

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I recently bought a 2013 Boxster (base) and after trying out a 3rd party outdoor car cover that fit poorly, I'd like to know if anyone found a quality & decent fitting cover thats not OEM-priced? Car will be in the garage 95% of the time but may need to park outdoors on occasion. Thx for any suggestions!
I had a cheap 'Budge' cover from Walmart that fit poorly and fell apart within a month of outdoor use. Garbage bags and duct tape would have been better.
I just bought a 'Auto Armour' cover on eBay. Porsche Boxster s 6 Layer Car Cover 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 | eBay
It will probably arrive Monday. I'll post my initial impression after I check it out.
I am beginning to suspect that any quality cover will cost well over $100 and I may end up spending over $200 to learn that.
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I recently bought a 2013 Boxster (base) and after trying out a 3rd party outdoor car cover that fit poorly, I'd like to know if anyone found a quality & decent fitting cover thats not OEM-priced? Car will be in the garage 95% of the time but may need to park outdoors on occasion. Thx for any suggestions!
Um, you bought a 2013 Boxster and you are worried about the price of the OEM cover??
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Hello, first time post. I got a cover from Custom Covers for cars, trucks and SUVs from Covercraft for my 2001 Boxster. I bought the Noah cover, little higher cost but fits like a glove and keep car dry. Very nice cover for the price.
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You will be much happier with the fit and looks of the OEM cover. I've tried after market ones priced in the $150-$200 range and was not happy. After market ones always left a powdery particles on the car each time I took them off. OEM is very easy to take off and fold due to design compared with 3rd party.
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Um, you bought a 2013 Boxster and you are worried about the price of the OEM cover??
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In most cases I would say you can get by with an aftermarket cover, but in the case of your Boxster you really should pop for OEM, it really does make a difference (it's not like buying Q-tips or generic ear swabs where it really doesn't matter). Just suck it up and chunk up the dough, you won't regret it.
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I absolutely agree OEM is the way to go, here the climate can be harsh, and with the silverguard finish reflecting the sunshine it's amazing how cool the interior remains.
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I have one of these in Superweave HD and I love it. It fits perfectly. I don't use it when wet snow will freeze it to the car, but otherwise I use it nearly year-round. I have no idea what OEM prices are, but this cover is definitely worth the price. Great cover!
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:05 PM   #11
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I have a 2000 base it came with an OEM cover like the silver one in the above picture. The original owner purchased it some 14 years ago. It still looks great and I use it quite often.

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I have the California Car cover and the fit is great, light weight so I can roll it up and leave it in the trunk and it's easy to put on. I've had it 2 years and its still in great shape. Don't know how it compares cost wise to the Porsche cover, I paid about $200 for it.
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I also have a California Car Cover, it was about $220-ish. I wanted something a little less flashy that didn't advertise it was a Porsche. It fits very well, and I would recommend it.
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I just bought a budget one off of the Bay, not really what I want, but there are ao many things I need to do to my 1999 Boxster Base, I. Red the money elsewhere. I plan on putting on the budget cover, then putting it into a hoop shelter for the winter.

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I also have the OEM cover for the Boxster. It works well, fits perfectly, and has a nice soft material on the underside to protect the paint, but it is not waterproof. So if it rains when I have the cover on, then I have remove the cover to avoid having a soggy cover on the car for a few days until it dries out.



I just ordered this cover for the 911SC. Selected specifically for water proofness. Waiting for delivery. I hope its well made.

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I have the OEM from Porsche. If you're a chiseler like me just keep an eye out for one one Ebay.
I picked one up for $220. For a 981 you might have to wait a little.

And a word about car covers on new paint. DO NOT put it on unless you wipe the car down with a waterless wash first. If the inside of the cover gets dirty you'll be swirling up the paint each time it goes on and off. Honestly if the car will only be outside 5% of the time don't cover it. You'll do more damage with the cover. Those should only be used for cars that spend most of their time outside and sit for days. And don't over-wash the paint either. Get a foam canon from Chemical Guys ore similar to use when you do wash, and try and touch the paint as little as possible. If you must, lubricate the paint surface first with a quick detailer (I like Griot's Garage) or if just doing a post wash buffing, use a spray wax with carnauba. And use only long nap towels on the paint (the Griot's Green and Blue). Standard auto store towels are just rebranded janitorial towels used to clean linoleum floors. Way too much bite for new paint which leads to swirling if the towels are not 110% clean.
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Here is what the new aftermarket cover looks like on the 911SC (front car) vs the factory cover on the Spec Boxster (rear car).

As you can see, the fit is much better on the factory cover. However, the factory cover isn't weatherproof like the aftermarket cover.




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