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Hey guys. I just bought a nice '95 325iC, but sadly have no garage to keep it in. So what would be my best bet - buying an expensive car cover, or putting up a carport (would have to be a cheapie canvas/nylon type, can't afford a metal one). I'm in Reno, NV, where we have wicked UV exposure, a fair amount of wind (gale force guaranteed several times a year), some dust/pollen, low humidity, and only rarely much precip (though we seriously broke that trend with our 4 feet of snow in this year's big storm).

Thanks for any advice!
 

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A car cover that will give the vehicle the kind of protection from a desert environment would not be inexpensive if they are to be effective, this is my suggestion-
Strong Winds or Desert Dust Storms:
Gales or strong winds and desert dust storms can buffer the car cover causing surface marring, wind blown sand, dirt or grit if it gets between the paint surface and a wind buffered cover will cause surface scratches. To avoid this use a Dust Stop™ as a secondary cover, this tight fitting cotton fleece lined material will protect the surface, then use a Weathersheild™ as the primary cover for weather protection. Both of these covers are made of a breathable material so moisture or condensation will not be trapped between the covers and the surface

Two-cover system:
During high winds or prolonged storage the use of this system will avoid paint surface marring from the cover being buffered by high force winds (Hurricanes)

1. Dustop TM Four layer cover with maximum dust protection and its soft inner layer protects paint from marring
2. WeathersheildTM HD- primarily for intense sun environments and long-term storage provides optimum protection from water, dust, tree sap, while providing long-term UVR protection and maximum weatherproof protection from a multi-layer breathable (heavyweight) fabric.
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TOGWT gives excellent advice for the car covers and makes note of the inherent problems with car covers. Another consideration is that the car should be perfectly clean before the cover is put on. Any dirt will act as grit if and when the cover 'rubs' on the surface. Mind you, TOGWT covers this angle with the double layer method.
If you're like me, the two cover system plus cleaning all the time is just too much effort and I'd probably go with a really good carport, one that wouldn't be blown away in windstorm.
-John C.
 

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Invest in a good carport. I just had one put up (24 x 16) made out of aluminum and attached to the side of my garage for $2,600. It is built to withstand 125 mph winds (Florida hurricanes).

Before putting up a convas carport, check your zoning laws. I had one like you describe for about a year until the local city folks told me it had to come down or risk substantial fines...
 

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I would go with the carport. The 2 cover method is a great idea, but a hasstle. Not to mention the covers take up a lot of room when you TRY to fold them back to their original size :mad:
 
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