Kayme 6 Layers car cover

Price: £57.96 – £59.96 

Buy from: Amazon

Fitted? No

All of the cheap, Amazon-based car covers that we tested had the sense that they wouldn’t last long, but the Kayme is the best of a mediocre bunch. The seams and material feel of a reasonable quality, and it has a couple of sewn-in straps, reflective highlights and a zip that allows access to the car without taking the cover off, which is a convenient feature yet not ideal if you’re precious about the paintwork because the zip could potentially scratch the car. We’re not sure about the six-layer material claims, as the Kayme certainly doesn’t feel that hefty at all. The Halfords cover feels denser, and also proved more waterproof. The Kayme is adequate as a temporary cover or for a less precious car, though, and it’s also offered in a wide variety of sizes.

Autocar says: 3 stars

Maypole 9861 car cover

Price: £19.31 – £24.99

Buy from: Amazon

Fitted? No

The Maypole car cover is similar to the MP Essential in that it is water resistant rather than waterproof, but it is advertised as an all-season outdoor car cover. Predictably, that’s a misleading claim and, actually, the material is barely even water resistant so will let your car get damp, and then the material can cling to the clammy paintwork. The fit of the cover was reasonable on our old BMW, but none of that matters much given that it doesn’t really protect your paintwork from the damp. This could be an indoor dust cover, but it’s not suitable for any extended outdoor usage. 


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