Sunday, January 29, 2006

Bespoke Maserati Ghibli car cover

Until recently, I did not have a covered parking space for my Ghibli, which meant parking the car out in the street. To protect the car from the elements, I purchased a taylor made car cover soon after purchasing the car and I think this has been one of the best investments I've made for the car!

I was not confident that I would find a car cover to fit the Ghibli, since it's a rare car and not many companies make products for it. So I was pleasantly suprised to discover a quality car cover supplier in the UK that could deliver me one within a couple of weeks, since they already had a pattern for the Ghibli!

As you can see from the pictures, the cover fits very well and I've been very impressed with it's performance. I got the outdoor version and regardless of how wet it is outside, the car remains dry. Even when I've been caught out by the rain and the car has got wet, I can still stick the cover on it and take it off when it's dry outside and find the car dry; the 3 layered material breathes, so it lets moisture out but not back in.

The customer service has also been excellent from the supplier. I woke up one morning and found that a careless cyclist (there's a lot of them around here) had ripped the cover while cycling past the car; they clearly hit the car with some force since they also left a scratch in the paint. Anyway, I contacted the supplier and asked for a piece of material so that I could patch up the tear. They sent it straight away free of charge. Also, once I forgot to fasten the straps with the supplied nylon fittings and they subsequently got run over and badly damaged by cars driving past in the street. Again, I contacted the supplier to ask if they could send me some new ones; they did so immediately and again free of charge!

I've had the cover for about 2 1/2 years now and have been very happy with it. Even when I've had the car in storage in a garage over winter, I still left it with the cover on to act as a dust cover. It's seen some pretty hard wear and pretty severe weather, but it's still going strong.

The supplier is Specialised Car Covers of the UK; try doing a Google search in the search bar on the right.

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