I'm a new BMW owner of about two weeks. I recently purchased a 2003 325xi which had the most gorgeously maintained paint job I have ever seen. I say had because sometime in the first 7 days I had it, something scratched the horizontal surfaces. The scratches were mostly on the trunk, but there is one heinous one on the hood.
A local body shop specializing in europeon autos was able to, miracously buff out these 20-30 scratches. It is back to about 95% of it's original 99.9% good looks.
Needless to say I was heartbroken. However, I realize, living in a city like Chicago, these things are bound to happen and, I had been planning on purchasing an auto cover anyway. I just hadn't had time to research and make the purchase and the BMW dealer I bought the car from didn't seem that inclined to help me out with it.
I've searched these forums for threads on auto covers and have come up (so far) dry. I'll keep poking around, but I'd like to get opinions about what type to get for outdoor use for my 325.
Should I go with the BMW model ($180) or something equivelant (or even better)? I don't want to get something so obviously great that someone is going to steal _that_ damn thing either.
But, I have heard that you have to keep them clean and be careful putting them on/removing them as they too can scratch the finish. I'm fine with that as nothing could mar the finish as bad as whatever did this stuff to my car.
Thanks for any insight on that.
In terms of what may have caused the scratches on my 7 day old car, I am leaning toward (after a lot of speculating and thinking) some sort of animal skating around on the horizontal surfaces or maybe someone unpacking their damn vehicle next to mine, putting their crap on my car and then just sliding it off without a look back... taking bits of my finish with their boxes or whatever.