The Bottom Line

The Budge Lite car cover is a basic car cover that is very budget-friendly. It comes in 7 different variations to match your vehicle type (car, truck, SUV, van, station wagon or hatchback). For the price, this one of the better car covers and does what it’s set out to do, which is protect your car from dust and dirt. It’s very lightweight and comes with built-in grommets for extra tie-down security. Recommended for indoor and short term outdoor use.

We rate this cover 3.3 out of 5 stars. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

The Budge Lite car cover
The Budge Lite car cover

What You Get

One car cover (gray in color) with a full elastic hem and built-in tie-down grommets. A bag for storage is included, as is some rope in case you need to tie down the cover even more.

Features & Benefits

The cover comes with a full eleastic hem
The cover comes with a full eleastic hem

Even though this is one of the more budget-friendly car covers out there, it still comes with some nice features. A full elastic hem that goes all the way around keep the cover from coming off easily. For extra security, the built-in grommets can be used to further tie down the cover (a piece of string is included). Front and back are also labeled so make sure to check that when you’re putting it on your vehicle for an accurate fit.

Please do note this cover is not advertised as being waterproof and it is therefore not recommended to use it outdoors exposed to the elements. Other buyers have reported their vehicle being wet after being out in the rain, so we would only recommend this cover for indoor use and vehicle storage.

Tie-down grommets are built-in
Tie-down grommets are built-in

The cover’s material itself is a single layer made from spunbond polypropylene. It is a 100% breathable material that dries quickly to prevent mold or mildew from forming on or under the cover when it’s on your vehicle. It is very similar to our previously reviewed Classic Accessories OverDrive PolyPro 1 car cover. Just like that one, it’s great for indoor use and has good UV protection against those harmful sunrays.

Contrary to our previously reviewed Budge Duro car cover, it only comes with a 2 year warranty (instead of 5 years). However, Budge’s warranty department seems responsive and accommodating.

So, How Does It Perform?

For the price of this cover ($44.99 MSRP) this cover performs pretty well. As you would expect for a product of this price, it’s not made to stand up to excessive rain, snow or windy conditions, so we would not recommend this product if you are looking for a car cover that performs well in those conditions.

Single layer breathable material
Single layer breathable material

On the other hand it does perform well to keep away dust, dirt, tree sap and leaves, or bird droppings and for the price it’s hard to beat. The material is fairly thin and lightweight, but does the job for indoor use.

The cover fits great, as long as you select the proper size and type for your vehicle. Be sure to check your vehicle’s dimensions and find a matching size when purchasing to ensure proper protection. Built-in grommets for additional tie-down security are a nice feature.

What Buyers Are Saying

  • Fit is good and accurate (as long as proper size is selected).
  • Budge warranty department is helpful and responsive (if needed).
  • NOT waterproof, your car will get soaked if it’s out in the rain.
  • Comes with “Front” marking to ensure proper fit.
  • Budget-friendly product.

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Steve
I've been crazy about cars since I was a little kid and could identify and say a car's make and model. Now my mission is to inform and advise about all sorts of car accessories and parts, hopefully saving you some time in the process.

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