It’s sometimes hard to imagine everything a vehicle must go through to make it from the factory floor to the dealership. Dealers order specific vehicles from each production plant, and the correct vehicles must be properly routed through multiple channels for a timely and damage-free delivery. At the very least, vehicles will have to be transported by truck, probably by train as well, and perhaps even by ship. This puts vehicles at risk for damage due to outdoor elements and road hazards such as rocks, salt, dirt, and bugs.
To avoid harm to vehicles, it is common practice to cover them to protect their exterior from becoming dirty, dented, or scratched. These protective coverings have been applied since the early 1990’s as protection against acid rain. While covering is better than doing nothing, it is also important that the cover itself does not cause damage. Shrink film alone can leave etch marks and oils that must be cleaned at the dealer level. In addition, it does not always protect against flying rock chips or other road debris.