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October 12, 2018
15 Best Car Canopy Reviews 2019-Caravan vs Shelterlogic vs Arrow
A reliable, economical and robust method for sheltering and protecting your vehicle when a bricked shelter is simply not available.
Additionally, smaller sized models can double as excellent storage sheds for the yard or land.
Similar somewhat in appearance to their smaller brothers the pop up canopy, however Carport Canopies are far superior in size, strength and resilience to the outdoor elements and have undergone a much more
They are built to last and engineered to protect your investment that lies beneath.
If you often have difficulty finding appropriate shelter for your vehicle and the idea of having your own private shelter sounds alluring, then read on.
The majority of the models in this list will be portable, meaning you can take them from place to place as and when required.
We will include a few metal and fixed versions, that we feel are worthy in regards to quality and price. If you need something to be fixed permanently, then you are definitely better off focusing on some of the fixed car canopies and patio covers that we have in the list.
One thing to remember when it comes to car canopies, metal car ports and portable garages alike, the price varies immensely. There are many factors to consider which we will discuss in the buyer’s guide, which should help to explain these price jumps.
So let’s delve into the best choices that are available to you on today’s market.
Our first entry is this compact yet robust model from Abba Patio. Coming in 3 small sizes, it’s probably one of the best choices if you have a smaller car in your drive or want to store bikes, trailers, mowers and quads for example. Plus it can double as a storage shed tent.
Fully enclosed to provide better protection to the elements, as opposed to open air can canopies. However, it does have the ability to detach the zipper doors, in case you are attending an outdoor event and want to open it up for better visibility. It’s simple to set up and collapses down into a compact size which can be stored in the car/truck easily.
With a polyethylene top cover this does a good job of preventing water from penetrating the fabric. It does an amazing job against wind also, it’s been known to resist up to 70pmh winds. However, please note this is not with the anchors it comes with, this would be with high grade anchors.
Treated with a 1-1/2 inch resistant coating. This powder coating protects the frame from chipping and peeling, also gets to work against corrosion, preventing this natural nuisance from occurring. Powdered coating also strengthens the stability of the frame, which is key when we are protecting vehicles. The legs have been fitted with footpads which makes anchoring into the ground beneath much easier.
As we know this model comes in 3 small size options. 6 x 8, 7 x 12 and 8 x 14. There is 1 color for all, a solid grey that isn’t too dark and easy on the eye.
Can double as Storage Shed
Protected and Waterproof
Full Enclosure Option
Free anchors need to be replaced in our opinion, they are like long nails as opposed to high grade quality ground anchors.
The Lockable Car Port from Ikuby is innovative, ensuring maximum security, this is the most reliable option on the list in terms of security. With a steel frame that is retractable and lockable, your vehicle will be completely sheltered, invisible and protected. Surrounding protection much like the camping gazebos.
This particular model comes in 2 sizes. The first is the one you see in the photo, its 19 x 8.5 x 7 in feet for length, diameter and height respectively. The second is a slightly larger model which measures up at 20.5 x 9.2 x 7.5 in feet for length, diameter and height.
The company are also open to messages regarding size and can confirm whether or not it will be suitable for your vehicle, this can be done from the product page. As we can see it only has 1 color option available, which is an easygoing solid grey color, much like the Abba Patio.
Robust and sturdy, this carport canopy will not be easily moved, weighing around 170 pounds. It has the ability to withstand intense weathering such as gale force winds, torrential rain and even hailstorms.
Made with 600D Oxford fabric with a solid PU coating, we can safely say its waterproof. It has been rain and hailstorm tested, both of which can be seen on the product page.
As a retractable car shelter, that completely encloses the vehicle tightly, you get a lot of extra benefits with this. Annoying tasks like cleaning off bird defecation, snow build ups and scraping ice off the roof can become a thing of the past. Wrapping the vehicle snugly like a cocoon, it will keep it completely protected from all outdoor annoyances and dangers.
Utilizing an old style perambulator hood, giving it a nice balance of new and old. It consists mainly of a steel frame that’s easily folded and retracted. A mild steel for its framework, has also been powder coated, to better resist the elements and corrosion. The set up and installation is pretty simplistic as well, you just need to follow the number marked poles in numerical order. If you can handle DIY you should be fine with something like this.
600 D Oxford Fabric
Quick and Flexible Installation
Heavy Rainfall Tested
Best Theft Preventative Option
Not as convenient to use as the zippered enclosure or open air options
A decent economical choice and a ‘get what you pay for’ option. If you’re looking for a waterproof shelter for your garden equipment, small automobile or motorcycles, it’s an inexpensive option that gets the job done.
Manufactured with a 1-3/8 inch steel frame it is strong and sturdy. Furthermore the frame is protected with a powdered coating during which helps to protect the frame from natural occurrences like rust and corrosion and also from accidents like chips, scrapes and scratches.
Made with a Polyethylene fabric it is resistant to rainfall and water penetration. Also a PU coating is applied for additional strength. The coating aids in water protection and creates a barrier on the fabric. It also protects from UV and fading which can help when left out under the sun for long periods of time. The material is fixed drum tight to the framework, providing concealed protection and security. This is done by a ratchet title tensioning system that keeps the frame and fabric tightly fitted together.
At 10 x 10 for the smaller model, it’s not only for cars and small trucks and trailers, but they can be used also for your motorbikes and bicycles. They can also be used as bulk storage for things like wood, stone or any other gardening tools and equipment, even your petrol lawnmower for example.
An economical carport canopy from ShelterLogic. If you aware of this brand you will know they make quality products, specializing in many areas, one of them being Canopies. The 10 x 15 model is definitely an affordable piece that can provide an above average shelter for your vehicle.
The 1-3/8 inch steel frame has a baked on protective coating, this is known to increase its resilience and bonding to the steel frame. The frame will benefit from multiple years of additional rust and corrosion protection, also chipping and peeling will stay at bay for longer. This is where you start to see a return on your money.
Utilizing a polyethylene cover which benefits from advanced engineering. With a triple layer ripstop material, not only is it UV protected externally but also internally. This creates a double block and also helps to resist fade by having a thicker protective barrier surrounding the material. It also has anti-fungal properties, so when it’s damp or wet from rainfall or morning dew, moss and mildew will not build up.
Fitted with patented stabilizers, this helps to steady it in strong winds, keeping it fixed to the ground. Like some of the other models, it also has the ratchet-tite tension system in place, which keeps the cover fixed tightly to the framework. There is also a door panel, for easy accessibility to the shelter frame. Lastly, a nice feature to add is the easy slide locking system. It works on a cross rail system which provides continual tightening of the cover and will not loosen over time.
-Size and Shape-
It’s worth noting they also have a 10 x 10 and 10 x 20 foot model if you are in need of something a bit bigger (or smaller) for your vehicle. They have both peak and rounded shaped roofs available.
Triple Layer RipStop
Baked Powdered Coating
Cross Rail Locking System
Ratchet Tite Cover
Will need reinforcing, especially if you live in areas prone to adverse weather conditions. Vulnerable under intense weathering for long duration’s 8-12 months without any additional protection.
The best selling car canopy on Amazon is the domain carport from Caravan. With decent dimensions of 10 x 20 feet, 2 color choices in white and black and a very simple assembly, it’s a great choice for a short term option.
The price is probably what attracts the most buyers, at around $120-$150 its an economical option for a quick shelter and is not too demanding to set up.
The frame is reasonably strong with a steel frame that has been powder coated and has 6 supporting legs. The frame is fitted with a compression lock to keep it tight and there are accessories that can be attached, however they are additional purchases.
The cover is polyethylene which is good quality, with water resistance and fade protection it will protect whatever is beneath well. You can also benefit from UV and anti fungal protective elements with this piece.
Being an open air model it lacks protection from the sides, without side walls.
This stunning car canopy from Palram Vitoria, is ideal for those who want a permanent, fixed and secure shelter to be located within our home or land. The advantage of a fixed carport, is the benefit of luxury designs and stabler builds, utilizing better materials and engineering.
-Do It Yourself-
You can actually set this one up with 2 people without special tools or assistance. Basic tools and a capable mind is all you need to get this elegant shelter set up within a day. There are also minimal contents in the assembly. Versatility in the form of movable support beams, so you can position them accordingly. One thing that may be demanding for the inexperienced, fixing the anchors to concrete ground. This would require some drilling for the anchors to fit down into.
Made up of one of the strongest forms of Polymer around, Polycarbonate is super strong and is widely known as being near unbreakable. It also has a shatterproof safety feature and it only uses virgin materials, which means it has a higher resilience to the elements, no fading or color loss. Additionally the Poly is a 6mm double wall, which protects 100% of UV rays. This UV protection prevents high temperatures and paint fading on the vehicle.
First off they have built in guttering, this is actually on both the arched and flat roof options. Preventing any water buildup with the runoff design. Due to the galvanized steel which has been protected and coated, rendering the heavy duty frame rust, peeling, chipping and corrosion resistant.
-Sizes and Shapes-
In 2 design styles and 3 different sizes. They are similar, however the roofs are Arched and Flat in design.
The arched roof has a natural ability to get rid of water and rainfall, because of the angle. Water will drain from the Flat Roof as well, due to the Polycarbonates surface, but less efficiently.
Easy Set Up
10 Year Warranty
Unbreakable and Shatter Resistant
The Flat Roof accumulates debris if below trees etc
An excellent choice if you are looking for a lightweight, portable and fast to assemble car canopy for your vehicle. Utilizing the pop up method in its assembly, it’s super-fast and easy to set up and dismantle again.
A show piece that has full protection from UV rays with a silver coating etched into the fabric. This provides a sun protected shade underneath and will keep harmful rays away. Especially useful at an event or social occasion.
The feet of the frame are nylon which have holes drilled into them, this allows anchors to be inserted through, securing it to the ground. Usable on both soft and hard surfaces alike. The simplicity comes from the push button sliders, which help to erect the canopy quickly and safely. The cover is made from a durable 420 Denier Polyester, which does a great job of keeping the rain and sun at bay.
A heavy duty carry bag also comes with the car canopy, along with some ropes and stakes, 6 of each to be exact. The total weight is around 121 pounds, significantly lighter than other similar sized models.
Fast Pop Up Assembly
Anchor Port Holes
Will need to avoid bad weather and dismantle after each use
Our next model from Quictent is a heavy duty option with strong waterproofing properties. With sidewalls included and a windowed design it can easily double as an event canopy if needed.
Utilizing a polyethylene cover which has been reinforced for extra protection, it has a canvas like feel to it. A tear proof membrane, combined with UV protective material ensures an industrial grade quality, capable of withstanding strong weathering.
The structure is firm and solid, as it employs steel connectors, not plastics, in the framework. This works to counter any twisting and tension when under pressure from strong winds etc. The frame is steel with a 38mm diameter, which is thicker than most models. It’s also coated with a resistant powder coating to defend against steels natural enemies, rust and corrosion.
Given the strong canvas like cover, if it were to be exposed to heavy snowfall, it may collect the weight due to its ruggedness, rather than allowing it to slide off. This creates an issue, so you either need to clear it frequently or avoid use in these weather conditions.
One in a whole line of car canopies from Abba Patio, a popular outdoors company that makes some quality products. This one has received a best seller award on various sites due to its clean and simplistic design, exceptionally well valued price tag and user response.
There is also a fully enclosed option that comes with full sidewalls with integrated windows. This is useful if a brighter interior is wanted, perhaps for use as storage and smaller vehicles.
Utilizing a 1-1/2 inch steel frame it is definitely a little cumbersome, but this isn’t a negative in terms of carports, it helps when faced strong winds. The 6 steel legs can be anchored either on concrete or soft ground and covers 200 square feet. The frame has a white powder coating protects natural dangers like rust and corrosion, which generally happens after being outdoors extensively.
The cover is made with double Polyethylene and is UV and water resistant, preventing sunlight penetration and shouldn’t fade even with extensive use. In the case of the enclosed version, the sidewalls carry the same protective qualities as the cover.
An easy setup and the instructions are well laid out, although it can be quite heavy to move around when setting up. It’s collapsible and dismantles fairly easily after each use, allowing for transportation to the next event. Steel feet on each of the 6 legs, allows you to drive anchors down through to secure. Finally the tarp cover is attached to the frame by heavy duty bungee cords, which secure the cover tightly.
Simplistic Set Up
Stable and Waterproof
Choice of Variation
Sidewalls not included in the open model
Extra weights will be needed to stabilize the canopy properly on soft ground
If you are considering a permanent car canopy as opposed to the temporary, poly covered models, then a metal one would be much more suitable for the job. In this case the galvanized steel 29 model from Arrow is suitable. Specializing in top quality and robust shelters for storage, boats, vehicles etc.
Galvanized steel offers protection that the cheaper, temporary car canopies find impossible to match. For this reason you will find a significant price difference. The car canopy has a tried and tested wind speed rating of up to 100mph. Overexposure, rust and erosion aren’t issues due to the industrial grade steel. Things like chipping and peeling will also be no cause for concern while it utilizes this kind of quality for material. It also has a tested snow or ground load rating of 35psf, allowing for protection throughout winters snowfall. A true 4 season shelter.
A 29 gauge galvanized steel roof surrounds the top of the carport and overhangs the frame, folding down over the lip of the structure. Horizontal panels with a rounded eave design runs through the panel. This keeps it compact and secured tightly together, with the roof hugging the frame tightly in place, simultaneously creates a natural run off for rainfall. The rounded eaves on the roof make it simple to clean with a power hose, blasting any dirt and debris right off.
Covering up to 234 square meters in total, it’s large, big enough to protect larger vehicles like SUV’s, pick up trucks and even boats.
Utilizing a slip-fit frame work system, it makes the assembly more simplistic. However, we not going to sugar coat this, it’s not an easy set up to be honest. Especially if it’s your first time putting together something of this nature. The robust steel panels aren’t lightweight, so it will require 2 to 3 people. Additionally, each panel needs to be drilled and fitted in place. Having well positioned feet is the foundation of a good build, so make sure you get these in place correctly before proceeding.
Indeed more work than other models, but the end result is far superior in terms of a fixed shelter.
A new and improved version of older models, the garage in a box remains a popular carport canopy, given its variety of features, quality materials and various size options. Let’s take a closer look.
They include the frame and cover as expected, but also they have included a zippered door panel for front and back. The patented stabilizing blocks are also included along with an anchoring kit. The kit includes 4 x 15 inch auger anchors with 8 foot plates, which are steel and not plastic. You can anchor the augers through the feet to stabilize the car canopy. Ratchets are also included which fix the piece together tightly and securely.
Using 2 forms of patented technology. The first is the design frame, it is a patented alpine design. The purpose of this patent is to provide an easy assembly process, which becomes apparent with the easy bolt together sections. All of the frame connections follow the same method. The second one, as seen in previous models, is the patented ShelterLock stabilizers. These are found in nearly all of the Garage in a Box models and provide security during harsh winds.
With more steel to strengthen the frame and less connections in the set up reduces the set up time, provides a more efficient structure overall. More steel however equates to a heavier canopy, which is good for stability, but not so much for maneuverability.
Utilizing a Polyethylene cover which is triple layered with RipStop fabric. It has been UV treated during manufacture so you won’t need to apply any further coating. Polyethylene is a waterproof material so you are well protected from rainfall.
The frame is strong as a 1-3/8 inched steel, which has been coated with Dupont powdered coating, a strong protectant for steel frames. Resilient in the fight against rust and corrosion. The design has the shell of the canopy with 6 ‘ribs’ aligning along the structure which are spaced 4 feet apart. This separation creates a sturdy cage style shelter, with a waterproof cover tightly fitted over the top. Perfect for covering your roof top tent while stationary or during off season.
Triple Layered RipStop Cover
Dupont Powdered Coating
1 -3/8 in Steel Frame
Rib Cage Design Shelter
New and Improved
Use with caution in extreme weather, position with natural cover where possible (trees, buildings, walls)
One of the largest carports in our list and coming from a company named Hercules we were expecting something incredibly strong and robust, safe to say we were not disappointed. Given the dimensions you can fit up to 2 regular sized cars beneath or one larger vehicle very comfortably.
It has a 2 inch 20 gauge thickness steel frame, which has additionally been powder coated. Protecting the frame from wear and tear, it will prevent rust, corrosion and also peeling and chipping. The legs are sturdy, which hold the canopy still during winds. The feet attached are plastic but surprisingly resilient, small and compact giving them more strength. A benefit of this is that they are patio friendly, not scratching up the floor.
The cover is made of Polyethylene which is pretty standard of top quality models, with great waterproofing properties and resistance to UV. A drawstring cover is easily attached and keeps it tight on the frame. It does well against snowfall, holding a decent amount of weight on top. However, you should clear the roof off frequently to prevent any damage.
With dimensions of 18 x 20 foot, there is huge coverage underneath. More than enough for a large truck/vehicle, it could be additionally used for events, providing shelter for large groups of people, numerous tables and chairs etc. They do also make some other models ranging from 10 x 20 up to 18 x 27.
20 Gauge Steel Frame
Water and UV Proof
Tall Center Height Ideal for Trucks
Not Enclosed will need to use tarp or purchase replacement sidewalls Anchor Kit not included
Superior in strength, this 22 x 24 foot carport canopy from Rhino Shelters is so robust, it is described as an instant garage. A great choice if you’re looking for something as strong as a bricked shelter, but with the option of moving. Of course with this it’s going to have a more demanding set up, heavier materials, pieces and a price tag to boot.
A wide variety of choice is available in this model line, some top quality vehicle shelters for cars, trucks, SUV and even boats. The sizes range from 12 x 20 up to 30 x 30 in feet and also 3 color choices, Gray, Hunter Green and Tan.
Made with industrial grade steel, it is designed not to rust or corrode. The steel tubing is galvanized and employs carriage bolts that are extremely strong. Industrial grade frames like this are manufactured to be resilient during the heaviest of snow and wind speeds. The company has also issued a 10 year warranty on the frame.
One unique property in the cover, is the fire retardant membrane, this feature allows the option of grill and barbecue events. Utilizing an industrial fabric with a thickness of 22mm, it has the capability to completely block UV rays. This is supported by the black scrim that runs along the interior of the cover.
A quality anchoring kit is included and the anchors have a cable hook design which gives them versatility on ground surfaces. They have a 1200 pound pull out ratio and can be used on grass, gravel (with a drive rod) hard pack, asphalt and dirt.
With a double door design on the front and rear of the canopy this helps to ventilate the interior, especially beneficial for those scorching summer days. Secondly, this allows you to drive straight through, you can position it so you just drive straight in the back and out through the front. No reversing is necessary. Freezing won’t be an issue as the zippers are made up of heavy duty nylon, so will work even during winter weather.
2 Year Parts/Labor Warranty
10 Year Frame Warranty
Industrial Grade Frame and Cover
Front and Rear Zippered Doors
4 Season Proof
Will need regular maintenance during snowfall, clear as often as possible
This powerful, fully enclosed car shelter comes in 2 color choices and 3 size options for each color, that’s 6 models in total to choose from. We like the 12 x 30 as it provides a solid option for when you need to cover a larger area, but with the same level of quality as the smaller carport canopies.
The tube storage has a 2 inch steel frame which is coated with a premium black powdered coating finish. This strengthens the frame increases resistance to weathering. The steel is 15 gauge industrial grade, so it’s designed to withstand rust and corrosion. The tubes are square in shape and surround the entire frame. The frame itself consist of 5 ribs that are equally spaced around 5 feet apart, forming a solid structure.
The wind speed rating has been tested up to 80mph and a snow load rating recorded at 43psf. Having said that we should always try to clear the snow off as often as its possible, to alleviate unnecessary weight on the roof.
The cover is made with a triple layer cover of RipStop fabric. Utilizes a heavy duty 9 ounce PSM cover, which is fully waterproof and also has a fade blocking membrane. UV protected, anti-fungal and anti-aging properties are evident in the material used, a top quality piece.
The foot plates are steel, as opposed to some of the polyethylene canopies, which are usually plastic. A sliding crossrail system has been redesigned, strengthened and optimized to provide a closer fit for the cover to the framework. Two zippered doors are positioned on the front and the back of the canopy, great for ventilation.
Steel Foot Plates
Tested Wind/Snow Rating
Front/Rear Zippered Doors
Industrial Grade Frame
Triple Layered RipStop Cover
You will need better quality anchors for gravel or hard pack surfaces, the free ones won’t cut it.
Both the 20 x 30 and 20 x 40 feet car canopies are best sellers and have been well received by users with positive reviews. With a galvanized steel frame it’s a heavy duty but also portable option.
A stable structure that utilizes a spring loaded locking system that keeps the structure tight. The frame is made from 1.5 inch steel that is galvanized to prevent rust and corrosion, providing overall protection from weathering.
-Cover and Sidewalls-
The fabric is heavy duty, employing a 180g polyethylene woven cover top. This is also evident on the sidewalls, offering all round protection on the car canopy. Side winds will not be an issue when the canopy is fully enclosed. Likewise the suns UV rays will not be able to penetrate through this material due to its UV protected membrane.
The sidewalls are windowed with lattice style windows running down the side of the canopy, providing an aesthetic appearance, useful during social events. Also helps to bring some natural light inside.
With bungee balls for the canopy tie down, side and end walls for the enclosure and a set of LED lights, it’s not bad value at all. However, they do propose you get your own anchoring kit to set this up.
Galvanized Steel Frame
Spring Locking System
The roof doesn’t support heavy weight, clear snow/leaves accordingly
No anchoring kit
What is a Car Canopy?
A Car Canopy is a protective, secure, shelter for your vehicle when a bricked building is not an option. The vast majority are portable, which can be moved around, providing shelter with an easy assembly method. Others, like the industrial grade models, are more suitable for a permanent position. However, they are all generally waterproof, UV resistant and have a variety of design styles.
What is a Car Canopy for?
They can be used for many purposes, not only for cars but also storage, boats, SUV’s and trucks for example. The smaller shed like canopies can be used for smaller vehicles like motorbikes, lawnmowers, jet skis and small tractors. Also storage of equipment, boxes, natural resources like wood stocks and stone. Some enclosed models can also double as an event shelter when needed, due to the windowed and design of the side panels
How much is a Car Canopy?
The price range is vast, from roughly $150-$3000. This is due to a number of factors. Firstly it lies in the quality of design. A basic 6 legged steel stand will be on the cheaper end. As opposed to a galvanized steel frame of industrial grade quality, ribbed frame and quality fixings, will be on the higher end. Any effective, patented technology will also increase the price somewhat. The cover being either polyethylene, solid steel or polycarbonate will also effect price, steel generally being the most expensive. Lastly size, of course increased dimensions leads to a bigger price tag. More legs, larger volume of materials and parts will boost the price all around.
In conclusion, carport canopies are an excellent shelter if you need to protect your vehicle, stock, boat, truck, show car or even in some cases, hold large social events.
The price range is vast, as are the features and functions, giving huge choice to finding the right fit for your vehicle.
We hope this helped in choosing the best model for you, however if you are still unsure and would like to learn more, you can consult our buyers guide here.
If you’re looking for something slightly less exorbitant in appearance, size and not to mention price, check out our pop up canopy guide here, it could be the alternative you are looking for if nothing caught your eye here.
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