Ultimate Car Canopy and Portable Garage Buyers Guide for 2018

Ultimate Car Canopy and Portable Garage Buyers Guide for 2018

So you are looking for a Car Canopy but are overwhelmed by choice.

Maybe you aren’t sure how they work exactly or how to use them.

Asking yourself, portable garage vs car canopy, what’s the difference?

Should I get a permanent or temporary car shelter?

More importantly, are they worth the money?

We will be clearing up all these queries and more in today’s ultimate guide.

Reviewing the best portable garages and car canopies that have bang for their buck and outperform their counterparts.

Arrow Car Canopy Black
  • Permanent Car Canopy
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Rust/Corrosion Resistant
  • Wind and Snow Tested

Abba Patio – Car Canopy 10 x 20 feet
  • Temporary Car Canopy
  • Simplistic Set Up
  • Economical
  • Stable and Waterproof

Ikuby Retractable Car Canopy
  • Retractable Car Canopy
  • Hailstorm Tested
  • Best Theft Prevention
  • 600 D Oxford Fabric

Abba Patio Storage Shelter Car Canopy 8 x 14 Feet
  • Portable Shed/Car Shelter
  • Protected and Waterproof
  • Full Enclosure Option
  • 3 Small Sizes

Hercules Canopy Powder Coated Frame 18Ft x 20Ft
  • Steel Gauge Car Canopy
  • 20 Gauge Steel Frame
  • Powder Coated Frame
  • Tall Center Height

Car Canopies are a reliable, economical and robust method for sheltering and protecting your vehicle when a bricked shelter is simply not available.

The smaller sized canopies can also double as excellent storage sheds.

Similar somewhat in appearance to their smaller brothers the pop up canopy, however Car Canopies are far superior in size, strength and resilience to the outdoor elements.

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, personal shelter and storage for your car sounds alluring, then read on.

The majority of the Car canopies in this list will be portable, meaning you can take them from place to place, perhaps on an event tour, line of shows or you want it to take pride of place in a specific area while being protected.

We will include a few metal car ports and fixed car ports that we feel are worthy in regards to quality and price. If you need something to be fixed permanently in the same position, then you are definitely better off looking at some of the permanent car ports and patio covers that we have in the list.

Car canopies focus primarily on the ability to be portable, versatile and simple to set up, while offering protection from the weather.

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.

We have ordered this list in order of size, as this is generally the easiest numerical way to order canopies of this type.

Starting from smallest to biggest, let’s begin:

Abba Patio Heavy Duty Car Canopy 8 x 14 feet Review

Our first to make an entry is this compact yet robust model from Abba Patio. Coming in 3 small sizes, this is the largest of the 3. We chose this model as we feel it’s probably the best choice for a standard sized vehicle. However, if you have a smaller car in your drive or want to store bikes, trailers, mowers and quads for example, the smaller models will work well also. Plus it can double as a storage shed tent. Let’s check out more of its details below.


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, especially when we compare it to the much larger car canopies on the market. It collapses down into a compact size which can be stored in the car/truck easily and everything that is needed for assembly is included in the package. No extra purchases are necessary with this one, it’s good to go.

Update: We’ve found that the anchors that come with the purchase aren’t the best. If you plan to use this to cover something valuable, strongly suggest upgrading the anchors for concrete/earth environments.


Indeed the cover is waterproof, with a polyethylene top cover this does a good job of repelling water and preventing snow 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 to compliment the strong car canopy. Quality met with quality has a better result.


The frame itself has been treated well with a 1-1/2 inch resistant coating. This powder coating protected the frame from chipping and peeling, which can happen due to overextended use outdoors. The powdered coating also gets to work against corrosion, preventing this natural nuisance from occurring. As we know from our pop up canopies, 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 the car canopy down into the ground beneath much easier, securing it properly and tightly.


As we know this model comes in 3 small size options. 6×8, 7×12 and 8×14 feet sizes of car canopy. 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
  • Wind Resistant
  • Full Enclosure Option
  • 3 Sizes
  • Free anchors need to be replaced in our opinion, they are like long nails as opposed to high grade quality ground anchors.

Ikuby – Lockable Car Canopy and Retractable Car Shed 19×8.5×6.9 feet Review

If you’re looking for something to protect your vehicle as opposed to a simple shelter and storage, the Lockable Car Port from Ikuby is insanely innovative. Ensuring maximum possible security, this is the most viable option on the list in terms of protecting your vehicle. With a steel frame that is retractable and lockable, your vehicle will be completely sheltered, invisible and protected. A great option when a traditionally built brick structure is just not available or convenient. Let’s look deeper into this unique take on a car canopy.


The mostly commonly asked question regarding this model of car shelter is ‘will it fit my car’, we will clear this up for you. This particular model comes in 2 sizes:

The first is the one you see in the photo, its 19×8.5×6.9 in feet for length, diameter and height respectively.

The second is a slightly larger model which measures up at 20.5×9.2×7.5 in feet for length, diameter and height.

You can use this information to decide if it will be a fit for you or not. The company are also open to messages regarding size and can confirm whether or not it will be suitable for your vehicle. As we can see it only has 1 color option available, which is an easygoing solid grey color, much like the Abba Patio 8×14.


Especially robust and sturdy, this car port will not be easily moved while weighing around 170 pounds. Not only this, it has the ability to withstand intense weathering such as gale force winds, torrential rain and even hailstorms. They back this up with a video you can see here, showing some wooden pallets that remained dry after a hailstorm.

Made with 600D Oxford fabric that also has a PU coating for rainfall, we can safely say its waterproof. There is a live rain video which shows the car shelter is able to prevent rainfall from entering the interior, the floor appears to be dry during the rain.

They aren’t the best quality videos and probably could have been done a little better, however the point they are trying to make is reasonably clear. Combined with the customer reviews I would go as far to say we can trust this.


Being 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 on those hard to reach areas and boiling the kettle or scraping ice off first thing in the morning, 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.


Safe to say a modern design at best, but at the same time utilizing an old style perambulator hood, giving it a nice balance of new and old. It consists mainly of a steel frame that is easily folded and retracted, creating an efficient protection. Utilizing a mild steel for its framework, that has also been powder coated for protection, as to best 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.

There is also an SUV car shelter version of this one from Ikuby, you can check it out here if you have in-particular, an SUV.

  • 600 D Oxford Fabric
  • Quick and Flexible Installation
  • Hailstorm Tested
  • Heavy Rainfall Tested
  • Best Theft Preventative Option

  • Not as convenient to use as the zippered enclosure or open air options

Bestmart INC Auto Shelter Canopy 10 x 10 feet Review

Our next option is an auto shelter from Bestmart INC. They also have a 2nd model car canopy in 10x15x8 in a Beige color. However in this review we will be looking at their 10×10 model, which is in, surprise surprise, a deep gray color. It’s not the best car canopy of its size by a long shot, however for the price, it can be a decent economical choice and a ‘get what you pay for’ option. If perhaps you’re looking for a waterproof portable garage for your garden equipment, small automobile or motorcycles, it’s an inexpensive option that gets the job done.

-Heavy Duty-

Manufactured with a 1-3/8 inch steel frame it is strong and sturdy. Furthermore the frame is protected with a powdered coating during the manufacturing process. Powdered coating is important for steel frames that will be open to the elements for long durations. It helps to protect the frame from natural occurrences like rust and corrosion and also from accidental things like chips, scrapes and scratches.


Made with a Polyethylene fabric it is resistant to rainfall and water penetration. Also a PU coating is applied during the manufacturing process to add additional strength. PU coating is important for 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, which is the whole point of the portable garage. 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.


The smaller car canopies and portable garages have a few more niche uses when compared with their larger counterparts. 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.

  • Compact
  • Sturdy Steel Frame
  • Waterproof
  • Powder Coating Protected
  • Instructions for set up aren’t clear
  • Snowfall must be swept off frequently

ShelterLogic Round Style Car Canopy 10 x 15 feet Review

An economical car canopy from none other than ShelterLogic. If you aware of this brand you will know they make quality products, specializing in many areas, one of them being Canopies. Attention to detail and feature-full products is the name of the game, however in the car canopy field they didn’t build a ‘game-changer’ as such, but definitely an affordable piece that can provide a more than decent shelter for your vehicle.


One thing that tends to make a difference is the process in which you can apply the powdered coating, in this case to the 1-3/8 inch steel frame. The coating is not sprayed on, which the majority of companies tend to do, their powdered coating is baked on, this is known to increase its resilience and bonding to the steel frame. Which gives the protection way more longevity than a sprayed on coating. 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 money spent, frame wise anyway, the material cover will need some reinforcing if it is expected to last as long in intense weather conditions.

-Triple Layer-

Utilizing a polyethylene cover would seem fairly normal, however in this case it benefits from advanced engineering. It has been manufactured with a triple layer ripstop material, which means it’s pretty resistant to tearing and can withstand strong winds. Not only this, but the UV protection that is added to the fabric has been applied to not only the sun facing side, but also the interior. This creates a double block and also helps to resist fade by having a thicker protective barrier surrounding the material. Acting like the best anti-aging cream for a car canopy! It also has anti-fungal properties, so when it’s damp or wet from rainfall or morning dew, moss and mildew will not be able to build up.


Fitted with patented stabilizers, this helps it to stand strong and stable in strong winds and keep it fixated to the ground. This will not moveable in any way shape or form. Patented specially by ShelterLogic, ShelterLock stabilizers do a great job of keeping it secure and steady and in position. 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, ensuring a secure and compact design. There is also a door panel connection to the framework, 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, ensuring it’s consistently attached securely and will not loosen over time.

-Size and Shape-

It’s worthy of note that indeed today we are reviewing the 10×15 foot car canopy, however they also have a 10×20 foot model if you are in need of something a bit bigger for your vehicle. They are both round shaped designs, with rounded roofs.

They also have another identical model, however it has a pointed roof which could be more aesthetically pleasing for you and suit intended purpose better.

All in all not a bad car canopy by a long shot and definitely a reasonable price for the most part, including a lot of desirable features. We do feel that if you live in an area which receives a fair amount of bad or intense weather throughout the year, you would probably be wise to invest in a more robust model that is built to withstand such weathering. If not, then it can work very well and for a good price to boot.

If you are dead set on this model and you do get bad weather frequently, try additional coverage using a tarp, not the most aesthetic method, but will definitely help against heavy rainfall, snow and winds.

  • Triple Layer RipStop
  • Baked Powdered Coating
  • Patented Stabilizers
  • 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.

Palram Vitoria Car Canopy and Patio Cover – 16 x 10 ft Review

Providing a versatile list for all scenarios, we are including this stunning car shelter from Palram Vitoria. This is ideal for those who want a permanent, fixed and secure shelter to be located within our home/land. When dealing with ‘portable’ car canopies, as we know, stability and durability is often sacrificed in a bid to become more lightweight, moveable and simplistic. Also the design becomes more rigid and robust in nature. However, the advantage of a permanent car port you can benefit from luxury designs and much more stable builds, utilizing much better materials and engineering in the process.

-Do It Yourself-

They have manufactured a simplistic yet incredibly strong car shelter. So much so that you can actually set this one up with 2 people without the need for any special tools or assistance. Although it’s not built as a portable garage or shelter as such, they have definitely maintained competitiveness in the ‘easy to set up’ area. 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 set up, we didn’t see millions of tiny pieces that need to be intricately pieced together, and it was short, simple and sweet. Versatility in the form of the moveable support beams, so you can position them to match your drive or patio surface theme. The one thing that may be demanding for inexperienced DIY’er’s is if you were erecting this over a concrete surface, which you most likely will be, you will need to fix anchors to concrete ground. This would require some drilling for the anchors to fit down into, apart from that it’s quite a simple experience and easily done.


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 great natural safety feature whereby if it shatters, god forbid, it will not spray everywhere like glass. They only use virgin materials which means it has a better resilience regarding longevity. It will not fade in color and the texture will not become brittle, no matter the duration. Additionally the Poly is a 6mm double wall, which will double the protection against UV rays, up to 100%, complete protection. Not only does it protect from the sun and provide a cooler temperature underneath, this also works to prevent color fade and stop that yellowish color that tends to occur over time. More importantly, the paintwork on the car, it will stop any fading that could potentially happen in blistering heat over countless summers. Paint jobs are expensive, especially on luxury cars as you well know.


Some fantastic features are included in this fixed car port, let’s check them out in more detail. First off they have built in guttering, this is actually on both the arched and flat roof options. This prevents any buildup of water and the design is such that it will run off away from anything that lays beneath, be it your vehicle or patio that you want to protect. They have meticulously made efforts to withstand any weather that can be thrown at it, throughout the whole year, alleviating the task of dismantling and reassembling for maintenance. This has never been truer due to the galvanized steel which has been protected and coated. The powder coated heavy duty frame renders it rust and corrosion resistant, as well as being immune to any peeling and chipping to boot.

-Sizes and Shapes-

The car port from Palram Vitoria comes in 2 design styles and 3 different sizes. They are similar, however the roofs are Arched and Flat in design.

We aren’t saying one is better than the other, although we do feel the arched roof has a more 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 at a much quicker pace on the Arched. Let’s check out the sizes.

Palram Vitoria Car Canopy and Patio Cover flat roof
Click here to check out the Flat Roofed model from Palram Vitoria

The most compact is the Flat Roof design, which comes in a single size. This is 16x10x7 in feet for length, width and height respectively.

Palram Vitoria 16x10 Car Canopy and Patio Cover
Click here to take a closer look at the 16 x 10 foot model from Palram Vitoria

The Arched Roof comes in 2 sizes. The first is 16x10x8 in feet for length, width and height, which is the one we have reviewed here today. As far as we can see the price is very similar for the Flat and Arched car ports of this size, as there is just a small difference in height between them, dimensions wise.

Palram Vitoria 16x12 Car Canopy and Patio Cover
The Largest in the group, the 16×12 foot model. Click for more info.

The 2nd Arched Roof is much wider and is more expensive as it covers a larger area, best suited for larger vehicles and wider patios. This one is 16x12x8 in feet for length, width and height.

  • Guttering System
  • Elegant Design
  • Zero Maintenance
  • Easy Set Up
  • 10 Year Warranty
  • Unbreakable and Shatter Resistant
  • The Arched Roof does a better job than the Flat Roof regards dealing with rainfall, it’s also easier to reach the center to clean off dirt, leaves etc.

TopCamp – Pop up Car Canopy 10 x 20 feet Review

This car canopy from TopCamp is an excellent choice if you are looking for a lightweight, portable and fast to assemble canopy shelter for your car. Utilizing the pop up method in its assembly, it’s super-fast and easy to set up and dismantle again.

-Fully Protected-

An excellent show piece that has full protection from UV rays with a silver coating etched into the fabric. This provides a fully protected shade underneath the canopy and will keep the harmful rays away from you and your possessions. Especially useful if the car canopy is doubling as an event or social occasion cover.


The feet of the frame are nylon which also have holes drilled out of them, this is to allow anchors to be inserted through, to secure it to the ground surface. Usable on both soft and hard surfaces alike. The simplicity also comes from the push button sliders, which help to erect the canopy quickly and safely. The cover itself is made from a 420 Denier Polyester, which does a great job of keeping the rain and sun at bay.


It’s great value also with a full package that comes with the purchase, so you won’t be needing to buy numerous extras afterwards. A heavy duty carry bag also comes with the canopy, along with some ropes and stakes, 6 of each to be exact. The total weight of the bundle is around 121 pounds, significantly lighter than many other similar sized models.

  • Fast Pop Up Assembly
  • Lightweight
  • Good Value
  • Anchor Port Holes
  • Will need to avoid bad weather and dismantle after each use

Quictent – Heavy Duty PE Water Resistant Car Canopy 10 x 20 feet Review

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. Reviewed with priority to protecting a vehicle, we feel it fared well enough to make the list. Let’s check out more.


Utilizing a polyethylene cover which has been reinforced for extra protection and thickness. It does feel like a strong canvas to the touch and has a tear proof membrane, integrated in the manufacture. Not only this but it is of course water and UV proof given the material used is highly resistant. It’s off industrial grade quality so it can withstand stronger weathering than Polyester themed covers.


The structure is firm and solid, as it employs steel connectors, not plastics, in the framework. This will work to counter any twisting and tension when under pressure from strong winds etc. The frame itself 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 very heavy snowfall, it may not work so well. It may collect the weight too well, due to its ruggedness, rather than allowing it to slide off. This creates an issue, so you either need to keep on top of this if it’s snowing or, the safer option, avoid heavy snowfall with this canopy.

  • Thick Frame
  • Powdered Coating
  • Strong Resistant Polyethylene Cover
  • Various Warranties
  • Vulnerable to Heavy Snowfall

Abba Patio – Car Canopy 10 x 20 feet Review

Our next choice of car canopy is one in a whole line of car canopies from Abba Patio, a prestigious outdoors company that makes great quality outdoor 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. With covered and supported legs, it has a more demanding presence than its steel legged predecessor. A temporary car canopy for sure, but has been proven to outlast its price tag in terms of longevity and use. Being a best seller, they have designed a few variations of this model, a steel legged (no canopy cover on legs), fully enclosed model and another enclosed model with windows. Let’s check these out below.

Abba Patio – Car Canopy with Steel Legs (smaller heading) 10 x 20 Feet
Abba Patio – Car Canopy 10 x 20 feet Steel Legs
Click here to check out the Steel Legged Canopy

Another open model with ‘naked’ legs we could say, slightly easier set up due to the more simplistic canopy covering methods. Uncovered robust steel legs have a lighter feel and a great aesthetic.

Abba Patio – Car Canopy Shelter with Windows and Sidewalls 10 x 20 Feet
Abba Patio – Car Canopy Shelter with Windows and Sidewalls 10 x 20 Feet
Click here to check out this heavy duty car canopy.

A fully enclosed option that comes with full sidewalls with integrated windows. This is useful if a brighter interior is wanted, perhaps it’s being used as storage for smaller vehicles in which case you have room for storing other items. Or, it can double as an event canopy when the vehicle is not present.

Abba Patio – Car Canopy Versatile Shelter with Sidewalls, Beige 10 x 20 Feet
Abba Patio – Car Canopy Versatile Shelter with Sidewalls, Beige 10 x 20 Feet
Click here to check out the solid wall model.

Albeit not in the solid color, however one of the only choices of 10×20 ft. from Abba Patio that has fully enclosed sidewalls. Best for when privacy is key and you want all round protection from weathering and other dangers/pests.


So now you have seen the many variations let’s continue with our review of the initial model, with canopy covered legs. Please note that frame and material wise these are identical, the only differences are in aesthetic as you can see from the pictures. Alas, let’s look into the details of the Abba Patio range.


Utilizing a 1-1/2 inch steel frame it is definitely a little cumbersome, but this isn’t a negative in terms of car ports or canopies. We welcome a bit of weight, it helps when we face strong winds and the like. The 6 steel legs can be anchored to the ground, either on concrete or soft ground, creating a stable and sheltered space. A large space at that, it is a true 10×20 foot car canopy that covers 200 square feet precisely. The steel frame has also been coated with a white powder coating which will work to protect the frame from rainfall. Preventing natural dangers like rust and corrosion, which generally happens after being outdoors extensively.


The car canopies top has been manufactured with a double Polyethylene fabric. This works very well as a protector and has received substantial positive reviews since its release. The cover is UV resistant just as much as it is water resistant, preventing sunlight penetration and shouldn’t fade even with extensive use. Now, it’s clear to see, this is not an enclosed car canopy. A low sun while in an open space or strong side winds combined with rainfall, you will not be completely protected, for this specific situations anyway. If it’s set up beside a home, building, drive etc., you should be okay. These car canopies are built for portability, so you may be on the move, in which case it wouldn’t be an issue, speed of set up and dismantling are more important. There is always the option of fixing sidewalls to the car canopy. In this case it’s probably just easier to buy the enclosed version.

-Set Up-

This has an easy setup, the instructions are well laid out and not too gruesome to follow, unlike some other models. It has been noted due to its heavy duty nature, it can be quite heavy to lug around when setting up. If you’re not pumping iron in your spare time consider a 3rd person to help, as opposed to the usual 2 person set up. It’s collapsible and can be dismantled fairly easily after each use, allowing for transportation to the next event. There are steel feet beneath each of the 6 legs, this allows you to drive anchors down through to secure. It also helps with stability and movement by offering a wider base. The tarp cover is attached to the frame by way of bungee cords, which are made of heavy duty material and will secure the cover tightly.


To note, they do not sell any form of sidewalls for this particular product we have reviewed. So if you don’t fancy the Beige fully enclosed model and you have your heart set on a fully enclosed white car canopy from Abba Patio, then consider this. Many users have attached tarp covers or purchased separate sidewalls for use with this. There is a fair price difference of around $100 between the open and enclosed models, so if you are on a budget consider purchasing additional sidewalls online or catch some used ones.

Car Canopy sidewall kit
Click here if you’re in need of some attachable side walls for your car canopy.

Using tarps is also an option if you wish. Secondly, there are no weights or really exceptional way of holding this down for temporary use (if you don’t anchor it to concrete) so in this case you may want to invest in some extra stakes, ropes or weighted bags, sand or pvc, to anchor to the feet.

  • Simplistic Set Up
  • Economical
  • Best Seller
  • Stable and Waterproof
  • Choice of Variation
  • To create enclosure requires extra purchase of sidewalls if you desire a white model
  • Extra weights will be needed to stabilize the canopy properly if you are using on soft ground

Arrow 29 Galvanized Steel Car Canopy 12 x 20 x 7 feet Review

If you are considering a permanent model of 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 a galvanized steel car shelter from Arrow. Arrow specialize in designing top quality and robust permanent shelters for boats, vehicles and the like, with positive reviews and a host of respectable features, it made our list for a permanent option of car port. Let’s find out more.

-Unchallenged Protection-

Being made of galvanized steel, for a fixed shelter, it offers protection that the cheaper, temporary car canopies would 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 and it can withstand winds of up to 100mph, which is insanely strong and I’m yet myself to experience a wind speed so strong. It also has a tested snow or ground load rating of 35psf, allowing for protection throughout winters snowfall.


A 29 gauge galvanized steel roof surrounds the top of the car canopy and overhangs the frame, folding down over the lip of the framework. They are horizontal panels with a rounded eave design running through the panel. This helps to keep the framework compact and secured tightly together, with the roof hugging the frame tightly in place, but also creates a natural run off for rain and the like.

Arrow 29 Galvanized Steel Car Canopy 12 x 20 x 7
Arrow have a huge range of sizes available, check out the different sizes here by clicking.

There is no guttering like the Palram Vitoria model, however this could be helpful depending whether or not you are situated near trees. This could save you the job of clearing the guttering from time to time. Due to the rounded eaves on the roof, it would be very simple to clean, I would probably set up some stepladders and put my power hose to work on the roof, blasting any dirt and debris right off.


The steel frame is protected from the usual, disruptive occurrences that can happen from extended exposure to the elements. Rust being the main cause for concern being solid steel, but fear not as it is industrial grade steel, it will resist rust and corrosion very well. If this is a worry, for peace of mind, you can always add some additional protectant coating to the frame, but it’s not particularly necessary. Things like chipping and peeling will also be no cause for concern while it utilizes this kind of quality for material.

-Set Up-

Covering up to 234 square meters in total, it is pretty large. It’s big enough to protect larger vehicles and even boats.

Arrow 29 Red truck Galvanized Steel Car Canopy 12 x 20 x 7
Will cover large trucks and SUV’s easily.

Utilizing a slip-fit frame work system, it aids to make the assembly and a bit 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. Being steel, the panels aren’t going to be lightweight, it will require 2 to 3 people at least. Not only that you will need to be quite adept at drilling, as there will be a lot of it to be done. Each panel needs to be drilled and fitted correctly and in place. Having well positioned feet is the foundation of a good build, so make sure you get these in place correctly before proceeding.

One of the benefits we found actually in the midst of all the manual drilling, is that if your ground is not totally level, this can work in your favor. You have control over how and where the panels fit together and can easily adjust the level and position, by positioning the drill holes accordingly. This adds versatility to where you can set this metal car canopy up. Every cloud has a silver lining and all that!

  • Galvanized Steel
  • Wind and Snow Tested
  • 10 Year Warranty
  • Aesthetic Rounded Eave Design
  • Rust/Corrosion Resistant
  • Demanding Set Up with Drilling Needed

Abba Patio – Car Canopy with Removable Side Panels 12 x 20 Feet Review

As we reviewed intricately above the 10 x 20 foot car canopy line from Abba Patio, we noticed that to have a fully enclosed model in solid white color was a little tricky. However, they do have a larger model at 12 x 20 feet which fits the bill perfectly. Slightly elongated with 8 steel legs as opposed to 6, but comes fully enclosed with doors and removable side panels. It’s a happy medium for those seeking a white enclosed car canopy. Let’s check it out.


As before it utilizes the Polyethylene fabric to engineer the canopies cover top. This is lightweight and effective at protecting against the elements. Due to its UV and Water resistant qualities, this canopy can be used outdoors extensively with little concern for damages. With the side panels up this time, you are fully protected in 360 degrees and will not get caught out by blistering side winds.


This time around we have detachable doors. It comes with 2 zippered doors that are fully removable, making it perfect for any outdoor show or event where some form of presentation is involved. Then when privacy is needed and security, simply reattach and zip up again to enclose the vehicle completely.


The 1-1/2 inch steel frame is the same as the 10 x 20 models, with a white powder coating to prevent any rust or corrosion occurring due to any extensive rainfall etc. This is also strengthens the steel in the frame, stopping any chipping or peeling alike. There are also steel footpads integrated onto the legs, which allows for anchoring into concrete or soft ground for stability. They also serve to hold the canopy steady in case of strong winds.

   -Set Up-

Likewise the setup is fairly simple and shouldn’t require more than 2 people. There are no huge steel panels to deal with, only the frameworks poles may be of some weight. The bungee cords that come with the car canopy can be used to tightly fasten the cover down to the frame. Bungee cords have renowned strength and will not break or fray when under pressure or tension.

  • Fully Enclosed
  • Detachable Sides and Doors
  • UV/Water Resistant
  • Powdered Coating Protection
  • Vulnerable to strong winds, use additional weights or anchors accordingly

ShelterLogic Garage-In-A-Box 12 x 20 feet Review

If you are looking for a car canopy still in the realms of 12 x 20, but aren’t too keen on the Abba Patio range. Then consider this model from ShelterLogic, a well-received car canopy withholding a respectable reputation and a garage like aesthetic, primarily for protecting your vehicle. A further improved version of their previous ‘garage in a box’ model, let’s check out what’s new and why it’s worth a look.


Straight into what you get for your money, it’s actually of good value. They include the frame and cover as expected, but also they have included the front door panel which is zippered and additionally a back door panel. The back door is a solid panel with no windows or meshed areas. The patented stabilizing blocks named Shelterlock are also included. We are happy to see an anchoring kit has been included in this model, it’s an inexpensive addition that all companies should be including. The kit includes 4x 15 inch auger anchors along with 8 foot plates, which are steel and not plastic. You can anchor the augers through the feet to fixate the car canopy. Ratchets are also included which are ‘ratchet tite’ ratchets, these fix the piece together tightly and securely. Lastly, a manual for assembly is included, however this assembly is not for the faint hearted!


They boast further improvements to the last model and have focused on simplicity this time around. ShelterLogic have manufactured this newer model with more steel to strengthen the frame considerably and also included less connections. Having less connections in the set up reduces the set up time, making it more effective at being portable and moveable. More steel however could equate to a heavier canopy, which is good for protection, but not so much for when moving.


So its total dimensions are 12 x 20 x 8 in feet and internally it has an 8.3 foot center height. The width of the exterior is around 12 foot and the entrance has a clearance just shy of 6 foot. The rooftop is peaked and not arched, this provides a good angle for rain and snowfall, which can be easily brushed or sprayed off.


The canopy utilizes a Polyethylene cover which is triple layered with RipStop fabric. You will see this material appear frequently among strong camping tarps and the like. It has been UV treated during manufacture so you won’t need to apply any further coating, if you don’t want to. Although it never hurts. Polyethylene is a waterproof material so you are well protected from rainfall. I personally always like to coat my covers with an extra proofing spray, because it doesn’t hurt to be cautious when dealing with expensive equipment.


The frame is very strong as a 1-3/8 inched steel frame, which comes in a renewed simplistic assembly style. It’s also been power coated with Dupont powdered coating which is a strong protectant on the steel frame. Rendering it efficient in the fight against rust and corrosion. The design has the shell of the canopy with 6 ‘ribs’ aligning along the framework, they are spaced 4 feet apart throughout. This design creates a strong and sturdy rib cage style shelter, with a waterproof cover tightly fitted over the top.

  • Triple Layered RipStop Cover
  • Dupont Powdered Coating
  • 1 -3/8 in Steel Frame
  • Rib Cage Design Shelter
  • New and Improved
  • With no additional protection like waterproofing spray, additional UV or heavy duty anchoring kit, it may not see out the year in an area with extreme weather.

ShelterLogic Garage-in-a-Box SUV/Truck Shelter, 13 x 20 feet Review

This is our final ‘Garage in a box’ addition to our list. This is the largest model in the series that ShelterLogic has produced. It is a known statistic that around 40% of vehicles being actively used on the roads are larger vehicles such as SUV’s and Trucks, for this reason you may need a taller, peaked roof and design to fit in the larger vehicles. With an even thicker, stronger frame than the previous Garage in a box, larger dimensions and a much taller center height, there’s no reason at all to dismiss this model, let’s check it out.


The steel frame is thicker than the previous 12 x 20 model with a 1-5/8 inch framework as opposed to the 1-3/8 inch. The frame is protected also with…you guessed it! A powdered coating, however in a fairly unique way it has been bonded to the frame. The powder used is a thermoset premium powder which is very resilient and offers great protection to the framework. The rail system used on this car canopy supports a continual tightening process, which keeps the frame locked in and tight together. It also makes sure the cover is fixed tightly on the top and sides of the framework, ensuring the door panels and sides are tightly connected. This is achieved by a top quality ratchet system that utilizes web straps to tie down the cover, keeping it pristine and tidy in appearance.


This SUV and Truck car canopy uses 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 a simplistic assembly process, which becomes apparent with the easy bolt together sections. All of the frame connections have this easy connecting method, which makes it simple to put up and keeps it strong at the same time. 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 an excellent feature to keep the canopy steady and immovable, even during harsh winds and weather.


With an 8 foot clearance you will not struggle to clear your truck or SUV comfortably inside. As fore-mentioned, you are well protected frame wise. Likewise protected from above. The cover employs a RipStop polyethylene cover, which as we know, is water and UV protected. Interestingly, it also has anti-fungal properties and anti-aging (fade) protection which will help to keep up appearances for longer than the norm. This also alleviates the task of having to clear fungi and mildew off the canopy roof, during those damp and wet mornings.

  • 8 foot Clearance
  • Thermoset Powdered Coating
  • SUV/Truck Compatibility
  • RipStop Polyethylene Cover
  • Patented Features
  • Doesn’t fare well in winds over 50-60mph, will need additional tie downs or supportive positioning (trees, buildings etc.)

Hercules 20 Gauge Car Canopy, 18 x 20 feet Review

One of the largest car canopies 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. Using a strong steel frame with 8 supporting legs and a fully powder coated framework, let’s find out what else the Hercules car canopy brings to the table.

-Strong Frame-

With a thick solid steel frame the Hercules car canopy is a beast. It has a 2 inch 20 gauge thickness steel frame, which has additionally been powder coated. This will protect the frame from wear and tear as it’s left outside for extended durations. It will prevent rust, corrosion and also peeling and chipping for example. The legs are strong and sturdy, which hold the canopy still during winds. The feet attached are actually plastic, which may surprise, but when you see the shape of them you can see that they will not be easily broken. They are quite small and compact giving them more strength. A benefit of this is that they are indoor and patio friendly, not scratching up the floor or carpets with metal feet.


The cover is made of Polyethylene which is pretty standard of top quality car canopies. It has great waterproofing properties and is resistant to UV alike. This one in particular is a drawstring cover, for easy assembly and keeps it extra tight on the canopy frame. With a slight overhang, down the frames sides, it keeps the whole unit tight and compact. It does well against snowfall as well, being able to hold a decent amount of weight on top. However, we do suggest that you provide some care during heavy snowfall. Clearing the canopy roof off frequently to prevent any damage. Remember the polyethylene covered ones generally aren’t permanent car canopies, unlike the metal or fixed versions.

-Multi Purpose-

With dimensions of 18 x 20 foot, we are looking at huge coverage underneath. More than enough for a large truck/vehicle, you could fit 2 regular cars underneath. It could also be additionally used for events, providing shelter for large groups of people, numerous tables and chairs etc. They do also apparently make some other models ranging from 10 x 20 up to 18 x 27. However with such a large variety in the 10 x 20 line from Abba Patio, who offer much more options and customization with the designs and enclosures, they already have it covered. But, definitely Hercules shine when it comes to the larger car canopies, like 18 x 20 and 18 x 27.

-Special Note-

The Hercules canopy doesn’t come with an anchoring kit, however this is one from King Canopy is one of the more popular anchor kits that would work well with this car canopy.

King Canopy A8200 8-Piece 15-Inch Anchor Kit with Rope
Click here to check out this heavy duty anchor kit.

 Just hammer the anchors down through the feet into the ground and attack ropes and guys accordingly to fix the canopy into position.

  • Large Coverage
  • Drawstring Cover
  • 20 Gauge Steel Frame
  • Powder Coated
  • 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
  • Anchor Kit not included

Rhino Shelters- Car Canopy 22 x 24 feet Review

Another option of car canopy that is superior in strength is this 22 x 24 foot model from Rhino Shelters. Described as an ‘instant garage’ this is a great choice if you’re looking for something as strong and robust as a bricked shelter. Of course with this it’s going to have a more demanding set up, heavier materials, pieces and a price tag to boot. However, with more permanent structures we benefit from much more trustworthy safety and security features within the design. Let’s have a further look at this great car canopy.


They actually have a wide variety of choice available in this model line. Rhino Shelters provide some top quality vehicle shelters for cars, trucks, SUV and even boats. The size ranges from 12 x 20 up to 30 x 30 in feet and also offer 3 color choices, Gray, Hunter Green and Tan. Let’s do a run down.

Rhino Shelters- Car Canopy 12 x 20 feet
Click here to check out the 12 x 20

Here they have a smaller sized car canopy available in all 3 color choices, as you can see these are all peaked roof in design. 12 x 20 x8 ft.

Rhino Shelters-Round Car Canopy 12 x 20 feet
Click here for to see the 12 x 20 feet Rounded Roof

These are the same in dimension in color, however they offer a rounded roof, for a different aesthetic. 12 x 20 x 8 ft.

Rhino Shelters-Extended Car Canopy 12 x 24 feet
Click here to check out the 12 x 24 feet Canopy

This is a slightly elongated version of the car house, manufactured with an extra 4 feet of length. This also only comes in Gray and Hunter Green, there is no Tan option for this one. 12 x 24 x 8 ft.

Rhino Shelters-SUV BOAT Car Canopy 14 x 24 feet
Click here for more info on the 14 x24 feet Boat/SUV Round

These are specifically designed for Boats, Trucks and SUV’s. This is due to the extra width and taller center height and clearance. Available in all 3 color choices. 14 x 24 10 ft.

Rhino Shelters- Green Car Canopy 22 x 24 feet
As reviewed you can check the 22 x 24 feet Canopy here

This is the car canopy which we reviewed today, this comes in 2 color choices, the Gray and Hunter Green. We liked the Hunter Green best, so it took center stage above. We chose this to review as we feel these dimensions are simply not covered very well among other brands. This can prove to be very useful, standard dimensions might not be acceptable with all users, people often complain about opening doors, trunks etc. while inside their car canopy or shelter. Perhaps this will give you the extra space surrounding your vehicle that is sorely needed.

Rhino Shelters- Car Canopy 30 x 30 feet
Click here to check out the 30 x 30 Canopy

This absolute behemoth is the biggest car canopy they have available. Also one of the biggest versions of an industrial grade canopy we have seen on the market, which performs well. It only comes in 1 color choice, Gray and can be used for large vehicles, trucks, SUV’s and in particular Boats. Offering a huge amount of storage at the same time.

We didn’t include the 30 x 30 in our review, as we feel it’s quite an exorbitant piece, worth the money in many ways, however we decided to go with the Shade Tree line for our larger pieces. This was simply due to economic and versatility reasons, we feel for the common consumer searching for a car canopy, the Shade Tent would be a safer option financially. If money is no concern and you are just searching for the biggest and strongest temporary shelter, then strongly consider the 30×30 from Rhino.


A truly heavy duty framework surrounds this whole line of car shelter. 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 and robust. Industrial grade frames like this are manufactured to hold their own in the face of the heaviest of snow and wind speeds. It’s usually the covers on the car canopies that can’t match the strength of their frameworks and as far as frames go, this is a great example of one of the best quality. The company has also issued a 10 year warranty on the frame to prove this.

-Unique Roof-

The car canopies cover is also industrial grade. One unique property we like about the cover especially, is the fact they have taken the time to make it fire retardant. This is a cool feature and opens up a few more scenarios whereby you could use this shelter (fires up the grill). Utilizing a 10 industrial fabric with a thickness of 22mm it also has the capability to completely block UV rays. This is supported by the black scrim that runs along the interior of the cover, this is also another unique aspect of the Rhino Shelters car canopy.


As expected, for this price, it comes with an anchoring kit to secure it down safely. It doesn’t disappoint either, a quality anchoring kit is so important, especially with a huge, weighty piece like this. The last thing you need is it lifting off and smashing into everything around you. The anchors have a cable hook design which gives them versatility and can be used on a variety of ground surfaces. These have a 1200 pound pull out ratio and can be used on grass, gravel (with a drive rod) hard pack, asphalt and dirt. With the assistance of auger style anchors which are the industry standard for car canopy shelters, including a 300 pound pull out ratio.

-Zippered Doors-

With a double door design on the front and rear of the canopy, as we know from our tents this is the best method for ventilation. Sometimes in the summer these car canopies can reach reasonably high temperatures, being able to clear the hot air out is a great feature. Especially if you have a larger one and perhaps spend a fair amount of time in there. Secondly, this also 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, if you so wish. The zippers also are reversible in a way, as they are usable on the interior and exterior alike. 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
  • Fire Retardant
  • Will need regular maintenance during snowfall, clear as often as possible

ShelterLogic Shelter Tube Storage Shelter 12 x 30 feet Review


Our last choice for a more permanent car canopy and as a brick shelter replacement is the Tube Storage from ShelterLogic. 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 permanent canopies. We are spoilt for choice in the small sizes, however this and the Rhino model fill the void very well. With a host of great features and authentic garage like design, let’s check out the specs.


The tube storage has a 2 inch steel frame, heavy duty stuff, which is coated with a premium black powdered coating finish. This works to make the frame stronger and longer lasting when exposed to the elements. The steel is a 15 gauge industrial grade steel, so it’s designed to withstand serious pummeling from harsh weather and is built to resist things like 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, for the 12 x 30 model anyway, for the other sized models it may be different.

-Wind/Snow Rating-

An impressive feature for the Tube Storage is the wind and snow rating that has been tried and tested. The wind speed rating has been tested up to a level of 80 miles per hour, although I’m not sure if the cover could withstand such incredible speeds, surely the frame would be fine. It also has a snow load rating, which has been recorded at 43psf, having said that we should always try to clear the snow off as often as its possible, to alleviate unnecessary  tension on the canopy.


Like the other ShelterLogic canopies they are made with a triple layer cover, fabricated from RipStop fabric. The Tube Storage line in particular utilizes a heavy duty 9 ounce PSM cover, which is strong and resilient. They are fully waterproof and also have a fade blocking membrane integrated into the fabric. Resulting in a fully UV protected covering for the canopy. There are also anti-fungal and anti-aging properties present in the cover top, providing improved longevity.


The foot plates are steel, as opposed to some of the polyethylene canopies, which are usually plastic. This is better for stability and strength, however be cautious of the surface you are using it on, it could scratch your patio up etc.

The sliding crossrail system has been redesigned from the previous models, strengthened and optimized to provide a closer fit from the cover to the framework. Two zippered doors are positioned on the front and the back of the canopy, this is great for ventilating the car canopy. Secondly it creates a drive through experience. This is especially effective with the 8 foot clearance, you can fit an SUV and truck in here as well as your regular size vehicles.


This particular model line comes in 2 colors, Gray and Green and 3 size models. 12 x 20 x 11 ft., 12 x 25 x 11 ft. and 12 x 30 x 11 ft. Today we have reviewed the latter as we believe this elongated design is quite unique and for the smaller models there are already some from the likes of Abba Patio, ShelterLogics smaller canopy lines and Rhino Shelters.

  • 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.

Shade Tree Car Canopy w/Sidewalls 20 x 30 feet Review

Okay so you’re looking for a larger car canopy, but the ShelterLogic and Rhino models are way out of your budget. Or perhaps you prefer the white colored, polyethylene design canopies. Maybe you need a multi-purpose canopy that can protect your vehicle in one hand and in the other support a major event. Not only these factors but also just be a million times easier to set up and move around, as these are temporary canopies, not permanent.

Then check out these 2 great options from Shade Tree. These huge dimensions are perfect for multiple large vehicles, or a boat/car or SUV/car combination. With such huge coverage there is little limitation to what you can store under here. Capable of supporting large events like weddings, parties, graduations and the like, as a secondary benefit to being a huge car canopy.

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 does well to keep up with the garage quality canopies we’ve seen much of above. Let’s check out some more details on this line from Shade Tree.


A stable structure that utilizes a spring loaded locking system that works to keep the structure fit and tight. The frame itself is made from 1.5 inch steel that is galvanized to work against rust and corrosion, providing overall protection from the weather all round.

-Cover and Sidewalls-

The fabric used is heavy duty as well, employing a 180g polyethylene woven cover top. This is also evident on the sidewalls, offering all round protection on the car canopy. Blistering 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, not solid, providing more versatility in their use compared to the solid sidewall enclosures. With lattice style windows running down the side of the canopy, there is a great visual aspect that compliments social events. Or if you want some sunlight to light up the inside while you’re working on the vehicle, cleaning etc.


With purchase it comes with bungee balls for the canopy tie down. Side and end walls also come with the car canopy, so it doesn’t need any additional purchases to be fully enclosed. However, they do propose you get your own anchoring kit to set this up. There is also a freebie, a set of LED lights that you can use to run along the canopy for aesthetic purposes.

  • Lattice Windows
  • Fully Enclosed
  • Water/UV Resistant
  • Galvanized Steel Frame
  • Spring Locking System
  • The roof doesn’t support heavy weight, clear snow/leaves accordingly. No anchoring kit

Shade Tree Car Canopy w/Sidewalls 20 x 40 feet Review

This model is exactly the same as above, however it has much larger dimensions, at 20 x 40 feet it will be the largest and last addition to our car canopy list. Utilizing the same features and materials as the 20 x 30 there is nothing to add, only that it has a much larger coverage given the measurements.

I think the key thing to remember with the 2 Shade Tree car canopies, is the fact that no anchoring kit comes with it. So you will need to do a bit of research to ensure you use the correct anchoring method for your ground surface.


Phew! Okay so our ultimate list is finished, there’s a lot to take in, many brands and a variety of features. So how do you know which one is right for you, well let’s look into that next. Next up is our Car Canopy Buyers Guide, which should highlight all of the things you should consider before jumping in and splurging. Car Canopies are generally not cheap possessions, as the purpose of use is to protect things you have already paid for, so in this way, they pay for themselves.

Buyers Guide: How to Choose a Car Canopy or Portable Garage

There are numerous factors to consider when buying a car canopy, let’s look at the most important ones and what exactly to look for.


Car Canopy Size Diagram

So in terms of size we would suggest to nearly always buy oversize. If it’s for a vehicle then you need calculate for the vehicle doors opening and space to move around. Buying oversize of what you need is a good model to follow, giving yourself a few feet on either side of the vehicle is ideal. If you’re using a smaller one purely as storage, then it’s not as important.


Car Canopy Cover

What kind of cover does it have? Generally the more temporary, portable models should have a Polyethylene cover top. This is a waterproof and UV protected material which will serve you well. Additional features to look for would be thickness of the material and whether or not it employs RipStop or other similar technology in the design. Also for the Polyethylene covers an anti-fungal or anti-aging (sun block/fade) is ideal, but not a necessity.

Car Canopy Cover Metal

Permanent car canopy models will utilize a stronger build, utilizing steel, polycarbonate and industrial grade cover tops. These are much more resilient and have a greater protection against rust and corrosion.


Car Canopy Frame Diagram

The more expensive, sturdier models should have a galvanized steel frame of industrial grade. This is a sign of quality and will last a very long time, usually outlasting the covers by many years. Quality portable models will also have a steel frame that has been protected with a coating. They will normally show the gauge number of the steel to show its density and thickness value.

-Powdered Coating-

Every car canopy in our list has powdered coating applied during the manufacturing process. Reason being, it’s so crucial, without it the frame will succumb to detrimental natural occurrences, resulting in a frame with diminishing quality. Peeling, chipping, rust, corrosion are just a few of the dangers that occur naturally without protection. Make sure this is on the frame, sprayed on, baked on, whichever, as long as it’s there it will make all the difference.


Normally a given, but still worth a check. If they have a hydrostatic rating, all the better, however we haven’t seen much of these in regards to car canopies. You will be safe with anything metal/steel and for temporary Polyethylene will suffice. Additional protection is definitely a suggest option with the Poly covers, if this is a concern, of you live in an area that has intense rainfall.

Car Canopy UV protection

Likewise they will have UV protection, although some will have a fade blocker for better longevity against the sun and also for a really cool feature, black scrim or coat on the inside of the fabric. This offer 2 sided protection and the rays will be unable to penetrate both sides.

-Fully Enclosed-

Car Canopy Enclosed

Now this depends also on what you will use it for. But if you do need a fully enclosed car canopy, look for one that has all the sides included. It’s much simpler to buy as one and they will all be designed to be used together, as opposed to buying separate branded sides that may not have the best compatibility. Any ratchet system is great, this will keep the fabric tightly hugging the frame. Secondly make sure the sidewalls are made of the same fabric as the cover, we want the same protection all round as we do on the top, stopping morning/evening rays again our sidewalls.

-Windowed or Solid-

Car Canopy Windowed

Next thing to consider is windowed or solid sidewalls. Again this is dependent on purpose of use. Windowed will let the sun in, resulting in an increased temperature internally, while solid will do a better job of providing an enclosed space with no penetrating sunlight. Another thing to consider is privacy, if you wish to hide your vehicle or storage, solid will do this a lot better, giving more security. If your canopy is doubling as an event canopy, then windowed might be your better choice.


Interestingly doors directly relate to positioning. If you are positioning the car canopy up against a wall or building, which helps against winds, then a large front door should be fine. However, if you are positioning it more openly and you are using an enclosed canopy, then front and rear doors might be a good idea. This is because it enables a drive through function, making it much easier to drive in and out, no reversing needed.

Car Canopy Door open

The other thing to look for regarding the doors is are they zippered or just pull overs. A zippered door is stronger and offers a tighter fit as a whole, making it more compact. It also adds to security as you can pop a padlock through the zipper to add some kind of protection. Heavy duty nylon zippers are very good for this method and will endure rugged use.


If you are looking to protect something of high value, a luxury car, SUV or boat for example you may consider the garage style or retractable models. The garage style canopies have a much stronger steel frame with industrial grade covers that fit tightly to the ground with a ratchet system. You can lock the front.

Car Canopy Retractable

The best kind for security is the retractable style, these completely cover the vehicle and lock tightly down to the ground. With a steel rim running along the sides at ground level, they offer the best protection, when considering theft.


Usually in 2 designs, plastic and steel. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. Initially you may consider the steel as the better choice but again think about where you will be using it. If it’s any kind of event/show or if it is positioned on a beautiful patio, this could some nasty damage to the surface. In which case plastic feet would be more suitable.

Car Canopy Feet Diagram

If you’re on a suitable ground surface and you want the strongest stability, steel plated feet are the ones to go for.

For both plastic and steel, what they both need is anchor spaces. Gaps to drive the anchors down through the feet to fix and stabilize the canopy in position.

-Temporary or Permanent-


Now first let’s understand that temporary doesn’t mean it won’t last long, it’s just an opposite term used to permanent. What it’s really referring to is being in a position ‘temporarily’, meaning ‘portable. Not referring to the longevity of the product. The permanent ones will mean it will be fixed in a position and not be moved at any time. These are generally much more robust as they have been designed without focusing on assembly and dismantling ease.

Car Canopy Permanent

Permanent car canopies have the benefit of disregarding portability, an easy set up process and weight restrictions. For this reason the manufacturers can focus on using industrial grade materials, thicker steel frames and in some cases, larger dimensions.

Car Canopy Temporary

Portable/Temporary car canopies have been designed in a way to be more lightweight, quick to set up and serve a variety of additional functions. They can be used as show pieces at events, car shelters or be used for a wedding party outdoors. Whatever the case may be, they can be moved around when needed, for portable protection. Some are easier to move and pitch than others so pay attention to the design. The simpler the better if you plan to be on the move frequently.

-Roof Shape-

Car Canopy Roof Shape

In regard to the roof they generally come in 3 different design shapes. Rounded, peaked and flat. We like the peaked roof designs, basically because it has a natural run off for rain fall and wont collect snow as much as the other 2. Rounded is also good with a natural run off for rain, however if it is not tightly wrapped around the frame then it may collect and bow. Being tight is key for rounded roofs.

Car Canopy Flat Roof

Flat roofs should only be used if you have a permanent canopy in place, we don’t recommend this for portable use, and the polyethylene covers will not fare well with a flat roof design. If you do use a patio cover car port as your car shelter, then flat roof can work well, as they will tend to use steel or polycarbonate rooftops, which is incredibly strong, resilient and easily to clean. They have the ability to hold snow due to their strength and the rainfall won’t be an issue as they are usually slightly angled with a gutter flow off.


Always check for a warranty, especially products of this price. A lot of companies get negative reviews due to broken pieces on delivery. This doesn’t mean the model or company is crap, this happens from time to time with any company, it’s a manufacturing occurrence. What you really want to keep an eye out for is specific negative reviews and see if that specific point has been echoed elsewhere, if it has, then this could be a legit issue with the model. This is one of the many ways we can cross reference our own experiences with these models. Just make sure you are covered with a warranty for cover and frame. Good companies who have confidence in their products will offer a substantial frame warranty, so look out for this for extensive cover.


Car Canopy Anchor

Does the canopy come with an anchor set and is it a quality set. If we are forking out hundreds or thousands on a car canopy, we need to make sure the anchoring kit is of equivalent quality. On some of the temporary canopies the free anchor kits are definitely worth a check and often will need replacing with a quality kit, especially for tougher ground surfaces. Likewise if you intend to be up against strong winds, additional anchors and lines will be a great idea. We discuss more in our FAQ about anchoring and reinforcing your canopy.


As you may have seen car canopies vary significantly in price. This all comes down to what exactly you are protecting and what you intend to use it for.

Car Canopy Price Cheap

If it’s simply for an area of land beside the home and you plan to store your lawnmower and bikes in there, or perhaps it’s for a run of events where you will be traveling and need a quick shelter for your vehicle, then you don’t need to be splurging out thousands on a robust car shelter. A modest polyethylene canopy around $300-$500 may suffice and be perfect for the job.

Car Canopy Price Expensive

But in another scenario, you have spent thousands restoring an old boat, putting a luxury car on show or need a permanent shelter for a few vehicles, then you need to think about in terms of investment.

Car Canopy Boat

A canopy that will be fixed in place, with materials that are known to withstand weathering for 10 years or more with ease. Protecting assets of $20-$100k, you can see why a $500 canopy just doesn’t cut it.

This is your decision to calculate and decide, how much money is it worth to protect what you intend to protect.

After an extensive buyers guide we are now going to look over some commonly asked questions. Perhaps you have a few things on your mind that need answering. Check below in our FAQ to find out about anchoring, reinforcing and much more.


What is a Car Canopy?

 A Car Canopy is a protective, secure, shelter for your vehicle when a bricked building is not an option.

portable car canopy example

The vast majority are portable, which can be moved around from location to location, providing shelter with an easy assembly method.

Car Canopy Sturdy Example

Others are more robust and sturdy, like the industrial grade models, which are more suitable for a fixed, more permanent position. They are waterproof, UV resistant and have a variety of design styles.

Car Canopy Metal Example

The roofs vary in shape from peaked, rounded and flat, additionally the frame design can vary from a flat frame top, or a peaked top, and others are also ribbed with supportive cross beams running across. The typical materials you will find in builds are steel in the frame and polyethylene for the cover, you may also find steel tops or polycarbonate on the fixed models.

What is a Car Canopy for?

A Car Canopy’s primary function is to provide a protected shelter for your vehicle when a fixed garage or brick housed shelter is simply not possible. Its secondary function is to be, in most cases, portable, so it can be moved and erected when necessary.

Car Canopy Storage Example

The other function is their versatility. They can be used for many other purposes as a shelter, not only for cars in particular. Boats, SUV, Trucks for example, some of the Canopies have an increased clearance height and center height, this can be specifically to allow larger vehicles inside.

Car Canopy Storage Example 2

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.

Car Canopy Event Example

Car Canopies also have the ability to be fully enclosed, some will be windowed. This also provides the option for holding events underneath, wedding receptions, graduation parties, family reunions etc. This is evident in the Shade Tree range reviewed above.

How much is a Car Canopy?

Car Canopies range is price immensely, from roughly $150-$3000. This is due to a number of factors.

Car Canopy cheap price

Firstly it lies in the quality of design. A basic 6 legged steel stand with average gauge steel, will be on the cheaper end.

Car Canopy Expensive Price

As opposed to a galvanized steel frame of industrial grade quality, with a ribbed frame and quality fixings, will be on the top end. Any effective, patented technology will also increase the price somewhat.

The cover also can effect price, how thick or heavy duty the covers fabric is will hold some weight in pricing. Or whether the roof is polyethylene, solid steel or polycarbonate will also effect price, steel generally being the most expensive.

Car Canopy Frame Diagram

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.

Brand name, as always brands play a part like everything. Top brands will charge top dollar, this is because they have the trust and respect of the community, with positive reviews and are able to use quality materials and designs. In the list we have some top brands, but also some happy mediums of similar quality, so you can choose.

Car Canopy Snow Cover

Canopies with tried and tested wind, rain and snow ratings also bumps the price up somewhat, because it alleviates the issue of risk, you don’t need to second guess the strength or performance of the canopy. You will already know and can plan accordingly.

What is the Best Car Canopy?

Not an easy answer to a simple question. Being that the Car Canopy has such a variety of use, there is no individual Canopy that can fulfill all the needs simultaneously.

A retractable car canopy might be the best for security and theft protection, but it won’t necessarily be the best for portability and easy assembly, or price for that matter.

The Polyethylene car canopies are great for moving around from A-B and setting up easily for a quick, secure cover. However, they aren’t going to perform as well as the robust steel ones if we want it outside year after year, fighting heavy weathering.

Every style has their pro and con, you need to decide what you are using it for, what you are protecting, then you can use the buyer’s guide above to guide you to the correct model and styling for you.

How to Assemble a Car Canopy?

We will run through how to set up a basic 10 x 20 Car Canopy, these are the most commonly used dimensions. For the specific canopies like the retractable, garage in a box and metal canopies, please consult their set up manuals.

Useful tools: Wrench/Spanner, Spirit Level, Tape Measure, Bungee Balls, Anchor Kit

1: Positioning the Top Cover

After unpacking, position all the parts and piece for the cover out on the ground. Position in the same way it’s meant to be put together, ready for assembly. Take note to position the 4 way junction fittings in the middle of the canopy and the 3 way junction fitting on the ends of the canopy. When you feel this is done, double check on the instruction manual to be sure, then move on to step 2.

2: Top Assembly

There will be 2 methods to do this, depending on the design of the car canopy. Some may be push-fit, in which case you just pop all the fittings together as it has been laid out. Refrain from using any glue or adhesive to reinforce. The other method will be nuts and bolts, so in this case you will need to use a wrench/spinner to tighten the bolts into place. Turn until its fixed, then an extra little nib for tightness will be enough, don’t overdo it, we want to be able to take it down again later.

3: Cover or Tarp Assembly

With the top section ready it is now time to attach the tarp or polyethylene cover. Float the tarp over the top structure with all 4 corners meeting together, fabric to frame. This is where the ball bungees come into play. Use the bungee to secure the cover down to the frame, looping the balls through the cover then back through themselves, to create a knot, pull to tighten. Then do this around the entire frame to secure the tarp in place.

4: Leg Assembly

The 10 x 20 feet car canopies will usually have around 6 legs in total, rarely do they have 8 for these dimensions, but it’s not impossible. Assembling the legs correctly is crucial to a stable and level frame. The legs should pop into place if its push fit. If they need to be screwed into place, you may find a steel cross bar running under the frame, with ports to fit the legs into.

5: Securing Legs

After you have positioned all the legs correctly in place, underneath the top frame. Push them into their port holes and secure with the designated bolts or screws. Now use the spirit level to check the frame is level before and after tightening, you may need to adjust the ground in certain areas to ensure the whole canopy is completely level.

This is a particularly simple set up, usually for the cheaper, more portable models that focus on a quick and lightweight set up. You can expect a more demanding set up from the more robust models.

To show how easy these really are, here are a few videos of assembly.

Here is another we found useful for the fast pitch car canopies:

How to Anchor a Car Canopy?

Let’s divide this up into a 2 sections. There is really a huge amount of possible surfaces including concrete, asphalt, dirt, hard pack, grass, gravel with drive rod and more. We will simplify it to concrete and dirt (hard and soft).

Anchoring is absolutely key to the longevity of your Car Canopy and it’s imperative that it is anchored securely and effectively. There are many different ways to anchor a car canopy, reason being the vast variety of ground surfaces and also styles of canopy. Some will simply be anchored through their feet, others will have base rails which require a bit more attention during the anchoring process. But we are here to guide you through it.

How to Anchor a Car Canopy into Dirt or Soft Ground?

Even with the big metal models or a weighty portable car canopy, they all still need anchoring to stop from falling over in the wind and causing damage to your property. If there is no foundation you will need to anchor and they should be included in the car canopy purchase. However if they aren’t, it’s crucial that you pick up an Anchoring Kit, preferably a heavy duty one.

Car Canopy Anchoring Kit
You can check out this particular Anchoring Kit here.

The standard ones that come with the set are usually fine for dirt based surfaces.

Car Canopy Earth Anchors
A good strong set from ShelterAuger here.

You can also buy specifically Earth Drive anchors, which are usually found in your local hardware stores etc. They are designed with ‘ribs’ which are spaced up the shaft of the drive, these are to stop the anchors from being pulled out the ground, acting as a blocker or stopper. Extremely efficient during high wind speeds and are recommended. Perfect for using with your portable car canopy.

If you own something a bit more robust, perhaps a metal car canopy, here is a step by step guide to anchor that one into dirt. It may also prove helpful for your portable car canopy, however the portable ones don’t tend to have the base rails, and some do, but not normally.

Car Canopy Steel Feet Example

For the portable ones we normally drill through the steel/plastic feet to anchor, as opposed to a base rail. Nevertheless it may prove helpful for methodology purposes.

How to anchor in dirt step by step:

1: Base Rail

Grab the base rail on the frame and locate the holes that are positioned there. These holes are designed for the anchors, this will be your anchoring point on the frame. There are usually around 3-4 holes in general, running around the frame of the car canopy.

2: Drill

Now we need to do some drilling and bore out the holes a bit more, to make way for the anchor shafts. For this step you can use a Hole Saw kit and remember to use a drill bit roughly the same size as the bottom part of the anchor, this will allow the anchor to slide all the way through as it increases in diameter like a cone.

3: Insertion

Now it’s time to position the anchors through those beautifully drilled holes you’ve just worked on. Insert the earth drives from above, so that the bottom of the anchor goes through head first, touching the ground surface on the other side.

4: Hammer-time

Its hammer time, with your most trusted sledgehammer and even more trusted friend, hold the anchor straight and knock it into the ground. Be careful and make sure you drive it directly down, as straight as possible. Keep hitting the anchor until the head touches the base rail, refrain from hammering it hard when it’s touching the base rail.

5: Rinse and Repeat

Now all you need to do is move to the next port hole that you’ve drilled and hammer the anchors down through in the same fashion. Once all anchors have been driven through, voila, your car canopy is secure as houses and you can rest easy in high winds.

How to Anchor a Car Canopy into Concrete or Hard Ground?

I know anchoring into concrete may feel like a daunting task. However, it’s really not so bad with the modern designs of car canopies and the great tools available, it’s a breeze.

When considering anchoring into hard ground there are a few basic ways to approach this.

Car Canopy Concrete Wedge Anchor

If you plan to mount it to a concrete pad for example, then you will want to get hold of some Concrete Wedge Anchors.

Car Canopy Rebar Anchor

If it’s taking pride of place on a hard pack or gravel surface, then we suggest using a 30 Inch Rebar Anchor to complete the most effective anchoring.

Again we are going to keep the following step by step tutorial basic, as to cover the majority of car canopies out there. You can follow if it’s compatible for your car canopy, or simply learn a bit more about the whole process in general. Let’s begin.

How to Dig Holes when Anchoring your Car Canopy

1: Marking

The first step is a simple, yet important one, especially in terms of positioning. Firstly you will need to mark exactly where the base rails and holes for the anchors will be positioned, on the ground itself.

2: Digging

Now you have your hole locations marked up, it’s time to dig. You want to aim to dig a hole for each marking, in the range of 7-8 inches in diameter for each hole. Be consistent with your dimensions and hole sizes for best effect. Regards the depth of the hole, this will really depend on a few factors.

Firstly the earth type in your area, if you’re hit with tough clay as you dig, you may want to call it a day there and use that as a level guide.

Secondly is the length of your anchors, if you have extra-long ones, then you will need to dig deeper accordingly. Remember you want the head of the anchor to touch the base rail, regardless of anchor length.

Lastly is the strength of windows that you usually deal with in your area, if it’s strong winds, then buy longer anchors. If it’s moderate weather, standard anchor size will suffice.

Here’s a visual guide on using Concrete Wedge Anchors:

Step by Step to Concrete Anchoring

1: Start off with acquiring a drill and remember to use a Masonry Bit to drill with, a wood bit will shred to pieces trying to drill through concrete

2: Next you want to position the metal base plate in correctly. Use a marker to mark the position of the hole in the center of the base plate, this is to help guide us during the drilling.

3: Now you can start with the drilling, get the drill with masonry bit attachment and being to drill a hole directly down through the marking. Around 3-4 inches in depth should be sufficient for a standard sized bolt.

4: When the hole is drilled you can now drop the brand bolt into the drilled hole and tighten it up accordingly.

5: After this you can put the post base over it and secure with the nut and bolt. Do remember to use a washer for this, it will help secure more effectively.

6: Lastly you can position the standoff metal and the wooden post can be installed as well, after these 2 have been done you can simply leave it to let the concrete settle overnight.

How to Anchor with Versatube anchors?

Car Canopy Versatube Ground Anchor

Another way to anchor on concrete is to use Versatube Ground Anchors, let’s take a quick look at the process involved.

1: Start by positioning the base rails side-up and insert a Versatube anchor in each of the anchor port holes, which are located in the base rails.

2: While you are positioning the base rails over the markings you can drop the anchors down into each port hole accordingly. Paying attention to position and dimensions in the process.

3: You can now start to drive the anchors down through their port holes, being careful the base rails aren’t jumping out of position in the process.

4: After this is done you can fill earth into the holes and pat it down compactly and leave the concrete to set overnight.

User Trends for Anchoring

People have been known to set the anchors in plastic buckets then fill the buckets with concrete. Also burying the buckets into the ground to create a solid surface on a soft ground.

Car Canopy Concrete Bucket

The issue with this is in time the buckets can break, which may also give way to the concrete, in time. However, there are steps you can take to reinforce the buckets.

How to Reinforce a Car Canopy?

Now given the importance of the car canopies, we want to take good care of them and they will in turn protect your property. Secondly, they aren’t exactly cheap so we want to reinforce them if possible, to give more longevity and strength for the future. The majority of issues from users, come from people who order them, pop them up and leave them outside. This is a bad idea, you should give them some additional protection, especially if the area is prone to bad weather conditions.

Okay so how?  Let’s take a look.

We talked about anchoring above, this is crucial. I think if you make do with only what comes with the package, it can be risky.

Car Canopy Anchoring Example

If possible try to get a heavy duty anchoring kit to really provide better stability against winds. Additional anchors and ties never hurt, and it would be recommended.

Car Canopy Sidewall Kit

Secondly, sidewalls, if you have an open car canopy and are storing your vehicle, know that angled sunlight and rain will penetrate. Overtime wearing down the paint work on the vehicle, consider sidewalls to give all round protection.

Car Canopy Tarp Cover

If you’re not happy with the quality of your cover or sidewalls for any reason, consider adding an additional tarp over the top or using tarp as sidewalls. A tarp floated over and tied down on the roof, can create a strong double layering, which will see off any rainfall issues. Billboard tarp is especially strong and durable, performing well for this function.

Car Canopy Waterproofing Spray

An extra coating of waterproofing and UV spray won’t hurt, for the polyethylene covers. Furthermore, coating the frames with a rust and corrosion spray every so often will work to ‘top up’ the original coating. This is a good way to keep the protection at its strongest, without diminishing.

How to Clean a Car Canopy?

Cleaning the car canopy is a pretty simple task. You can use a power hose or jet washer on the metal roofed ones, to blast any dirt to leaves from the surface. For the polyethylene a hose down will suffice also. If possible you can detach the cover and use a chemical friendly liquid to clean the fabric.

Car Canopy Cleaner
Click here to check out this safe Canopy Cleaner

 Avoid any cleaning liquids that have a high bleach or acidic content, this can really mess with the protective coating that the cover is manufactured with and can leave you unprotected. Make sure to use the proper cleaning liquids for canopy materials.

Also note that if you are storing it back away after cleaning, for transport, it is imperative that is bone dry before being put away. If damp, in time, it can grow mold and mildew which will affect the original protective coating.

If you notice or see any faults or defects upon opening, send it straight back. Defects happen with intricate frameworks from time to time and a good company will have you covered with a warranty.

Can I Attach a Portable Air Conditioner in my Car Canopy?

Absolutely, there should be more than enough hanging opportunities on the framework, failing that you can attach a loop yourself and attach it that way.

AC and Fan for Canopy
Click here to check out a line of portable fans suitable for car canopies.

Be aware that if you are using it to heat, rather than cool, condensation may occur so proofing with an anti-fungal spray prior is a very good idea. Many canopies will come with this, but some don’t and you don’t want to find out before it’s too late, so take the necessary precautions.

Should I use a Metal or Portable Car Canopy?

Again this refers back to intended use. But for a simple answer, we would definitely suggest using a metal rooftop for any kind of permanent and fixed shelter. The portable, Polyethylene car canopies are great, but they don’t hold a candle to the Metal car canopies in terms of stability and protection. The price difference also tells the same story. They also have a natural resistance to rust and corrosion given the industrial grade materials that are utilized in their manufacturing.

Portable canopies are excellent as an economical choice, also if you are on the move and need the shelter for various different locations throughout the year. They have more customization options with colors, windowed sidewalls and extremely large dimensions, giving more protective coverage, which is clear in the Shade Tree range.


In conclusion, car 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, the features and functions alike, giving huge choice to finding the right fit for your home or travel.

Built to last, utilizing industrial grade materials with aesthetic designs, they are an investment that you see a return on through their protection of your possessions.

We hope our extensive guide has shone some light on what a Car Canopy is, their use and how to find and choose the correct one.

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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