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7 Reasons To Use A Car Cover On New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a special time for everyone to reflect on his or her accomplishments. It’s a new beginning to a new year. New Year’s Eve is also a dangerous time for your car. It is exposed to elements and other hazards that it might not be on any other day of the year.

EmpireCovers wishes everyone a happy New Year! Because we are The Cover Experts, it’s only right that we tell you why you should cover your car on this special day. Here are seven reasons you should protect your car on New Year’s Eve.

Drunken Frat Boys


They’re everywhere, especially on New Year’s Eve, and they aren’t necessarily in a fraternity. When people consume alcohol, they usually make decisions that aren’t the best. Protect your car from rowdy, intoxicated people who are ringing in the New Year with a bang. A car cover will save you money and maybe a fight.

Firework ashes 

Bentley with Driveway Sparklers

Ashes from fireworks contain alkaline and other harmful chemicals. If the ash settles on the car and it is exposed to moisture, your car’s finish can be damaged. Ashes scratch your vehicle’s paint causing irreversible damage. If you do not own a car cover, wash your vehicle immediately to avoid damage. Do not brush the ash off.



We’re not talking about the nudists who live in colonies. We’re talking about that one person. We all have a friend who always seems to lose his or her clothing on New Year’s Eve, or any day for that matter. No one likes butt cheek imprints on their windshield. Let an EmpireCovers car cover protect your innocent car from the people’s privates.



These are so beautiful in the sky and fun to dance in, but not so much for your car. If your car is exposed to confetti for a long period of time (which we assume it will be since you won’t be driving under the influence), the confetti will stick to your car and fade its finish. That’s not a good look.


Yes, it is disgusting but it can happen to anyone. Vomit is extremely acidic which is extremely bad for your car’s finish. Not to mention the foul odor and eyesore.  Gross.



Everyone’s inner rapper comes out on New Year’s Eve. It starts by “popping bottles” and a sick beat. While you may enjoy the taste of the bubbly, your car isn’t so excited. Champagne leaves a sticky mess on your car that’s difficult to remove, plus it’s a total waste of alcohol.



Technically this is a New Year’s Day reason, but it is still relevant. According to USA Today, more cars get stolen on New Year’s Day than any other day of the year. Car covers are an excellent theft deterrent. Learn more about the EmpireCovers anti-theft car covers.


What do you protect your car against on New Year’s Eve? Remember to drink responsibly. Call a cab or arrange for a designated driver if you’re drinking. Happy New Year!

Welcome to BlogEngine.NET 2.9

If you see this post it means that BlogEngine.NET 2.9 is running and the hard part of creating your own blog is done. There is only a few things left to do.

Write Permissions

To be able to log in to the blog and writing posts, you need to enable write permissions on the App_Data folder. If your blog is hosted at a hosting provider, you can either log into your account’s admin page or call the support. You need write permissions on the App_Data folder because all posts, comments, and blog attachments are saved as XML files and placed in the App_Data folder. 

If you wish to use a database to to store your blog data, we still encourage you to enable this write access for an images you may wish to store for your blog posts.  If you are interested in using Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, SQL CE, or other databases, please see the BlogEngine wiki to get started.


When you've got write permissions to the App_Data folder, you need to change the username and password. Find the sign-in link located either at the bottom or top of the page depending on your current theme and click it. Now enter "admin" in both the username and password fields and click the button. You will now see an admin menu appear. It has a link to the "Users" admin page. From there you can change the username and password.  Passwords are hashed by default so if you lose your password, please see the BlogEngine wiki for information on recovery.

Configuration and Profile

Now that you have your blog secured, take a look through the settings and give your new blog a title.  BlogEngine.NET 2.9 is set up to take full advantage of of many semantic formats and technologies such as FOAF, SIOC and APML. It means that the content stored in your BlogEngine.NET installation will be fully portable and auto-discoverable.  Be sure to fill in your author profile to take better advantage of this.

Themes, Widgets & Extensions

One last thing to consider is customizing the look of your blog.  We have a few themes available right out of the box including two fully setup to use our new widget framework.  The widget framework allows drop and drag placement on your side bar as well as editing and configuration right in the widget while you are logged in.  Extensions allow you to extend and customize the behavior of your blog.  Be sure to check the BlogEngine.NET Gallery at dnbegallery.org as the go-to location for downloading widgets, themes and extensions.

On the web

You can find BlogEngine.NET on the official website. Here you'll find tutorials, documentation, tips and tricks and much more. The ongoing development of BlogEngine.NET can be followed at CodePlex where the daily builds will be published for anyone to download.  Again, new themes, widgets and extensions can be downloaded at the BlogEngine.NET gallery.

Good luck and happy writing.

The BlogEngine.NET team

How To Prevent Your Boat Cover From Pooling

Buying a boat cover is one of the best ways to care for your boat, especially during the winter months. Applying a boat cover is easy to use and provides ultimate protection from the snow, rain, sun and other elements. Being aware and caring for your EmpireCovers boat cover will help protect your investment even further.

Empire Boat Cover

Pooling occurs when heavy rain or snow accumulates onto your boat cover and does not run off. The material begins to stretch causing the tightly woven fibers to spread apart as a direct result from the weight of the water or snow. Once those fibers are stretched there is a greater risk of water leaking through the cover. This ultimately compromises the covers protection.

Adding support poles to your cover is an affordable solution to pooling. Support poles can be added to any boat, anywhere. It is important to choose poles with a rubber base to keep the pole secure on the boat’s floor. A plastic dome at the top will support the boat cover without causing damage. EmpireCovers offers an ideal aluminum tension rod that adjusts between 26” and 64”.

If you have a V-Hull boat, EmpireCovers has a unique boat cover support system to prevent pooling. This system is specifically designed to support the full length of your cover. The flexible placement positions and adjusts make this a complement to any V-Hull boat under 27 free long. Installation is hassle-free making your cover installation a cinch.


Whether you’re protecting a pontoon or a fishing boat, adding support to your boat cover will increase its longevity. The EmpireCovers support poles or boat cover support system is economical ways to protect your investment. For more tips on how to care for your boat during the winter, check out Brandon Card’s 7 Steps for Winter Bass Boat Storage.

EmpireCovers Interviews Local Automotive Industry Expert

As a company based just northwest of Philadelphia, EmpireCovers is dedicated to building relationships with the local community. We’ve given local students cash, helped out the PSPCA and hosted automotive hangouts. We recently had the pleasure of interviewing local automotive veteran and entrepreneur, Mike Saporito.

To date, Mike has over 26 years of experience in the automotive industry. Throughout his career, Mike has worked as a car dealer selling car brands like Cadillac, Lexus, Infiniti, Nissan, Honda, Toyota and Hyundai. Mike has also took owning a car dealership to the next level by teaming up with former New York Giants players Jessie Armstead and Antonio Pierce to open a car dealership in New Jersey. His years of expertise and unique experiences made for a great interview! Check out the full interview below.

Automotive Industry Experts Mike Saporito Jessie Armstead Antonio Pierce

As an expert in the automotive industry for over 25 years, what is the biggest change in cars you’ve witnessed?

Over the past 25 years, there have been several key changes in the automotive industry; however, what I find to be biggest is the way that technology is transforming car technology and the customer’s experience.  Among the most impressive advancements are the infotainment systems, Bluetooth capabilities, and back up cameras, which are now becoming standard in all vehicles. Additionally, the Internet has changed the purchase experience for the customer, allowing the customer to be much more educated about what exactly they are looking for, i.e. by assessing comparison checks on line.  Finally, in-car technology, such as OnStar, has allowed dealerships to more accurately address the vehicle’s service needs due to more systematic tracking systems.


While flying cars and driverless cars are concepts, electric cars are becoming more and more popular in the automotive industry. What are some advantages and setbacks you’ve noticed with electric vehicles?

There are some wonderful advantages to electric cars, the most notable being that they are fuel saving and therefore contribute to making the environment a healthier place.  Electric cars make use of advanced technology that I believe is door to the future in vehicle enhancement.  However, because the technology is so new, electric cars do not offer the consumer many choices in vehicle selection and electric cars do not commonly perform as well as fuel-injected vehicles.


Infotainment has been a major buzzword in the automotive industry. Dashboards have almost completely changed from ten years ago. How will dashboards and vehicles change over the next ten years?

With the growing popularity of technology, such as touch screens and smart phones, we believe that most vehicles will soon be equipped with built-in tablet-like infotainment centers. Everything will become simplified, with more features activated by voice rather than by buttons and knobs, resulting in a more seamless experience between car and driver.


Finally – we have to ask, how is running a car dealership with two former New York Giants players?

I have always been very passionate and excited about each new day in my over 25+ years in this business and therefore it was hard to imagine taking that up a notch.  However, partnering with Jessie and Antonio absolutely accomplishes that.  Working with two determined guys makes my work much more exciting and has opened my eyes to another level of striving towards perfection.  Every day has been a great new adventure.  Jessie and Antonio truly are champions on and off the field.

How-To Winterize Your Motorcycle

There are many tips out there on how-to winterize your bike. Fortunately, there’s one tip that takes less than 60 seconds – applying an EmpireCovers motorcycle cover!

While it is still important to follow other winterizing steps, choosing an EmpireCovers motorcycle cover will protect your chrome from rusting and your bike from the elements. EmpireCovers offers a variety of motorcycle covers that are built to withstand the elements, including snow and ice. Check out these premium bike covers that are guaranteed to protect your ride in the winter:



MCALAmerican Armor Motorcycle Cover – This cover is 100% Made-in-America with a Dupont Tyvek outer lining to withstand the harshest weather conditions. Its microfiber inner lining will protect your chrome and paint from scratches. The inner lining is also equipped with a patented basofil proprietary fireproof blend so it can be applied immediately after riding, without damaging the cover or melting onto your bike. It is 100% waterproof and breathable to prevent mold and mildew growth.


EMPMC15Trailerable Waterproof Bike Cover – This heavy duty bike cover is made from 600 denier polyester and is specifically designed for durability and trailering. Its waterproof coating will protect your bike against heavy downpours, snow, ice and other elements. This waterproof motorcycle cover also has heat resistant panels along the engine block to the tailpipes.


EMPMCTLTitan V 5L Motorcycle Cover – The EmpireCovers Titan V 5L motorcycle cover is made from 5 ultrasonically welded layers. Its inner lining is nonabrasive so it will not scratch your bike. Some motorcycle covers are water resistant or repellant, but not the Titan V 5L! This cover is 100% breathable and waterproof to prevent mold and mildew growth.


Choosing the right cover to protect your motorcycle from the snow, ice and other elements doesn’t have to be difficult! EmpireCovers makes it even easier for you by providing a five-star grading system to show you each cover’s strengths. Shop now for the best cover for your bike at EmpireCovers, or call one of our sales team members at 888.872.6855!

EmpireCovers Sponsors Delco Cruisers Toy Run Car Show

The EmpireCovers team is a proud sponsor of the Delco Cruisers car club. On December 7, the Delco Cruisers held their annual Toy Run car show benefiting Toys for Tots. The club and attendees filled two Fedex trucks with toys!

Toy Run Car Show Santa's Car 1

“Two trucks of toys definitely made the Marines and the kids in the hospital very happy,” said Tom Manning, President of the Delco Cruisers. This is the seventh year the car club has held the car show.

While the weather was cold, it was a great car show in Rose Tree Park. Santa and Mrs. Claus were taking pictures with kids and adults, in front of their decked out sleigh, a Chevrolet Bel Air. People were filling the tables and trucks with toys for the children. Classic and modern cars were on display in the parking lot. A local fire truck was also proudly hanging an American flag.

All Santa’s reindeer lead the sleigh to Riddle Hospital to deliver the toys to very special children. Two of Santa’s helpers drove the trucks, and three state troopers escorted the group along the way.

“It’s great to sponsor a local car club that does so many wonderful things for the community,” said EmpireCovers Founder and CEO, Jake Goldblum. “We do our best to support the local organizations around us, so being a part of the Delco Cruisers family is extremely gratifying.”

EmpireCovers gave out two car covers and coupon codes! 10% of all of the sales using Delco’s unique code will go directly to the club to help events like the Toy Run. Contact EmpireCovers or the Delco Cruisers to learn how you can help!

Check out some great moments from the car show below! Which unique car make and models are your favorite?

What Size Snowmobile Cover Do I Need?

Snowmobiles are extremely versatile and fun. While your ride is made to withstand great impact and maneuver through rugged terrain, it also needs to be protected.

EmpireCovers Snowmobile Cover

Driving in the snow is what snowmobiles were built for! It’s even in their name – snow-mobile, but exposure over a long period of time causes irreversible damage to your sled. Purchasing a snowmobile cover is a simple and affordable solution to prevent rust and other damage.

EmpireCovers offers protective snowmobile covers that will keep your sled in its best shape. To get the best protection, it is important to purchase the best fit. All EmpireCovers products offer a semi-custom fit for great protect at a reasonable price. EmpireCovers snowmobile covers come in three sizes:

  • Medium: 115 inches L x 51inches W x 48inches H
  • Large: 130 inches L x 51 inches W x 48 inches H
  • Extra Large: 145 inches L x 51 inches W x 48 inches H

Before you guess which size you need, measure your snowmobile!

How Do I Measure My Snowmobile?

Measuring your snowmobile is vital to ensure you receive the best fit for ultimate protection. Simply measure up and over the snowmobile’s windshield and handlebars to the back of the sled. Now you know the length and you’re able to choose the size!

What Is My Snowmobile Cover Made Of?

All EmpireCovers waterproof snowmobile covers are made from weather resistant polyester. The outer layer of the cover provides ultimate protection from the elements while the inside is nonabrasive and will not damage your sled.

Santa’s All Decked Out Sweepstakes

EmpireCovers teamed up with Two Brothers Racing and Rokform for our biggest giveaway yet! Santa’s All Decked Out Sweepstakes has over $1,300 in prizes!

EmpireCovers, Two Brother's Racing & Rokform Santa's Sweepstakes

Everyone who enters the sweepstakes will receive a 20% off coupon code to Two Brother’s Racing, 20% off at Rokform and 40% off at EmpireCovers!


One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive an EmpireCovers car cover, an EmpireCovers motorcycle cover, a Two Brothers Racing slip-on exhausted (up to $500) and a Rokform phone case and mount. That’s over a $900 value!

The First Runner-up will win an EmpireCovers car cover, an EmpireCovers motorcycle cover and a Rokform phone case and mount. This prize pack is worth over $400!

Five Second Runner-up winners will receive a Rokform phone case and mount, which is worth over $49 each!

How To Enter:

Entering the sweepstakes is simple! Just “like” EmpireCovers, Two Brothers Racing and Rokform, enter your email address, and keep that box checked so we can send you secret discounts! Don’t forget to share your entry to your Facebook friends to earn additional entries! You can increase your chances of winning by tweeting your entry on Twitter!

The Sponsors:

EmpireCovers has been selling high quality covers online since 2004. Located just outside of Philadelphia, our team strives to bring you the best quality products with an easy shopping experience. Because our car, truck, van and SUV covers are a ‘semi-custom’ fit, 99% are in stock and ship right away. And, since we ship direct from the manufacturer, we’re able to pass the savings on to you, offering some of the most durable covers online for a fraction of our competitors’ prices.

Two Brothers Racing was founded in 1985 has grown from a factory-backed AMA Superbike team to a world leader in the manufacture and sales of exhaust systems and other high-performance accessories for all types of motorcycles and ATVs. Two Brothers Racing manufactures high-quality performance motorcycle exhaust systems for Sport Bikes, Dirt Bikes, ATV’s, UTV’s, Mini Bikes, Scooters and more.

Launched in January 2011 Rokform® has quickly established itself in the consumer electronics industry by manufacturing uniquely designed and engineered products for the iPhone, iPad and other devices. Rokform products include Billet Aluminum and Polycarbonate Cases, Screen Protectors, Lanyards, various Mounting Options and Stands. http://www.rokform.com