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EmpireCovers Auto Buzz: Automotive Protection & Safety

EmpireCovers hosted its first Google Hangout On Air, EmpireCovers Auto Buzz: Automotive Protection & Safety. The guest speakers discussed topics from autonomous cars, car covers, safety trends, cheap vs inexpensive vehicles and more.

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The automotive experts at the Hangout were: Dave, EmpireCovers Returns Manager, Michelle Naranjo, Editor-in-Chief at AutoBytel, and Steven Mueller, owner of Six Speed and Caffeine.

Dave discusses when EmpireCovers sent an engineer to St. Thomas for a week to test out EmpireCovers car covers. He also gives a great Arnold Schwarzenegger impression at one point. Zoey, the EmpireCovers Labordoodle, makes a cameo appearance throughout the video.

Michelle discussed AutoBytel’s Top Value series of articles, focusing on Cheap vs. Inexpensive and A Beast Bang for Your Buck. We also learned that Michelle is a fellow dog lover!

Steven discussed autonomous cars and their role in potentially eliminating traffic delays and accidents. He also discussed the effects these driverless cars could have on automotive enthusiasts.

To see everything these automotive experts talked about, watch EmpireCovers Auto Buzz below!

EmpireCovers Hosts Surprise Baby Shower For Managers

The EmpireCovers team is growing in more ways than one. The wives of two EmpireCovers managers are expecting. While we’ve shared stories and given advice, we wanted to celebrate this exciting time, so we threw a surprise baby shower.

It was a fun day, as employees filled the conference room to celebrate this joyous time. Pink filled the masculine blue office and green conference table. Scott Shemtov, eCommerce Web Manager and wife, Ali, are expecting a little girl next month. Robert Brous, SEM Manager, and wife, Jude, are also expecting a little girl in January.

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Throwing the surprise shower was a team effort as CEO Jake Goldblum distracted the expectant fathers. The women of EmpireCovers decorated the conference room. The looks on their faces made the weeks of secret planning with it.

EmpireCovers is in the middle of a branding campaign, which is an exciting time around the office. It only felt right to brand the baby shower! Each dad-to-be received a diaper cake, bibs, onesies and a blanket; all with custom pink EmpireCovers logos. The marble cake was topped with the logo, too.

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Voting For EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest

One Philadelphia area student will be crowned the winner of EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest and walk away with $1000!

In order for that to happen, the students need you to vote! One randomly selected voter will win a Titan 5L Ultimate Waterproof Car Cover for their vehicle.

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To vote:

  1. Go To EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest
  2. Like the EmpireCovers Facebook page
  3. Vote for your favorite

If you follow these easy steps, you’re automatically entered to win a car cover! You can vote daily, so every day you vote means another entry to win! Voting takes place Oct. 22-31!

Students from Jenkintown High School, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, Drexel University, Hussian School of Art and The University of The Arts are all competing for the $1,000 grand prize. A first runner-up and second runner-up prize of $500 and $250, respectively, will be also be awarded to the students.

Help these hard working students win a big cash prize, and get yourself a premium car cover in the process!

The winners will be announced on November 1!

Speakers Wanted For EmpireCovers Auto Buzz Google Hangout On Air

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EmpireCovers is hosting a Google Hangout and looking for automotive professionals to share their expertise. The Hangout is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 30 at 2:00 p.m. EST, entitled “EmpireCovers Auto Buzz”. Experts will discuss automotive protection products, safety trends and news in the automotive industry.

The Hangout will be moderated by Dave Cloonan, Returns Manager at EmpireCovers, and Courtney Iovanovich, Public Relations Specialist at EmpireCovers. As a company servicing the United States and Canada, EmpireCovers uses innovative solutions to provide high quality protective covers in the automotive industry.

As a leader in the automotive protection industry, EmpireCovers will cover interesting testing and methodology used to ensure our covers deliver unsurpassed protection to the vehicles they cover. If your company goes above and beyond to ensure its customers receive the best safety and protection, let us know for a chance to be one of the featured speakers at EmpireCovers Auto Buzz. We are also interested in hearing from journalists and bloggers who have noticed safety trends of consumer products in the automotive industry. A wide variety of automotive topics will be covered during the show, so no niche or story is too small.

After the featured speakers are finished, a Q&A session will be open to all attendees. EmpireCovers is giving away an Titan 5L Waterproof Car Cover to the guest with the best automotive-related question.

Automotive experts and journalists interested in speaking are encouraged to contact Courtney via email at Courtney@EmpireCovers.com or phone at (267) 287-8285.

If you’re interested in listening in, please RSVP on the EmpireCovers Google event page. To submit a question to the chat, add your question to the event page or tweet us @EmpireCovers with the hashtag #ECAutoBuzz.

EmpireCovers Releases Car Cover Commercial

EmpireCovers has been a leader in the vehicle protection industry since 2004. Social media and innovative advertising strategies have further set us apart from the competition. In a press release on Tuesday, we released our first commercial.

Watch as a jealous man uses black magic in attempts to destroy his neighbor’s property. Supernatural powers are no match for EmpireCovers. See EmpireCovers protective covers in action; a car cover protects a Camaro SSRS from water, a motorcycle cover protects a Harley Davidson from snow, a grill cover protects a grill from UV rays, and a carport protects a dog from a meteoroid.

The nearly two-minute video comedically highlights some of EmpireCovers products, but EmpireCovers sells hundreds of high quality vehicle covers to fit almost every vehicle on the road, and water!

EmpireCovers Founder and CEO, Jake Goldblum, believes this video is a great way for the company to showcase its products and personality.  Fans of EmpireCovers see entertaining pictures posted daily on Facebook, Twitter and more, but this commercial really grasps the EmpireCovers persona. We’re a fun company that’s serious about protecting your assets.

What Size Cover Fits A Class A RV

It isn’t a one-size fits all deal. While Class A motorhomes are large, they can vary greatly in length. EmpireCovers sells distinctive covers sure to fit almost every Class A motorhome. Choosing the right cover for your needs will depend on the size of your RV and where it will be stored.

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All EmpireCovers’ Class A covers are 110” wide x 114” tall. In order to receive the best fit for your RV, measure from the front bumper straight back to the rear bumper. If a spare tire or ladder reaches past the rear, please add this additional length into your measurement. To measure the height of your RV, measure from the base to the roof. Do not include AC units, vents, satellites, etc. Now you are able to select the best size for your motorhome. Below is a full list of EmpireCovers’ Class A RV covers:

Size A fits most RVs up to 24’ long

Size B fits most RVs 24’ – 27’ long

Size C fits most RVs 27’ – 30’ long

Size D fits most RVs 30’ – 33’ long

Size E fits most RVs 33’ – 37’ long

Size F fits most RVs 37’ – 40’ long

Size G fits most RVs 40’ – 43’ long

Now that you’ve found the best size cover for your motorhome, it is time to select the type of cover. EmpireCovers offers two types of RV covers. Both covers have a full elastic hem around the entire cover to ensure a tight fit, tie down grommets for additional security, and an antenna patch. Our RV covers also come with full height zippered panels for complete access to your motorhome while it is covered. These covers also have air vents to prevent the cover from flapping.

ProTECHtor Class A RV Covers

This EmpireCovers motorhome cover has a top panel made from triple-layer water resistant material to protect against sun, dirt and dust. Single-layer side panels are made from ProTECHtor material, which is lightweight and easy to use. This cover is great for indoor storage.

Premier Class A RV Covers

EmpireCovers’ exclusive Premier RV cover is made from a durable 300-denier polyester to provide all-weather protection. This cover is 100% waterproof to prevent mold and mildew growth. An added coating of Durable Water Repellent (DWR) ensures ultimate water protection. Our Premier motorhome cover is great for long-term outdoor storage.

If you’re still unsure which cover fits best for your RV needs, please contact the EmpireCovers customer service team at 888-872-6855.

Chevrolet Volt Car Covers by EmpireCovers

Electric cars are the latest craze, but what exactly needs to be done to care and maintain your eco-friendly ride? While EmpireCovers hasn’t quite developed a solar panel car cover, we can protect your assets while you reduce your carbon footprint.

Although EmpireCovers car covers are semi-custom fit for high quality products at low prices, we made a modification for the Chevy Volt, without compromising the affordable price tag. EmpireCovers’ Volt car cover is made with a Velcro panel to allow your car to charge while it is covered.

This Made-in-USA cover is a great fit for your American car. Our American Max Car Cover offers great protection from the harsh sun, heavy rains and brutal winter. Dust is no match for this cover. Its 3 thick layers of Endura Plus™ material make it water resistant, yet allows moisture to evaporate to prevent rot and mildew.

The Velcro panel allows easy access to charge your Chevy Volt while it’s being protected. Built-in grommets and a full elastic hem make this cover ideal for daily use. This cover is also backed by a 7-year warranty!

Someone from the EmpireCovers team recently purchased a Chevy Volt, and let us put our cover to the test.

As you can see, this cover was made to fit a Chevy Volt. The double-stitched seams hug the Volt’s unique curves for ultimate protection. Protect your car while you protect the environment.

Do you have another type of hybrid car? EmpireCovers’ car covers fit 99% of all vehicles! Check out EmpireCovers’ wide variety of car covers!

EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest

There’s nothing scarier than bird droppings on a clean car… or is there?

This Halloween, EmpireCovers is hosting a hauntingly creative contest. Students from local high schools and universities have been selected to participate in the craziest contest yet, EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest.

EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest

Philadelphia area students are challenged to design a Halloween-inspired creation on an EmpireCovers’ car cover. The only rule is: there are no rules. Artists have full control to bring their ideas to life.

EmpireCovers has increased the prizes to add more thrills! A top prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning cover. Second and third place will receive $500 and $250, respectively.

If you are a Philadelphia art student and interested in participating, here is all you need to know:

How to enter:

  1. Fill out our entry form. Eligible entrants will be chosen to bring their design to life.
  2. Those chosen have until October 21st to create and submit their masterpiece.
  3. Voting begins on October 22nd, so share your entry on social media, blogs and wherever else you want!

How to win:

  1. Share your entry.
  2. Earn the most votes!

Deadlines:

  • Students have until October 4th to fill out the entry form to be considered for the contest.
  • Participants must submit their car cover creation by October 21st
  • Voting closes October 31st
  • Winners will be notified on November 1st

Not a student but still want to participate? From October 22-31, EmpireCovers’ Facebook fans will vote to decide the best design. One lucky voter will win an EmpireCovers vehicle cover!

Disclaimer: EmpireCovers does not recommend painting or drawing on the car covers while it is in direct contact with the vehicle.

EmpireCovers Sponsors A Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Last month, the EmpireCovers crew was racing around in Ferarris and Lamborghinis. This month, we’re interviewing our Porsche racing driver, Tim Holt. That’s right! EmpireCovers is the official sponsor of Tim Holt Racing’s 2007 Porsche GT3 Cup.

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When we arrived at Holt Motorsports, we were immersed in a sea of polished Porsches. Among the red, the white and the silver beauties, we saw a black Porsche with a need for speed and EmpireCovers written all over it, literally. After walking through the showroom, we sat down with Tim to talk racing and how he protects his assets.

Do you remember your first race?

Clearly. Yes. Absolutely! It was at Pocono Raceway. It was completely different car that was 1,200lb and 200 horsepower. I was 15 years old and a little nervous because I had just got my racing license and I was racing against guys that were 35. I thought I wouldn’t do well at all but then I ended up winning! That’s when it all happened and the addiction started. Everything I’ve done since then has been to get more tires, racing fuel and faster cars. I remember that day clearly. It was a great day, all thanks to my dad.

What is the biggest challenge transitioning from salesman to racer?

That’s a really good question. That one is really making me think. Racing is mental and physical. I have to prepare for races physically and mentally. I usually ride my bike at least 30 miles every day and I hit the gym. I can sit in the office all day and answer calls and sell Porsches. It isn’t easy to sit in the car while you race. It’s hard physically because of the adrenaline but mentally, too. I am inches away from the guy next to me, thinking, “he better not mess up. I hope he doesn’t mess up,” then I think, “Well I better not mess up!”

How do you care for the Porsches you race?

After every race I change all the fluids, brake pads, rotors and other wear items. Every other race, I disassemble the car down to the motor and make sure everything is in spec and it working correctly. This is all done with the help of Holt Motorsports, Dawe’s Motorsports Devlopment and of course, EmpireCovers!

IMG_0026What is your favorite part about your EmpireCovers’ car cover?

Well the best part is that is actually fits the Porsche. Some Porsches have whaletails, but the EmpireCovers’ Porsche one is bigger than that. I was hesitant that the cover would fit, but it actually fits great. I look at other Porsches I compete against, and their covers don’t look as good as mine.

There was one race, where there was a downpour. It was storming bad. When I got to the track, I figured the cover would be gone because that’s what happened with other covers I’ve used before. Not only was my cover securely on the car, my car was also completely dry. Other drivers had mildew starting to grow because their covers couldn’t handle the storm. I mean it rained hard. I was shocked that my [American Armor] cover held up.

Check out Tim put on his American Armor EmpireCovers car cover:

3 Tips To Get Tree Sap Off Of Your Car

Removing tree sap from your vehicle can be a pain. It is sticky and removal risks damaging your car’s paint. Don’t let your car fall victim to Mother Nature!

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There are many steps that can be taken to prevent tree sap damage, such as buying an EmpireCovers car cover, not parking your car under a tree or living in a place that doesn’t have all four seasons. If your car has already been exposed to tree sap, here are some tips to get the tree sap off your car:

1. Nail polish remover. Generously apply nail polish remover on a cotton ball and wipe it on the sap. Once the sap is removed, wash the area with a mixture of baking soda and water.

2. Bacon Grease. Make delicious bacon for breakfast, or dinner. Once it has cooled down and your finished eating, take the leftover bacon grease and apply it directly on the sap. Let it sit until you notice the tree sap dissolving. After you notice the tree sap dissolving, rub off the rest of the sap.

3. Car cleaning products. There are plenty of tree sap remover products on the market. Search Google or your local automotive supply store for the best products for removal.

Some of these suggestions may work better than others. Prevention is the best option. The damage tree sap can do to your car is huge compared to the cost of an EmpireCovers car cover. Choosing the car cover that will provide the best protection for you depends on where you live, where you park and what you want to protect against.