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Read the cover manual. Most of people use the covers to protect the cars from streaks made by rain washing the dirt down the fenders. So most of the covers ARE DESIGN to protect from the rain.
Protection from the sun is just side effect. Is the place your folks are living having mildew problems? Like do the car tires rot before wear out?
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How about this? If the cover is on during some rain, when it stops, ask your parents to remove it until cover and car dry completely and then they can put it back on.

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See if you can store it in a garage somewhere. Garage storage can be very cheap (esp if you know the person who owns the garage) and it gives you total security and control. No cover is needed and water will never make contact with the car. The sun will also not be an issue.

What ever you do, make sure to add Sta-Bil to a TOPPED OFF fuel tank. Do not run it dry and do leave it at anything less then full. The Sta-Bil will eat any condensation and prevent internal rust. It will also prevent the gas from turning into varnish. At a cost of about $10, this stuff is a life saver.

If you can, put the car up on jack stands or just drive it up big thick sections of foam insulation. Either method works. Make sure the car is clean, and if it is inside roll down all windows about 1 inch. Dress the tires to help prevent dry rot and cracking.
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The only other option I have if I wanted to keep it in an enclosed space is to park it in my friend's apartment's parking garage. But the problem is that his apartment is right next to the Pacific Ocean. Will the salty air that will funnel throughout the garage actually be more harmful for the car than keeping it outside? I would still cover the car if it was to be parked in the garage...
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Re: the car cover: do you regularly cover it otherwise? Then why bother for this? As Kajtek1 notes, that is a giveaway the car is not being regularly driven.

Particularly if you have your parents drive it semi-regularly. It doesn't even have to be once a week, once every other week is fine, but 25-30 miles which will not only bring it to operating temperature, but also evacuate any moisture from the exhaust system...equally important. And they may as well cycle the AC when they do that so the seals stay lubed in there.

If it gets dirty, the folks can blast off the windshield with the hose, then drive it the 25-30 miles, when they get back they can run it through the car wash. The money you don't spend on the car cover can be applied to the gallon or so of gas they'll use and the occasional car washes.

If you do that you won't have to worry about anything else with it. Battery, fuel, oil, AT, PS, AC, everything will be better off.

Were I in your position that is exactly what I would do.

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Re salty air. From what I see California Ocean breeze is not harmful. I live just 4 miles from the water and have absolutely no rust. Even our city put permanent road rails and never painted them. My friends used to live in Oceanside, what is small community along the beach. They had a Ford about 15 years old and to my knowledge no corrosion issue.
Than years ago my family was staying in Algeria, about 5 miles from Mediterranean sea. I personally was using bondo to patch the hood on 3-years old Toyota. The hole was thru both layers of metal and you could almost check the oil level without opening the hood.
Bottom line, if you friend garage is not having direct breeze with salty water in it, I would go there. Than inside the garage you don't need expensive cover. Just $10 drop-cloth to protect it from dust. Old sheets work too.
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