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Adell vs. Cowles: The Door Guard Showdown

Dents, dings, nicks, and scratches are absolute nightmares for a car owner. These unsightly scars can turn an otherwise handsome and polished vehicle to a neglected piece of metal with no resale value. Doors, in particular, are quite susceptible to scratches and scars caused by daily driving. When your door gets damaged, you'll be paying the auto detailing shop at least $250 or more for paint and body work. So do your homework and start searching for the best door guard for your ride to steer clear of staggering restoration costs. With the wide range of door guard choices in the market, you'll most likely spend hours or probably even an entire day trying to find that perfect one for your ride. We chose two leading brands, Adell and Cowles, to participate in our door guard showdown. Here's a rundown of the pros and cons for each brand:

Construction

Hands down, Adell door guards are the winner in this category. They're made of heavy-duty stainless steel that is resistant to most door guard horrors like peeling, chipping, cracking, and fading. Cowles door guards, on the other hand, are manufactured using premium-grade flexible PVC. They're still durable enough to keep those scratches at bay, but, of course, steel wins over plastic any day.

WINNER: Adell


Fit

Adell door guards provide a custom and precise fit that complies with the auto manufacturer's specifications. These guards will fit your door snugly, as they're custom designed to match specific makes and models. Cowles door guards don't exactly have the custom fit charm of Adell guards, but they're highly flexible and capable of bending around your vehicle's curves and contours. Either way, you can be sure both these door guards won't sag or slip.

WINNER: Adell and Cowles


Installation

Both door guards offer easy installation with no drilling required. They come with double-sided adhesive tapes for a hassle-free peel-and-stick installation. Cowles door guards get an additional point, though, as they come with advanced 3M adhesives.

WINNER: Cowles


The verdict

It's a tie for this door guard showdown. Both door guards are easy to install and provide great fit, so you don't have to worry about drilling and slipping. Both brands also take the cake when it comes to durability. It's basically up to you if you'll go for plastic or steel. The important thing is to choose the style and type that will best suit your ride.