When you put your rod and reel combos in and out of the car transporting them to and from the boat your reels constantly rub together and instantly scratch up! No good!! These covers are mandatory on our boat and my reels still look immaculate after 4 years of use! Put your rods in the rod holders of your boat and then take the covers off….. put them back on after washing the rods still in the rod holders and your reels will always look brand new!!