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Dear AutoLanka Friends

In Sri Lanka, normally when people buy a new car, they do carpeting (and seat covering as well). Personally my opinion is "everything that the car needs will be installed by the manufacturer and therefore, we should use the car as it is". Another thing is I have seen that during carpeting, they have damaged some plastic components of the vehicle. So what is your advice regarding this. Whether to install carpets (and seat covers) or just use the car as it is?

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I have never had any extra carpeting on any of my cars in Sri Lanka or in worst countries. the only exception was the Fortuner I had in Vietnam which the previous owner had put it. All I had were all weather mats just so that the dust/mud/water gets caught and doesn't get on the car's carpet. In addition it was just a matter of regular cleaning (with some decent cleaning material)

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I had seat covers for my very first car (cost around Rs. 22,000) but never done again because I could clean seats at the cost of Rs.7,500 (once every three years more than enough - even having kids) It's cost effective rather than using seat covers + Feel the car 

I'm a little lazy person to clean the car regularly so, adding vinyl carpet (3M coil type - but not 3M 😃 - buying 8 x 4 sheets from Arpico and cut according to the car shape as necessary) first and then putting original carpet on top of that. Just because of the wire mesh characteristics of bottom one, you cannot see any sand or dust even there will be kilos of loads 🤣🤣. Top one (original carpets) may be cleaning once in two weeks (ගත්ත එලියට ගැසුව දැම්ම) but below one may be once or twice a year (even its not easy to remove as well).  Everyone think my car is clean and tidy,.......🙈🙈

** Clamping the driver's carpet to the safety locks is a important. 

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 Would depend on the vehicle and it's  intended used,..

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12 hours ago, FoxHill said:

Dear AutoLanka Friends

In Sri Lanka, normally when people buy a new car, they do carpeting (and seat covering as well). Personally my opinion is "everything that the car needs will be installed by the manufacturer and therefore, we should use the car as it is". Another thing is I have seen that during carpeting, they have damaged some plastic components of the vehicle. So what is your advice regarding this. Whether to install carpets (and seat covers) or just use the car as it is?

I never use seat covers. I prefer using the seats and enjoying the nice finish myself instead of preserving it under a seat cover for the next owner... 😁

Also seat covers interfer with some side airbags, so if your seats have an airbag tag on them: Avoid using seat covers. 

I do use rubber mats in my car though as otherwise it gets messy. I don't have 'full carpeting' where they lay rubber carpet all over the floor of the vehicle. That's just silly. I just buy 'all-weather' vehicle floor mats which are readily available from Arpico, Amazon , Ebay as per your preference and budget. 

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12 hours ago, FoxHill said:

Dear AutoLanka Friends

In Sri Lanka, normally when people buy a new car, they do carpeting (and seat covering as well). Personally my opinion is "everything that the car needs will be installed by the manufacturer and therefore, we should use the car as it is". Another thing is I have seen that during carpeting, they have damaged some plastic components of the vehicle. So what is your advice regarding this. Whether to install carpets (and seat covers) or just use the car as it is?

Buddy its a personal choice. Its like buying a smartphone. Your new samsung s20 doesnt need a phone cover and is just fine to use, but putting a back cover or flip case or whatever is your own choice to keep the device clean, away from scratches on the unit etc. While a lot may not adapt to using covers on cheap phones, the expensive ones tend to have covers given from factory. 

Same way, if you feel like you're car might have occasional muddy footed passengers it might not be the worst idea to get in some aftermarket carpets. Ofc you dont need them and the car would be just fine the way it came from the factory. Do keep in mind that the factory carpet does get stained quick and even people at A*t* M*r*j have a hard time getting them off. (maybe detailing specialists can have a better shot, but for an everyday joe its hard). (my carpet set dint have carpets in the boot and had some stains after doing groceries, some spilt milk, drinks, vase paint, pen ink and stuff) 

It would cost around 6500-8000 for a set of 3M coil carpets and they can go through some serious abuse before they wear out. the one in my hatch has been there for more than 6 years and still in good condition. Its just a one time investment to preserve your car's cleanliness and appeal. Doing a self carpeting job is a lot cheaper. 

Seat covers ofc is a sham, Most of the cheap covers either leak though and when you remove the cover after some time, the stains and liquids that sept through the cover will look rotten and nasty. IMO its ok to run on the factory seats unless you get a high end seat cover that has proper venitilation for the seats(if its leather). Seats usually start tearing off if you dont attend to small holes that appear on the seat set, and stitching up any small inconsistencies from a place like L*L uphosters or so. 

As for the damaged plastic components, they are going to come off some time in the cars life. Specially the covers in the seat railings and seat lock latches. Its inevitable unless you saw off the legs of every passenger in the car before they get in

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Dear Friends

Thanks for your comments. Hear, by the word "carpeting", I meant the "Full Carpeting done with Rexine" which is done by shops like "xxx cushion works". During this "full carpeting" they had to remove all seats. Sometimes there may be some sensors / gadgets which are not known by carpeting guys. They just carry out there job.

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17 minutes ago, FoxHill said:

Dear Friends

Thanks for your comments. Hear, by the word "carpeting", I meant the "Full Carpeting done with Rexine" which is done by shops like "xxx cushion works". During this "full carpeting" they had to remove all seats. Sometimes there may be some sensors / gadgets which are not known by carpeting guys. They just carry out there job.

Best to avoid it, sensors and gadgets aside you won't notice if your floorboard develops a water intrusion due to rubber seal failure/undercarriage damage/clogged AC condenser drain. As it is now any water intrusion would be plainly visible when the cloth carpet gets soaked, cover it up with a rexine something and you won't notice until your floorboard rusts to the point of FUBAR

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25 minutes ago, FoxHill said:

Dear Friends

Thanks for your comments. Hear, by the word "carpeting", I meant the "Full Carpeting done with Rexine" which is done by shops like "xxx cushion works". During this "full carpeting" they had to remove all seats. Sometimes there may be some sensors / gadgets which are not known by carpeting guys. They just carry out there job.

I would definately avoid it.

In addition to the above point made by Hyaenidae:  No point letting anyone take apart your car seats, and disconnecting and reconnecting seat sensors, airbag connectors, cooling ventilation / heating connections etc. just to install carpets? Even the thought of it makes me cringe.

Definately something to avoid, as nothing is likely going to work right again. Even if it does, the risk of entrusting them to put everything back together in working order, sans rattles and squeeks is definately not worth the little benefit (or potentially zero) benefit to gain over just throwing in a set of all-weather mats. 

Edited by Kavvz

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Like @Twin Turbo said, it does depend on the  car

 

On a semi related note,  heavy carpets can be useful if you want to improve your noise, vibration & harshness levels so it's not just about keeping the car clean

 

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43 minutes ago, Devinda_Z said:

On a semi related note,  heavy carpets can be useful if you want to improve your noise, vibration & harshness levels so it's not just about keeping the car clean

Ah! I didn't think about sound deading and vibration minimization! Good tip! 

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