Auto Seat Covers - Car Seat Cover
Car seat covers are one of the most returned products on the market. Why? Because there are so many sizes, styles and makes that finding the right one is like finding the foot to fit into Cinderella's glass slipper. But there is a way to make sure you buy what you need – the first time.
Car seat covers protect your seats against fading and wear, they can cover damage that is already done, and add comfort to your car. That's a lot! The problem is that buying car seat covers can be confusing ... and frustrating! But by following a few simple steps you can avoid the big mistakes.
How to buy car seat covers:
- Before you head out or hop on your computer, make sure you know your car's make, year and style of seat. There are more seat styles out there than you might imagine: plain bench, solid front or rear; front bucket captain's chair; front bucket high back with adjustable headrest; front bucket low back with integrated headrest; or split bench seat. Phew! And that's just a few.
- Keep looking! What type of headrests are on your seats (some headrests sit on two posts; others sit on just one)? Where do the seat belts come out of the seat? Is there an air bag in the seat? Where are the seat controls (electric or manual)?
- Car seat covers get a lot of wear. So select auto seat covers that are durable, water-repellent and machine-washable. You will find that you have a variety of materials to choose form. The popular sheepskin is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Canvas, Cordoba and velour are all good-quality cloth and built to last.
- Don't settle for anything but a lifetime warranty.
- Now you can shop price. With car seat covers, like anything else, you get what you pay for. The price will usually be commensurate with the quality of the cover. So look for high quality covers on sale. Keep in mind that cheap mass-produced covers are not built to last. Over time they will shift around and the cloth will wear. It is a good idea to check your local yellow pages or the Internet for auto shops that carry quality auto seat covers.
Watch out for the exceptions
When in doubt, always ask your dealership. Because, even if you know the model and year of your car, you can still have trouble selecting the right seat covers. Believe it or not, there are often variations within the same model car. For instance, a Toyota Avalon comes with either two bucket seats or seats that have bigger bottoms than tops. This is the case because some models can have an armrest in the middle of the bucket seats while other have a consoles in the middle (which means they have plain bucket seats). Another good example is the headrests in the BMW M-3. The two-door comes with one type of headrest, while the four-door comes with an all together different type. Go figure!