Car mats are important interior parts that help keep the upholstery on the floor clean and reduce long-term damage from water and mud. Boot liners protect the boot area from dirt, dust, and water. Car owners should replace old and worn mats to avoid damaging their cars. However, they might also want to exchange good mats for ones that offer better protection or for ones that show a bit of personality. In most cases, car mats are easy to fit, but car owners should pay attention to a few details.
Types of Car Mats
Not all car mats are alike. They can include different materials and aesthetics. Rubber is a popular material because it is waterproof, stain resistant, and easy to clean. Carpet is also common, as it blends in with the rest of the interior looks more elegant. Novelty floor mats with colourful patterns and designs are popular with some drivers.
Most vehicles have mats in at least two different places: the front seats and the back seats. However, cars that have a third row of seats usually have a third row of mats. Some vehicles also have mats in the boot. Drivers might want to put rubber floor mats in high-traffic areas, such as the driver's seat, to protect the floor of the car from dirt and water. Rubber boot liners are also useful for transporting outdoor equipment, gardening supplies, or anything else that could cause the boot to become dirty.
Universal vs. Custom Mats
Most cars have standard floor mats, meaning that they are the same size as the mats in other cars. There is some variation within these standard sizes; for example, trucks and SUVs have larger mats than cars. In most cases, car owners can purchase universal, standard-sized mats for their cars, trucks, or SUVs, which fit the floors and boots sufficiently. However, some luxury vehicles and older car models do not have standard floor sizes. In these cases, car owners might need to purchase custom mats. Car owners might also want to purchase custom mats when they want specific colours or designs, or when they want to personalise them.
Fitting Car Mats
Most car mats are easy to fit. However, it is always a good idea to measure the existing mats beforehand to compare them with universal mat sizes. If the sizes differ, it is necessary to purchase custom mats or to purchase replacement mats from the manufacturer.
To take measurements, car owners should take all the mats out of the car. They should measure the length and width of each mat and purchase mats with the same measurements. If they want to purchase boot liners or mats and do not currently have them in their cars, they should measure the boot space itself and purchase a liner that fits within the parameters of the boot.
Installing and Inspecting the New Mats
Once car owners have their new mats, they can simply place them in their cars. They should not place mats on top of each other because this can cause unnecessary bulk. It can also cause the mats to slide on top of one another and bunch up, which is a problem on the driver's side.
Once the mats are in place, car owners should make sure that they lie flat and do not roll or bunch up in any places. This is especially important on the driver's side because this can get in the way of the brake and acceleration pedals. Car owners should test the pedals to make sure they are free and clear from any obstructions, even if none are visible.
How to Buy Car Mats on eBay
You can find a large variety of car floor mats from reliable sellers on eBay. A search for 'car floor mats' yields different results, so you might find it more helpful to use specific search terms. If you want basic universal mats, use terms such as 'universal rubber car mat' or 'universal carpet car mat'. If you want novelty mats with specific colours or designs, try search terms such as 'Hawaiian car mat' or 'pink car floor mats'. Both new and gently used car mats are available from sellers who may also offer bundles to help you save money.