Because many modern vehicles can travel a higher number of miles and continue to run and feel like new, many buyers looking at today’s typical three-year old car have come to expect perfection, and are willing to pay for ones that look the part inside and out. Seat covers are probably the easiest and most effective way to keep your vehicle’s interior looking new as long as you own it, which puts more money in your pocket when it’s time to sell. Using your car the way life dictates translates to a lot of wear on your seats and scratches, tears, grime buildup, stains, sun damage, and odors than come from bacteria liquid spills can make any car’s interior an unpleasant place to spend time in. While it’s possible to clean dirt and grime off unprotected seat surfaces, it is not always possible to reverse other damage. For example, after a heavy spill you may not get everything out of the pores of the seat - which can result in mold and odors. If you have leather seats, nothing fades, dries out, and discolors them like the sun’s ultraviolet rays do.
Because modern seat covers can protect your seats from all of these hazards so well, it’s easy to picture how they will fit the needs of your life. But how will they actually fit the seats of your car? Whether they are made of neoprene wet-suit material, leatherette, velour, leather or polycotton, most modern seat covers come either custom-fitted or in universal one-size-fits-all form. Both offer the same kinds of protection, but each one comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. In order to figure out which style worked better and pick the best seat covers to offer you, the staff at CARiD tested a wide variety of custom-fit and universal seat covers on our own vehicles to determine which style really measured up. We looked at them based on five separate factors we found the most relevant.
APPEARANCE of universal and custom fit seat covers
ARM RESTS, HEAD RESTS, and SEAT SWITCHES
EASE OF INSTALLING AND REMOVING
SAFETY of custom fit and universal seat covers
Once we compared all of our findings, we found the result was clear. Custom-fitted seat covers offer more distinct advantages than disadvantages when compared to universal ones. That’s why we offer an extensive line of form-fitting seat covers made from waterproof neoprene, leatherette, leather, and fabric patterns that simulate carbon fiber and western stitching. Because we were so impressed after using the universal-fit pet seat covers, we over a line of those also. CARiD understands you may have questions before purchasing, so we have specialists available seven days a week to provide answers and help you make the best seat cover purchase decision possible.
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