Floor mats are more than just an attractive looking item that lay at your feet. These mats will help to keep the floor of your car clean. Think of everything that is tracked in your car – snow, slush, mud, grass, dirt, dust, rain, spills, and more. All of that would end up on the floor of your car, which can be next to impossible to clean. Instead, a floor mat can be replaced once it becomes too worn and stained.
Most vehicles come equipped with floor mats when you purchase them, but over time they start to wear out, suffer from stains, and just lose their effectiveness. When this happens, it is well worth shopping around for good quality floor mats.
Tips on finding good quality floor mats:
Types and material: There are different types of floor mats available, and your decision may be based on the season. The all-weather floor mats basically work all year round. These are meant to provide waterproof protection and are typically very durable and heavy. There are also carpet floor mats. These are much more lightweight, come in a variety of shades and even textures, and are meant to offer protection against dirt but aren't going to help you against the really wet conditions.
Specific for your vehicle: You will also need to shop for a floor mat based on your vehicle. Obviously floor mats for a small sedan will be a different size than what you'd find in a pick-up truck. You want the mat to fit snug in that there are no ripples, bumps, or raised areas that could interfere with your ability to drive.
Floor mats make a difference in the look of your vehicle, as well as offering a level of protection against dirt, water, stains, and more.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy Good Quality Floor Mats and was authored by Valerie Johnston.