Your car’s upholstery should be comfortable, yet at the same time people look for material that is easy to clean, durable, and makes a fashionable impression. Over time stains, rips, sun damage, and more can take its toll resulting in the need for replacement.

Here are some tips that will guide you to choosing the right upholstery for your needs:

  • Material: There are a few common types of car upholstery which are faux leather, leather, polyester, nylon, and vinyl. Each of these offers their own list of pros and cons, and their own cleaning instructions.

  • Feel free to switch: Just because your car came with one type of car upholstery doesn’t mean you have to stick with it. Perhaps you are looking to upgrade from a faux leather to a high quality real leather. There is quite a bit of wiggle room when making your decision.

  • Consider your lifestyle: When shopping for new upholstery it’s important to consider more than just your budget. Examine your lifestyle and allow that to play into the decision making process. If you have kids, or pets that travel in the car on a regular basis, you’ll want to look for a durable and easy to clean option obviously.

  • Customize freely: Nowadays there is a wide range of patterns, colors, and textures available to choose from in all budgets.

Choosing the right car upholstery allows you to not only make a statement, but enjoy a new level comfort and cleaning that doesn’t have to be a nightmare.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy Good Quality Car Upholstery and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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