Any responsible car owner wants to keep their vehicle looking as nice as possible for as long as possible. This includes keeping up with routine maintenance, regularly washing and waxing the car, and avoiding scratches and dents as much as possible.
But did you know that something as simple as seat covers can significantly affect the quality of your truck’s interior over time? In fact, they can raise your truck’s resale value.
Even if you’re not planning on selling anytime soon, it’s a good idea to prioritize your truck’s quality—both for your comfort and pride in your vehicle and the off chance you do decide to sell one day. Seat covers can improve your truck’s resale value, and we’re going to tell you how.
What Are Seat Covers?
Seat covers are specially designed layers that fit over the top of your existing car seats. Manufacturers often make them for a specific truck—a particular model and range of years—to ensure a great fit. However, some seat cover manufacturers, like Fia, offer custom options.
You can find seat covers in many different materials. Some common options include canvas, neoprene, faux leather, mesh, and even sheepskin. Each material has different benefits, price points, and downsides. Before purchasing, look into the different options to ensure you’re choosing the seat covers that are the best fit for you and your family’s needs.
They Prevent Staining
Because seat covers add an additional layer over your car’s seats, they protect your seats from any spills or mishaps. “No food or drinks in the car” is a good rule, but it isn’t often a practical one. This is especially true when you’re going on long trips or driving with kids. Sometimes you have to eat a snack or drink your coffee in the car.
The younger your kids are, the more likely they are to spill something. But even adults can spill drinks by knocking them with their elbow or causing them to topple while braking too fast. Whatever the scenario, seat covers ensure that the spill will land on your seat cover, not the actual seat. And seat covers are much easier to clean.
They Improve Overall Cleanliness
As we mentioned above, seat covers are far easier to clean than traditional seats. This is because, in the event of a spill, you can pull the seat cover off and throw it into the washer. No more scrubbing the seat with cleaner and then leaving it out to dry for hours.
Depending on the material, you can either throw most seat covers into the washing machine or wipe them down with a cloth. Either way, it’s a much simpler cleaning job than scrubbing juice stains out of a traditional fabric car seat.
They Eliminate Sun Damage
Cars have a lot of windows. It’s one of their most essential features to allow drivers to have a 360-degree view of their surroundings. However, this also means that the vehicle’s interior is exposed to a lot of sunlight.
For leather seats, this can result in bleaching from the ultraviolet light in the sun’s rays. Also, fabric seats can fade and lose their color over time.
With seat protectors, you prevent the sun from constantly beating down on your truck’s seats. Over time, the seat covers will fade, but the seats underneath will stay vibrant.
They Reduce the Chances of Tearing
Small, gritty pieces of material, such as crumbs or that kitty litter you used to back your car out in cold weather, can cause micro-tears in leather seats. These tears eventually turn into a much more noticeable rip in the seat material.
A good way to prevent this is to vacuum out your truck any time some crumbs get into the gaps in the seat. However, we know this isn’t always practical, especially when you’re driving with kiddos who might not tell you when they drop a few cracker crumbs.
That’s where seat covers come in. The seat covers will catch any dropped crumbs or bits of debris that you track into the truck. This reduces the chances of damage or tearing to your leather seats.
They Can Improve Its Aesthetics
There are plenty of reasons why your truck’s interior might need a facelift. Maybe you bought it used, and the previous owner wasn’t as careful with it as you would have been. Maybe you didn’t realize your kiddos would be quite so messy, and now there are stains all over your backseat. Or maybe you’re trying to sell the truck and are looking for a way to sweeten the deal.
No matter what your reasoning, truck seat covers can work wonders when it comes to fixing up your car’s interior. Purchase a set, install them, and enjoy sitting on seats that look brand new.
This is also a great option for leather seats that have cracked due to age or sun damage. If you have any seats that have torn and that you’ve patched, hide the damage by covering them with a seat cover. Especially in cases with damage, seat covers are often more comfortable than the original seats.
And, of course, once you invest in a great set of seat covers, you’ll have all the same perks as the guy who installed them on day one of owning his truck. They’re easy to clean, prevent any further damage, and hide any staining or tears. They’re the ultimate interior repair tool!
What Kind of Seat Covers To Buy
Now that you know how seat covers can protect your truck’s interior and affect its resale value, you may be interested in purchasing a set for yourself.
There are many different styles and brands of seat covers on the market. As we mentioned above, you will want to choose a material that works well for you and your family’s lifestyle. If you want a seat cover that will stand the test of time, check out this list of durable seat cover materials to help make your material decision a bit easier.
At Fia, we take pride in our custom-fit seat covers. Our Fia seat protectors are the best in the business. If you’d like reasonably-priced, durable seat covers, look no further than our stock. Our staff members will be delighted to help you make your choice, so please reach out to us with any questions you may have.