Time To Upgrade
Car owners don’t really think about floor mats very much. However, as many come to realize, these small products actually hold tremendous significance as it pertains to the overall health of one’s vehicle. These mats are literally the only thing sitting between one’s feet and the actual flooring of the car.
When walking outside, there’s a relatively high likelihood that the bottom of one’s shoes will bring a myriad of things into the car’s carriage. This could be something as simple as rocks or dust — or even some form of liquid (like mud). If left untreated, one’s car could be susceptible to smells, stains, mold and other unsavory things.
As such, let’s take a look at the various types of car floor mats one can procure.
Universal cut to size Mats
Compared to other materials, rubber mats are generally the cheapest and easiest to clean. One runs the risk of having a somewhat distinct odor — though the other elements might outweigh the smell. Duly, one can cut the rubber in order to perfectly fit the interior of their car.
Most Rubber Floor Mats can be had for cheap especially the universal fit ones. They mainly come in black, gray and tan. They also claim to be durable even in sub-zero weather.
Custom fitting Options
People in the auto industry have fallen in love with the WeatherTech DigitalFit Floor Liners. As the site projects, the floor liners are aimed at providing max protection from all elements. These liners are built to fit your specific vehicle. They can be found in a number of colors, and there’s even a limited lifetime warranty involved. These products can be easily removed, and also easily cleaned. But even the best have some downsides to them. First, that odor the mats give out especially after a hot day under the sun. Aesthetics isn’t their strong suit neither as these molded rubber mats are just ugly. I personally cannot understand that big ugly badge on the liners.
For those who appreciate the custom fitting mats which not only provide protection but also improve aesthetics do have a new choice now. We got words that there are companies making fully custom hand made to order luxury floor mats for just about any vehicle you can name of. We heard that the number one name in that field is a company by the name of CustoArmor. Apparently they adapt the same approach as WeatherTech’s digital fitting technology to scope out a car’s interior. They take that data and turn them into patterns and they hand make every floor mat according to the specific order. On top of all that, they took care the 2 biggest issues WeatherTech Liners face. Now, these custom handmade mats are not exactly cheap in terms of cost but compare to the OEM mats or the DigitalFit line from WeatherTech I believe they are bargains in comparison. The biggest advantage I feel is the look and appeal of these luxury handmade mats. We did secure a set to test and let me tell you the wow effect we got was second to none. These mats not only protect the floors but they go three dimensional up the walls and all surrounding area to ensure they catch all the dirt and debris. I felt like stepping on mats made by Gucci or LV, the plush leather hugs the contours of the interior really distance itself from any other products in the market today. I encourage anyone who babies their rides to check this option out first.
What to choose
What we eventually end up choosing will depend on our needs and priorities obviously. If cost is prohibitive and aesthetics is not your main concern, the universal fit mats might just do the job. But if you want to stretch your dollar and take your protection game to another level. Check out the custom fitting ones might surprise you on the many options you can access. As one can see, there are a plethora of car mat options out there. One must do their due diligence in finding the right mat for their car.