Floor mats in cars

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  1. Ian J

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    Floor mats in cars serve an odd purpose which I have given more thought to this week as I have been out and about looking to replace my car and have therefore looked more closely at other car interiors than I normally would.

    Many people will use car mats to protect the carpets and indeed many of the cars that I have looked at have carpets that are like new as they are protected by mats. When these cars are about 10 years old they must be coming to the end of their useful lifes as the mechanical bits are tired and the bodywork is starting to rust and the paint peel but the carpets are still in the same pristine condition as when the car was brand new.

    My guess is that cars go to that great scrapheaop in the sky with carpets that have still never seen the light of day.

    My new second hand car also has mats over what seems to be brand new carpets so will I do the sensible thing and chuck them away - not likely, I don't want dirty footmarks all over my pristine carpet :D
     
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    Ian,are you aware of boot liners that serve a similar function in the errr boot. Custom made liners keep most of the available space and should keep the boot as good as new for years.
     
  3. Ian J

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    I could get a purpose built cover for the whole car with holes cut out for the windows and none of the exterior would ever get dirty either
     
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    I thought car mats were originally intended to protect your shoes?

    It's also a lot easier to fit new mats than it is to fit new carpets, which are often shaped to fit the whole car floor. Mammoth job to change, and expensive too!
     
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    Even with mats it is still useful to clean the carpets. It is easy to do with the right tools ie wet/dry vacuum cleaner but very good results can be gained with some basic items such as a upholstery brush and some towels, it will just take longer.

    Giving the interior a damn good clean can transform even the dirtiest cars into something which is very pleasant to sit in. With periodic maintenance cleaning it is easy to keep the interior looking great.

    This is a great article on cleaning the interior including carpets http://www.guidetodetailing.com/articles.php?articleId=11
     
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    Floor mats can be dangerous too believe it or not. In a previous car I had heavy rubber 'universal' mats with various grooves around the edges allowing you to trim to the size and shape of the footwell.

    Once when accelerating hard away from a toll bridge exit the accelerator pedal jammed down, which was not a particularly pleasant experience. What had happed was that the bottom of the pedal metalwork had become jammed in the groves of the mat, holding it down. A couple of kicks at the pedal freed it before any damage was done, but when I figured out what had happened it was goodbye to the mats.
     
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    A couple of cars ago I had the (then new on the market) Lexus IS200.
    It had a recall soon after I got it to fit an offisde front floormat that was was properly anchored.
    This was to prevent the possibility of a "stuck pedal" problem as mentioned by Peridot.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester
     
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    When I drove in america, I saw some sporty cars had "car bras" which covered the front of the bonnet to prevent stone chips. Talk about making the car look silly!

    Cheers,
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    i hate those things,
     
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    I kinda get your point, but it's the difference between selling a car and keeping a car. If you ever intend to sell, then a better interior will make punters think its been better looked after.

    The other point I can see is for "dirt" which isn't so easy to clean: dog poo, oil, chemicals - if spilt in your car they can be annoying to get out of carpet. If you have a mat, you can throw the mat out :confused:

    But you've reminded me to make a thread now... ;)
     
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    Universal ones can be

    My mats were from the dealers and they had plugs you screwed into the carpet on the drivers side and attached the mat to them to stop it sliding around

    Unfortunately now there is a small hole in the drivers mat due to heel wear :rolleyes:
     
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    ditto, dont wanna spend £50 on mats :(
     
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    Ebay is a good source of floor mats.
    You can get fitted ones on there, with the appropriate holes for securing to the cars floor lugs.
    I've bought for Renault/Ford/Audi.
    Usually as spares, rather than replacements.
    They're not as good as OE, but they're nowhere near as dear either.
    Under £30 usually gets you a full set (excluding daft logos etc.)
     
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    Slip on driving shoes (slippers) left in the car are what you need :)
     
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    One of my neighbours had no mats in his car, after 7 years it failed the MOT as the floor had rotted all the way through on driver and passenger sides.

    I can only assume it was the wet salty water from shoes soaking through the carpet & just sitting damp for months over the winter.

    Would rubber mats have stopped this?
     
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    I don't care how practical they are, I hate rubber mats in a car.:nono:
    I just think they ruin the look of the interior, making it look like a van.
    I use cloth mats all year round, no problem at all, have done for decades.
    I can see why farmers/builders would use rubber mats though.:thumbsup:
     
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    Wow this is an old thread its dated March 2006.
     
  18. Ian J

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    It took you over four years though :rotfl:
     
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    It gets worse than protecting carpets. i have a friend who doesn't even want to mark the original mats supplied with the car so uses horrible universal rubber things. Doesn't fit at all and looks terrible.
     
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    Yep :smashin: what can I say, I'm a threadnomancer... :rolleyes: but why waste a good discussion thread if it's still relevant.

    I guess it's aesthetics vs practicality? Totally agree on ugly rubber mats which get caught under the clutch or brake pedals :suicide: but I'd argue a mat on top of the base carpet isn't a bad thing if done well, and just stops that wear and tear. Then when you sell, you can pull all the mats out, and it'll look nicer.
     
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