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Buying Car Mats – What are the Options?

Buying Car Mats – What are The Options?

As a car owner it is always a good idea to protect the interior carpets of your car with a set of car mats.  This will ensure that the interior carpets are kept pristine, helping you to maintain the value of the car.  It’s also the cheapest way to enhance the look of your car interior.  So, when looking for new set of car mats, what are the options?

Universal Car Mats – these are a universal, one shape fits all set of car mats.

Pros:
Cheap – A set of 4 mats is available from £8.99
Availability – This type of mat can be purchased form hight street stores and markets.
Cons:
Black Only – no customisation options / colour choices
Not Perfect Fit – will not fit the contours of your car as they are a universal shape.

No Fixings – these mats are not designed specifically for your car and do not have the fixing clips to keep the mats secure.  This is a very important point to consider!   Car mats that are not secured have a tendency to move and can ride up between the pedals and interfere with the braking and controls of the car.  This is very dangerous.   All modern cars have fixing clips in at least the drivers mat to keep the mat secure.  It is advisable to buy car mats manufactured specifically for you car.

Tailor Made Car Mats / Vehicle Specific Car Mats – these are designed by the Car Manufacturer to perfectly fit the contours of your car floor and remain securely in place, using the manufacturers fixing system.

Until recently,  this type of product has only been available from Main Car Dealers.  Main dealer mats have traditionally been very expensive and can also take many weeks to arrive.    Shockingly – most new cars are no longer supplied with car mats!

We now manufacture exact copies of theses main dealer mats, as an after market product, at a fraction  of the price of main dealer mats!  Each set of car mats is manufactured to order and we are able to provide a unique level of personalisation as a part of this manufacturing process:

– Choose from four qualities of carpet or rubber
– Choose from a range of contrasting cloth and leatherette edges
– Choose to add Personal Text
– Add a Logo from our selection or provide your own logo
– Add a Club Patch

Pros:
Perfect Fit –  the mats are designed specifically for your car and fit its contours perfectly
Fixing Clips – the mats come with fixing clips specially for your car, ensuring that the mats remain securely in position.
Customisation – the mats that we manufacture can be customised to order.
Rapid Delivery – car mats are manufactured and shipped within 3 days.

So, in a nut shell.  Tailored Car Mats are by far the best option for your car.   These mats are available from our web site, Manufactured in the UK to the exact specifications of the original main dealer mats – but at a fraction of the cost.

In addition, our car mats are fully customisable.  We offer the widest range of carpet colours and contrasting trim options in the UK.

We also offer the ability to add custom text, company logos or official ‘sew-on’ club patches to your mats.

For classic car restorations, exotic cars, kit cars, motor homes and vans, we also offer bespoke manufacturing service.  We can make any car mats or interior liner by working to your paper template.

Carpet Weights Explained

Custom Car Mats – A Buying Guide

 

Ready to Buy Your Tailored Car Mats – What are the options?

Thinking about custom car mats? If you have a car you are proud of but wish to give it an easy upgrade in terms of comfort and appearance, garage owners will tell you one of the simplest and most cost effective ways to make this happen is with a new set of car floor mats. Over time, these show signs of age and wear and can make an otherwise great looking car seem rather old and tired. Whether for function, style or originality, personalising the interior of your car is not easily achieved with store bought products. Your Car Parts allows you to choose the correct set of mats for your car – perfect fit and complete with fixings – and personally specify your custom car mats to suit your own vehicle interior.  You can even add personal text and logos!

Our custom car mats buyers checklist

Firstly, you have a range of options to search for your car. You can click on the easily identifiable images of manufacturer badges and then continue using the provided pictures to find your model. Alternatively you can search using your license plate, or a series of drop down options of manufacturer, model and year.

Please note that when entering your licence plate number the image shown of the car mats pattern is a generic image.  If you would like to see the actual pattern of the car mats – please navigate the site using manufacturers logos on our car mats page.

Once you have selected the correct set of mats for your vehicle, you can begin customising your mats by choosing your car mat carpet quality.  We offer four choices of carpet quality, PLUS the option of industrial rubber.  Whether you are a restoring classic car, buying mats for your sports car, are buying mats for a lease car,  or in need of something more robust for your work van – we have the option to suit.  The colours and prices are clearly visible for each mat type.

One of the most common questions that we are asked is about the carpet quality – so let’s take a look at these categories more closely.

Firstly, let’s look at the carpet weights.  In simple terms this is like the thread count that you see on bed linked and sheets.  The higher the thread count, the higher the quality of the bed sheet!.  In the same way the higher the weight of the carpet – the hight the quality of the carpet.  Higher quality carpet has more stitches per square cm, or uses better quality, heavier material – making it more durable.

The Standard 650g Car Mat

Custom Car MatsThe Standard 650g mat, is a budget ‘loop-weave pile’.  Essentially this means that the carpet is made of thousands of tiny loops and has a rough feel to the touch – a little like a scouring pad.  This is a short pile, robust, rubber-backed, fire retardant, automotive carpet.  All standard quality mats come with a re-enforced heel pad for extra durability.  In summary:

– Short Pile, Loop Weave
– Rough Touch, More Difficult to Clean
– Come With a Heel Pad / Fixing Clips
– Available in Five Colours
– Fully Customisable Product
– Manufactured to Order in the UK (3 Days)

The Premium 800g Car Mat

Custom Car Mats Premium 800gThe Premium 800g mat is another short pile carpet.  In contrast to the Standard Quality this is a ‘straight-cut pile’ – which means that the carpet is soft to the touch, and is easy to keep clean, as the dust and debris does not get snagged in the same way as it does in loop-weave. The mats also feature a heel-pad.
In summary:

– Short ‘Straight Cut” Pile
– Soft Touch and Easy to Clear
– Come with a Heel Pad / Fixing Clips
– Available in Three Colours
– Fully Customisable Product
– Manufactured to Order in the UK (3 Days)

The Ultimate 980g Car Mat

Custom Car Mats Ultimate 980gThe Ultimate Carpet is our best value range in terms of pounds spent per weight of carpet and is our Best Selling Range of Carpet.  The Ultimate range of mats are a short pile soft touch velour.  The carpet is very dense and are not available with a heel pad. The mats carry a 2 year warranty.  In Summary:

– Short ‘Straight Cut” Pile
– Soft Touch and Easy to Clear
– No Heel Pad (carpet too thick)
– Available in Five Colours
– Fully Customisable Product
– Manufactured to Order in the UK (3 Days)

The Platinum Car Mat

Custom Car Mats PlatinumLooking for something deep pile and luxurious? Our Platinum Mats offer the ultimate in luxury car carpet.  This  is our top of the range luxury car mat. With a substantial weight of 4070g, the twisted, thick pile make this an extremely hard wearing and luxurious product. The twisted fibres give the mats a  springy texture and makes dirt easy to remove.   In Summary:

– Luxury Deep Twist Pile
– Easy to Clean
– No Heel Pad (carpet too thick)
– Available in Four Colours
– Fully Customisable Product
– Manufactured to Order in the UK (3 Days)

 

Custom car mats – finishing touches

Once you have decided on the mat quality, and the range of colour options offered in each mat type, you can now continue tailoring the product. There are a variety of trim colours and materials to choose from. We offer leather or your mat can be trimmed in a block colour or contrasting stripped cloth.

Finally, you can add a logo. The logo positioning on the mat can be decided by you and you can choose from our pre designed selection or create your own. We offer a choice of colour and font options to make it truly original.

We endeavour to provide as much variety as possible, so you can make your own unique and personalised mats, which match your budget, car and personality.

A visual summary of Carpet Weights

Carpet Weights Explained

9 Epic Fails- Yes, I’m a Mechanic

  1. Brakes,
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  1. Rain? No problem.
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  1. It’s so I can take naps in the back.

9 Epic Fails
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  1. Doctor said to work on my back posture.

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  1. Yeah, looks like it’s a tyre problem.

9 Epic Fails
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  1. Had to work on the a/c.

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  1. Just put it in the boot!

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  1. Yes, it’s a Mercedes.

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  1. Check out my new chrome rims.

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Do you have any other epic mechanic fails to share with us? Send them on in! Your Car Parts.

Ludicrous Speedbumps and a Fix For That “Ticking Sound”

Welcome to November’s round up from Your Car Parts, full of how tos and news from the world of four wheels. This month: Discover what’s making that infuriating ticking sound under your bonnet, identify the perfect point to invest in a new motor, learn how to find yourself a top quality used car and watch a bunch of 4x4s try to tackle the most ridiculous speedbumps ever…

What’s Ticking Under Your Bonnet?

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If you’ve been hearing a ticking sound coming from under your hood, there are a number of things you can tinker with under the bonnet that could be a quick fix. If the ticking persists, however, it’s probably time to bite the bullet and go see a proper mechanic.

However, before you do that, it’s worthwhile exploring a few of the options outlined by Popular Mechanics’s excellent online car clinic. From your valvetrain to your filter, there are lots of potentially painless fixes you can try if you know your way around your engine. Any other funny little issues? The Popular Mechanics site is your go to for solutions, thanks guys!

Out With the Old, In With the New: The Right Time to Buy

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We know its hard. You’ve been rumbling around in your current motor for years. It may need a little more TLC these days, but you’ve been through a lot of life together; it’s been your loyal companion on the daily commute and your dedicated sidekick on exciting adventures – but now it’s costing you more than it’s really worth…

So how do you know when it’s curtains and when to splash out on a new vehicle? Well, that’s what this post from the DMV.org website is here to help you with. From financial considerations to your commuting requirements, read up and make the right decision!

Meet: The Worst Speedbumps Ever?

If you live in a residential area, chances are you’ve got your own frustrations with speedbumps. Imagine, however, living on the same street as this ridiculous display of traffic calming measures gone mad. Even 4x4s are struggling to make it over this stretch of 5 great big bumps. Could your suspension take this kind of punishment? Thanks to Car Humour for this particular day brightener (bookmark them for even more car-related chuckles)!

How to Buy a Good Second Hand Car

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You’ll find advice and guides all over the web written to help you find yourself the perfect pre-owned motor. If you’re really serious about studying up, we’d strongly recommend checking out Citizens Advice’s resources .

Unbiased and not-for-profit, this page provides links to all of the information and help you need to pick up a quality second hand car. From essential checklists (Check it, don’t regret it) to how to buy a car at auction – everything you need to buy smart is right here. Good stuff!

Do you have any top second hand car buying tips of your own? Have you found a fix for that ticking under your bonnet? What are the worst traffic calming measures you’ve seen on your travels recently? Share your top tips and experiences with our readers below.

Sneaky dealers, tired tyres and 3D printed cars

Welcome to our latest automotive round up, full of news, reviews and how tos. Just think of this as your monthly “car-based happy place”. We distil all of the best stuff on four wheels each month and serve it up right here for your vehicular enjoyment. This October: discover the 10 sneaky tricks less-than-scrupulous car dealers can play (and how to avoid them), watch a Land Rover get a makeover and meet the world’s very first 3D printed car.

10 Sneaky Car Dealer Tricks (& How to Avoid Them)

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Your stereotypical picture of a car dealer probably isn’t altogether flattering. Wheeling, dealing and sweating profusely in a cheap polyester suit are probably a few of the first mental images which come to mind…

Of course, the stereotype is unfair and untrue. Yes, there are bad apples, but which profession doesn’t have its share of rotten sorts? If you are wary of dodgy dealers, however, you might want to sneak a peek at Car & Driver‘s excellent blog on the subject of car dealer naughtiness.

This post details 10 of the more shady activities which could be going on in a forecourt near you. Chances are your local dealership is well above board, but, like they say: knowledge is power!

Have you ever fallen victim to one of these 10 tricks? Have you been ripped off in a different way? Share your stories and advice with our readers below.

Are Your Tyres Tired Out?

It’s a common problem; we drive around on them all day, all week, all month. No matter how well we care for our cars, tread depth is just one of those things which can really sneak up on you. This helpful blog from Acklam Car Centre will set you straight and get you back to full road-readiness in no time, with 4 handy pointers which will help you to tell whether or not it’s time for some new tyres.

How To: Paint Your Own Land Rover

Sneaky dealers, tired tyres and 3D printed cars

Motor looking a little scruffy? Perhaps it’s time for you to get hands on some touch up paint and perform a snazzy DIY paint job? DIY touch ups and even full paint jobs can save you a packet (if you know what you’re doing). Check out FunRover for an inspiring blog about repainting a rusty old Land Rover and creating a sleek-looking beast to get yourself in the right frame of mind…

Meet the World’s First 3D Printed Car

3D printers are everywhere these days, and printing everything from chairs to lungs. In September, however, the first ever 3D printed electric car make it out of science fiction and into reality.

Printed from the ground up in just one piece, this incredible creation took just 44 hours to complete – not including the many years spent designing the brand new Strati from Local Motors. Read all about at The Epoch Times.

Would you consider giving your motor a lick of DIY paint? When did you last check your tyres? Do you have any car dealer horror stories of your own to share? Tell our readers all about it below.

April’s Car Part Round Up: Recalls & Rouges

It’s been a busy month in the world of car parts. From ball bearing price fixing scandals to Toyota’s recall of 6.5 million vehicles thanks to faulty steering wheels and seats, we take a look at what’s going on under the bonnet of the automotive industry…

Toyota Recalls 6.5 Million Vehicles

This month car manufacturing giant Toyota recalled 6.5 million vehicles from across their range due to faulty car parts. Steering wheels and seats were just two of the parts said to be affected by faults. This new spate of recalls takes the total number of recalled Toyotas up to more than 20 million since 2012.

The problem, according to automotive industry commentators like the Guardian’s Jennifer Rankin, is that car manufacturers are now using identical car parts across their ranges and models. This latest recall is particularly damaging to Toyota, who have recalled more vehicles than they have sold (18.7 million) in the past two years.

Back in 2009-2010 the company were forced to recall 10 million vehicles in the US after a fault with the accelerator pedal was identified. This fault was blamed on “over-hasty expansion”.

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Car Part “Cartels” Fined €1bn for Ball Bearing Price Fixing
If you thought that it was just your petrol prices and your energy bills which were susceptible to price fixing, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise. The European Commission (EC) hit big automotive suppliers with almost €1 bn in fines after it was discovered that five manufacturers had conspired to fix the price of ball bearings.

The Swedish company SFK and the German company Schaeffler were two of the ball bearing co-conspirators set to rights with the €953.3 million fine. This move by the EC was a decisive step towards tackling what many industry insiders are calling the “cartelisation of the automotive supply chain”.

In laymen’s terms, this is all about the increasing power of “car part cartels” who are artificially inflating the price of individual car components. Over 70 companies supplying everything from seatbelts and steering wheels to airbags are currently under investigation. It is highly likely that more fines will be handed out over the coming months.

Henry Foy‘s Financial Times article is well worth a read if you want to learn more, while his Twitter feed is always a great source of information from inside the automotive industry.

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Thieves Plunder Land Rover Defenders for Spare Parts
Said to be Her Royal Majesty the Queen’s favourite vehicle, the Land Rover Defender is a classic model. Sadly, this lovely old motor is to be discontinued next year. With production winding up in 2015, Land Rover Defender owners have been warned to exercise vigilance as a spate of car part thefts have targeted Defender 4x4s across the UK.

From headlights and badges to bonnets, doors and even seats, car part thieves have been stocking up on Defender parts which are soon to become scarce collectors items. Rural parts of Cambridgeshire and Hampshire have been particularly badly hit. Owners have been advised by police to keep their vehicles in locked garages wherever possible.

Worried? Here’s a helpful booklet on preventing car theft from the Metropolitan Police

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Cheeky Rental Car Part Swapper Fined £2000

A man from Widnes who cheekily plundered his rental car for spare parts to fix his own clapped out motor has been fined £2000 and ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid community service, reports John McDougall of the Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News.

Car part swapper Alex Keating nabbed the brake callipers, gear shift knob and steering wheel from a rented Audi A3, using them to replace his own run-down Audi S3’s car parts. His fiendish crime was spotted by a worker at his local bodyshop who noticed the new parts and reported Keating to the police.

Keen to see why this sly swapper went to all  that bother? Check out the Audi A3 in action under the expert appraisal of Auto Express!

The Top 10 British Car Blogs

E46C91362F2F58CD7AF243B0AE439There are loads of blogs out there about cars and related subjects, and to be honest the vast majority are a waste of cyberspace. Thankfully there are some worthy sites to visit though, with writers who know what they’re talking about; sites that like to publish valuable and entertaining content that will actually appeal to people, and not just fill up some space on a page.

We certainly try to write things that people want to read, and in this post we’d like to salute a number of other automotive blogs that are well worth a visit. So here we go…

1) G Motors

This is a blog that’s dedicated to delivering fresh auto news and reviews and it’s always at the cusp of new discoveries.

2) Car Articles

Car Articles is a site of, well, car articles. It’s another blog that’s great for breaking news and the rants by the site’s writers are equally entertaining and insightful.

2) GreenMotor

Loving cars and being eco-friendly is not necessarily a juxtaposition, as it clear if you visit the excellent GreenMotor.co.uk.

4) Oversteer

The Oversteer blog has some great images and content and it is updated all the time, so a great place to find new stories that might not yet be published elsewhere.

5) The Car Disco

For irreverence, occasional rudeness and a lot of laughs, you should definitely take a look at The Car Disco.

6) Cars.Aol

This is a sleek and attractive car site with gorgeous high res images and some catchy articles on the latest development in the world of cars.

7) MotorMorph

This is a great source of photos (stunning and hilarious), and a fantastic place to read engaging car content – especially for lovers of racing cars.

8) Richard Aucock

Richard is a genuine motor journalist so you can expect relevant, well written copy here, as well as breaking stories and great pictures.

9) On the Side Walls

On the Side Walls is an opinionated and passionately written blog that is not afraid to say what it means.

10) CarBlog

CarBlog.co.uk is highly informative and focuses on areas from car safety to technology and green motoring.

So there we have it, 10 of the best motor blogs that we could find. Have we missed out any crackers? Please let us know if we have in the comments section or contact us through the main site.

 

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