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When should I replace my car floor mats?

Cars aren’t an impulse buy or something you purchase for the short term. Cars are huge investments, and part of maintaining your investment means taking care of it – even the smaller details like floor mats.


The importance of car mats can't be undermined; they protect the carpet lining of your vehicle, they give your feet grip during dry or wet weather, and they help complete the look of your vehicle’s interior. However, floor mats, like almost everything else on your vehicle, need to be maintained and occasionally, replaced.


Universal floor mats work well enough but often shift around the car floor more due to poor gripping properties compared with a custom-made mat. With mat movement, comes wear-and-tear. As such, you may have to replace them more often than custom-fitted mats. Nevertheless, replacing floor mats are simply a fact of life either way. How often should you replace your car mats? Read on to find out five tell-tale signs that it’s time to install replacement car mats.

1. Slipping

If your floor mats are moving around easily and slipping, it’s time to replace them – with better options. Floor mats that are too small for their space are pretty much useless to you. They don’t protect the carpet, they look sloppy, and they can cause you to lose grip when you’re getting in and out of the vehicle. Give your vehicle the interior it deserves with replacement floor mats that are designed to fit snugly on your car’s floors.

2. Smelling

There’s the matter of smell. If there’s an odour emanating from somewhere in your vehicle, chances are it’s your floor mats. They bear the brunt of everything you step in daily, from mud to garbage (or worse), so it makes sense that a little shake and pat doesn’t quite make them like new again. Replacement car mats will go a long way towards giving your vehicle that “new car feel” again, without actually having to buy a new car.


3. Ripping

If there’s a hole in your floor mat, it’s time to get rid of it – no matter how tiny the hole. Part of the reason for using floor mats is to protect the carpet underneath from dirt and liquid, because it sure isn’t easy to replace. If your floor mats are letting water and grime seep through, they’re not doing their job, and they’re potentially damaging your investment in your vehicle (even if you’re not planning on reselling it). Even a small amount of liquid will stay trapped underneath the mat, causing it to mould and smell. Replacement car mats will protect your vehicle’s interior so that you can enjoy your car for years to come.

4. Selling

If you’re getting ready to sell your vehicle, replacement car mats will go a long way to securing a buyer. Accessories are the number one way to make your car look and feel new again, and the fresher and cleaner your vehicle looks, the more attractive it will be to buyers. Do yourself a favour and invest in a fresh set of floor mats prior to selling, to ensure the future owner sees your vehicle’s true potential.

View all the cars that have their floor mat replaced recently here.

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