Seat Cover Buying Guide
You may think your factory seats are holding up just fine. What you may not realize is how much abuse your seats are getting from wear and tear, sun damage, pets, or dirt and spills. All these problems have a simple solution, seat covers. So, why should you get a set of seat covers? There are many reasons. You can protect your factory seats, get a custom look for your interior, or cover up existing damage to your seats. They are also a great way to keep your interior looking new and clean. But, how do you decide which seat covers are right for you? This reference guide will help you through the decision making process and make sure you get the seat covers that best fit your needs.
Protect Your Investment
Think about it, what do you have the most contact with in your vehicle? It’s your seats, and they need to be protected. If your seats get dirty, or something gets spilled on them, it’s a pain, and a hassle to clean them. Seat covers put an end to that. Most can be put in the washer and dryer so there is no need to buy expensive cleaning supplies to get stains and dirt out. If you have pets, you know it’s a chore to vacuum the seats to get all the pet hair off them. What about their nails? You don’t want them to poke through your new leather seats do you? A seat cover provides a protective barrier to keep your pets from scratching, or poking holes in your nice seats ford f150 truck cover.
Another problem you face is UV damage. That’s right, the suns powerful rays claim the lives of many seats. When the sun shines in your vehicle it is magnified by the glass from your windows. That’s why it feels like an oven on hot summer days. Imagine what that does to your interior. If you have leather seats, the sun dries them out, which can lead to cracking, and a dull finish. That means you have to continually condition your seats to protect them. This can be time consuming and expensive, both which can be avoided with seat covers. Don’t think any of that affects you? Well, you get in and out of your vehicle every day. Even this has a negative effect on your seats. Every time you get in and out of your vehicle you create friction between yourself and the seat. This may seem like nothing, but after some time you will notice the material getting thin and worn out. Next thing you know, you’ve worn a hole through the material, yet another problem that can be prevented.
Get A Custom Look
Factory interiors are often boring and mundane. Vehicle manufactures use solid, neutral colors that make the interior seem more open. You can add flare and a look that really sets off your interior with seat covers. They come available in standard factory matching colors with solid patterns, or, you can get something that’s different. We have many colors to choose from, as well as patterns that you won’t find in a dealer’s showroom. So, not only do you get great protection, but you also get a custom look and style, that really sets your vehicle apart!
Bring Your Old Seats Back To Life
It’s inevitable, bad things happen to good seats. But you can do something about it. Whether or not you have worn out faded seats, they got stained, or dirty, seat covers provide a solution. They do just as they say, cover it up. Seat covers hide those unsightly stains and dirt spots and give your interior a fresh new look as if nothing ever happened. And, if the same happens to the seat covers, well, just wash them and put them back on. Think of how much money you will save by not having to reupholster your seats. Now that we have identified why you should get seat covers, let’s see what works best for you.
Fitment – Universal vs. Custom
Seat covers come in two primary fitment types: custom fit and universal fit.
If you are looking for a seat cover that is going to fit your factory seat perfectly, then a custom fit cover is what you need. These are custom made per vehicle application and fit your factory seat and shape very tightly. Custom seat covers take into account factory headrests, armrests, center consoles, and seat controls.
If you are looking for something you can throw on quickly and you’re not too concerned with it fitting perfectly, then a universal seat cover will work just fine for you. The cover the entire seat back and bottom but are not designed to fit tightly as a custom fit cover would. These are great for quick on and off usage.
Custom Fit Covers
SureFit Seat Cover by Saddleman
SureFit covers are available for many hard-to-find applications. These are semi-custom fit covers that are made-to-order per vehicle application. SureFit seat covers come in six different styles with many color options available.
Cambridge Tweed – For traditional tastes, Cambridge is similar to original vehicle seats. Woven textured, synthetic fiber will provide miles of protection. Spot clean with a damp cloth and mild solution of fabric cleaner.
Saddle Blanket – A rugged style seat cover made of tightly woven olefin. Extremely durable and comfortable. Saddle Blanket covers are machine washable, drip dry only.
Deluxe Velvet – A contemporary original interior fashion in durable 100% nylon velvet, quilted with foam backing. Trimmed with color coordinated stretch fabrics. Easily cleans by machine washing, and drip drying.
Deluxe Mohave – A stylish southwestern fabric. It is an extremely durable 100% olefin fabric with a soft foam backing which blends with many truck and car interiors. Spot clean with a damp cloth and a mild solution of fabric cleaner.
All Purpose Real Tree® – Made from rugged yet breathable non-woven polyester fabric. It is one of the most popular camouflage fabrics available. Real Tree covers are machine washable, cool air dry for cleaning. Easily resists fading, stains and mildew.
Sheepskin – A luxurious one-inch thick pile with a high luster finish. Sheepskin covers are fully lined. Come in a full fit design with 100% acrylic back. Must be dry cleaned only. We do not recommend for use with light colored leather interiors.
Ultimate Seat Covers by Saddleman
Custom tailored, made-to-order seat covers that are made from original automotive grade fabric. They come with factory matching colors, and have a lifetime guarantee.
Sport Seat Covers by Cal Trend
Get the look of expensive seats at a fraction of the cost. These seat covers give your factory seats a sporty look. Sport seat covers are made from neoprene, the same waterproof material wet suits are made of. Sport Seat Covers also have an extra layer of soft foam padding for added comfort. You can choose from seven different color options. Sport covers are machine washable on the delicate cycle with cold water, air dry. Easily installs with Velcro strips.
Custom Fit Canvas Seat Covers by Saddleman
These rugged covers are designed to repel dirt and stains. These are made of high quality original manufacture grade canvas material and can easily be cleaned. These are washing machine safe to make clean-up a breeze. Come available in factory matching colors.
Custom Fit Seat Protectors by Covercraft
Keep your seats looking new no matter what ends up on them. Messy kids and dirty pets are no match for these heavy duty seat protectors. These covers are made from a breathable cotton/poly blend, which are washer and drier safe. Available in tan, taupe, navy, charcoal, or gray to complement your vehicle’s interior.
Universal Seat Covers
X-Bound Seat Covers by Saddleman
Protect your seats with the extreme style of our X-Bound Seat Covers. These universal fit covers add a custom accent to any high back bucket or bench seats with or without headrests. Nylon cord side lacing keeps a tight fit. Covers come with front, side, and back pockets for storage. X-Bound covers are available in blue/black, red/black, gray/black, olive green/tan, and mossy oak camo.
Deluxe Seat Protectors by Saddleman
Deluxe Seat Protectors are made from heavy-duty vinyl, coated with nylon, which makes these seat protectors waterproof and ready for emergencies. They slip over your seats in seconds for quick protection when it’s needed the most. These are perfect when traveling with pets. Extra large bucket pattern fits most bucket seats.
Before You Order
It is important we are given the correct vehicle information. Please be sure to check your seats carefully. We need to know exactly what seat style you have in order to get the correct pattern made. We will also need to know if your vehicle has armrests, headrests, seat controls, and a center console. By getting accurate information you can be assured your covers will fit like a glove.
Saving Our Beloved Cars and the Automotive Industry
Once again the US automotive industry is in dire straits. It did not learn from the 1973 energy crisis. It did not learn from the Chrysler experience. It did not learn from Toyota. It continued to depend on old, worn out concepts and on CEO’s that are kept in their positions by nepotism and by boards that do not understand the automotive business. In a joint effort the Big Three are asking the US government for a $25 billion loan. They argue that government demands for increased fuel efficiency are too expensive to implement and require huge amounts of capital for retooling. Let’s assume for the moment that the argument has some merit. But how can companies with worldwide manufacturing facilities fail to notice the steady increase in fuel prices and not see the warning signs hoisted by governments across the world that want to limit greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption. This neglect is inexcusable.
Efforts of US and European governments to limit fuel consumption are misdirected, counterproductive, and coercive. A comprehensive analysis quickly reveals that we must indeed limit and eventually halt greenhouse gas emissions. OPEC countries will continue their unstoppable increases of petroleum prices. Electric cars, CNG powered cars, and hydrogen powered cars cannot stop carbon dioxide emissions perceptibly and will not make our country independent of OPEC imports. Automotive companies are critically dependent on the fickle and changing preferences of national and international markets. Industrial companies that follow political hype will be punished sooner or later. Governments are incapable of designing automobiles for the market place. The world is relegated to using automobiles, trucks, trains, ships, and airplanes for the next century and will have to power most of them with liquid transportation fuels. We may be able to use less of them, we will be able to reduce energy consumption, we can use other forms of energy for some transportation, and we can produce petroleum substitutes from biomass. We can even produce biomass without competing with critically important food crops.
In order to minimize fuel consumption quickly, the auto industry is forced to deal with performance features. American drivers cannot avoid covering much longer distances than European or Japanese drivers. American drivers have less access to public transportation, have larger families, and drive on different types of roads. Automotive companies must listen to their customers. Toyota and Honda have been listening most successfully. American and foreign car companies have developed a wide range of comfortable cars with a wide variety of utilitarian and luxury features. Sportive cars and SUV’s are attracting large numbers of buyers. All cars offer a wide selection of comfort and entertainment features. One major car component has received only peripheral attention; it is the much maligned internal combustion engine. Many modern internal combustion engines are marvels of engineering. Materials, manufacturing processes, and especially peripheral components have progressed to unprecedented levels of performance and longevity. There is a last frontier that has escaped deserved attention. This is the highly energy efficient combustion engine. This is the type of engine that the automotive engine needs to develop, this is the engine that legislators should make mandatory. This is the engine that we need to use for at least one more century. Long term the automotive industry has to develop an entirely new, advanced, internal combustion engine!
Average energy efficiency of the worlds inventory of combustion engines is somewhere in the lower mid-twenties. Energy efficiency cannot grow indefinitely. When approaching the 50% efficiency mark, it will be difficult and very expensive to increase efficiency by a single percent. Advanced automotive engines are operating in the mid-thirties. Large stationary engines are breaking the 45% mark. Large engines on trains and ships are getting above 40%. Looking at the total world inventory, we may still have a chance to nearly double energy efficiency and to cut energy consumption of present inventory in half. We cannot reach this goal by legislating fuel consumption of cars only. We can achieve optimum energy efficiency only by reengineering the processes taking place within and around the internal combustion space. We know that higher compression ratios will increase energy efficiency, we know how to produce high octane fuel, we know why Diesel engines are more efficient, we know how to minimize formation of pollutants. The automotive industry has developed a huge selection of sophisticated electronic components for single cylinder fuel injection, for precise controls of valve motion and ignition timing, and for reclaiming waste energy at the exhaust. No company seems to have found the nerve to get a jump on the competition and develop the successor to the two more than century old engine concepts; the Otto and the Diesel engines.
If the US government decides to extend a $25 billion loan to the automotive industry, it should attach a few conditions. The loan needs to be secured and must take precedent over shareholder equity. The loan should stipulate that the salaries of top management are tethered to salaries of other top CEO’s like that of the US President. The obscene bonuses of yesterday should be paid only after a waiting period of at least five years; in which previously agreed upon management objectives must have been met or exceeded. We must stop the prevalent looting of cash from US manufacturing companies by unscrupulous investors. These investors do not contribute anything of lasting value. They are excessively rewarded for ruining once healthy companies. We cannot continue to let a selected few impoverish the many and ruin our country irreparably. Dr. Hemsath recently published the book: CLIMATE CHANGE – GOLD RUSH OR DISASTER? For 50 years he has worked as scientist, process engineer, Corporate Vice President of R&D, Company President, CEO, and Inventor. He holds more than 60 US Patents.