June 14, 2010 on 3:37 pm | In Car Mats | No Comments

Whether you’re buying floor mats or floor liners for a new vehicle or updating an old one, there is a big difference in these two items.  Knowing this difference will help you decide which item will best suit your needs.

Floors mats are usually an additional accessory that you have to purchase from the dealer.  Most dealer floor mats are carpet, which may look nice but isn’t very practical.  A nice, heavy duty rubber floor mat can be purchased (usually in the same color as your vehicle’s carpet) for almost any vehicle on the market today.  A good quality rubber floor mat will have a raised edge that catches liquid that is spilled and contain it inside the floor mat so it doesn’t stain your carpet.  A good rubber floor mat will also have ridges that help scrape dirt and debris from the bottom of your shoe.  It will also be easy to remove, so you can dump the liquid or dirt from the floor mats and keep it from the inside of your vehicle.  Most floor mats can be rinsed clean quickly and easily with a water hose.  They should also lay flat on the floor of your vehicle, and not interfere with your gas pedal.  Some floor mats have a small opening that can hook onto a tab on the vehicle floor to help hold it in place.  Most floor mats are a universal fit, meaning one type of floor mat can fit many different vehicles.  They’re usually thin and flexible, and are easily removed. 

Floor liners are quite different than floor mats.  Floor liners have a raised edge that is usually 2-3 inches high.  A floor liner is contoured to fit the exact outline of your vehicle’s interior and should fit snugly against the edge of the door sill.  Floor liners usually cover almost the entire surface of a vehicle’s interior, providing complete protection for your carpet.  A floor liner usually has channels to move any spilled liquid to the center or sides of the liner, and hold it in place so it doesn’t leak out onto the carpet (some even will hold a Big Gulp amount of liquid!).  They are usually made of durable plastic or rubber and come in colors that will complement most vehicle interiors.  Many floor liners for the back seat area of a vehicle are large, one-piece liners that cover even the “hump” of the rear floor board.  You can also buy floor liners that are two pieces for the rear seat area.  A floor liner can be somewhat more difficult to remove once they’re in place, but they can keep your vehicle’s carpet in show-room condition.  They are great if you have kids or pets in your car frequently.

Purchasing a high quality set of floor mats or floor liners can increase the value of your vehicle when it’s time to trade it in.  They keep the interior of your vehicle clean and show pride of ownership.

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