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Installing a quality carpet is an excellent long-term investment as it not only helps keep your car's interior look nice but also protects it against dirt, snow, and other debris you bring in. But for many car owners, determining what a
quality carpet is can be difficult. And the fact that two of the biggest names in the industry - Newark Auto and Trim Parts - claim that their products as the best doesn't help either. So we took a Trim Parts and a Newark universal nylon cut-pile carpet and installed it on our 2010 Chevy Suburban to see which one is truly the best -and which one is just pure shag.
Because they are universal, we didn't expect much in terms of a perfect fit from both the Newark Auto and Trim Part carpets for our Suburban. However, we did have a particularly hard time with the Newark carpeting, as it did not fill in the area around the spare tire holder properly and the center hump was molded far off center, resulting with an excess in one side of the carpet and a shortage in the other.WINNER: Trim Part
Both the Trim Part and Newark carpets are made from extra thick cut-pile nylon for effective comfort and insulation. Trim Part's door bottom and kick panel sets also have vinyl-bound edges for extra durability while Newark Auto carpet's exposed edges have reinforced binding to prevent it from fraying. But what really caught our eye, however, is the Newark carpet's color-coordinated heel pad around the high wear area of the driver's and passenger's side well, which is perfect for vehicles who get a lot of foot traffic.WINNER: Newark Auto
Newark Auto universal carpets go for $30 to $50, while Trim Parts cost an average of $180.WINNER: Newark Auto
Newark Auto universal carpets might appear to be the winner based on price alone, but when it comes to a better fit, Trim Part carpets are a better choice.
Whether you're replacing an old carpet or simply switching to a different color, installing a new carpet can certainly breathe new life in your car interior. And while getting a new carpet installed by a professional is convenient, you can save a lot of money if you install them yourself. In this guide, we'll show you step by step on how you can install a new carpet in your car's interior.
Rather and socket set
Flathead and Phillips screwdriver
Unroll the new carpet and lay it in a warm area for one or two hours. This will allow the carpet to settle down to its molded shape. Use your hands to push the contoured sections of the carpet back to their molded position.
Using a ratchet and socket, unbolt each car seat's legs and the seat tracks from the floor. In some models, you may also have to remove the center console as well. Once the seats have been removed, unbolt the seatbelt and seatbelt connections from the floor and sides of the car interior.
Most cars nowadays have
sill plates that secure the carpet at the threshold of the car door; these can be removed by either unscrewing their mounting screws or by lifting the plate up. Also, take out the kick panels in front of the doors and pull the door post panels between the front and rear seats. If your vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission, pull out the trim around the floor shifter as well.
Start at the corner in the rear by rolling the carpet up and pulling it out. Do the same to pull the carpet pad up. Once removed, Lay the carpet down and unroll it. Take the new carpet and place it on top of the old carpet to compare holes; use a hobby knife to cut out additional holes if necessary.
Place the carpet pad on the car floor and unroll the new carpet on top of it. Start underneath the dash area, lining the carpet up the existing bolt holes and along edges in the process. Use your hands to push any wrinkles towards the outer edges until the carpet is smooth. Make sure to stop every once in a while to check if the carpet fits properly. Some carpets are intentionally shipped larger than necessary and must be trimmed to size. Once the carpet is fitted perfectly, reinstall all of the components you removed earlier.