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Auto Carpet Basics
Interior carpeting is one of the most overlooked aspects of your automobile, even though you step on it every time you get in and out of your car or truck. Few parts can directly affect how comfortable and happy you are with the interior of your vehicle like the carpet in your vehicle can. A bad carpet can ruin the overall appearance of your car or truck, reduce its worth, and stress you out while driving. New auto carpet will revitalize your interior and improve the level of satisfaction you have with your vehicle.
In addition to providing aesthetic benefits, auto carpet also provides functional benefits as well. Automotive carpeting covers the metal floor pans in your vehicle, and is held down by gravity, the seats, console, and all the trim around the edges. Without carpeting, the floor pans of the vehicle would be exposed, which in addition to not being very desirable to look at, would also not protect them from the elements and the people who get in and out of the vehicle, and the potential rust, mold and mildew that could develop as a result of an exposed and dirty metal floor. Carpet also makes the vehicle less hazardous to occupants by covering any sharp surfaces on the floor of the car or truck.
The interior carpet in your automobile also helps to reduce the vibration and noise that comes from your vehicle when you drive, especially at high speeds, making your drive a bit smoother. Lastly, carpets also act as a provider of heat insulation, keeping the inside of your car or truck warm in cold temperatures, and comfortable even in hotter climates.
Why Would I Need to Replace my Interior Automotive Carpeting?
Interior carpeting is the most vulnerable surface of a vehicle, yet it withstands the most contact and friction, second to only tires. Because carpet gets trampled on constantly and it is so exposed, it is not surprising that it shows the signs of aging and wear typically before other parts of the car or truck do. Even the most careful, meticulous vehicle owner cannot avoid eventual wear and tear of their auto carpet. Unsightly burns, stains, and fading from years of use are, unfortunately, inevitable.
Therefore, there are plenty of reasons to replace your vehicle’s carpet. Removing an old carpet will provide you with a clean new look and feel for your vehicle. A new auto carpet replacement also cuts down on allergens that have accumulated in your carpet over time. This can reduce respiratory discomfort for asthmatics and those you know with allergies. Lastly, new automotive carpeting can also help to increase the resale value of your automobile if you ever decide to part with it.
Need an Auto Carpet Replacement?
If you are need of an interior carpet replacement for your car, truck, SUV or van, then you have come to the right place! At 1A Auto, we offer stock colors to ensure that your replacement is as close to your original carpet as possible, as well as custom auto carpet colors. We can have just about any carpet made in any color, giving you the ultimate ability to customize your car or truck. When you order with 1A Auto, you can rest assured that you will receive the best aftermarket auto carpet on the market.
1A Auto Auto Carpet Features:
At 1A Auto, shopping for a replacement carpet is easy - we're here to help you select the right one for your vehicle! Call our customer service toll free at 888-844-3393 if you have any questions about our stock or custom car carpet and other automotive carpet packages, or you can buy online. Say goodbye to your torn, faded or stained auto carpet, and say hello to a beautiful new interior from 1A Auto!
For more information and answers to some of the more frequently asked questions about our interior carpeting, please see our FAQ section below. If you have a different question than what is shown below, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free 888-844-3393. If you have already purchased auto carpet from us, download and print our passenger car and pickup truck Auto Carpet Installation Guide (PDF) for tips on how to install properly.
Frequently Asked Questions About Carpet:
1. Why should I request color samples?
The appearance of color samples shown on the computer are subject to different monitors, view angles, and even the lighting of the room you are in. If you are concerned with an exact match please email or call us to request samples at 888-844-3393 or 978-433-3393.
2. What colors are available for my vehicle?
Depending on the material, you can have a car carpet made in any color. The carpets are made to order so any color of carpet can be put into the proper mold and a new carpet is made. Even if we have to have your carpet custom made it will still be shipped out within three days of your order. Custom carpets are not returnable. All returnable carpets may be subject to a 15% restock fee.
3. Do you make carpets in custom colors?
Yes, generally there is an extra cost for custom automotive carpets. If you want a black carpet for your Honda, we can do it; if you want a purple carpet for your Chevy, we can do it; if you want a white (yes even white) carpet for your BMW, we can do it. We can have just about any carpet made in any color. Custom colors are not returnable and we require a credit card number and complete vehicle information before the carpet is shipped. There is a 50% surcharge to make a white carpet. This covers the special manufacturing processes in order to keep the carpet clean.
4. How do you know what color is correct for my vehicle?
The colors we list on the website are GOOD matches but we can not guarantee they EXACTLY match. Vehicles made in different factories or even different periods of the year can have different shades of carpet (see example below). If you are concerned about an EXACT match, please request samples by email or by calling us toll free at 888-844-3393 or 978-433-3393.
We have made it a practice to collect color samples to insure matching. Our thought is is that as we collect a sample, we can record a match and have a definite color on file, therefore the next customer will not need to send a sample. For example, we actually have three grey samples for a 1986 Ford Mustang car carpet. All three greys were a shade or two different and all three were made of different material.
5. What if the colors you have do not match my carpet sample well?
We will send you at least three color samples that are similar and let you decide. If you do not like any of the colors then we do not expect you to buy the carpet. We do not want to sell anything that you will not be happy with.
6. What materials are available?
The materials that are available are:
7. How can I be sure the carpet will fit my vehicle?
Simple - our manufacturer actually uses an original vehicle. The interior is stripped from the vehicle. An actual impression of the floor is made. The mold for the carpet is made from that impression. This insures proper fit.
8. What specifications will you need?
9. What comes in a carpet kit?
This depends on each carpet kit. In general our kits will include the same items as an original carpet set. Below are basic types of kits and what they may include:
10. Is this carpet in stock?
All of our interior automotive carpeting is made to order by ACC. This assures that your carpet is brand new, freshly molded, and the most correct pattern.
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11. Does the carpet have insulation attached to it?
Yes, the carpets have a jute style insulation attached in the same general areas as the original. We recommend that you retain your old insulation if possible. The insulation on the new carpet can be thinner. Using both the old and the new will give you more sound and heat dampening. If your old insulation is ruined, you may want to consider putting down an additional layer as well as sound deadener.
12. Does the carpet have a rubber back to it?
Most of our regular priced carpets come with a poly (translucent) back. If your car originally had a black rubber back and you want to duplicate that backing then you need a Mass Backed carpet. Some newer applications come with the Mass Back standard, and that will be noted in the item title. If you want the extra sound and weather damping effect of Mass Back on any other Cutpile carpet it can be applied for an additional cost. When mass back is applied most carpets must then ship UPS Double Oversize so shipping will increase also. Many Mass Backed carpets cannot be shipped outside the 48 states.
13. Does the carpet come with padding?
The amount of padding may differ from the stock carpet, but these car carpets will come with padding under the foot wells. You may choose to reuse some of your old padding and the carpet will accept up to a 1/2" of additional padding underneath before it begins to cause installation issues.
14. How long does it take to receive my new carpet?
The carpets are made to order which takes 2-3 business days after the order is placed and confirmed. The carpets then ship by UPS, at which point tracking info will then be emailed to you. If you are in the lower 48 states you will receive a tracking number from UPS when the carpet ships out. After the carpet ships it could be 2-6 business days to get to your door. The total time will be 4-9 business days depending on where in the 48 states you live. If you live outside the 48 states it could be 2-6 weeks. Since these are made to order, we unfortunately cannot expedite shipping.
15. What is the return policy on carpets?
Carpets made in original colors (color is listed in drop menu of item) are eligible for return up to 1 year after order date. Carpets may not be cut, altered or glued in any way. Please inspect your carpet when you receive it. A 15% restocking fee will apply. Custom auto carpets made in a color not listed on our web page are not returnable.
16. What happens if the carpet does not fit?
Hopefully this will not occur but accidents can happen that cause you to either get the wrong carpet or a poor fitting carpet. In the event that the carpet does not fit we will take care of it. A call tag will be issued, the carpet is picked up and either fixed or a replacement carpet is sent.
17. How are your floor mats constructed?
The floor mats are manufactured using the same pattern as the original manufacturer used. This result is a shape that fits. The mats are made of the same high quality carpet as our carpet sets. They have a cleated rubber backing and they are bound around the edges with vinyl. If you are ordering a carpet set and floor mats together they are made from the same color for a perfect match unless otherwise specified. If you just want to order a set of mats we usually have colors on file that will roughly match your interior. If you want an exact match we recommend calling or emailing us for samples. If you would like a logo embroidered on your mats we have a variety to choose from.
Download and print our passenger car and pickup truck Auto Carpet Installation Guide (PDF).
1. Do these carpets come ready to install?
While the carpet will come pre-molded to the factory floor plan, it will not include any cuts. You will need to trim any excess around the edges and make slits for shifters, seats, and belts. We recommend using your old car carpet as a template to make sure cuts are made correctly. Since the carpet comes rolled up for easier shipping, it will need to rest outside of the box for at least 24 hours. This will allow the carpet to regain most of its shape prior to installation.
2. Will I have to cut the carpet out?
Cutting will be required. For standard car and truck carpets, a good pair of scissors will cut the carpet and insulation if necessary. If you are ordering a Mass Back carpet, a very good pair of scissors and/or a sharp utility knife are more appropriate. The carpets come pre-cut to the shape of the floor pan. The manufacturer does leave extra material. We would rather you have to cut a little more than have a carpet that does not cover well. The carpets do not come cut out for shifters, high beam switches, seat bases etc. This allows for aftermarket and custom parts if desired. In some cases the listing will specify with console or with cutouts, in these instances the carpet has been cut to accommodate original equipment.
3. My shifter (or other item) sticks up so I can't lay the carpet down to make sure it fits before I cut it, what do I do?
DO NOT CUT A HOLE FIRST. Lay the carpet in the vehicle starting in an unobstructed area. 'Roll' the carpet up to the base of the shifter or item. Make a SMALL SLIT in the carpet where it hits the item then install the carpet. It is much easier to hide a slit in a carpet if you make a mistake than it is to hide a big hole. The carpet should go in and the item/shifter goes through the slit so the carpet will lay down. Continue to only slit the carpet around the item or shifter so you can move it in to it's final position. Only once you are sure you have the entire carpet where you want it then make a cut out for the item/shifter. Always start small. You'll be much happier in the end if you have to enlarge the hole 2 or 3 times then if make a mistake and have to cover a big hole. If you happen to make a slit in the wrong place you can either duct tape the back of the carpet or use heavy thread and needle to sew the slit.
4. Additional installation tips
If your carpet is not already cut out after removing the seats, seat belts and other items, replace the hardware, screws, bolts etc. so that when you lay the carpet in the vehicle, you can easily locate them under the car carpet. This way you will be able to make accurate slits in the carpet to ease reinstallation of these items.
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