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Weathertech Floor Mat Buying Guide

Quality mats and liners are a sound investment

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Floor mats are a lot like religion and politics – no one talks about them in polite society. Except for the fact that religion and politics are actually interesting and discussed all the time. Floor mats are, well, floor mats. They're boring. They're like rugs, except that lots of people have opinions about rugs. Widely varying opinions, in fact, which will not come as news to anyone who's gone rug shopping with a significant other.

But here's the thing: people should have opinions about floor mats. They matter. Depending on your daily drive, you could wind up spending more time with your floor mats than you do with the asymmetrical-print rug that's in the living room because you just wanted to get out of the store and go home. (It does hide the dog hair well, so there's that…)

Your vehicle's original mats are the cheapest acceptable things available. You might get two years out of the factory driver's side mat, if you're lucky and gentle. And even if the stock mats hold up at all, they're hard to clean, prone to wiggling around, and about as good as a piece of cardboard when it comes to protecting the carpeting underneath.

And that carpeting is the key thing to keep in mind here. Replacing floor mats is quite affordable. Replacing worn-out, stained interior carpeting is anything but. In most cases, you're not going to swap out your carpeting, but you probably are going to expect to get something for the car when you trade it in on a new one. And that's when those carpet stains cost you money.

What's that? Floor mats just got a little more interesting? Exactly. That's why a set of WeatherTech floor mats and liners is a smart investment. This quick guide will help you choose the right mats for your vehicle and your lifestyle.

WeatherTech AVM™ universal mats

The "universal" part of the name refers to the fact that these durable, pliable floor mats will, within reason, fit just about anything in the more-or-less recent automotive universe. How? Well, there's a little DIY involved. Specifically, you'll trim them to fit your car.

Each AVM universal mat features "score lines" across the surface. Use a piece of cardboard to make a template of your car's floor, lay that over the mat, and trace the shape in the score lines – that's your mat. Use tin snips or some other cutting tool to carefully trim away the excess until only the mat remains.

You can achieve a surprisingly good fit with AVM mats, but they're probably not what you want for your late-model luxury car. That's not an apology, it's just a fact. These tough, utilitarian mats are what they are, and they're a terrific choice for a hard-working company vehicle, a weekends-only collectable car, or the used (but reliable) beater you're giving (sacrificing?) to your college-bound kid.

WeatherTech All-Weather mats

WeatherTech's All-Weather mats are a terrific combination of good looks and everyday utility. In terms of fit, they're not "custom," but they are a big step up from "universal fit" mats. Most front and rear mats are actually model-specific, but others are rated "best possible" based on WeatherTech's enormous database.

Depending on the vehicle, some rear mats are designed to be trimmed, so if the "out-of-the-box" fit isn't quite up to your standards, the score lines make it surprisingly easy to get the fit you want. Each soft, pliable resin mat features anti-skid ridges to keep them in place, and a protective finish that makes cleanups a snap.

WeatherTech All-Weather mats are a solid, durable way to protect the carpeting in your everyday commuter car, a leased vehicle, or any car or truck that needs added protection from dirt and damage.

WeatherTech DigitalFit® FloorLiners

WeatherTech's DigitalFit FloorLiners are pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to custom-fit floor protection. As the name implies, these mats are digitally modeled to fit the contours of your vehicle's floor exactly. The remarkable fit and tough (but pliable and comfortable) material makes them the absolute top choice among car and truck owners who want the very best for their vehicles.

Most floor mats do a bang-up job of protecting the flat part of the floor, but that still leaves plenty of exposed carpet. WeatherTech's digital modeling captures the vehicle's entire floor, so these mats extend up the front, back, and even up the sides of the vehicle’s footwell. More coverage equals more protection from dirt and damage.

All that mud and moisture has to go somewhere, so DigitalFit FloorLiners use channels to send it all to a lower reservoir that keeps it away from your shoes and clothing. When you reach your destination, just tip the mats over the door sill and pour the liquid onto the ground. Rear seat DigitalFit FloorLiners are also custom-made, and depending on your vehicle's floor design, you'll get either a 2-piece set or one large mat that covers the entire rear footwell.

These top-shelf mats are the ideal choice for any car, truck, or SUV. If you're looking for the absolute best in fit, finish, and protection, you can't do any better than WeatherTech DigitalFit FloorLiners.

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