Are you looking to invest in a new car? Congratulations! No pressure, but now it’s time to make a ridiculous amount of decisions. On top of everything else you’ll have to consider when buying, you’ll have to decide on the kind of interior you want. Might sound simple now, but this is 2017, people. There are endless, and I mean endless, options, from the run-of-the-mill to the more luxurious end of the spectrum. The good news is that nowadays, there are plenty of gorgeous car interiors that won’t cost you a fortune. We’ll list a few different features here, and maybe you’ll find one that’ll make your car seem more like home to you.
Just don’t go spilling coffee all over the brand-new seats.
Here we have the age-old question: do you want cloth or leather seats?
Of course, cloth seats are going to be a more economical choice. However, there are ways to affordably purchase a car with a leather interior and not feel like your bank account is suffering because of it.
It all depends on the type of leather you decide on. If you’re looking for the cheapest option, faux leather is the way to go. Quality-wise, it isn’t as attractive in appearance as real leather, but it won’t break the bank.
Going up in price, we have your standard leather interior, which for most models will cost an extra 1,000 to 2,000 dollars. Again, a little more expensive than cloth, but not undoable. Specialized leather interiors, such as those made of nubuck/brushed leather, are more expensive and time-consuming to make and are going to cost more. That doesn’t even take into account the maintenance required. Leather seats need more upkeep than cloth in general. They need to be lubricated with a special leather lubricant every few years, to make sure they don’t start cracking. Cleaning them requires a gentle leather cleaner, too.
If you’re looking into leather seats, be sure you ask questions beforehand. You’ll want to understand everything that goes into making this investment.
We’ll be honest here – sometimes this isn’t an option unless you’re buying a more high-end, luxury car model. For example, if you’re buying a Porsche, you can choose between carbon fiber, aluminum, wood, and many other options. Not all of us have money to blow on Porsches, though. If your car of choice does offer customizable trim, here are your most affordable choices.
Wood trim is fairly budget-friendly nowadays, and looks gorgeous and classy, especially if it’s real wood. There are also faux wood options if you don’t feel like spending as much, but the realism of the look goes down a bit. You’d have to decide if that’s something you’d be willing to sacrifice.
Piano black interior trim is cost-effective in that it’s relatively easy and cheap to make. It also looks quite attractive. If you’re worried about dust, however, this might not be the best choice for you, as it tends to collect it.
Aluminum trim is lightweight, fairly affordable, and looks sleek and modern. If you don’t have the money to install real aluminum, again, there’s always faux alternatives.
There are plenty of other choices to make when you’re shopping for your car’s interior, but we don’t want to bombard you with information. Easiest way to make an informed decision? Spend some time researching online, and then ask your dealership about what they offer. It’s as simple as that, really. We promise it isn’t terrifying.