What your car seats tell others but don’t tell you, revealed!

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I once met a wise old car enthusiast who said that if the odometer on a car isn’t working, he can tell roughly how far the car has driven by the condition of the driver’s seat. It made me stop and think.

Really?

Then as I thought about it – he’s probably right. Of course it would require a lot of variation and correction for different drivers. A tradie’s seat at 100,000km would look a lot different than your nannas, or a family with young kids. Likewise the car seats of a family who love the outdoors will look different than those that prefer café to camping.

The one time most drivers really worry about the condition of their car seats is when it’s time to upgrade and sell their car. Seats need to look their best to enhance a car’s value. As the upholstery on your car seat can be easily damaged – an accidental tear, pet claw rips or worn patches, it could render your car unroadworthy. The result? An expensive, inconvenient re-upholstery.

Like so many cosmetic product adverts on TV, can we effectively reduce the signs of ageing (or in this case kilometres) without sacrificing comfort and looks?

The answer is YES! So why don’t more people cover their seats?

OK. Don’t scream! Those daggy, saggy, beige-y, ill fitting two piece car seats, or those cheap printed covers from department stores or those annoying lamb’s wool fluff balls are a thing of the past. And rightly so.

Today, Neoprene is the best solution for Aussie car seats. It’s just like wetsuit material. It’s comfortable, easy to wash and will mould to the shape of your seat. Unlike those old cloth seat covers from years gone by, neoprene covers look like they’re “meant to be there”, as they’re designed to look like part of your car’s original interior.

The best time to put on quality car seat covers is the day you bought your car. The second best time is today!

To make your seats tradie-tough, pet proof and children friendly, Aussie made neoprene car seat covers from Dingo Trails are the solution you may not have considered.

Not all neoprenes are created equal. Remember, most seat covers are made overseas, for overseas conditions. Even some Australian made seat covers use cheap overseas neoprene. These are not designed to withstand Australia’s harsh environment, our higher UV levels and rugged outdoor lifestyle. This means cheaper car seat covers can fade, tear and wear out quickly,  detracting from the look of your car.

Dingo Trails car seat covers are Australian made from automotive-grade neoprene, which means they are tough, durable, UV stabilised, and have been battle tested in the Australian climate for over 9 years. Compared to cheaper neoprene seat covers, we invest around 5x more time and cost into design – to produce car seat covers with the perfect fit.

This is achieved by using neoprene with superior stretch in all directions, as well as employing the latest computer-aided cutting machinery and pattern making software to produce precision seat covers with the best fit. Our neoprene is also laminated with a knitted fabric dyed to a specific shade of “Charcoal Black” that is designed to blend in with most car interiors.

Just because a car seat is made of neoprene does not mean that it will fit well. It is common to see ill-fitting car seat covers, even neoprene car seat covers. A lot of overseas and even local manufacturers do not use quality neoprene, which is why Dingo Trails insists on using only automotive grade neoprene for better protection and superior fit.

Does your car need a makeover? Dingo Trails’ quality Australian made neoprene car seat covers are cheaper than a reupholster, and besides looking great, they will work hard every day to increase your car’s resale value too, all while making your drive more enjoyable.

Find the right car seat cover for your vehicle

Click on the link that matches your vehicle to check out the relevant neoprene car seat covers we have in stock.

Ford Ranger

Holden Colorado

Hyundai ILoad

Hyundai IMax

Isuzu DMax

Isuzu MUX

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Mazda BT50

Mitsubishi Triton MQ

Nissan Navara

Toyota Hiace

Toyota Hilux MK7

Toyota Hilux MK8

Toyota Kluger

Toyota Prado

Toyota Fortuner

Volkswagen Amarok

Do pets have to be public enemy number one for your car seats? Not if we can help it.

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What’s better than going for a nice drive on a sunny day? Going for a nice drive on a sunny day with your pet. In fact, going on any drive with your pet makes the experience even better. However, like all good things in life, it comes at a price.

We know you couldn’t bear to leave your pet at home, but your car seats would prefer that you did! Car seats are designed for humans – not pets. While your dog may be your best friend, all that hair, slobber, wee and claws are not your car seats’ best friend.

First, there’s the smell.

Your car seat fabric and cushion foam are perfectly designed to trap pet odour and slowly release that unpleasant smell back into the car’s cabin. (Wet dog, anyone?)

Next, there’s the hair.

“I’ll vacuum it off … eventually.” you promise. Although those dastardly hair-furs have amazing abilities to penetrate cracks and in between folds of your car seats trapping them, making vacuuming a difficult and back-breaking task.

Then, there’s seat damage.

Any claw mark, rip or major stain is going to have a bigger impact on you than you think. That’s because damaged seats not only looks bad in your car, but may render your car un-roadworthy. It’ll also almost certainly knock a few grand off the resale value of your car. That means an expensive and inconvenient re-upholstery job when its time to sell your car.

Finally, there are neoprene car seat covers.

In the past, pet owners have stayed away from car seat covers as these cheap covers don’t fit well and are easily ripped. Moreover, they collect pet hair and absorb smelly odour along the way just like the original seats. Today however, more and more pet owners are installing pet-friendly neoprene car seat covers.

They are made from the same material as wetsuits so they’re waterproof, more resistant to tears and rubbery, adding a little extra comfort padding under your derriere ;-). Just like a wetsuit, neoprene car seat covers are comfortable and stretchy. This means that it will hug the shape of your seat, reducing the risk of claw marks and damage. Pet hair will be easier to remove (hair cannot penetrate the underlying neoprene rubber), they’re a breeze to rinse clean, and look new for a lot longer.

Like any product on the market, it pays to compare. Dingo Trails manufactures Aussie made neoprene car seat covers. Unlike overseas neoprene covers, they are specifically designed to withstand Australia’s harsh climate and outdoor lifestyle. These Aussie seat covers are made from automotive-grade neoprene and are UV-treated which provides additional fade protection under the Australian sun.

Pet owners, rejoice!

Dingo Trails neoprene seat covers are super easy to remove and re-fit. They’re designed to be quick-dry so any accidents can be easily rinsed clean. Stains can be spot-cleaned with water and a mild detergent. For extreme dirt and soiling, the seat covers may be machine-washed. With Dingo Trails, your car’s interior will look like new, again and again and again …

So rest assured that when you purchase Dingo Trails covers, you’re getting quality neoprene covers that will protect your car seats, look great, and help increase your car’s re-sale value. You’ll also be able to enjoy more drives with your pets without having to worry about seat damage, regular cleaning, or any pet smells!

Find the right car seat cover for your vehicle

Click on the link that matches your vehicle to check out the relevant neoprene car seat covers we have in stock.

Ford Ranger

Holden Colorado

Hyundai ILoad

Hyundai IMax

Isuzu DMax

Isuzu MUX

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Mazda BT50

Mitsubishi Triton MQ

Nissan Navara

Toyota Hiace

Toyota Hilux MK7

Toyota Hilux MK8

Toyota Kluger

Toyota Prado

Volkswagen Amarok