The Top 10 Perks of Owning an Online Business

We’ve just published an article on WANEntrepreneur about running an online business. The following is an excerpt from the article.

As human beings, we spend around one third of our lives at work. That’s over 50% of your waking time is in some form of employment! If that is the case, then it is understandable why a large number of individuals start up their own businesses. If you are going to dedicate half of your day to being at work, you may as well own your own business. In that way, you get to regain greater control over your waking hours. Starting up and owning a business has become more popular in recent years and with the following top 10 perks, it is easy to see why.

Read on to discover how to put the world at your fingertips.


Founded by motor trimmers who are passionate about design and quality, Dingo Trails is an Australian manufacturer of neoprene seat covers based in Melbourne. Embarrassed by the poor fit and quality of what’s out there, they started making seat covers that they are proud to put their name on.

The Pros and Cons of Team Building Exercises

We’ve published on Dynamic Business to share some of our Team Building experiences over the years. The following is an excerpt from the article.

Author: Alina – our amazing CRM manager

Have you ever been at a ‘team away’ day and, when faced with the choice of abseiling down a vertical cliff (supported by your team), raft building (again with said team members), or an archery challenge (at that point perhaps hoping not to be chosen as the target), struggled to recall why it had ever seemed like a great idea?

Why consider team building?

Businesses are under increasing pressure and yours is probably no different. Maybe a restructure is afoot or a shift in the political climate is affecting your industry, leaving staff tired and overworked. In these situations, businesses might consider turning to team building exercises in an effort to rally the troops and unite everyone, hopefully while having a little fun along the way.

Continue reading to uncover tangible benefits (and drawbacks) of team building.


Founded by motor trimmers who are passionate about design and quality, Dingo Trails is an Australian manufacturer of neoprene seat covers based in Melbourne. Embarrassed by the poor fit and quality of what’s out there, they started making seat covers that they are proud to put their name on.

Do you sometimes drive with your pet on your lap? Here are the dangers of doing so

Many individuals in Australia are dog owners. Our pets are, more often than not, part of the family and definitely man’s best friend. We spend money caring for them, paying out for pet insurance and vet bills and ensuring that they get regular exercise. Yet all of this care and attention flies out of the window for some people who, when driving, choose to do so with their pet on their lap.

The RSPCA estimates that around 5000 dogs every year get injured or die because they were involved in falls from moving vehicles. Most dogs sitting on their owners’ laps are not going to be securely restrained. If a driver has to brake suddenly or swerve, they can unwittingly get thrown from the car, hit the windscreen, stop the driver from reaching the brakes or cause other serious distractions.

Legal implications

In 2013, rules were introduced in Australia to stop some of the bad habits that drivers have when driving with their pets in their vehicles. This does not apply to just dogs but rather, all types of pets/animals in the car have to be suitably housed or seated and definitely not on the driver’s lap. If stopped by the police, the driver could face demerits on their licence as well as a fine so there are penalties and financial implications involved.

If driving a ute, there are additional laws that ensure the animal cannot fall off the back of the vehicle when it is moving. This means suitable harnessing or housing animals in cages when on the move. Motorbike riders, passengers or cyclists also cannot lead their animal as and when their vehicle is moving and sitting the dog between the motorbike saddle and handlebars is not allowed.

Safety reasons

While some owners might think that their dogs are safe on their lap, it is yet another distraction that the driver does not need. As noted above, if the vehicle has to come to a sudden stop, a dog can become an airborne missile. Not only could the animal slam into the dashboard or windscreen but it could also become lodged under the gas pedal or brake if it lands on the floor of the vehicle.

A driver that is trying to help a distressed animal is not focussed on what is happening around them. The driver may not be able to stop the moving vehicle if the pet is prohibiting access to the brake or clutch, and could cause serious injuries not just to themselves but other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

Additional injuries and concerns

Pets can become scared and turn aggressive when put in situations that are very stressful and frightening. They may turn on others who are attempting to help when accidents have occurred. The last thing an owner wants is for their pet to turn on the emergency service workers or for their animal to run away. Yet these are two more consequences of not taking the right safety precautions when you are driving with pets in the car.

Speaking of pets in your car, 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

5 Benefits of neoprene car seat covers

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Here at Dingo Trails, we are committed to designing and producing only the very best seat covers for your vehicle such as exclusively using top quality materials. You might have heard that neoprene car seat covers are among the best quality seat covers that you can get but did you know that not all neoprene seat covers are created equal?

When buying neoprene seat covers, always ask the seller what neoprene rubber was used to make the covers. Unlike the cheap neoprene rubber that some manufacturers use (but don’t tell you), premium automotive-grade neoprene (which is what we use here at Dingo Trails) has been specifically designed for car seat covers and comes with a whole host of benefits; benefits that you should be asking for!

Here, in no particular order, are the top 5 benefits of high quality neoprene seat covers:

  1. Luxurious look and feel

A beautifully designed, high quality neoprene seat cover (especially one that has been custom tailored to your specific vehicle model) will blend seamlessly with the interior of your vehicle. Not only will it look great but it will also feel great under your derriere … giving it the TLC it deserves!

  1. Durable

Top quality neoprene seat covers are extremely durable, which is exactly what you want your seat covers to be. Think about all the wear and tear your car seats suffer from friends, family and children, not to mention the abuse that the family pet might make!

  1. Waterproof and UV-stabilised

One of the most important advantages of neoprene seat covers is that they are waterproof. They protect your car seats from coffee spills, grease, mud, slobbering pets, “accidents” and more!

At the same time, only top quality neoprene seat covers that are UV-stabilised and colour fast; such as our Dingo Trails car seat covers will protect your seat covers from sun damage and won’t fade easily either. This makes for a smart investment as the seat covers will last and look great for a longer time.

  1. Easy to clean

Neoprene seat covers might do all the hard work of protecting your car seats, but cleaning them is a breeze. All you have to do is wipe them down with a damp cloth and mild household detergent when needed. In extreme cases, throw them into the washing machine for a good wash (they’re quick dry too). It’s that simple!

  1. Comfort for all seasons

Australia’s punishing sun can make your car’s vinyl and leather seats feel like a BBQ grill in the summer. Neoprene seat covers will add an extra layer of comfort to your ride by regulating the temperature of your car seats – not just in the summer, but also in the winter when it stops the cold from seeping up from the car seat.

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

worn-car-seat

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.

dog-in-car

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

You may have been an unwitting victim of “passing off”

We need your help to protect GENUINE Australian businesses

Beware of vendors who claim to be “under the same company” as Dingo Trails

We have received a disturbing number of complaints from persons demanding delivery of seat covers purchased from vendors who purportedly claim to be “under the same company” as Dingo Trails. In addition, numerous vendors online are copying designs, photos, adcopy text and other intellectual property (”DT Property”) from Dingo Trails without authorisation or licence. A cursory review on eBay reveals the following vendors.

 


 

Unauthorised use of photo and “Passing off”

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Let it be known that you can ONLY purchase GENUINE Dingo Trails products from our website www.dingotrails.com.au or via our eBay store “stubbify”. Our team has worked very hard to build a reputation for quality, fit and service and these vendors damage our reputation as a premier supplier of automotive accessories by passing-off AND stealing from deserving Aussie businesses.

We have no associations with these vendors nor are they related to Dingo Trails. If you are at all a victim of these vendors, we urge you to contact us at dingotrails@gmail.com so that we can compile a list of infringements. Help protect genuine Australian businesses. Help protect real Aussies. We have families too.

Sincerely
The DT Team