Are Car Mats Really All That Important?

If you have ever sat in a car, you might have noticed many things about it. For instance, you might have noticed how it looks on the outside, how it feels during the drive, how fuel efficient it is or how it comfortable it is from the inside. The one thing you might not have noticed are the floor mats. After all, why would you? Why would anyone? All you do is put your feet on it, so why should they matter?

Neither do they contribute to the interior look of the car nor do they perform any vital function for the car except keep the floor free from dirt. That begs the question, are car mats really all that important? Well, that is what we shall discuss in the following article. But before we can get to whether or not your car floor mats are of any use or not, there are some crucial, yet easily overlooked, pieces of information that need to be discussed.

Different Types of Car Mats

People often don’t spend a lot of time thinking about floor mats. As such, it might be brand new information for some when they find out there are actually several different types of car mats. Let us take a look at some of the basic types of mats.

  1. Rubber mats: These are the most common types of mats used all over the world. The reason for this is that they are durable, long lasting, offer good functionality and are also reasonably cheap. The texture on rubber mats helps them retain moisture and they also soak in mud and water. But this means they get dirty very quickly and do not add value to your car’s interior through design and aesthetics. Yet, their functionality, cheapness and durability make them popular for all kinds of car owners.
  2. Carpet/ Fabric Mats: These are the cheapest type of floor mats available in the market. Due to their cloth design and texture, they can be cleaned better and more easily and perform reasonably well in retaining moisture and collecting dirt. However, they are not as durable as rubber mats and can start to slip after some time. They also come in universal fit sizes, which may compromise some of their quality.
  3. All Weather Mats: These sorts of mats are made of thick vinyl which makes it more durable and longer lasting than the simple rubber mats. Due to spikes at the back, you do not have to worry about these floor mats slipping. They can be dusted to be cleaned and retain dirt, dust and debris nicely to keep your car floor clean.

What’s the Use of Car Mats?

So now that we know what some of the basic types of car mats are, we can get to discussing why you should care about the ones that go in your car.

  1. Maintain Cleanliness: Although this is their primary function, it is a monumental one. We don’t realize how much dirt, mud and dust we drag into our cars on a daily basis. This is probably because floor mats soak up everything and keep the car from looking like a mess. There is often a visible and significant difference in the cleanliness of car with and without floor mats. Of course, the best quality car floor mats do much more than just keep the floor from getting dirty.
  2. Enhancement in Value: The long term benefits of car mats are often underestimated. It is much easier to replace a car mat then to repair and redo the floor of your car due to excessive exposure to environmental pollutants. As such, when the time comes to sell off your car, you will realize just how much value has been retained due to the continued and unappreciated service of your car floor mats.
  3. Customization and Decoration: Lastly, car floor mats are an opportunity to let yourself loose and customize you car’s interior to your heart’s content. Just like every other car accessory, car mats give us a chance to exhibit a little bit of our own style, personality and charisma through the car. That is why customized merchandise is always in demand and car floor mats are no exception. They can help to show off your style to whoever steps into your car and add to the beauty and decoration of the interior.

These were just some of the reasons why your car floor mats serve a more important role than you might have thought earlier. As a serious car owner, you need to consider each and every element of your car closely and car floor mats are no exception.


Muhammad Shoaib is a patriotic Pakistani. He loves to write about our beautiful country and is trying to spread a positive image of Pakistan through Love, Peace and all that....

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