Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Car maintenance on a budget
1-Dealership: they told me that they no longer have rubber mats for my car (although a month or so ago, they quoted me for them), but do have a set of carpeted ones (all 4 mats included) $127 plus tax. I really want to move to rubber mats, however. The black carpet shows everything, and the rubber mats would be a breeze to simply hose off, especially come Winter with road salt, snow and then there is Spring time mud season
2-Auto supply store had several options:
-buy a generic set of rubber mats @ $39.99 plus tax, but cut them to fit. I don't like that idea, think it'll look cheesy
-order a set of Weathertech rubber mats (in stock in their warehouse, so available within a day)
@ $129.95 plus tax for a 2 mat front set
-also could order a matching Weathertech rubber mat set for the back @ $89.95 plus tax
*Factor in that I just clipped some coupons for this same auto supply store: $5 off any purchase over $25.
So, I am going to order the front set of Weathertech mats, and use one cpn, bringing the cost down to $124.95. The back? the carpets are in pristine condition. Normally, it's just me, or me and one kidlet off to an appointment. Do I really NEED the back rubbermats? If I decide that I do, I'll use another $5 off coupon, and bring that down to $84.95.
*update: I checked on line and found a website that carries the Weathertech mats. Set of front 2: $69.95, set of rear 2 $60. Buy a complete bundle set @ $114.95. Additionally, learned that they also make a cargo aka trunk mat $127.95 (that would come in handy on trash days) So, it looks like I'll order on line, and they offer free shipping. : )
At this point, I plan on keeping my car another 2 years.