Replacing the Original Carpet in Your Used Car

Do you have a trusty old used car but the carpeting has seen better days.

If it’s time to do something about it, you have a couple of choices.

First, you can buy inexpensive floor mats and toss them in. Or you can go top shelf and install new pre-fitted carpeting.

This is a great solution because it makes the car almost look new again.


A lot of people don’t know that you can easy buy preformed carpets for your car and you can install them yourself. Pre-formed carpets are designed to exactly match the originals in your car and they are generally available in the right color and will be custom molded for your car make and model. They are available either from your local dealer, local autoparts store or on-line.

Considering going DIY? Here’s a step-by-step guide that will help guide you:

  • The new carpet will be shipped rolled up. Before you start, unroll it and let it lie on a flat surface for at least a few hours.
  • Unscrew the four nuts that secure the seats to the floor pan studs. You may also have to remove the seat belt anchor bolts. Disconnect any electrical connectors under each seat also. Remove the seats.
  • If you have a console in between the two front seats, loosen it or remove it.
  • Remove the rear seat cushion.
  • When everything is free, pull the old carpet out.
  • Vacuum the floor pan and check for rust. Treat any rusted areas with a good rust-inhibiting paint.
  • Using the old carpet as a template, place it over the new one. Trace the cutouts where the studs went through to the new carpet with chalk. Then cut the cutout openings with a boxcutter.
  • When everything is dry, fit the new carpet in and reverse the disassembly procedure.

When finished, enjoy the look and feel of your brand new carpet, buy a set of decent floor mats anyway and get a set of good set of no-spill coffee mugs!

Thanks to Instructions from Central Avenue Chrysler

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