Do you look at the bodywork and how a car runs, or do you look at the interior?
There are upholsterers who can restore a car to its original version, possibly relying on pictures taken at the time of classic and vintage vehicles.
If you have a sedan and wish to re-upholster cloth seats you are looking at around two thousand dollars. If you are looking at leather it is even more expensive.
The cost includes removing the current upholstery, possibly repairing the springs, replacing the foam – the cushion like substance which produces the comfort in a seat – and finally re-upholstery of the outer fabric itself.
Haptex, a type of synthetic leather (colloquially known as leatherette) has been used in some cars and is said to be both durable and comfortable. BMW uses a different form of leatherette called Sensatec. Pleather is another brand name used.
Leather seats, although they may form part of the original interior and create a brilliant look, aren’t that good for sitting on. Leather can leave you with the feeling of sliding down, depending on the seat design. But it’s your car and you can choose the right textile for you.
Budget Friendly Options
A cheaper way to improve the car is buy colourful seat covers or even a blanket. You can obtain tiny toys to decorate your dashboard too. Should the steering wheel be the same colour as the gearstick? You can get matching covers for both. It’s certainly one idea.
You may like to tint the windows to improve the feeling of sitting in the car.
Do you require specialist coasters or car phone accessories?
Possibly you want to decorate your keychain?
Maybe you want to decorate your car for a specific season or holiday?
Are racing pedals better than ordinary pedals? Perhaps, but will anyone notice them? Still if you’re going for extras and you like the appeal of them, why not?
There are so many design ideas out there, some people might think too many ideas; just go for what works for you.
One thing most people don’t consider when restoring a vehicle is to obtain the original floor mats, but everything is possible to obtain online. Even if you don’t require the original style it is worth changing them every so often to keep the interior fresh.
From the floor to the ceiling…
The interior roofing fabric is known as the headliner. It’s positioned there by means of a polyurethane glue and it consists of both foam and fabric, even though most people only see the fabric.
After a number of years, the headliner can fall apart, or the glue can lose its adhesiveness. If you leave the car outside for long periods the moisture can cause the headliner to go blotchy or it can start to droop.
Some headline repairs can be made with several pieces of double-sided tape. Others may require glue or pinning the fabric back into position.
The cost of changing the headliner is dependent on the size of the vehicle and which fabric the headliner was originally made from. The other problem here is that car insurance doesn’t include these types of running repairs.