How Much Does Leather Seat Repair Cost?
Some of the most common problems that happens with leather seats in a car or even at home are stains and rips. When this type of problem happens, most prefer to take it to a professional rather than trying to fix it at home. The cost of fixing a leather seat is going to greatly depend on how complex the problem is, what needs to be fixed, as well as who is going to do the job.
How much is it?
- An upholstery shop will be able to analyze the situation to give a rather good idea on what needs to be done. With most car seat situations, many professionals will recommend that the entire seat gets replaced if the damage is severe. If the seat has to be replaced, the cost to replace a seat will depend upon the make and model of the car. Average car seat replacements can cost $350 to as much as $2,000.
- Simple, smaller repairs that can be done at a upholstery shop can cost anywhere from $150 to $400 per seat depending on how long the rip/tear is as well as well as how deep the particular tear is.
- For example, a user in Louisiana had paid $350 for a brand new seat for his Honda RSX-S.
- According to a forum thread that was over at TSXClub.com, users have stated that leather seats could cost anywhere from $800 to as much as $2,000 to have them repaired. If the seats had to be replaced completely, the price could go up if they had to get an exact seat directly from the manufacturer.
What are the extra costs?
- Typical seat installations and smaller leather repairs are going to take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. If the time allotted is exceeded, most shops will charge an overtime fee.
- While an upholstery shop will try its best to sew up the damage, it cannot always be done. If the repair cannot be performed, a new seat will be needed.
- If the seat has to be completely replaced, additional fees can apply if the exact seat has to be found.
What is going to be included?
- If the tear can be replaced, the seat frame will be unbolted, and the entire leather upholstery will be removed. Once the upholstery is removed, the tear will be sewed and reassembled again. If it can’t be replaced, most will recommend that the seat is completely replaced.
How can I save money?
- If replacing an entire seat in a car, be sure to check with a few local junkyards to see if they have any similar makes and models available. If a similar seat is available, it will be a lot more cost efficient compared to purchasing it new from the factory.
- Consider purchasing car seat covers if a budget is limited. Car seat covers can be purchased for as little as $10.
- If the seat can’t be repaired, consider getting after market seats rather than directly from the manufacture or even the dealer. Those options can get rather pricey and by going the aftermarket way, you can find that you can save upwards of 30%+
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