How Much Does it Cost to Replace Carpet in a Car?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

Rips, stains and fading can often make a car’s interior look rather dull.  Before considering a new car, a professional auto upholsterer can fix any of these problems or even replace the car’s entire interior to make it look new again.

The cost of replacing the carpet in your car will depend on the amount and type of carpet needed, the complexity of the job, and the company you choose if you do decide to hire one.

 

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How much does it cost to replace the carpet in a car?

If you want to do the job on your own, most car carpet replacement kits, which would replace all of the carpets inside your car, will cost about $200 to $500, depending on the carpet and car you drive.  Originally manufactured carpet will often be twice the amount of third-party carpet.

For example, the highest rated car carpet kits on eBay retail for up to $10 per yard.

On StockInteriors, a custom molded auto carpet source, a lot of their kits, designed to fit all sorts of makes and models, retail for as little as $120 to $250+

If you need to hire a professional, the materials, as mentioned, will be about $500 to $800, plus another $600 to $800 in labor, bringing the total costs to about $1,100 to $2,100.  The costs, if you were to want a customized design, could be as much as $2,500.

Angie’s List states that car owners can buy vehicle reupholstering kits for about $800, plus another $750 for the installation.  A custom job for an entire car can be about $2,500.

On this Reddit thread, a member said he had contacted a professional to replace all of the carpet in his Toyota Highlander because his mom was allergic to the mold/mildew and was quoted $2,000.

Replacing the carpet in your car overview

Carpet kits on the market are designed to specifically fit your car’s interior.  On most automotive websites, you will simply search for your year, make and model to find which kits will fit your car.  When you buy a kit that fits, it will make the installation job a lot easier.  You can also search for the color of your interior so that you can get an exact match.  Otherwise, the seats and trim may not match very well.  With these kits, you simply pull out the old carpet and drop in the newly, pre-formed carpet.

Whether you do it the job on your own or a professional does it, the procedure is going to be the same.  The first step involves taking out the old carpet by removing the sill plates.  These plates will be underneath the seats, doors and seat tracks to hold the carpet in place.  When this carpet is removed, any insulation that is left behind will be removed as well.  Once the area is prepped, the aftermarket carpet will be cut and trimmed to match up the holes and contours in the car.  When the carpet is trimmed, it will be propped back into the place the same way the older carpet was secured.

If you don’t want to replace all of the carpets in your car, then an upholster can replace the seat covers, headliner, doors panels, roof covers or affected area instead of the entire interior.

What are the extra costs?

When buying a car carpet kit, it is ideal to purchase floor mats that match the kit.  Most companies are going to be able to cut mats that match your exact carpet color.  These floor mats will ensure that the new carpet will stay clean for as long as possible.  OEM floor mats can cost about $50 to $100 per set, depending on your car’s make and model.  For instance, searching Amazon.com, we were able to find countless kits within this range.

Additional shipping costs may apply when making a purchase online.

Tips to know

When a carpet kit arrives in the mail, it will take up to 48 hours for the carpet to unwind.  Since it is delivered inside a box, the rolled carpet will take some time to regain its shape.  When you open the box, unroll the carpet and lie it on a flat surface.  Allow it to sit there for a while until it becomes flat on its own.

If purchasing online, request a sample before making the commitment.  You are going to want to make sure that the new carpet matches and sometimes the color that you see on your computer screen will not be the actual color of the carpet when you see it in person.

How can I save money?

Replacing the carpet can actually be more cost-effective than cleaning up stains and spills; however, this is not always the case.  Be sure to compare both methods to see which route is going to work best for your wallet.

Unless you can afford it, avoid the OEM carpet kits.  While this carpet can be inferior to aftermarket kits, it is going to cost a lot more.

Replacing car carpet is a lot easier than you think.  Consider looking at some DIY guides before hiring a professional.  If you were to hire a dealer or mechanic, it could cost five times more than doing it on your own.  FamilyHandyman.com, for example, offers a simple how-to guide.


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