Classic RV covers help combat ultraviolet (UV) radiation which can cause fibre deterioration. Terry Murdock, owner of Unifair, a Calgary company that manufacturers seat covers, says the expense of replacing a car seat is another reason to supply yourself with seat protection.
Today, car seats are one piece, meaning the cloth is glued on to the actual seat foam. You can't simply replace the cloth cover -- you have to replace the whole seat. An average car seat costs about $1,000. If you plan to sell a vehicle after a short period of ownership, or if you lease vehicles, Classic RV seat covers are a good idea.
Price varies according to what kind of seats you are trying to fit but overall, covers are still cheap.
Sheepskin a possibility
If you're really interested in an expensive alternative, why not consider sheepskin? The advantage of sheepskin is it's comfort. It will also keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Probably the only disadvantage is cleaning them. Like the sheepskin coat my dad liked to wear, sheepskin has to be taken to the fur cleaners.
Don't confuse sheepskin with the old lambskin type of cover. Lambskin, even if you could find it, is the thick white pile woven onto a seat cover. It is warm in the winter and summer. It also needs to be brushed regularly to keep it clean and to prevent matting of the pile. Unless you own a pink Caddy with fuzzy dice, I'd stay away from it.
As for those wooden beaded "back-saver" seat covers, Murdock says they're difficult to find anymore. While the idea was "hot" at the time, in winter only cold air fills the space between the wood beads, thus effectively freezing you to the bone.
Many car owners may want to spruce up their vehicles with new leather seats which not only look more luxurious but provide greater comfort especially when they are stuck in a traffic jam. Managing Director of Green Newton Leather Sdn Bhd Colin S.P. Wong says leather, unlike fabric seat covers, does not accumulate dust and can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth thus making it very hygienic.
"Fabric seat covers need to be sent for chemical cleaning and even then, there's still the unpleasant odor of the seats. There's a wide range of leather seat covers available to cater to a wide range of cars, from Malaysian-made ones to Japanese and European models.
"We have leather imported from Italy, UK, Germany, Argentina and also Connolly leather from the United Kingdom which is used in luxurious car seats like the Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Mercedes Benz and BMW.