In order to get as much money as you can when you sell your car, it needs to be in the best condition possible. The carpeting on the floorboard of cars is often one area of a vehicle that is damaged or destroyed through everyday wear and tear. As you get in and out of the car, your shoes may wear away at some places in the carpeting or may stain them. Fortunately, replacing the carpeting on the floorboard of your car is not overly difficult to do.
Get Replacement Carpeting
The first thing you need to do is get carpeting to replace the carpeting in your car. You need carpeting that was designed for use in your specific vehicle. You can buy it brand new from a retailer that sells carpeting for the make and model vehicle you have or you can go to a salvage yard and have an associate pull carpeting that is in good condition from a car that is the same make and model as yours. The salvage money will be a much cheaper approach to take.
Remove the Seats
Next, you will need to remove the seats in your vehicle. To remove the seats, all you need to do is slide the front seats as far forward as they will go and remove the bolts that secure the brackets to the bottom of the car. Pull the seats upright and move them as far back as they can go and remove the bolts securing the brackets under the fronts of the seats. Pull the front seats out of the car. For the backseat, all you need to do is pull the bottom cushion of the seat loose from the car and then remove the bolts that are found under the cushion and pull the seat free from the car.
Remove the Carpeting
The carpeting is clipped to the bottom of the car by small prongs that go into brackets with holes in them that are secured into the frame. If you remove the small guards around the edges of the door, you should be able to see the edge of the carpeting. Pull up on the edge and pull the carpeting to release the prong from the brackets.
Replace the Carpeting
Once the old carpeting has been pulled out of the car, you need to lay out the new carpeting next to the car to determine how it needs to be situated so that you can properly place it into the floorboard. Once you have determined how it needs to be positioned, lay it in the car properly and go around to each bracket and push the proper prong into the proper bracket to secure the carpeting to the floorboard.
Replace the Seats and Guards
Once you are done, put the seats back into the car by tightening positioning the brackets back the way they are supposed to be situated and tighten the bolts to secure them. Make sure that you push the guards back into place around the doors to cover the edges of the carpeting, as well.
If swapping out the carpeting in your car seems too difficult for you to do, you can take your car to a mechanic and he or she can do it for you. It will take just a few minutes for the mechanic to be able to pull out the old carpeting and put the new carpeting in so that you can sell your car as soon as possible. For assistance, talk to an auto repair professional.