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As a rideshare driver, you not only want to make sure that all parts of your vehicle look their best, but you also want to make sure that your vehicle is protected from the elements and any spills or damage that passengers might cause.
You may have gotten seat covers, but have you taken steps to protect your vehicle’s floor? Particularly during the winter, the floor of your car can get quite dirty due to all the snow and mud that passengers track in. There’s also the danger of passengers spilling drinks or food, which can create nasty messes.
With the right floor mats, however, you can ensure that spills are both easy to clean up and won’t permanently damage your vehicle. If you’re looking to replace your old floor mats with something that’s durable and pleasing to look at, then you should consider WeatherTech FloorLiners. In this guide, we’ll take a look at what this product is, why we think you should use it, and how you can choose the right floor liner for your vehicle.
- What Are WeatherTech FloorLiners?
- How to Choose the Right FloorLiner for Your Vehicle
- WeatherTech FloorLiner FAQ
What Are WeatherTech FloorLiners?
WeatherTech is a company that specialized in providing all kinds of protection for your vehicle. Whether it’s a cargo liner for your trunk or a mat for your floor, they have the products you need to keep your vehicle safe.
WeatherTech FloorLiners use laser measurements to provide a perfect fit for your vehicle’s footwell. They protect your vehicle from all kinds of dirt, debris, and liquids. WeatherTech FloorLiners are made of a high-density material that can resist extreme temperatures, giving you all-weather protection no matter the time of year.
We should mention that WeatherTech offers two different products to protect your vehicle’s floor. First, there are the FloorLiners, which perfectly contour to your vehicle’s floor to protect not just the bottom of the floor but also the front, back, and sides. The FloorLiners have special channels that will carry any fluids and debris to a lower reservoir, allowing you to remove the mess over your vehicle’s door sill.
Additionally, WeatherTech offers a product called the All-Weather Floor Mat. These WeatherTech floor mats don’t provide quite as much protection for your floor (since they don’t cover the entire footwell), but they’re still rugged and can stand up to all kinds of spills and extreme conditions.
Ultimately, which mat you should choose depends on your specific needs. If you just need to protect your vehicle’s carpet from minor spills and debris, then the All-Weather Floor Mat will be sufficient. For total protection, however, you should choose the FloorLiner. Note that the All-Weather Floor Mat does cost about half of the FloorLiner, so it can also be a good choice if you need protection on a tighter budget.
How to Choose the Right FloorLiner for Your Vehicle
When you’re shopping for a floor mat or liner, you want to make sure the product you choose is a great fit for both the shape and look of your vehicle. This is especially important when you’re a rideshare driver, as you don’t want to choose something that makes your vehicle unappealing to customers (which can hurt your tips and driver rating).
Luckily, WeatherTech makes it very easy to find a floor mat that both you and your passengers will love. If you go to their website, you’ll see that they’ve created a tool to help you find the best mat for your needs. All you have to do is select the make, year, and model of your vehicle.
For instance, here’s a search for floor mats to fit a 2016 Toyota Prius, an excellent car for rideshare drivers:
Once you click “Continue,” WeatherTech will show you the specific, custom fit mat or liner for your vehicle:
You can choose to purchase a liner for both the back and front row, or you can buy individual front and rear floor liners if you prefer. You can also choose from black, tan, and grey colors and even add gift bags if you’re getting the mat or liner for someone else (perhaps a fellow rideshare driver?):
The same procedure as above applies if you’re shopping for the All-Weather Floor Mats, with both one-piece and two-piece set options.
WeatherTech FloorLiner FAQ
To conclude this guide, here are answers to some common questions about WeatherTech FloorLiners:
1. Which vehicles do WeatherTech FloorLiners fit?
Whether you drive a Honda, Toyota, Ford, Jeep, or pretty much any other vehicle, WeatherTech has a FloorLiner that will fit. The best way to be sure that you can find the right mat is to go to the WeatherTech site and enter the details for your specific vehicle.
2. How do I install my WeatherTech FloorLiner?
WeatherTech prides themselves on the ease of installation for their products. The best way to learn how to install your FloorLiner is to watch the official installation video from WeatherTech:
3. How should I clean and care for my WeatherTech FloorLiner?
WeatherTech FloorLiners are designed to be easy to clean. First, rinse the liner using a hose. Then, clean them with warm water, detergent, and a soft-bristle brush. Optionally, you can use the official care and cleaning products that WeatherTech sells. With regular cleaning and care, your liner will maintain its floor protection power for years to come.
4. How much do WeatherTech FloorLiners cost?
WeatherTech FloorLiners range in price from $59.95-$299.85, while All-Weather Floor Mats range from $29.95-$174.90. The number of mats or liners you choose has the biggest effect on the final price. If budget is a concern, we recommend getting mats or liners for the second row of your vehicle, as this is where rideshare passengers tend to sit.
5. What are some alternatives to WeatherTech FloorLiners?
If the price of the WeatherTech FloorLiner is out of your budget, there are other options. According to a guide from “The Wirecutter,” another solid custom-fit floor mat is the Intro-Tech Hexomat. They don’t offer as much protection as the WeatherTech FloorLiners, but they are still custom-sized for a variety of vehicles and provide better protection than stock floor mats.
If you don’t care about a custom fit, then you can always go with the AmazonBasics Floor Mat. It won’t fit your vehicle perfectly, but it will still provide some protection from liquids, dirt, and debris.
6. Do WeatherTech FloorLiners have a warranty?
Yes, they do. All WeatherTech products have a lifetime limited warranty. If your product has any defects in either materials or workmanship, WeatherTech will either replace the product for free or offer you a discount on a replacement product (depending on the nature of the issue). The warranty does not cover damage that occurs due to any of the following:
- Severe abrasive conditions
- Chemical contamination (spilled gasoline or bleach, for instance)
- Vehicle accidents
- Incorrect installation
- Incorrect use
For more information, visit the official WeatherTech warranty page.
Protect Your Vehicle With a WeatherTech FloorLiner
We hope this guide has shown you how the WeatherTech FloorLiner works, as well as how you can choose the right one for your vehicle. Proper interior protection is key to ensuring that your passengers have a pleasant experience and that you can easily clean up any messes or spills that occur during a ride.
Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.