Help with Calculating Auto Leather Repair Costs

January 27, 2012

Paying for an auto leather repair job can be quite expensive. Many new car owners will simply bring in bring in their vehicle to a car shop and simply ask for an automotive leather repair – without any knowledge as to how serious the damage is, or much a repair might cost. Don't get smooth talked by your salesman; here are two options to help you. 

Do it yourself.  You can also purchase a number of do-it-yourself kits online or through a catalog. But before you purchase one of these products, determine first if you can do it yourself without the kit. Some damages can be easily fixed using common household products. These include stains, small shallow scratches, and small holes in the seats. For stains, a good detergent that removes oil and oil-based solvents could do the trick. Shallow scratches can be a bit tougher to repair – sometimes using a light abrasive cloth can even out the scratches (don't use this on vinyl though). Holes can be fixed (if they're small enough) with cheap iron-on patches that takes a bit of effort, but doable nonetheless. 

Getting professional help. Sometimes the damage requires professional help. For example, seat covers that have been burned or have had burnt plastic stuck on them, or upholstery that have been deeply scratched by a sharp object.  Before asking for an auto seat leather repair, first ask yourself if it's more cost effective to just buy a brand new one. Make sure you ask the professional for an estimate – this will give you a rough guide on whether the automotive leather repair is worth it or not.