Most people when they buy a new or used car believe that they have to live with whatever interior color choices that either the automaker or the previous owner made for them. And since you either have the choice between dog fur and stain attracting cloth seats or usually three leather seat hues from automakers (in tapioca beige, battleship grey or Darth Vader black) none of which are all that exciting. But what are you going to do? Have your cousin Larry the handyman do a half assed job putting baggy and cheap feeling leather seat covers over the top of your seats and then watch him charge you an exorbitantly ridiculous price for his lack of experience?
Well, sure you can go ahead with that plan but if you are a smart consumer you will want to work with Katzkin Leather which is headquartered in Montebello, California where many customers bring their vehicles just to make sure their work is done by the master leather craftspeople who work there. But don’t fret if you don’t live anywhere near there, Katzkin has contracts with every Mopar brand (Chrysler, jeep, Dodge, SRT, Fiat, Ram) so their customers can customize their vehicle interiors with Katzkin leather through their local dealership. CarMax also works with Katzkin for any leather upgrades or repairs customers may want so if you are shopping for your next used car there and don’t like the car you picked out’s interior then demand a Katzkin leather upgrade. CarMax should be happy to oblige you.
Ford also has worked with Katzkin directly and besides all of that you can locate a local authorized installer near you on the Katzkin.com website. Actually, most every car, truck, minivan, sport coupe, econobox and pick-up truck has a Katzkin designed leather seat alternative available for it. They can also add either just heated seating for the front seats or heated/ventilated seats for an additional charge. But trust us, when it’s snowing or the middle of July in humid Minnesota you will wish you had said yet these heated/ventilated leather seats.
Doing this cannot be affordable for the common man or woman, can it?
So how much does all of this add to the cost of your new ride? Well, first off let’s just start by saying these are not your ordinary “seat covers” as Katzkin removes the old fabric of leather from the seats and then takes your choice of leather which can range from the ultra-soft Tuscany to Suedezkin for those who want a different look and feel all the way to “Exotics” which can emboss alligator or even ostrich skin onto your leather seats should that be to your taste. You pick the color of stitching or piping around the seat so if you are seeking a contrast you really can get a very stylish and unique look for your custom sewn leather seats. Oh yeah, and Katzkin’s turnaround time to get the work done is usually only a couple of days at the most. As in two days normally.
Oddly enough, Katzkin offers some of its widest varieties of leather options with pick-up trucks and just last week I had the privilege of road testing a 2015 Dodge Ram EcoDiesel Craftsman 1500 which unfortunately came with some rather sorry looking cloth seats for a sticker price in the high $40,000 range. This is a moment where adding a couple of grand on your brand new pick-up truck would do wonders for how robust the interior would look after five years of muddy boots and dog paws. Personally, I fell in love with the special edition brown Saddleback and Outlaw seat trims and would have gone that route but that’s just my preference. Depending on the make and model vehicle you have, there are designs invented by Katzkin as recommendations or you can invent your own, of course.
You can get this process started either online or by calling them at the Katzkin headquarters, by going to one of their authorized local retailers, to your local authorized dealership or to any MOPAR/Chrysler dealership. While Katzkin doesn’t offer options for vehicles that come standard from the factory with leather, currently they offer over 2,500 full leather interior options and on most models that includes supple leather on the doors and center console to match what’s on the seats. Now that’s what I call thorough work with a full helping of stylishly high class value. Personally and especially since I own a dog who loves to shed never plan on settling for cloth or standard OEM leather seats again.