But first, a little background.
I had a grueling experience buying my current car — and learned a lot of things the hard way.
However, the payoff was that the price after rebates was only $500 more than I paid in 2003 when I bought my previous new Sentra from a local showroom! Amazing.
The dealership was offering this deal on new Sentras last year and by the time I finally got a salesman to wait on me (after making three separate trips to the dealership and being ignored in the crowd), there was only one vehicle on the lot left at that price.
The car’s exterior was nondescript silver — not my first choice, but it was all about the money.
I honestly didn’t pay much attention to the interior, until I got the car home and had driven it for a few weeks. (Have owned 3 previous Nissan Sentras, but they all had beige, plush-like interior and there were never any issues. Well… until I spilled a huge cup of raspberry Wyler’s Lite all over the passenger seat mat of the last car… That was pretty hard to hide.)
The flaws of black fabric soon became quite apparent.
1) Every speck, smudge and crumb shows. In fact, it’s like a giant magnifying glass is focused on them.
4) The black fabric — especially on the doors, which gets filthy — is very hard to clean. Plain water seems to work better than various types of household cleansers and carpet cleaners, but I wonder what the fabric door and seat covers will look like in 12 years (average time I keep a car) after the constant clean-ups? My guess is pilled and faded.
There are, no doubt, more compelling reasons not to choose black fabric car interiors, but there’s no time to list them.
I have to go clean my car.
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