Dealer Leather for $1295 - is this a rip-off?

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Old 23 Oct 2004, 03:55 pm   #1 (permalink)
saaketham
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Default Dealer Leather for $1295 - is this a rip-off?

I wanted to get leather seats on my 2004 Camry LE. The cheapest seat covers
I've seen so far costs $550 + shipping and then god knows how much
installation will cost, probably $500 or more.
The dealership I bought it from responded to my email and told me that
they could give me the same for $1295, including the covers, door panels
and installation. Is this a good deal?
Anil


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Old 23 Oct 2004, 04:09 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dealer Leather for $1295 - is this a rip-off?

Try www.leatherseats.com --- they are $697 there plus they have info on
installation. You do realize that on most only the actual seating surfaces
are leather?

"saaketham" <saaketham1@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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>I wanted to get leather seats on my 2004 Camry LE. The cheapest seat covers
> I've seen so far costs $550 + shipping and then god knows how much
> installation will cost, probably $500 or more.
> The dealership I bought it from responded to my email and told me that
> they could give me the same for $1295, including the covers, door panels
> and installation. Is this a good deal?
> Anil
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Old 23 Oct 2004, 04:22 pm   #3 (permalink)
saaketham
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Default Installation is messy/costly

I'm bad at working on cars, so will probably need professional
installation, which someone said costs $500-1000 since this takes hours to
do. So, it will come to the same or more amount. I'm worried about the
installation part mainly. Do you have any idea about the cost for
installation of leather seats at shops typically?
Thanks.
Anil


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Old 24 Oct 2004, 07:59 am   #4 (permalink)
Daniel M. Dreifus
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"saaketham" <saaketham1@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<a3ae9513990f1d8f2488c2d2c850b9b8@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
> I wanted to get leather seats on my 2004 Camry LE.


Is this a good deal?

Try:

http://www.classicsofttrim.com/

for comparison.

They do make a good product. Beware, that like anything else, there is
variation in quality with leather seat covers.
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Old 25 Oct 2004, 08:58 am   #5 (permalink)
saaketham
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Default I found a much cheaper price in town!

The dealership I bought the car from quoted me $1295 for leather seats,
leather door panels and installation.

I talked to a shop the dealership probably uses - they quoted me $1095 for
the same. It's an Authorized Installation Center of a national franchise.

I then talked to another shop that's not an "Authorized Installation
Center", but a "direct" installation center of the actual company itself -
they quoted me $850.

Wow - that's some cheating going on at the dealership. The "Authorized
Installation Center" marking it up $240 I kinda understand since they have
overhead for their own advertisement, etc, but the dealership markup by
$400 - that's a bit too much. So guess who I'm going to see tomorrow? :-)
Thanks for all your replies!

Anil

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Old 28 Oct 2004, 12:35 am   #6 (permalink)
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Default Leather with suede inserts + door panels

Went to Classic Soft Forum - their direct installation center. The guys
there were very friendly, patient and showed me the different colors
available. They have leather seats for 2004 Camry that matches the color
of the dash, etc. The leather seat covers I installed come with suede
inserts extending all the way down the seat and is perforated - makes
those hot summer a trifle better.

With all seat covers with suede inserts, door panels and installation in 1
day, they will charge me $899. -I think that's the best deal I've seen.
I've seen seat covers online selling for $600-700, but no door panels nor
installation. I'm going for it.

Anil

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Old 28 Oct 2004, 07:11 am   #7 (permalink)
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"saaketham" <saaketham1@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:<bbdf83ae65db1c67fa9cec2a3cfb700b@localhost.t alkaboutautos.com>...
> Went to Classic Soft Forum
> With all seat covers with suede inserts, door panels and installation in 1
> day, they will charge me $899. -I think that's the best deal


http://www.classicsofttrim.com/

That's good to hear.
Classic leather soft trim interior came with my Camry, installed by
the dealer when new.
They've held up under the prior owner's abuse, leaving them
unprotected baking in the sun. Leatherique has been doing an amazing
job of rejuvenating them, but if they ever need replacement, had
expected would cost more. (plus the door panels are already perfectly
fine.)
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