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Non-bogan car seat covers in Canberra

By carnardly - 7 December 2011 31

 The Carnard family has upgraded the family car to a far newer model than that previously owned.  This car has front seat side airbags.  In the interests of keeping it clean and as kidfriendly as possible (eg safe from spills and crap) the boss wants seat covers.  Some folk have warned/advised(?) us re fitting “normal” seat covers as, in the event of a collision, the airbags won’t go off, insurance is invalid blah blah.   I’m not sure whether that’s rumour or rubbish.

The boss went to a couple of car part shops on the weekend and found many a seat cover (Repco, Autopro etc).  Unfortunately, the covers they sold were all Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Playboy bunnies, southern crosses or ones equally boguesque.  Gag!   Most of these were the pullover type anyway with no side hole.   Is there anywhere out there that sells normal plain black or conservative seat covers suitable for a car with side airbags? (prefer not to use sheepskin for the sake of the sheep).  Do these things really need to be fitted by an “authorised installer” or can anyone simply pull them on. 

I went to one of the major ford dealers in town and they said they don’t sell them either.  Is there anywhere that anyone could recommend for plain covers for an average family sized car? Note:  The “My Family” stickers are prohibited as well so that we are not included in the Bogan masses.  Hence the preference for non Bogue seat covers.

What’s Your opinion?


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Non-bogan car seat covers in Canberra
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Mang 11:59 am
07 Dec 11
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Autobarn in Fyshwick had some plain ones last time I was there, only in the model specific fitted styles, they were also mega pricey.

have you tried Ebay?

if you are worried about spills, there are protective/waterproofing sprays available that help.

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arescarti42 12:07 pm
07 Dec 11
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I needed some a few weeks ago. I got some fairly unobjectionable grey velour ones (you have to say velour like Zapp Brannigan) from one of the autocheap places, they have the hole cut in the side for side airbags.

There are plenty of non-bogan ones on the supercheap auto website:
http://www.supercheapauto.com.au/online-store/inside-the-car/seat-covers/everyday.aspx?id=1014

If all you’re finding in store is the bogan ones, then you probably need to check out a few other stores.

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Keijidosha 12:25 pm
07 Dec 11
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The answer to your question about curtain airbags, if they are installed in the side of the seats (look for a plastic panel marked “SRS AIRBAG”) then fitting non-OEM seat covers _will_ prevent those airbags from inflating.

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carnardly 12:33 pm
07 Dec 11
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Thanks folks. Its trying to work out where the good shops are as opposed to the others. Arescarti – some of the ones on that website would do perfectly fine thanks.

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carnardly 12:41 pm
07 Dec 11
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Can I ask what OEM seat covers are? sorry if that’s a dumb question…

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Holden Caulfield 12:46 pm
07 Dec 11
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You want to protect the seats in your new car from your children. In doing so you seem quite willing to introduce a risk that could interfere in the safety systems of your new car protecting your children in the event of an accident.

And you think bogan seat covers are the problem?

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Henry82 12:49 pm
07 Dec 11
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carnardly said :

Can I ask what OEM seat covers are? sorry if that’s a dumb question…

no problem, original equipment manufacturer. Basically means products/accessories that come from the manufacturer (of the original product) themselves, rather than using other brands. Usually used to describe ink cartridges

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Holden Caulfield 12:50 pm
07 Dec 11
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carnardly said :

Can I ask what OEM seat covers are?

sorry if that’s a dumb question…

Well you’ve already asked one, so another won’t hurt…

OEM = Original Equipment Manufacture; authorised seat covers signed off by the maker of your car (if they even exist).

Personally, putting seat covers on seats with airbags, no matter how authorised they might be, seems pretty daft to me. The airbags are there for a reason. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident and the side airbags didn’t go off due to a seat cover I’m guessing you won’t be thinking, “that’s okay, at least the seats don’t have any food stains from the kids.”

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Henry82 12:52 pm
07 Dec 11
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Autobarn/supercheap/repco?

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HenryBG 1:00 pm
07 Dec 11
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So you want car seat covers and you discover that car seat covers are pretty much exclusively designed with Bogans in mind.

Does that tell you anything?

How about some wooden bead seat covers? Big furry fake-sheepskin?

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carnardly 1:30 pm
07 Dec 11
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Mr Holden…

I thought it may have been a given that I want to protect myself and all my passengers at all times as well as I have for the last 30 or so years. *touch wood* I seem to have managed that successfully, albeit yes, I know I have no control over other drunks or stupids that may be out there today, tomorrow or in the future.

I also would prefer the car to be kept in as reasonable condition as possible. I don’t think that’s too big an ask either. There are many car seat covers out there that cater for seats with airbags. I have visited 3 shops personally (4 if you count 2 branches as separate shops) and each of them did not sell the type that suited this new car. I am quite willing to tromp over town looking at another 20 shops if need be, but though I may ask if anyone else knows which shops may have suitable (or genuine ford) products.

Ford Australia itself sells them on their website for $131 each. As I said, I also went to the major Canberra ford dealer 2 weekends ago (Belconnen and Woden) asking whether they had them, or could get them in, and was told they don’t sell them and won’t order me any.

I don’t think genuine accessories created by the same company are going to interfere with the safety systems designed for their own cars. If i have to buy them off the Ford website I will. I was just asking whether there might’ve been any other place (another ford dealer, car part shop) in town that sold the same.

Yes, I may prefer “non bogan” seat covers. however, if the only ones that suit this car are purple and pink bloody stripes I’ll buy them. I have no intention whatsoever of compromising safety of my passengers….

oh well… I may as well back to the Ford website then eh…?

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imarty 1:56 pm
07 Dec 11
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“prefer not to use sheepskin for the sake of the sheep”
Uuuum, where do you think lamb chops come from?
Do you think they just throw away the skin?
Sheep don’t get killed for their skin…

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Mang 2:38 pm
07 Dec 11
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Holden Caulfield said :

carnardly said :

Can I ask what OEM seat covers are?

sorry if that’s a dumb question…

Well you’ve already asked one, so another won’t hurt…

OEM = Original Equipment Manufacture; authorised seat covers signed off by the maker of your car (if they even exist).

Personally, putting seat covers on seats with airbags, no matter how authorised they might be, seems pretty daft to me. The airbags are there for a reason. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident and the side airbags didn’t go off due to a seat cover I’m guessing you won’t be thinking, “that’s okay, at least the seats don’t have any food stains from the kids.”

Were you wronged by a seat cover at some point in your life?

Did a seat cover touch you in your special place when you were a child?

Just sounds like there must be some sort of dark painful history there for you to come off sounding like such a jerk =/

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PBO 2:52 pm
07 Dec 11
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So you dont like Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Playboy bunnies, southern crosses or ones equally boguesque, but……

(Intro to “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor begins as internal soundtrack)

Could i interest you in a set of tastefull black seat covers with a rather classy red tribal dragon embroidered right into the material, you heard me correctly, sewn right onto the cover in actual thread. They practically pay for themselves and when everyday Joe Average folks see them they say:

“Hey!….Thats a classy guy who has taste and isnt a bogan…… and that dragon tells me that he is one dude not to be messed with who obviously knows a bit about martial arts because its a dragon, otherwise why would he have it?”

Now i know that your thinking: “Hmmm, I have a family, but i am also a fully testicled man…….Can my car be tough, cool and mysterious whilst still being a family car?”

If your thinking about it then the answer is yes. Be the envy of your workmates when you pull up to the carpark and the boss compliments you on your tasteful yet edgy vehicle, fast track to management my friend, where everyday can be business up front and party out the back, all thanks to Red Tribal Dragon Seat-covers.

Why deny yourself?

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Mang 2:59 pm
07 Dec 11
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PBO said :

So you dont like Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Playboy bunnies, southern crosses or ones equally boguesque, but……

(Intro to “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor begins as internal soundtrack)

Could i interest you in a set of tastefull black seat covers with a rather classy red tribal dragon embroidered right into the material, you heard me correctly, sewn right onto the cover in actual thread. They practically pay for themselves and when everyday Joe Average folks see them they say:

“Hey!….Thats a classy guy who has taste and isnt a bogan…… and that dragon tells me that he is one dude not to be messed with who obviously knows a bit about martial arts because its a dragon, otherwise why would he have it?”

Now i know that your thinking: “Hmmm, I have a family, but i am also a fully testicled man…….Can my car be tough, cool and mysterious whilst still being a family car?”

If your thinking about it then the answer is yes. Be the envy of your workmates when you pull up to the carpark and the boss compliments you on your tasteful yet edgy vehicle, fast track to management my friend, where everyday can be business up front and party out the back, all thanks to Red Tribal Dragon Seat-covers.

Why deny yourself?

Tell me, where can someone like me find such a magical life changing set of seat covers?

Will it clear up my bad skin?

Will it help me with women?

I know its greedy to ask but, shoould I be waiting, is there more?!

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