For those of you who remember, I ended up buying a new car last year after having my last one for a decade. My new vehicle has a larger storage section in the back which came in handy when I was rebuilding my lawn (as noted in the “Adventures in Landscaping” section). As you can see in the picture to the right, I was able to stack multiple bags of soil without having to find creative ways to slip it into the trunk – a problem I use to have with my old sedan.
What you might also notice in the picture is that I was using a large sheet of plastic to protect the interior from possibly being stained by the new soil. Being a utility vehicle, it is likely that I will continue to use it to carry large (and possibly dirty) items over the next decade, so I want to make sure the interior lasts as long as possible. One of the things I’ve considered buying was a cargo mat for the trunk.
Just as you would buy floor mats to protect from the constant wear and tear on the carpet caused by wet and dirty shoes, a cargo mat protects the trunk. When you consider in the case like mine (where the fabric is a light color), the odds are stains will appear over time. In fact, when I bought this car, the dealer had to do some extra scrubbing in the trunk since the car was originally owned by a car rental company.
I haven’t settled on a mat yet, as my sheet of plastic seems to be holding up, but if I continue to haul dirt and mulch with my vehicle, it might be worth the investment. After all, $100 now might be cheaper than paying for upholstery cleaning a few times over the life of the car. What do you think?