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Old 15th April 2010, 21:18   #466
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Options:
1) Appoint someone (you can trust) to pick it up in the evening or ask vendor to drop it at your home after the installation.
2) Change your weekend plans, one day :-) difficult but still...
Thanks for the reply latheesh.

Problem with option 1 = I wont be able to see the work or find any drawbacks until it reaches my home parking. Even if its a small stitch bulging out or not perfectly finished, I will have to repeat the whole process of dropping, picking etc.

Problem with option 2 = Whole week the car is idle and it comes out to light only on weekends ! So you know how tough it is. Also all good installers have a rush on weekends as majority of the works are done on saturday. Most of them are closed on sunday too.

Lets see what comes up !
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I agree spending 18K is expensive, looks like they drastically increased the price. There was one TBHPian's Spark done by them recently for a good price. I have also seen some of their work done in my friends/colleagues cars at a reasonable price (read <10K).
Dude 1st of all stop comparing the seat of a spark with a Scorp' for obvious reasons lOLzzz . I don't think they(marvin) are that reasonable and neither are they the el-cheapo types when it comes to art leather. Listen at <7k I can show splendid jobs done by small time vendors or G-sport on smaller cars.

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If you are ready to spend more than 12K for art leather its not worth. Spend few thousand more and do it in real leather.
Mate real leather doesn't come cheap. If you dint know the nappa/italian/Scandinavian leather types will cost you easily upwards of 18k for a spark. Prices vary with thickness which range from .9mm to 1.5mm.

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Doing door trims + gear knobs + hand brake + steering wheel in art leather is not a good idea and may not give the desired result. You have to go for real leather in these area.
I can understand the steering wheel , but why would you need pure leather for the door trims. You gonna hold your door trims/hand brake while driving ? If its the normal wear and tear they come with warranty.

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You may also check at Ceralli and Karsport.
Ok I know the guy who runs Ceralli, ex bosses close friend. No sweat with those fellas I dint wanna try them thats all. Their prices are above 25k for a decent job and my budget is 25k for leather tops.

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Riju, which gsport dealer you go to ?

I already spoke to the Marvin guy about my fiesta seats. I plan to get it done this month itself. But wavering between Stanley, Marvin and Gsport. Unfortunately there is nothing in Bangalore north which would have made my work timing comfortable. Because I can only leave the car in the morning, again pick it up next morning, there is no chance of stepping out of work between 12pm to 10pm on weekdays, weekends car is mostly on road. Marvin guy was not sure how they can park my car for overnite as the work might take only 6 to 7 hours.

Any outlets that are franchisee or equal quality to others within the 5-10 kms radius of Hebbal flyover ?
shaju you neednt go to any dealer as such. Go to G-sport directly (factory) an speak to Hemant or Kini. Since you stay around Hebbal go to Autogrid and have a chat with Sanjeet. He deals with G-sport and I have gotten a few cars done through him. Nice work.

Listen my honest advice is that if you aint going the pure leather way stay away from Stanley/Marvin/Karlsson or whoever. Their work shows in pure leather and it is made to stay.

With art leather , the lustre will be lost over a few years. Now come to think of it, 4 yrs and you are tired of seeing the same old seat covers. You want a change with the pure leather on the seats, I dare not touch it . Art leather and yeah I can go for a change.

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Parking the car overnight will be a problem with most of the vendors.

Options:
1) Appoint someone (you can trust) to pick it up in the evening or ask vendor to drop it at your home after the installation.
2) Change your weekend plans, one day :-) difficult but still..

No idea about seat cover or accessory vendors in Hebbal area.
Who says you gotto park overnight ? They don't allow to park overnight and you are given a prior appointment and they hand over the car before dawn.
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Old 15th April 2010, 22:38   #468
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shaju .....Since you stay around Hebbal go to Autogrid and have a chat with Sanjeet. ........Listen my honest advice is that if you aint going the pure leather way stay away from Stanley/Marvin/Karlsson or whoever. ........With art leather , the lustre will be lost over a few years. Now come to think of it, 4 yrs and you are tired of seeing the same old seat covers. You want a change with the pure leather on the seats, I dare not touch it..
Thanks Riju. I have the autogrid card with Sanjeet's number. Its just 6 kms from my home and takes less than 10 mts even at peak hours. I am very clear I dont want pure leather, because its not worth spending that extra according to me. But the body touching areas with leather, I dont know how that will be. May be I have to check with someone to feel the difference.

About the change of seats after 4 years: Well, I would change my car instead of the seats ! Its my 4th car in 8 yrs, so thats an average life of 2 yrs per car. May be Fiesta will stay with me longer, because its a beauty.

I had picked up a horn and exhaust pipe from autogrid for the previous car. Do they have a covered area to do such seat works? Because I found people getting different works done at the road side itself.
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Thanks Riju. I have the autogrid card with Sanjeet's number. Its just 6 kms from my home and takes less than 10 mts even at peak hours. I am very clear I dont want pure leather, because its not worth spending that extra according to me. But the body touching areas with leather, I dont know how that will be. May be I have to check with someone to feel the difference.
Exactly what I wanted to convey.

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About the change of seats after 4 years: Well, I would change my car instead of the seats ! Its my 4th car in 8 yrs, so thats an average life of 2 yrs per car. May be Fiesta will stay with me longer, because its a beauty.
Ok lemme admit I got bugged in 2 yrs time and changed it on my older car.


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I had picked up a horn and exhaust pipe from autogrid for the previous car. Do they have a covered area to do such seat works? Because I found people getting different works done at the road side itself.
sanjeet has a shop in a bylane where the works are done. If its only small accessories work he does it in front of the shop. Most of the seat cover jobs, ICE, etc are done in the bylane.
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Dude 1st of all stop comparing the seat of a spark with a Scorp' for obvious reasons lOLzzz . I don't think they(marvin) are that reasonable and neither are they the el-cheapo types when it comes to art leather. Listen at <7k I can show splendid jobs done by small time vendors or G-sport on smaller cars.

Recent Spark by a bhpian was just an example, but still it is not double the work right in an MUV right? keeping steering/hand brake/gear boot etc work remains same. I have seen some of their work done in Linea, Esteem, baleno etc for 10-14 K.

I agree you can even get it done for 2.5K by small time vendors.

Yes I considered g-sport also the issue with them is when you try to customise as per your choice cost goes up drastically. And they do not have many design options. If you need really cheap VFM seat cover you need to find the persons who does covers for local accessory shop. Approach him directly and get the work done by him. Recently my friend did decent seat cover for his Swift where accessory shop was quoting 6.5K and he got it directly done by the cover guy for some 4.5-4.8K. Exactly the same cover.

Mate real leather doesn't come cheap. If you dint know the nappa/italian/Scandinavian leather types will cost you easily upwards of 18k for a spark. Prices vary with thickness which range from .9mm to 1.5mm.

Yeah mate I know, the issue here is there are hundreds of accessory shops available in Bangalore if you are looking for decent normal quality covers. But when you are ready to spend few thousand more for good work/customising options are less. And the best in quality I have seen is Stanley (period) but they are too costly. That's where vendors like Marvin/Ceralli/Ex. Stanley guys options come in to the picture. You need good job done at less price comparing to Stanley Isnt it?. Same way if you are ready to spend more than 6-7K at local accessory shop for average quality seat covers better to spend few thousand more and get the jobe done by specialists.


I can understand the steering wheel , but why would you need pure leather for the door trims. You gonna hold your door trims/hand brake while driving ? If its the normal wear and tear they come with warranty.

Typo, but still in if door trim area is less art leather may not give the desired result.

Ok I know the guy who runs Ceralli, ex bosses close friend. No sweat with those fellas I dint wanna try them thats all. Their prices are above 25k for a decent job and my budget is 25k for leather tops.

I do not know these persons but I have seen their work in some cars and this thread. Their workmanship is very good.


Who says you gotto park overnight ? They don't allow to park overnight and you are given a prior appointment and they hand over the car before dawn.

That was a general statement and can be applied to any vendor. I have done it in the past and dropped the car by a vendor person after the installation. But there is a risk attached to it.
If you are a person who like to change car interior frequently, yes dont go with big vendors. Stay with cheap in price average quality local vendors.
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But the body touching areas with leather, I dont know how that will be. May be I have to check with someone to feel the difference.

About the change of seats after 4 years: Well, I would change my car instead of the seats ! Its my 4th car in 8 yrs, so thats an average life of 2 yrs per car. May be Fiesta will stay with me longer, because its a beauty.

I had picked up a horn and exhaust pipe from autogrid for the previous car. Do they have a covered area to do such seat works? Because I found people getting different works done at the road side itself.
Big no to Art leather (?) on steering wheel.

You spend most of the time inside the car right? So you can do a drastic change in the interior just by changing the seat cover alone and feel NEW. Forget 2 years I was thinking for a makeover in my car, FYI my covers are just 7 months old :-)).

Careful about the vendor they may mess up your interior. This is the main reason I am not suggesting Pensee Leathers. I got good work done by them on my car but the installers messed up the interior. they do not have dedicated place to do the job and was parked with doors open during the whole installation. Had to spend couple of hundred to get the car interior cleaned after the installation.

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Hi Everyone,

If you're from Bangalore, you can get art leather seat covers from certain shops like CarMax (located on Mission Road, next to Fotoflash). They take the measurements of your existing seats and get the seat covers stitched from Stanleys and have then installed over your existing fabric covers.

Though these are the slip-on type, because they're custom made as per your existing seat measurements, they fit well.

The total cost comes to 5-20K, depending on the quality, size and work.

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You mean they get it done from Stanley? and for 5-20K are you sure?
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Guys what do you think of autoform art leather seats, actually like d the designs a lot and they seem to be very reasonable at 4.5-5k. They are snug fit also. Checked out their website also and like it.
Any past experiences ? or reviews ?
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Loads on conflicting posts here are leading to bit of confusion!

I need to get my seats and door trims done up for my Palio. Looking at ART leather options here in Bangalore, how much damage to the pocket can I expect ?

I don't want to spend too much and am not looking at the steering wheel or gear knob being done.
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Big no to Art leather (?) on steering wheel.
You spend most of the time inside the car right?
I have some 500 bucks steering cover installed by the dealer which is already 8 months and still looks brand new. So, I dont find any need to spend on it unless the material I choose for the seats look very different. I spend only 2 or 3 hours in my car in a 7 days average, so durability will not be an issue as even the cheapest art leather can last over 2 yrs considering my present usage. Doesnt mean I will compromise on the cheap looking art leather.

So, my present target is only the seats and door trims. Not touching the gear knob, steering nor the parking break as I dont find any need of doing it. With the present beige/camel interior of the fiesta, how good it will be if I chose some dark colours ? eg. black or dark maroon (body colour is Morello, so I think similar interior might look classy).
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I have some 500 bucks steering cover installed by the dealer which is already 8 months and still looks brand new. So, I dont find any need to spend on it unless the material I choose for the seats look very different. I spend only 2 or 3 hours in my car in a 7 days average, so durability will not be an issue as even the cheapest art leather can last over 2 yrs considering my present usage. Doesnt mean I will compromise on the cheap looking art leather.

So, my present target is only the seats and door trims. Not touching the gear knob, steering nor the parking break as I dont find any need of doing it. With the present beige/camel interior of the fiesta, how good it will be if I chose some dark colours ? eg. black or dark maroon (body colour is Morello, so I think similar interior might look classy).
I think the 500 rupee steering cover you have is the one Stanley/ProGrip offers with a lace isnt it? Its real leather and is good. Looking at the usage average quality cover will last few years in your car. But when you try with small accessory guys you may find it difficult to get the door pads done.

Selection of color combination is personal. I like my car seat color combination but some of my friends dont like it. There is one red A-star in our parking lot with red seat cover (different shade than car) and looks pathetic, but owner likes it.

Have a look at this seat cover colour in Suhaas's Jazz, I love that colour

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...-report-2.html (All Jazz'd up! :: Initial Ownership Report)
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About the change of seats after 4 years: Well, I would change my car instead of the seats ! Its my 4th car in 8 yrs, so thats an average life of 2 yrs per car. May be Fiesta will stay with me longer, because its a beauty.
So, it looks like that you are going to change the car when Ford comes with new version of Fiesta?? - sometime in 2011?

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@nairrk - I have a question - Who is the best seat cover vendor in Kannur? One of friend is getting new Swift.
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You mean they get it done from Stanley? and for 5-20K are you sure?
Yes, infact the accessory business is quite outsourced. A couple of people come to take measurements, then the covers get stitched at Stanleys (Art Leather) and installation done by a different set of people.

5k may be on the lower side but I ended up paying 15K for an Innova.

What I meant so say was that thought these are slip-on, they gel quite well.

I guess being a dealer, they've got special arrangements. When I enquired with Stanleys, initially, I was told they told deal with Art leather. The least they have is touch leather with a cost from 25K onwards!

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