In February 2014 we bought our new (Now Old) car and it came with seat covers that I am not allowed to remove by order of Mayang. So under these covers are car seats that as far as I know have never been sat upon or seen the light of day. I myself have never cast my eyes upon the untouched seats, but I’ll wager they are something to behold, a thing of beauty and oh so comfortable to sit on. I can only guess!
In my life as a sailor it never made sense to me to purchase new cars as once a year I’d have to put them in stowage while my ship went to sea for 6 to 9 months, and I could watch them depreciate faster than normal without the joy of driving them.
I broke the rule and in 1978 I purchased a brandy spanking new Lincoln Town Car. Why a Town Car you might ask? Because I could, would be my only answer, and I always thought it was one of Detroit’s most beautiful cars and even though the Corvette was cheaper, every unmarried sailor had a Corvette, Camano RT or a Pontiac Fire Bird. And Paul always marched to a different drummer!
Back to the subject, the Lincoln came with a leather interior not Corinthian leather, but leather just the same. My good friend was married to a Pinay and the first thing she suggested were seat covers! My first indication that it might be a Filipino thing, I said nothing, but was thinking, why should I sit on plastic seat covers like my grandmother had on her couch, and never enjoy the feel of leather while I was tooling around Florida. Besides for $ 50.00 a year you could bring the car in for detailing and they would saddle soap the seats until they looked and felt new again.
Let the second owner buy seat covers!
Next because the car was too large for the roads of Puerto Rico I sent it to my parent’s winter house in Clearwater Florida, for them to own instead of driving down from New England every year. My mother loved the car, and almost divorced my father when for reasons no one could understand he traded it in on a Ford Escort. My mother flew back to New England because she was so mad. My fault I guess.
Now I went back to second hand cars again, until Mayang asked me if we could buy a new car. All her friends had new cars with new seat covers. And those Jones were winning!
So now in October 2016, 20 months later, Mayang took the car in to have a light bulb changed. (Really only one light bulb after 20 months of driving the car) The accessory guy shows her new seat covers from Germany custom fit to her car and once more made of fine leather. And for only ₱ 7,000.00 installed, leather for ₱ 7,000.00 are we talking P leather of the skin of that endangered animal the Nauga. Nauga-Hide for ₱ 7,000.00 I might believe.
So I said to Mayang, what you are saying is: we are going to remove those cloth seat covers and expose the brand new seats underneath, cover them again with new leather or P leather seat covers and then cover them with the cloth seat covers that originally came with the car? Is that what you’re telling me? No definitive answer!
But remember I very seldom interfere with her and any ideas she comes up with. So I’ll let you know what she decided about her new seat covers using her “Philippine Car Seat Logic” Because if that makes her happy, then it stands to reason it would make me happy too! The results are in; we are doing it her way, (Hell you knew that!) with the exception that the cloth seat covers will not be used again. Guys, take your wins where you can! (LOL)