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#1 Old 06-04-2016, 05:47 AM
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Can't find a vegan-ish car!

Just venting mostly. My other half and I have been casually browsing for a new car, popping into dealership and checking the ads online. We don't have many heavy requirements, the only one being that it has to be used and sturdy against rust, but like anyone we do have our preferences as to what kind of a car we'd enjoy. The reoccurring problem I'm running into is that every time we see a car we might like... it has leather in it! If not the seats then the steering wheel. And if it's not leather odds are it doesn't have something we'd like in our future car. Thankfully we're not in a rush to buy it right away (we can probably squeeze out a year or so from our current vehicle).

Has anyone else had this much issue finding a used car?

Someone once said that I shouldn't be too upset over leather if it's second-hand since the initial use would've been on someone else's hands. Not sure I can really get behind that way of thinking, but mostly I just know I would be very uneasy fondling the hide of a dead animal while I drive.
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#2 Old 06-04-2016, 06:26 AM
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Interesting. I've never had a car with leather seats! I usually buy new, but right off the lot. I've had sporty cars, SUVs, and now a van. None came with leather. Are you looking at higher end brands?
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I look for the best running vehicle I can afford that will last longest
My 99 honda accord appartently has a leather wrapped steering wheel. I haven't given it much thought. It's so much more important to me that it has good gas economy, doesn't burn or leak oil or other fluids, and is great overall shape. I expect to drive it many more years
It did make me think of the last time I drove cars with plastic wheels-- they were 72 and older I believe! Like driving a living room, and getting about 12 MPG.

I mean, some leather in things that are still used is better to me than buying a new product, where the production may well be worse on the environment. I was stunned by the toxins used in most (?) battery run cars (and others)
It's going to be a lot of compromise in your choice, but I think the most important is finding the best running car.
That said, I don't think I could I ever deal with leather seats (they just suck anyway)
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#4 Old 06-04-2016, 06:31 AM
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Interesting. I've never had a car with leather seats! I usually buy new, but right off the lot. I've had sporty cars, SUVs, and now a van. None came with leather. Are you looking at higher end brands?
Beets is also talking about trim.
I don't think most people care for leather seats. My sons car does and he hates them
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Beets is also talking about trim.
I don't think most people care for leather seats. My sons car does and he hates them
Ah. Ok. I hadn't really noticed that. Everything in my cars always seems like just cloth and plastic to me.
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I mean, some leather in things that are still used is better to me than buying a new product, where the production may well be worse on the environment. I was stunned by the toxins used in most (?) battery run cars (and others)
It's going to be a lot of compromise in your choice, but I think the most important is finding the best running car.
I figured as much, and I'm not willing to compromise the quality over the car. It's just a shame that more synthetic options aren't out there yet. I know they exist but they don't seem common. There's still a year to look, I guess.
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Beets is also talking about trim.
I don't think most people care for leather seats. My sons car does and he hates them
As someone who enjoys watching car reviews on YouTube, you'd be surprised at how many people enjoy having leather seats.

What type of car are you looking at? If the technology packages are important to you, then yes, will probably be more difficult to find one without a leather-wrapped steering wheel since you'd have to go for the higher trim level of the model.

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it has leather in it! If not the seats then the steering wheel.
What kind of leather? My car has synthetic leather (called MB-Tex upholstery).
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I knew it! Tesla is vegan!
http://www.autoblog.com/2015/09/09/v...ar-of-leather/

Maybe in another 10-15 years we can afford one
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As someone who enjoys watching car reviews on YouTube, you'd be surprised at how many people enjoy having leather seats.

What type of car are you looking at? If the technology packages are important to you, then yes, will probably be more difficult to find one without a leather-wrapped steering wheel since you'd have to go for the higher trim level of the model.
Subaru, Volkswagen, Volvo, Audi, Honda, no particular model. Something 2012-present. Darker in color is preferred but not mandatory but no white. Reasonable mileage. Decent with fuel efficiency. Heated seats. Hatchback is preferred but not mandatory. Mostly something built to last and that largely includes something that can handle the amount of salt we put on our roads. Our 2007 Kia (bought from family) is quickly rusting underneath and it's sent us to the mechanic more than a few times in the two years we've had it. One of the reasons we're looking at cars early is that we're debating on weather or not to put more money into it or just get rid of it and move on.

Side note: I grew up in Georgia and my grandpa always had leather in every car he owned until he upgraded to a truck. I remember he had his own little cushion for the driver seat, meanwhile everyone else's seat would've soaked up the heat from the sun. Made wearing shorts a pain in the ass. literally! Turned me away from leather seats forever.

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What kind of leather? My car has synthetic leather (called MB-Tex upholstery).
Most of the online car ads don't specify.
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Hmm... for heated seats, you'd be looking at the higher trim levels. Will be difficult to find one without leather if heated seats are a must.

Edit: Seems like the 2016 Honda civic LX has heated front seats and no leather. Not sure it'd be within your price range, though, as it's basically new.

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Heated seats.

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Amazon sells highly-rated, add-on heated seats kits. You could install these on any car: http://www.amazon.com/Dorman-628-040...=1&*entries*=0

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#13 Old 06-04-2016, 10:42 AM
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Hmm... for heated seats, you'd be looking at the higher trim levels. Will be difficult to find one without leather if heated seats are a must.
Well yes and no. Most cars in Canada have heated seats cloth or not, so that's not difficult at all for me to find. It's the other parts of the interior that seem to have leather. Namely the wheel and shifter that I'm running into even when I find cloth seats. EDIT: and that's when people know the materials, I'm assuming if I buy straight from the owner they might not even know if it's faux leather, real leather, or something in between.
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Base trim levels of cars like Honda civic or Volkswagen Golf or Jetta should have no leather.

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Most of the online car ads don't specify.
Ask the owner of the vehicle for the VIN and contact the manufacturer with it.
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Base trim levels of cars like Honda civic or Volkswagen Golf or Jetta should have no leather.
Yea, the basic models don't usually have leather. I have a basic model Hyundai, bought it used a couple of years ago, no visible leather.
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I was wrong. I can't find a bit of leather in my 99 accord.The sixth generation Accords really held up well, as seen by 1 out 20 cars in my neighborhood (or so it seems). It's the same material everywhere, and I noticed a cut area that is definitely plastic
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I heard Tesla recently came out with a fully vegan SUV!
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I knew it! Tesla is vegan!
http://www.autoblog.com/2015/09/09/v...ar-of-leather/

Maybe in another 10-15 years we can afford one
So worth repeating!
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