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Photo: pangpleiades (Shutterstock) Over time, a vehicle goes through a lot—between things breaking under the hood, scratches and dents on the body, and wear and tear on the interior. This includes rips and holes in the seats, which can happen regardless of whether they’re made out of fabric, leather, or vinyl. Unlike their ancestors, today’s vinyl seats can often pass for leather and don’t scream “I’M PLASTIC!” And though vinyl is durable, it can tear or develop holes. One option is to have a professional repair your torn vinyl car seats—but that can get expensive, depending on the severity of the tear, and the type of seat. But another option is doing it yourself. In an article in The Drive , Chris Teague shares a few strategies for fixing different types of tears in vinyl car seats. Here’s what to know. How to fix a tear along a sewn seam For the most part, Teague’s article doesn’t focus on tears that are located near a sewn seam on a car seat. That’s because he says that this kind of tear can be taken care of using a heavy-duty needle and thread, sewing the vinyl back together at the seam. But, as Teague points out, to do this yourself, you’ll need “at least a passing understanding of sewing and an eye for the seat shape.” How to repair tears in vinyl seats If you care about the way your car seat looks, Teague says you’ll want to opt for either […]