Buying parts from the dealer is good when you're working on your engine internals, but is it good for seats? We did a breakdown of the cost between buying seats new vs. buying seats used.
For this case study we used a 2011 F-150, Black Leather, Heated with no cooling. 10-way powered seats on both sides with no memory. There are literally over a hundred parts in a seat, but we decided to focus on the 10 main components for each seat.
The components included are listed below.
- Seat Track
- Seat Trim
- Seat Switch
- Seat Cushion (Lower)
- Seat Cushion Leather (Lower)
- Seat Frame (Upper)
- Seat Lumbar Unit
- Seat Cushion Pad (Upper)
- Seat Cushion Leather (Upper)
- Headrest & Cover Assembly
At the end of the day our quote came out to $7374.80, and that's before shipping. Add in the 50+ bolts, screws, nuts, sensors, computers and the wiring harnesses and you're getting well over the $8000 mark, and they're not even partially assembled. That alone would take 4+ hours for someone who knew what they were doing.
Those exact seats are available right now for purchase on our website for less than 1/5th the cost of the major components, and they're fully assembled with all the tiny little parts you'd forget to buy at the dealership.
You're probably thinking, "Well, I could get just the covers and put them on my seats". Yes, you can. The dealership cost for just the leather is $2250.95, and you don't get any new features if you were planning on upgrading.
At the end of the day, buying low mileage or refurbished seats just makes more sense. The full breakdowns of cost are below.
Dealer Seat (Leather Covers ONLY): $2250.95
Prices Obtained From FordParts.com