there are a number of companies that make dash covers. AVOID DASH-TOPPER!!! I called them after I got mine - the passenger side airbag cover wasn't cut right. I returned the whole thing for repair, when I got it back, it still wasn't cut right. When I called them again, they told me that I'd had it too long, and they wouldn't do anything else for me. They claim (on their website) to guarantee satisfaction - don't believe it.
That said, I do like dash covers - they cut glare from the dash and also protect the dash. Most manufacturers offer you a choice of carpet or velour. If you want a dash cover - just do a web search for "dash cover" and check out the links.
Hey Jim, you should contact the Better Business Bureau about DashTopper.
They're a big thing in Arizona, so I (reluctantly) had them in my previous two cars. I didn't like it visually; it reminded me too much of a seventies van and I had to right the urge to put a Crown Royal crown on it (j/k). That and the first thing people from outsize AZ did was say "Oh cool!" and rip it off the passenger-side airbag cover.
They collect lint and animal hair as any carpeting would, but don't interfere with vents or the airbags (speaking from experience) when installed properly. I used ones manufactured by DashMat, and followed their instructions--that is, let it lie on the dash for a week or so before velcro-ing it down.
Outside of a sunny area, I'm not sure what their value is. I just use a silver windshield shade when I park outside on a nice day now.
If your worried about the dash fading there are other ways to save it than putting an UGLY cover on it. Using a proper cleaner conditioner for the surface like Meguiar's #40 vinyl/rubber cleaner conditioner will add uv protection to it and help preserve it. Plus if you ever go to remove it there's always that residue from the velcro backing against the dash which is usually impossible to remove without tearing away some of the material.
Thanks, jsanford. Dash-Topper doesn't appear to be a member of the BBB - at least they don't have BBB Online on their website. I'm not too worried about it. I'll stop at the fabric store one of these days, get something that matches, get the sewing machine out and fix it.
Haha, and it should get even better come the first few months of next year. They are working a product for cleaning all interior surfaces that specifically adds uva and uvb protection!
BTW, you might want to go back over with a try towel and wipe up any excess #40 left over. The Insight dash can be made too shiny fairly easily and cause a lot of glare if your not careful. I use their bulk dressing and I dillute it down 3:1 with water just so I don't get much shine.