If you own a pickup truck, you are likely aware of just how easily the truck bed can get dented and scratched. One day, you are smiling, proud of how good your truck looks. Then, like any good friend, you help your best friend move some furniture when he calls. After you are done, you go close your tailgate and notice that there are suddenly scratches and dents that were not there before. The best solution for protecting your truck bed is to get a bed liner. They come in a variety of options from spray on to molded inserts. To learn more about which liner is best for you, read on.
As previously mentioned, there are many different types and brands of truck bed liners. Drop in liners are large pieces of plastic that slide into your truck. Generally, these are not custom fit so while they will likely prevent dents, the liner itself my scratch your truck bed. Spray on liners are literally sprayed onto the bed of your truck after your truck paint has been scuffed up. These will usually protect from scratches but not dents.
WeatherTech carries bed liners whose prices depend on your vehicle type. A 2015 Ford bed mat runs around $109. DualLiner carries custom fit bed liners whose prices also depend on the vehicle, but they run $200 and up. Spray in liners must be applied by an OSHA certified installer. This, of course, is going to up your cost. Generally, you will pay several hundred dollars and possibly more for a spray in liners.