A replacement part cant be that expensive. Those panels or whatever you want to call them sure do take alot of abuse over years. Maybe picking up an extra isnt a bad idea. I am careful as possible when I get in/out, but sometimes you just cant help it. To preserve it keep alot of armor all like stuff on it. I use aerospace303 protectant. Helps the clodhopers slide across, vs digging in and scratching.