Meet the Car Hood Team of Fitters

Meet the Car Hood Team of Fitters

At Car Hood Warehouse we have been manufacturing, supplying and fitting soft tops for over 20 years

And our team of fitters are very experienced and their collective knowledge means we can cater for a large range of makes and models of convertible cars. So we thought we’d introduce our team to you properly…

Tyrone

HondaS2000A-WebTyrone is very knowledgeable with the BMW E36, Honda S2000 and Porsche Boxster.  He knows all there is about the certain faults with each model and what advice to give to customers on how to deal with any issues. He’s also our main mobile fitter as he loves to get out and about.

Brian

Brian does all our hood fits from the Mercedes range and the Jaguars. These more classic cars have sometimes been sitting in a garage or barn for a long time and it’s not unheard of for us to get a few unwanted guests such as spiders and evidence of mice that have been living inside the hood!

David

David, just like the cars he loves to deal with, is our “old classic” and our highly experienced Beetle specialist. He can transform even the most run down Beetle to look its best again and he has a real passion for the big American cars.

Nick

Nick is our Mazda guy, he could probably fit one with his eyes closed he’s done so many of these but he is also very well versed in lots of other makes and models too.

Car-Hood-Fitters-1These are just a few of the makes and models our team deals with on a regular basis, but as you can imagine, after 20 years (and yes this is pretty much the original Car Hood team!) we cover almost any convertible car you would care to name – well nearly.

For a complete list of the makes and models we can supply and fit just take a look at our Find Your Car Hood page.

Oh and one more thing… as well as proving a supply and fit service to our personal customers, we also supply car hoods to the trade throughout the UK and therefore, if you can’t come to us, we can recommend a trusted fitter for you.

 

If you would like to know more about our team, the hoods we supply and fit or anything else then please get in touch.

Quick Car Hood Fitting Facts

Quick Car Hood Fitting Facts

Fitting hoods is something the team at Car Hood does every single day. So we thought you might like to know some “Quick Fitting Facts” about what we do…

The average soft top takes 4 hours to fit, although…

  • NissanFigaro-WebThe quickest hood to fit is a Nissan Figaro at 1 hour (Phew!)
  • The longest hood to fit is a VW Beetle 1303 which can take up to 5 days
  • The easiest hood to fit is a Mazda MX5
  • The hardest hood to fit is an Audi A3 and A5
  • We cannot fit vinyl hoods in the winter months on a mobile basis as the material will not stretch enough – our little hoods like to be kept warm!
  • We fit over 120 hoods per month (another Phew!)

 

To find out more about the hoods we fit then check out our Find Your Hood page or if you need a new hood fitting then just get in touch for a friendly quote. 🙂

Car Hood gets its hand on a rare Jaguar Lister!

Car Hood gets its hand on a rare Jaguar Lister!

Having recently fitted our 17th Jaguar XJS car hood this year, we were understandably a little bit excited about this one: a Jaguar Lister “Le Mans” convertible, that came in needing a new hood.

This sports version of the traditional XJS chassis was designed by Lister and is considered to be a bit of a “hot ticket” car, with some of the early 90s versions selling in excess of £150,000.

The rarity of this car did not deter the Car Hood team and we applied our usual diligence and passion for convertible cars. Here’s how we did it:

Day 1: Our windscreen specialist removes the rear window. This part is only available from Jaguar therefore it is very important that this part of the process is done carefully!

Day 2: Our “hood team” stripped off the old hood and headliner, attended to any seized joints and bolts, lubricated the frame, refurbished the internal padding, then fitted the new Haartz mohair soft top and reinforced foam back material headliner.

Day 3: Our windscreen specialist is back on the job bonding the rear window back in. Et viola! Good as new…

The job was done in three days for only £1,150 including VAT.

 

If you have a rare, classic, high value sports or American car you need a new hood for then please get in touch with us.

Call us on 0208 391 5324 / 5326 or use our contact form.

Fun Facts About Car Hood Warehouse

Fun Facts About Car Hood Warehouse

We have been incredibly busy this year and it’s put us in a lively (if not a little tired) mood! So we thought you might like to know a little bit about us…

Car Hood Warehouse is a family run business established over 20 years ago. We provide our convertible hood replacement service from our premises in Chessington, Surrey. We also offer a mobile fitting service to customers in London and across the South East of England.

QUICK CAR HOOD FACTS

  • Replaced approx. 20,000 car hoods in 20 years
  • Manufactured over 15,000 hoods at our premises in Surrey
  • Currently supply and fit hoods on over 70 models of convertible car
  • Most popular convertible models we see are the Honda S2000, Porsche Boxster and Mazda MX5
  • The most popular hood colour change is from black to burgundy

At Car Hood our team of 7 takes great pride in what we do. This, plus our years of experience and our desire to have happy customers, is what makes us the UK’s No.1 manufacturer, supplier and fitter of car hoods.

 

If you would like to know even more about us here at Car Hood Warehouse then click here.

Car Hood Focus: BMW Mini

Car Hood Focus: BMW Mini

As the UK’s leading manufacturer, supplier and fitter of car hoods we cater to a wide range of vehicle makes and models, including the BMW Mini.

We offer superior quality mohair hoods for BMW models including from the Mini, the E30 and Z3. Check out the full range of BMW car hoods we supply and fit here.

Here are some facts about our BMW Mini hood and fitting service:

– We supply and fit a mohair hood with heated glass rear window

– These hoods are manufactured by Robbins Auto Tops

– We can fit these hoods in just 1/2 day.

– Our price is a fraction of the cost if you went to BMW.

Our supply and fit prices are:

– (Early) 2004-2008 Mohair hood with heated glass window £695 inc VAT

– (Late)  2009-2014 Mohair hood with heated glass window £895 inc VAT

 

If you would like to know more about our car hoods, our fitting service or would like to take a look round our premises then please get in touch on 0208 391 5324/5326 or email us on info@carhood.com.

April Special Offer – Honda s2000 Car Hood

April Special Offer – Honda s2000 Car Hood

For April 2016 – Pay just £650 all in for a new Honda s2000 hood

Book your car into our workshop any time from 1st-15th April for all years of the Honda S2000 with black mohair hoods, with glass windows only, and get a great fixed price of just £650 including fitting and VAT.

The hoods for the Honda s2000 have the following features:

1) Heated glass rear window.

2) Lifetime guarantee on the rear glass bonding.

3) Manufactured by Robbins Auto Tops.

4) Best aftermarket fit and quality.

Call us on 0208 391 5324 or 5326 or use our contact form to book your car in today.

*Your car must be booked in and brought in for fitting from 1st-15th April 2016 inclusive to qualify for the fixed price of £650 inc VAT. Offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Top Tips for Buying Your First Convertible

Top Tips for Buying Your First Convertible

background-1239236_640Buying a new car is an exciting yet often stressful process. Will you make the right choice? Will you get the best deal? Will you end up with a lemon?

 

There are some standard car buying tips that every motoring website worth its salt should have somewhere in its blog archives. But when buying a convertible there is one extra thing you need to think about: the hood.

So, if you’ve never bought a convertible before, here are a few practical tips to consider when choosing your next car…

1. Take a good look at the overall condition of the car.

Sounds simple but you’ll get a really good feel for how this car has been cared for and that will include the hood.

2. Inspect the outside of the hood.

Look for any fading, wear, creases, mould spots or anything that doesn’t look quite. If you see any sagging or bulging then you might have a problem

3. Take a look (and a smell) inside the car.

Again look for anything that signifies a problem or lack of care.

One key sign that a convertible hasn’t been taken care of is how it smells when you’re sitting in the driving seat (and the roof is up). Even a faint whiff of mustiness or mildew so have your alarm bells sounding off like crazy! Whatever reason you may be given this smell is a no no.

4. Get the roof working.

Again sounds obvious but you really need to see that roof go up and down a good few times to make sure the mechanism is working and more importantly consistent and fault free. Any issues with this process should make you want to walk away.

5. Trust your instinct and listen to your head.

If something feels off then it probably is and you’ll want to give that particular a miss. Even if you have fallen in love with the specimen in front of you, don’t be ruled by your heart or your wallet might never forgive you. Have a think – go away and come back if needs be – but don’t get swept away by convertible fever.

Here’s an extra tip for free…

If you have decided on the make and model of your next convertible, do some research on common problems (or ask your friendly car hood experts if they know of any) before you go buying.

Oh and if you do happen to get over-excited and find you have a hood with a problem, it’s not the end of the world because you can always ask us for help.

 

If you would like to know more about our car hoods, our fitting service or would like to take a look round our premises then please get in touch on 0208 391 5324/5326 or email us on info@carhood.com.

Car Hood Focus: Audi A4

Car Hood Focus: Audi A4

As the UK’s leading manufacturer, supplier and fitter of car hoods we cater to a wide range of vehicle makes and models, including the Audi A4.

We offer superior quality mohair hoods for Audi models ranging from the early Audi 80, the TT and the A4. Check out the full range of Audi car hoods we supply and fit here.

Here are some facts about our Audi A4 hood and fitting service:

– The Audi A4 genuine hoods come with a know fault whereby the window bonding fails. The only solution is a new hood.

– These hoods are available in Haartz mohair with heated glass rear window.

– We supply and fit them for just £725.

– This hood is manufactured by Robbins Auto Tops in America and comes with a lifetime guarantee on the bonding of the rear glass.

– We can fit this model on a mobile fitting basis in South East England.

– We can fit this hood in 3 hours.

– It’s one of our most popular convertible hoods makes.

 

If you would like to know more about our car hoods, our fitting service or would like to take a look round our premises then please get in touch on 0208 391 5324/5326 or email us on info@carhood.com.

Car Hood Focus: BMW Z3

Car Hood Focus: BMW Z3

As the UK’s leading manufacturer, supplier and fitter of car hoods we cater to a wide range of vehicle makes and models, including the BMW Z3.

We offer superior quality mohair hoods for all of the BMW models ranging from the early Baur to the Z4. Check out the full range of BMW car hoods we supply and fit here.

Here are some facts about our BMW Z3 hood and fitting service:

– These hoods are available in Haartz Twillfast mohair with a green tinted plastic rear window

– Prices start from £550 supplied and fitted

– We can fit this model on a mobile fitting basis in South East England

– We can fit this hood in 4 hours.

– Window repair is available from £185.

– It’s one of our most popular convertible hood makes.

 

If you would like to know more about our car hoods, our fitting service or would like to take a look round our premises then please get in touch on 0208 391 5324/5326 or email us on info@carhood.com.