We do more than fit car hoods – we make them too!

We do more than fit car hoods – we make them too!

Although we import many of our soft tops from the American companies such as Robbins Auto Tops and GAHH, we still manufacture 22 types of soft tops.

Blog-100616-Image-2Recently our most popular hoods have been the Ford Escort and VW Golf as these cars are going up in value. We also manufacture convertible hoods Mazdas, TVRs and Alfas to name but a few.

We manufacture on average over 100 hoods every month. They are cut out on our digital cutting bed then hand finished using various methods such as sewing and heat welding. We manufacture hoods using vinyl and two types of Haartz mohair: Stayfast & Twillfast.

You might be interested to know that one of our team used to work for Rolls Royce and another used to make saddles for the Queen’s horses!


So if you have a convertible car and need a new hood for it, you know you’ll be in very safe hands!

Get in touch or give us a call on 020 8391 5324 to discuss your requirements.

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…


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 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, 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 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.


  • 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.