Car Hood FAQs

Here is a collection of questions we are frequently asked…

Can I buy online from you?

We know just how many different types of car hood there are and just how easy it is to buy the wrong hood for your car so we prefer to have a chat with you about your requirements.

However, we sell a selection of hoods on our eBay shop ‘carhoods1’ for the VW Golf MK1 & MK3, Saab 900 Classic, MGF & MGTF, Mazda MX5 MK1 & MK2, Honda S2000, Ford Escort MK3, 4 & 5, BMW Z3 and BMW E36.

If you don’t know the exact style of hood that you need for your particular make, model, year and variation of car, then speak to one of our experts who can determine exactly the right hood for your car.

Of course, you can browse the different types of hoods we offer, but to save you all the hassle that comes with buying the wrong hood, when you are ready to buy just give us a call on 020 8391 5324 / 5326 or send us an email with your contact number and requirements and we’ll do our very best to help.

I have bought my car hood, will you fit it for me?

Yes, but because you haven’t bought your hood from us, we cannot guarantee the finished fit of the hood.

Because we constantly aim to deliver the best quality products and fitting service for our customers, we prefer to fit car hoods that we have supplied. This enables us to ensure that you only get the best quality product as well as the best fitting service, but if you have already bought your car hood, then just give us a quick call on 020 8391 5324 / 5326 to see if we can help.

If you do buy your own car hood, make sure you deal with a well-established and reputable company, that will recommend a hood fitter to you if you decide not to fit it yourself.

Do you fit the hoods that you supply?

YES! Our purpose built premises in Chessington, Surrey, our mobile fitting service and our trusted network of approved car hood fitters across the UK, means that at Car Hood Warehouse we pride ourselves on providing the very best car hood fitting service in the country for all the hoods that we supply.

What is included in your price?

Our supply only prices do not include frames, seals, window frames and fixings or delivery charges.  We charge £12 including VAT for deliveries within mainland U.K. and prices vary for outside mainland UK.

Our supply and fit prices do not include frames, seals, window frames or call out fees for mobile fitting*.

If you are unsure as to what you need just give us a call on 020 8391 5324 / 5326 or send us an email with your contact number and requirements and we’ll do our very best to help.

*Subject to availability and Terms & Conditions

How long will I have to wait for my car hood?

As the nation’s largest hood and soft top manufacturer we hold the largest stock of car hoods in the country. We also manufacture, supply and fit more hoods daily than any other company. In fact many of our competitors actually source their stock from us.

This means that we will usually have your hood in stock and if we don’t then we order it in or manufacture your required hood so you usually won’t have to wait more than a week to 10 working days for your car hood to be ready for fitting.

How can I prolong the life of my new car hood?

To prolong the life of you car hood, you should always store the car with the hood up, never leave your soft top down when it is wet, as mould and shrinkage will occur.

Other maintenance tips include:

Keep your new soft top in the CLOSED position for a minimum of two days to allow the material to stretch to the correct tension.

NEVER use a jet wash/car wash to clean the soft top.

NEVER store the soft top in the open position for long periods of time or when the soft top is wet.

Avoid long periods of inactivity of the mechanism as this can cause the frame to seize.

If you have a VINYL soft top – Clean with a soft damp cloth using diluted mild detergent such as washing up liquid.

If you have a MOHAIR soft top – Clean with a soft clothes brush to remove the dust and use a damp cloth diluted mild detergent such as washing up liquid to remove stains.

I want to save money, should I buy my hood on the Internet and then fit it myself?

You will no doubt be aware of the availability of cheap replacement car hoods on the Internet. Our strong advice to you is NEVER purchase a hood from any company or individual who cannot fit the hood for you. Most sellers will not accept returns on car hoods once you have started to fit them.

Based on all our experience it is our honest opinion that fitting hoods on most modern convertibles is not an easy do-it-yourself job. If you think you will save money and will be able to fit your own hood, then we advise you to think again!

Are your convertible car hoods made to the original specifications?

As one of the UK’s largest and longest established car hood manufacturer and supplier of convertible car hoods, we use the very best quality materials such as Haartz mohair and vinyl. We are confident that we supply and supply & fit the very best quality aftermarket hood available at an affordable price.

As well as manufacturing our own hoods we also supply and supply & fit hoods from two of the best and largest manufacturers in America, Robbins Auto Tops and GAHH Automotive.

Their hoods with glass windows for models such as the Honda S2000, Audi A4, Porsche 996, Toyota MR2, Porsche Boxster and BMW Mini are manufactured using a superior window bonding system which comes with a lifetime guarantee to eliminate window bond failure.

Do I have to come to your premises to have my new car hood fitted?

NO! Our mobile car hood technicians can come to your house or place of work and fit your new car hood. We can fit the majority of car hoods on a mobile basis*.

So if you require a hood for your Mazda MX5, Rover 214, MGF, Ford Escort, VW Golf, BMW 3 Series or Z3 or any other make please call us on 020 8391 5324 / 5326 or email us to discuss your requirements.

*Subject to availability and Terms & Conditions

Do you provide a guarantee?

YES!! All our car hoods come with a 12 month guarantee so you can rest assured that IF there are any problems we will do our best to resolve them or replace your hood all under guarantee.

Many of our hoods with glass windows for models such as the Honda S2000, Audi A4, Porsche 996, Toyota MR2, Porsche Boxster and BMW Mini are manufactured using a superior window bonding systems which come with a lifetime guarantee to eliminate window bond failure.

Do you repair car hoods?

Generally it is neither practical nor economical to repair car hoods. The average life of a car hood is anything between 5 to 10 years depending on how well they have been looked after. However, we can repair and replace plastic rear windows in most hoods and soft tops, such as the Mazda MX5 MK1 and MGF at £115 and the Alfa Spider at £150 including fitting and VAT.

Do you have other questions? Want to ask the experts?