5 Reasons why you should never fit your own car hood

5 Reasons why you should never fit your own car hood

We know… You’re trying to save money, and a new hood for your beloved convertible car is not the cheapest of things. And then you add on the cost of getting it fitted!

It’s a story we are all too familiar with. There are plenty of tips and tricks on the Internet on how to fit your own car hood, just as there are plenty of companies you can buy a car hood from with the view to fitting it yourself. On the face of it, you have saved some money and you have the instructions at your fingertips.

Not so. As professional car hood fitters, with years of experience, we have seen the pitfalls of trying to fit a car hood yourself. We don’t supply just a car hood to retail customers precisely because we know how hard it is to fit a car hood, if you don’t know what you are doing. So if you are thinking about taking this route, we encourage you to think again.

And here are FIVE reasons why you should never try to fit a car hood yourself:


1. You could inadvertently cause further damage to your beloved convertible. Because step one – you have to take the damaged or old hood off. This is a job in itself!

2. You absolutely need the right tools and the right adhesives to make the job work. These are not easily available and if you do manage to get hold of the right stuff you might not use it correctly.

3. Lost fixings can put a scupper on the whole thing. When taking off your old or damaged car hood it’s so easy to misplace or lose the tiny, fiddly fixings used. If you do lose a fixing or two, and especially with older cars, you may not be able to replace them and bingo! You have no hood to fit and no car to drive.

4. There are no guarantees when you try to fit your own hood. You do a bad job and that’s your bad luck. If you get your convertible hood fitted by experts, with experience, not only do you get peace of mind that they will do a great job (and pretty quickly too) but with us you get a warranty as well.

5. Some hoods are more complicated than others. As experts , we can fit most makes of hoods in a few hours, some as quick as three. That’s with all the years of experience we have. Some do take a bit longer but one thing we can guarantee – it will take you MUCH MUCH more time than a few hours to fit your own hood. Instead of spending half a day or so in our car hood warehouse, your soft top could be off the road for days or even weeks (especially if you get into a fix).


Or one more thing (we know we said FIVE reasons but this one is a goodie), when all is said and done and you factor in the time it could take, the potential damage you could cause and potential lost parts meaning no hood at all, you really should never fit a car hood yourself.

At Car Hood Warehouse, our prices are for the supply and fit of your new convertible hood. Even then we are very competitive and on top of that you get a warranty on your hood and the best customer service in the industry!


If you fancy a chat about getting your new car hood fitted, then just give us a call on 020 8391 5324 or 5326. We are a friendly team, who want to help fill the world with one beautiful car hood at a time.

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.