Sunday Times - 4th September 2005
Q We own a seven-year-old Mazda MX-5 that has developed
a small hole in its vinyl hood. Is there an acknowledged repair kit on
the market? — AR from Birmingham
A Mazda does not sell repair kits but this is a simple
job that you can do yourself using the Halfords soft top repair kit. It
costs £29.99 and includes everything required to make three repairs.
If the damage gets worse, try Hot Hoods,
which can supply and fit a new vinyl hood for £220-£299, depending
on colour, type and vehicle year.
Just a quick note to thank you for your work yesterday. The car looks good and the hood got a quick test in the rain as it poured for a while shortly after I left you! Thank you also for the helpful hints from Clive and yourself- it is good to meet others with a passion for MX5`s. I look forward to many years with mine. I will be very happy to recommend you to others if the opportunity arises. Best wishes, Dennis Moor.
Caroline - Wolverhampton
I have just had a replacement mohair hood fitted on my MGF. The service I received was excellent Ian and Clive sent me out a sample in the post first to make sure it was the colour I was looking for and the hood was fitted in no time at all! I would definitely recommend Hot Hoods for anyone looking to replace their MGF hood the service and end result is excellent! Thanks again guys!
Kully - Chafford Hundred, Essex
I have just had my hood fitted today on my BMW E36. Firstly i would like to thank Ian and Clive for the excellent job that they have done,it has made my car look completely different.The service was to a high standard and i would recommend Hot Hoods to anyone who is thinking of having there hood changed on there BMW. Once again thank you.
Alison and John Palmer - Broadstone, Dorset
Apologies for not writing this sooner, however just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic job that you did on our replacement hood about a month ago. We went for mohair this time, and it really gives a whole new look to the car.
Thanks for your friendliness and efficiency - it was all done in about an hour.
Miss R Simpson - Thornton
I would like to say a huge
Thank You to the guys at Hot Hoods MX5.
I called Hot Hoods MX5 in desperation a couple of weeks ago asking for
my hood to be changed the next day due to the hood being punctured and
turning mouldy after heavy rains. Having already rung a number of other
mobile hood companies that day I was expecting the same negative response....But
the guys at Hot Hoods MX5 were extremely professional and gave me a yes!!!
They called me on the day giving me an ETA, arrived on time and did the
job in no time at all. Not only does my car look better but it feels more
stable to drive!
Hot Hoods MX5...Thank you for making me fall in love with my MX5 Sport
Syed Nauman -
I just wanted to say thank you for fitting my hood. I was surprised (no
white van!) and impressed at the way you guys conducted yourselves, you
guys were very approachable.
Once again thank you for the hood (which looks really good by they way),
and I will be recommending you guys to family and friends.
Many thanks for your prompt and efficient service on replacing the MX
hood on the Mk.1 model.
Excellent service considering you travelled from London to Ashby-de-la-Zouch
on Saturday morning and fitted the hood in just under 2 hrs.How did you
arrange sunshine on such a November day to enable you to fit the hood
in the open??
The motor now looks much smarter and good for a few more years yet.
Once again many thanks.
Thanks for coming and sorting out our hood so promptly,Its a great hood
and considering the weather we have had has proved to be totally waterproof,
which is a testimonial to your fitting skills, A great product at a very
good price and its nice to meet someone who keeps their word and sorts
out problems (not of your making) in such a prompt manner
This is just a quick email to say thank you very much for fitting the
cabriolet style vinyl roof to our newly acquired N reg Mk1 1.6 BRG (which
had an old tan roof before). We were very grateful for all the help and
advice that you gave us during the short time we were with you last Saturday
Hi Ian and Clive, it's Paul from Leeds with the silver Mk1. Hi Guys, well
it's a couple of weeks now since you fitted my new roof and so plenty
of time for me to evaluate my investment. It started on the drive back
from Essex, on the M1 and plenty of driving rain.....but no leeks! A week
or so ago, this time in my home town, more intermittent rain.....but again
not a drop in the car! Then yesterday the heavens really opened, thunder
and lightening, rain pouring down almost non stop until about an hour
ago this morning.....and guess what? Not even one tiny drop has found
it's way into my car! That is fabulous guys, really fabulous. A few weeks
ago, all that rain would have soaked the drivers side and made using the
car very uncomfortable.
So may I thank you both for a great job well done and not only for that
but also for all your other good advice and tips that you offered me on
the day, much appreciated. All I can say is that I am over the moon, a
fantastic job at a very reasonable price and certainly well worth the
10 hour round trip drive, no question. I will certainly recommend your
services to any other MX5 driver I meet in need of a roof and am more
than happy for you to quote me on your recommendations page of your web
site if you want to. So again thank you to you both and all the best for
Rich & Tracey Kirkman
To the guys at Hot Hoods,
Thanks for the new hood, fantastic job (she's so much quieter now). Excellent
service, very helpful (thanks for the chauffeur service to and from the
station Clive !!). If you have ever got anyone in this area who wants
to check out your work they can come and see us anytime (although visits
at 2 in the morning would be frowned upon). Once again thanks very much.
Just wanted to drop a note to say thank you for the excellent customer
service I received today when you replaced the faulty manufactured hood
on my Eunos, a highly commendable attitude towards doing business. Thanks
Thanks very much for fitting the hood today at such short notice - it
will be a godsend over the easter break - if the forecasters are correct
for a change! Very rapid, very professional and a tip-top job - I'm very
impressed and would recommend you to anyone. You were even polite enough
not to laugh when I said I was going to spend the weekend playing about
by stretching my hood.... Thanks again.
Robert Webster, Norwich
"Many thanks for your quick and highly efficient service. The new
mohair hood was fitted in less than 2 hours and looks great. Also thanks
to Clive for the numerous tips on keeping my MX5 in top condition. Well
worth the 2½ hour drive to get to you. Thanks again."
Sue and Rob Hawkins
"I would just like to say how pleased we are with our new hood -
Thank you! You were right about the mohair transforming the car - it certainly
has! It looks great. Also thank you for all of the extra work that you
did for us.We will not hesitate to recommend you to others. Thanks again."
John Sharp, Bristol
"I would like to show my appreciation by letting you
know how pleased I am with the new Mohair Hood you fitted to my Mx5/Eunos.
I chose the heated glass window version, and it has transformed my car.
Everybody that has seen it remarks on how great the car now looks. I have
owned the car for over six years, and it has never looked better. When
my son and I arrived from Bristol, your son told us that by the time we
had walked to the nearby Tesco and had a breakfast and a look around,
the new hood should be fitted. On returning a couple of hours later he
had finished it and giving it a water test, which of course it past. No
more damp seats. The first time in six years!
"I just wanted to say many thanks for
the excellent service in fitting my new hood, it is perfect, with no more
leaks, thank you also for putting the flash into my lights, very handy,
it was great to have someone so enthusiastic about MX5s Thank you also
for all your handy tips, you certainly know your stuff!! I will certainly
recommend you, and will be very happy for you to use me for a recommendation.
Thank you again and best regards."
Mr J . Parrish,
"Thanks very much for supplying & fitting my new
hood. The service was second to none, very friendly , fast & efficient
. I would highly recommend. Excellent product & service. Thankyou."
& Mrs Thorn, Bristol
"We thought the service was
absolutely brilliant & we were very pleased with the hood. We
would recommend to anyone."
Moores, Wivenhoe, Essex
"I was very impressed by Ian's courtesy & dedication.
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this company. Good value
for money, good workmanship.....Exactly
what you are looking for in a small company."
"Brilliant value, stopped all leaks!
A thorough job."
"The hood looks wonderful & works well - definitely
no leaks as I got caught in a flash flood on the way home! At your prices
I think I'll change my hood to a blue one next time. Thanks again - keep
up the good work."
"Good value hood, excellent service. No hidden extra's,
the price you see is the price you pay."
am most impressed by the excellent quality of the new hood & the new
elec' window mechanism; your skill; efficiency& the attention to detail
during fitting & most of all value for money. The car looks as good
as new again. Thanks for a superb job."
hood, superb price, superb service! No more leaks! The car looks like
new! - What more can you ask? Highly recommended! All the best."
Alan Phodgetts, Surrey
"Having left the Mx5 Eunos with Ian to fit a
new hood - his wife Sue kindly chauffeured us to Ilford, where we had
a successful shopping expedition. After only 2hrs Sue came to collect
us & we returned to find the car resplendent with its new hood. Brilliant
& many thanks."
Mantell, Didcot, Oxfordshire
"Thanks for the work you did yesterday, fitting the
hood to my wife's Mx5 Eunos. We are very pleased with the result. I would
like to add thanks to your wife for acting as a taxi service for me!"
Alim, Southgate, N.London
"Thanks for the fitting of the hood in the freezing
cold. It looks good & it seems that the rattle which I had is now
gone. Can't explain it but you've done something.
Can't wait for the first rays of sunshine, thanks again for braving the
cold & I will be recommending you to anyone who asks."
"We are very pleased with the new hood. It is completely weather
tight and indistinguishable from original spec."
"I would recommend Hothoods to everyone who needs
their MX5 hood replaced. I had a slight problem with my new hood after
ten months and when i contacted Ian he replaced it right away."
"It's rubbish! But seriously, the hood's great. Makes
the car look like new again and doesn't leak after a thorough rain test
on the M4 yesterday! I'll be back if I ever need a new one. Thanks, James"
Wilson , Peterborough
Excellent job of fitting my hood. Took 2hrs as you said arrived at 10.30
and left at 12.30. What can I say, efficient polite and friendly service.
A happy UK MX5 owner!"
"Praise be to HotHoods! I was always concerned
when buying my MX5 that I would be ripped off when buying spares and accessories,
but for a brand new hood, fitted, in a couple of hours for £265?
That is more than reasonable, and the result does make all the difference
to the appearance and the integrity of the interior... no more damp seats!"
bloody marvelous! The hood was fitted in under 2 hours and after 3 weeks
hasn't leaked at all. No complaints whatsoever, would highly recommend
Hothoods to fellow MX5 drivers. Ian was also on hand to offer useful advice
and tips on how to keep the car clean and tidy. Overall excellent!"
short note is to say thanks for fitting the new hood on Good Friday. My
daughter was very pleased with the result. It was great to watch a man
at work who knows what he is doing and takes pride in his work. Should
you want to use me as a reference do not hesitate. Thanks again."
again for fitting the new hood. The car is rejuvenated and I keep dry!!"
like to say thanks again for you giving up your time today to sort my
just a note to say thanks for the excellent job you did fitting the hood
to my V-spec Eunos a couple of weeks ago. The fit is excellent, and on
your advice I left it up for a few days to stretch properly. It unfolds
and folds superbly, and looks absolutely perfect. And thanks to Clive
for removing my stereo and fitting the "flash" to my headlights,
all at no extra cost . Thanks again - it is not often someone promises
a good service and actually delivers it. Unfortunately, not so common
"Thank you to you and Clive for doing a great job
on my hood yesterday, the trip home was awful, high winds and torrential
rain all the way, but not a single drop made it through the hood. The
tyre was fine, I checked it regularly and had no problems. I didn't use
the repair stuff but felt a lot happier knowing it was there, so thanks
for taking me to Halfords to get it. It was great to meet someone who
delivers what they promise, good quality, great service, great value,
all done within 1.5 hours and a cup of tea thrown in! I am more than happy
to recommend you to anyone needing a new hood. It's a shame you're not
a bit closer, but still well worth the 5 hour drive. Thanks again, Dave."
"Hello, you fitted a new hood on my partners MX5 on
Tuesday. Can I take this opportunity to thank you for your hospitality
and the excellent service you provided. Many thanks."
"Thanks guys, the hood you recently fitted on my 1990
roadster is superb. What a difference it made! The service (and advice)
was outstanding, it was well worth the trip down there. Take care."
"WHAT A SERVICE, I REQUESTED A REPLACEMENT HOOD FOR MY EUNOS ROADSTER
ON A MONDAY TO BE FITTED IN KENT BY THEIR MOBILE SERVICE,WHICH THEY SAID
THEY COULD DO ON THURSDAY AT 1PM. ON THURSDAY IT WAS RAINING AND I EXPECTED
TO GET A CALL TO CANCEL FROM THEM, BUT AT 1PM THEY ARRIVED AND STARTED
TO TACKLE THE JOB, AND WHAT A PROFESSIONAL FREINDLY SERVICE IT WAS, ALL
DONE IN AN HOUR AND A HALF INCUDING ADJUSTMENT OF ELECTRIC WINDOWS, RAIN
CHANNEL CLEARING, AND LEAK TESTING. AT LAST NO WET SEATS, OR DRIPPING
ON SHOULDERS. IT IS VERY RARE THESE DAYS TO RECIEVE SUCH A SERVICE FROM
ANYBODY, I CAN HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS FRIENDLY SERVICE (AND A QUALITY HOOD
AT A BARGAIN PRICE, WHICH I DO NOT THINK YOU WILL MATCH ANYWHERE). "
"Chris (the car owner) is thrilled. He says the car
sounds much quieter now too. All he needs to "finish it off"
is some new speakers! Thanks for making the trip to Southampton and for
carrying out the job so efficiently. As you left my boss had a look too
and thought it a good job. As I mentioned, in a year or so he may ask
you to do the same to his Miata! Cheers."
"You fitted my hood on Saturday. All round service
that far exceeded my expectations. Many thanks, well worth the money.
Paula (and Zippy)
"Just a quick note to say a big thank you from myself
and Zippy - she has been well and truly Christened this morning - and
no drips on me! She looks lovely - and she is clean inside too! Again
just a big thank you!"
Matt Lawrence from Herts (black
supercharged mx5 V-spec)
"If you're looking for a fast, friendly and "cheap
as it gets" service then these guys will not disappoint. Flawless!!"