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Behind The Scenes

The journey of a Hatchbag boot liner.

Today we want to show you what happens between clicking “Place Order” and the parcel arriving on your doorstep.

Here at the Hatchbag Company, everything is made in-house. So from the moment an order arrives in our online shop our team takes over.

printed order check

As our boot liners are tailored to fit your car model exactly, we sometimes will ask you very specific questions during the ordering process on our website. We check that your order has all the information we need, and we will contact you in case there are any unanswered questions. Our Customer Service team will help you if you need any more help with the configuration or are unsure about the specifics of your car model.

Once we have all the information we need, production begins. Your selected colour material will be cut by a state-of-the-art cutting machine and then hand-marked by the cutter. This is a unique identifier for your personal order.

red PVC bootliner material    several colours PVC bootliner material 

How many pieces make up a bootliner?

It differs from car to car, model to model. But here is an example of what a bootliner looks like when the cutter is done with it.

bottliner

It is then handed to our high-frequency welders, who weld the first batch of hook and loop fastener strips onto your boot liner.

Yes, you can weld fabric, too!

fabric welder

Once the smaller hook and loop fastener tabs are safely welded onto the PVC, the individual loose parts of the cut-out material move into our sewing room. Our team of highly skilled sewing machinists will then sew all the prep work like darts and long strips of hook and loop fasteners into the boot liner. Darts make sure the boot liner will fit into all the recesses in your car and will hug the edges tightly. The long strips of hook and loop fastener are your attachment points for extras like Bootliner Extension or Bumper Flap. No robots involved!

sewing machinist

Once the prep work is complete, straps for the headrests and our logo are inserted.

From here the boot liner moves on to the next team.

All the various pieces that make up the boot liner are assembled into the main product, your boot liner is finally talking its final form. Every piece is sewn into place and all is secured with a black border around all of the outside. This is called TAPING and gives the edges of the liner and all our extras like bumper flaps and tailgate cover a nice, clean finish.

bootliner taping

Your liner is finished, so now it gets teamed up with the correct tabs and strips of hook and loop fasteners so you can attach your boot liner securely to your car.

Every car is individual, so our logistics team will personalise your fitting kit before your order gets packed for shipping. Some cars need more fasteners than others, some don’t need any at all, so we take care in putting together the correct tabs and strips for your fitting requirements.

fitting kit prep measuring fitting kit prep

All that’s left to do now is ship your order out. Our courier collects daily and has a Next Day mandate within the UK, so your order is normally with you the day after it has left our sewing room.

If you are in Europe and USA, we aim to deliver your order within 6 to 8 days after it was placed.

 stack of parcels parcel ready for shipment parcel cage

We hope you enjoyed this little look behind the scenes and discovered something interesting in the making of a tailored car boot liner.

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The Hatchbag Team

We Want Your Car!

To make a new boot liner we simply require access to the vehicle it will be fitted in. 

This will require two visits to our factory roughly 3-4 weeks apart lasting between 2 and 4 hours each visit! So that we can scan the boot liner and design a tailor made liner to fit the specific shape of your boot.

 

If you have any of the cars listed below and live in the North West, we would like to hear from you!

As a thank you for your time we will provide you with a Hatchbag boot liner free of charge with your choice of options*

*Any mats will be charged. All other options are free. Factory Address is: Unit 1, Turbine Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 9HP

 

If you are interested, please contact us via email designenquiries@hatchbag.co.uk and we will give you all the information you need.

 

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé 2021 Onwards

BMW X3 2018 Onwards (inc. IX3) FRSD version

BMW X6 2019 Onwards

Citroën C4 / ë-C4 2020 Onwards

Dacia Jogger 2022 Onwards

Ford Tourneo Custom L1 2020 Onwards

Ford Tourneo Connect 2013 to 2021

Ford Tourneo Grand Connect 2013 to 2021 7-seater

Honda CR-V 2018 Onwards 7-Seater

Jaguar F-Pace 2021 Onwards

Jeep Wrangler 4-door 2018 Onwards

Kia E-Niro 2019 Onwards - bootshape 2 (refer to Vehicle Identification)

Kia Sorento 2020 Onwards

KIA SPORTAGE 2022 Onwards

Lexus UX  2018 Onwards

Mazda CX-30 2019 Onwards

Mazda MX-30 2021 Onwards

Mercedes Benz A Class 2018 Onwards – PHEV version

Mercedes C Class 2021 Onwards Estate

Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake 2019 Onwards FRSD Raised Floor Hybrid Model

Mercedes Benz GLB 2020 Onwards

Mercedes Benz GLC 2015 Onwards Plug-in Hybrid Version

Mercedes Benz GLE (SUV) 2019 Onwards - Hybrid Model (Not Coupe)

Mercedes Benz V Class

Nissan Juke 2019 Onwards

Peugeot 308 2021 Onwards Hatchback 

Peugeot 508 SW (Estate) 2019 Onwards (boot with net on right side, not speaker)

Porsche Taycan 2021 Onwards

Skoda Fabia 2022 Onwards Hatchback

Subaru Outback 2020 Onwards 6th Generation

Tesla Model S 2021 Facelift and onwards

Toyota Highlander 2020 Onwards (no speaker in left side of boot)

Toyota Yaris Cross 2021 Onwards

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback 2021 Onwards

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 2022 Onwards (incl Hybrid)

Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake 2020 onwards - Shape 3 wanted (refer to Vehicle Identification)

Volkswagen ID.4 2021 Onwards with a Variable floor  (refer to Vehicle Identification)

Volkswagen Taigo 2021 Onwards

Volvo C40 2021 onwards

Happy Mother's Day!

On Sunday, 27th March the UK and Ireland will celebrate Mothering Sunday and we at The Hatchbag Company want to say a big THANK YOU to mothers all around the country!

 

This year, why not give your mother something that will not wilt or melt, but last a long time? Combine this with the most valuable present of all – spending time together – and you have a truly memorable Mother’s Day gift.

Here are some ideas that are suitable for every budget, but priceless every time:

 

Make it a fancy, luxury weekend breakaway in a SPA hotel, get a mud bath together and have a giggle reciting quotes form The Mummy during your hydrating full-body wrap.

Take a drive up to the nearest stately home and have a decadent afternoon tea, complete with that glass of bubbly and wishing you both could take the butler home to do all the washing up for you.

Or just have a long, good catchup and set the world to rights again during a leisurely stroll through a public park or gardens, or visit that local farm where you can pick your own flowers (and veg!)

Whether your Mum is outdoorsy, likes to garden or has a dog or two, a perfect gift idea could be a boot liner to protect her car boot from all the mud and dirt that comes with rainy walks, four legged friends and plant soil. The Hatchbag tailor-made car boot protector won’t let any dirt or water get into her car’s interior, it is waterproof and easy to clean (unless you want the car to join in the mud bath at the SPA weekend)

Check out our options on our website The Hatchbag Company

 

We would love to see whatever you decide to do, send us your memories on Twitter @HatchbagCompany, on Instagram @TheHatchbagCompany and on Facebook The Hatchbag Company.

 

Thank you, Mums everywhere, you are all superheroes!

 

 

The Science of the Car Boot

Photo by Andrew George on Unsplash

‘The Science of the Car Boot’, you’ve got to be kidding! A boot is a boot, nothing to it! Right?

Not so fast!

Let’s start with the obvious: Car manufacturers bring out new models every year, update existing ranges and modify vehicles to be electric. So, the first step is to identify the year of your car, particularly if there was a change for the year in which your car has been registered. In that case you must verify the shape of your loading area, checking if it has the new or old shape. And don’t forget to count your seats: A vehicle with 5 seats has a totally different boot shape then a 7-seater with the third row folded down.

If your vehicle is fully electric, a plugin hybrid or a self-charging hybrid, chances are that the boot looks slightly different compared to a combustion engine car, because the batteries are usually housed under the boot floor.

Now that we have established the basics, let’s get down to the details: There are load covers, dog guards, D-rings, recesses, plastic dividers, storage nets and bars, spare wheels or space saver wheels, foam inserts, speakers and rear seats & tailgates that can be manual or electric. And don’t get me started on floors! Fixed or variable, high, middle, or low, left in or removed. Now multiply all of the above and you have an infinite number of possibilities.

Luckily, if you are buying a car boot liner from the The Hatchbag Company, all the work has been done for you! All you need to do is to select your vehicle and follow the easy step by step process to select your product. Info sheets, provided for every vehicle, will help you to identify the options, just compare the images with your boot.

Once you have selected the correct boot liner, you can be reassured that it will fit your car like a glove and that it will give many years of protection.

Have a look now: Car Boot Liner from the Hatchbag Company

Hatchbag, the Perfect Xmas Gift

Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

A “Sumo Squats Game”, a set of “2 Upside Down Wine Glasses”, an “Igloo Hedgehog Home”, “Name a Rose Bush” and a “Meerkat Encounter for Two” are all popular Xmas gifts this year!

Even if you are not looking for something unusual or if the lucky recipient is one of those people who are impossible to find presents for, spotting an appropriate present can be difficult. A good approach in situations like these is to go for something practical, something that adds value and is long lasting.

A fully tailor made car boot liner, available for all popular car makes and models could be just what you have been looking for. The PVC boot protector comes in a range of colours and fits the loading space like a glove, providing complete protection for pet owners, workmen or sports enthusiasts.

It is simple to select the correct product online, just go to The Hatchbag Company. The order process is an easy-to-follow step by step process and there are handy guides to identify the year of the car and the options in the boot, if necessary.

A car boot liner from the The Hatchbag Company is useful for dirty hiking boots after a late autumn walk, wet or muddy sports equipment, or even to take the Xmas tree to the recycling centre when the festivities are over. Dog owners will particularly appreciate it all year round.

A car boot liner as Xmas gift is sure to be valued, treasured, and shows that you care!

Halloween 2021

It’s that time of year again, when children pick their favourite costume, everybody stocks up on sweets, and scary stories are told…

Halloween is originally a Celtic custom, originating mostly from Ireland, was then popularized in America, and transformed into a more child friendly event. Over the last few decades, it has become widely celebrated in Europe and thus coming almost full circle.

Today it’s a hugely anticipated event, when the little ones get to dress up, eat their favourite candy and play the odd prank or two. Costumes are available from all the popular animation films, well known fairy tale characters and all the scary creatures that roam the night. Elsa and Anna from Frozen are perfect for two sisters, Spiderman and Superman are always top of the list for boys and Zombies, Skeletons, Mummies, Monsters, Witches and Wizards are ideal for a fright.

Obviously, a pumpkin is also part of the tradition, and these days many farms put on special events, where you can pick and carve a big vegetable. Make sure you bring your wellington boots, rain gear and maybe even a flask with a hot drink. It’s autumn and sure to be cold and muddy. Also consider to provide some protection for your boot space to get it all home without creating too much mess in the car.

A general boot mat, boot protector or an improvised blanket might do for light use and dust. For mud, dirt, damp or wet items and things that might touch the sides of your boot, you need some better protection, such as a custom-made boot liner, individually crafted for your vehicle. That way the entire boot space is covered, and with additional extras, you can also shield the inside of your boot door, the top of your rear seats, the bumper and even the entire loading space with rear seats folded, if an extension is added.

If you wish to get yourself a great solution to protect your car boot visit our boot liners page: https://www.hatchbag.co.uk/boot-liners

Amongst all the fun, food and frolicking let’s not forget one of the most important aspects of Halloween or any other tradition for that matter: it’s a perfect reason to get together, be it with family, friends or just some acquaintances. It’s a good time to catch up and have a good chat about what has been going on and what the future might bring.

Happy Halloween Everybody!

More than a third of Brits never clean car boot

Car boot

More than a third of Brits have confessed to never cleaning their car boot, despite experts advising to clean car interiors once a month, research shows.

In a recent survey conducted by boot liner manufacturer Hatchbag, 27% of respondents admitted to cleaning their car boot just twice a year, while another 7% said they only clean their vehicle’s boot yearly.

According toMotorway.co.uk, a car’s interior should be cleaned monthly. Although 17.8% of people claimed to clean their car boot once a month, 36% said they never do.

Claudia Finamore, commercial manager at Hatchbag, said: “Cleaning inside your car, including the boot, monthly will ensure you keep on top of any mess. If you use your boot frequently, you may need to clean it more often.”

In the study, nearly one in 10 respondents said they clean their car boot once a week.

Claudia added: “Empty your car boot before cleaning it and then hoover up any dirt, crumbs and dust.”

In a separate poll from Hatchbag, one in eight respondents said the boot is the area of their car that gets the dirtiest. Muddy shoes, mud from pushchair wheels and dog fur were commonly cited as the top causes for creating the most mess.

“For any dry mud marks, use a brush to loosen the soil before vacuuming,” Claudia continued. “A rubber brush or gloves can also help remove dog fur before hoovering. Use an anti-bacterial spray to remove stains from other pet mess.”

In the poll, 80.6% of respondents admitted they do not clean their car interiors as much as they would like to, with more than half of this percentage blaming it on a lack of time.

Claudia explained: “To minimise wear-and-tear and make future cleaning easier, fit a wipe-clean boot liner to the walls and floor of the boot. Before installing it, prep the non-Velcro friendly surface of the boot (plastics trims) with Autoglym Intensive Tar Remover using a lint cloth to make sure any silicon traces are removed and the Velcro tabs are adhering correctly.”

Other preventative measures include wiping down any items, such as sports equipment, before storing them in the boot and regularly decluttering the boot.

Without routinely tidying the car boot, it is easy for dirt, litter and storage to accumulate until it requires an intensive and time-consuming clean.

Is Your DIY Project Affecting The Value Of Your Vehicle?

tools

When it comes to tackling household renovations—such as redecorating or carrying out simple building projects—the DIY approach is often the most cost-effective solution. The advancement of online tutorials enables anyone to try their hand at trades previously left to the professionals, and in many cases, it is possible to achieve an effective result.

What the manuals don’t tell you, however, is the hidden costs associated with ‘doing it yourself’. Not all projects go to plan, resulting in wasted materials and less-than-desirable finishes. Also, the surrounding areas can become damaged if the correct tools and equipment aren’t used and lack of experience can sometimes result in mess and spillages, particularly when transporting materials to and from the DIY supplier.

timber

Protecting your vehicle from DIY damage

Transporting materials home from the DIY store can be a particular bugbear for DIYers, particularly if they are having to use the family car as opposed to a trade-specific van. The very nature of building materials means that there is a risk of damaging the vehicle’s interior and tailgate during transportation.

Whether you are a professional tradesperson or someone who likes to do DIY projects in their spare time, your vehicle will inevitably be damaged in some way due to bulky materials, dirty tools and oily machinery. As a result, you must protect your car from damage. Here Hadyn Leon from construction company Stone7 shares expert tips and advice for ensuring that your vehicle remains damage-free when transporting materials…

1. When transporting building materials make sure that you cover as much of the car’s interior as possible.

2. Old sheets and towels provide some protection but they tend to slip around and don’t stop liquids from seeping through. Bin bags can help with this but can easily rip. It is well worth investing in a boot liner that is fitted to the specifications of your boot so it will stay in one place.

3. Loading and unloading the car is a prime time for creating scratches and scrapes, especially if you are working in reduced light at the beginning or end of the day. Protect the bumper of your vehicle with a padded tarpaulin or choose a boot liner with an integral flap that can be folded out over the bumper.

4. Poor weather conditions can also result in bumper damage, especially if your hands are wet and cold and you lose grip of bulky items. Again, the more padding you can create over the bumper area the better.

5. When transporting timber remember to protect the backs of the passenger seats and headrests, especially when slotting posts in through the length of the back of the vehicle. Splintered wood can cause irreparable damage to upholstery so keep a stash of old towels, flat cardboard and blankets to hand to create a buffer around awkwardly shaped items.

6. Consider the weight of the items that you are transporting if you are using a vehicle designed for domestic use, it’s not worth compromising the suspension!


7. It’s not always convenient but where possible it is worth ‘double bagging’ bags or sand or cement—even if you just loosely wrap a bin bag around them. Loose sand is almost impossible to get out of carpets and can causes scratches if it rubs against delicate items.

8. If you do have a spillage of any type, try to tackle it straight away. The longer you leave it the harder it will be to remove and you may risk it transferring onto other materials.

9. Don’t underestimate how dirty your clothes will be! There’s no point protecting the boot of your car and the ruining the driver’s seat upholstery with oil or paint-covered clothes. Again, old (clean) towels and sheets can be a godsend, or invest in some disposable seat covers, typically used by mechanics.

10. If in doubt pay a little bit extra to get things delivered, you could well find that it’s far less than the cost of repairing or cleaning your vehicle!

Why your car interior becomes damaged and how to prevent it

car gloves

No matter how well you look after your car, it’s inevitable that the interior will start to show signs of wear and tear through day-to-day use, not least if your passengers include small children or pets.

Simple measures—such as removing muddy footwear, avoiding messy snacks, and taking litter with you when you leave the car—will help prevent mess from accumulating. Regularly vacuuming the upholstery and footwells and wiping down surfaces will also keep the interior in prime condition.

While it’s easy to keep on top of the passenger areas of the car, it can be a lot harder to keep the out-of-sight areas—such as the boot—clean and damage-free.

The very nature of the boot means you might use it to stow bulky, dirty items such as prams, bikes, luggage, sports gear or camping equipment. All of these can transfer mud, oil and other stains to the interior, and sharp edges can damage the carpeting or inner tailgate.

And while the boot is also a safe and practical area of the car for transporting the family dog, again there’s the risk of stains and potential damage from chewing or scratching.

The main causes of interior damage

To find out more about how car interiors suffer damage, we ran an independent survey asking the public: “What causes the most damage to your car interior?” Here’s what we found out…

Spillages—from either groceries or car maintenance items such as motor oil—attracted a combined 32% of the votes, highlighting that simple, day-to-day accidents can cause considerable damage to a car’s interior.

Children’s equipment and pets also proved to be common causes of damage, collecting 25% and 22% of the votes respectively.

Tools and sporting equipment were the main source of damage for 13% of people.

Holiday luggage was cited as a cause of damage for a further 8% of those surveyed.

What you can do to prevent it

This is one area where prevention is most definitely better than cure. Protecting your boot before you fill it with items that are likely to spill or scuff will undoubtedly reduce the damage caused.

You can do this by putting rugs and blankets down. However, they may slip and slide in transit, or moved or chewed by pets. They are also unlikely to contain any liquid spillages.

The best way to fully protect your boot is to install a made-to-measure, wipe-clean bootliner that fits securely to the walls and floor of your boot, covering all surfaces.

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What to do if the damage is already done

If the boot is already soiled or damaged, you may be able to restore it to its former glory with a bit of TLC.

Obviously it’s important that you don’t create further damage by using the wrong treatment for the stain. With this in mind, we turned to the professionals in the car-cleaning world for some expert advice. Russ Chadd from CarcleanseUK.com shares his expertise in removing common stains from a car interior:

What do you find causes the most damage to the interior of a car boot?

Liquid spillages such as milk, paint and fuel are probably in the top-five items that cause serious damage. Also, any heavy objects such as bikes, tool boxes etc. will eventually damage the carpet.

What methods would you use to clean the following spillages from a car boot?

Oil—Any oil-based spillage usually ends up damaging fabrics and plastics one way or another. It’s near impossible to remove every single trace of oil that has been spilt into a carpet and therefore we advise to replace boot carpets rather than try and clean them.

Mud—Dry mud can be easily removed from fabrics and carpets using a brush to loosen the soil and a cylinder vacuum cleaner to collect it.

Food spillages—Light food spillages can be removed from carpets and upholstery with a cloth or towel. However, if the spillage is heavy, dairy-based or likely to cause an odour, I would definitely recommend seeking professional attention.

Pet fur—Remove pet fur from carpets and upholstery using a rubber brush specifically designed for this purpose—simply brush the surface and then vacuum. If you don't have a rubber brush, rubber gloves will also work well.

Pet mess—Remove as much of the spillage (if solid) as soon as possible and keep the windows open. Apply an anti-bacterial spray to the areas and rinse using a damp towel.

If the pet has urinated, you will need to blot up the spillage and treat the area to prevent odour and bacteria. In this case, the best option would be to bring in the professionals.

Do you have any tips for helping to protect the car boot from damage?

A good-quality, purpose-made bootliner will no doubt shield the carpet from wear and tear. I can definitely notice a difference to the condition of the car boot when boot protectors have been used.

How would you suggest repairing a ripped boot lining?

This will depend on what it’s made from. If it’s moulded plastic, an epoxy resin or flexible filler may work well. If it’s thin plastic, the cheapest way to fix a tear would be using a good-quality adhesive tape.

Find the perfect colour for your Hatchbag boot liner

If you’re not sure which colour to choose for your new Hatchbag boot liner, this guide will help you decide. The pictures below will not only show you what our boot liners look like when they have been fitted, but also how the colour could suit your vehicle and personal preferences.

Due to the large volume of vehicles we provide for, the pictures shown are only generic ones. This means the pictures will not match your vehicle exactly but should give you a good indicator on how the boot liner could look in your vehicle.

Most popular colours: Black & Grey

Hatchbag boot liner in black

Unsurprisingly, most of our customers tend to choose black or grey for their liner. Black is what you would expect it to be, often complementing the existing darker colours of the boot. The grey can best be described as a battleship grey. An added advantage of the grey is that it shows the least marks over time.

Most vibrant colours: Red, Orange & Pink

Hatchbag boot liner in red Hatchbag boot liner in orange Hatchbag boot liner in pink

If you’re looking for something more colourful then look no further. If you are the kind of person that likes to stand out with brighter colours, take a look at our red, orange and pink liners. They will certainly jazz up your cars’ interior decor and make your boot stand out from the crowd.

Great alternative colours: Blue & Brown

Hatchbag boot liner in blue Hatchbag boot liner in brown

Our final two colours may not be the most popular or vibrant, but they do have a charm of their own and may suit your car perfectly. The blue is a royal blue, whereas the brown can be described as a milk chocolate brown. Brown is also very popular with customers ordering for cars with beige interiors.

Hopefully this guide has given you an idea of what the Hatchbag boot liner will look like in each colour. Now it’s time to go ahead and customise the perfect boot liner solution for your needs.