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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 Hatchbag boot liner in grey

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.

Get ready, set and go — Your complete checklist for the ultimate road trip

feet on dashboard

As John Steinbeck famously said ‘people don’t take trips, trips take people’ which is just one of the many reasons why the lure of the open road appeals to so many holiday makers. Taking a road trip is a great way to experience every aspect of your holiday, and making the most of the journey — rather than focusing purely on the destination — means that your adventure starts the very moment you put your foot on the pedal.

As with all types of holiday, a little bit of pre-planning can make a huge difference to the ease and enjoyment of your trip. This handy road-trip checklist will help ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible…

Get roadworthy

When it comes to road trips, the difference between the trip of a lifetime and the holiday from hell depends largely on the condition of your vehicle. Giving your vehicle a bit of TLC before hitting the road can help prevent any nasty surprises.

☐   Check that all vehicle documents are up to date. Ensure that your road tax, insurance and MOT are valid and will not expire while you are away.

☐   Book your vehicle in for a service. Don’t chance it that you will get a last-minute appointment, reputable garages are often booked up in advance.

☐   Roadside assistance. This could turn out to be invaluable if you break down in the middle of nowhere. It is often inexpensive and the cost is far outweighed by the peace of mind it offers.

☐   Consider hiring a car. Especially useful if your car is prone to being unreliable. If you have problems with it at home it is highly likely that it is not going to last the length of your trip.

☐   Prior to leaving, double-check the following:

☐   Tyre pressure

☐   Windscreen wash

☐   Engine oil

☐   Petrol

Plan your route

Getting lost can sometimes lead to the best road trip adventures, ‘sometimes’ being the operative word. Knowing where you are going and how to get there will eliminate stress and most certainly reduce the chance of navigational disputes!

☐   A recently updated Sat-Nav can be a godsend when travelling through unfamiliar areas.

☐   A trusty map is worth its weight in gold if you lose GPS signal, or if you want an overview of the wider area.

☐   Plan your route via the scenic route. Detouring from the motorways can open up some stunning scenery and views.

☐   Research guest houses, hostels and camp sites along your route in case your plans have to change for any reason.

Pack smartly

How much you pack depends on three elements: how long you are going for, the size of your car and the number of passengers. Packing everything you need while maintaining passenger comfort can be a tricky balance to strike, but the right equipment can definitely help.

☐   A roof box will free up space inside the car and is perfect for storing lightweight yet bulky essentials such as sleeping bags, camping chairs and clothing. It is worth noting cars become considerably less aerodynamic when fitted with a roof box, which may negatively affect petrol consumption.

☐   A protective boot liner fitted to the exact dimensions of your car boot will help prevent the car’s interior from being damaged when packing and unpacking bulky luggage. It will also protect the boot from the mud, sand and wet that inevitably gets transferred into the car whilst out and about.

☐   Pack smartly and make sure that your actual bags and cases aren’t adding on unnecessary bulk to your luggage. Handles and wheels can take up valuable space so think about lightweight alternatives, especially if your luggage is staying in the car or going straight from the boot to your accommodation. Consider using laundry bags for clothing. Stackable, clear plastic boxes are also great for organising general belongings, especially when camping.

In case of emergency

It’s always worth preparing for all eventualities so keep a box of emergency essentials tucked away. If possible, include:

☐   Emergency breakdown triangle

☐   Hi-vis vests

☐   Torch (with working batteries)

☐   Spare tyre/puncture kit

☐   Water and snacks reserved for emergency use

Get comfortable

Sitting in the same position for hours on end can become uncomfortable, so it is important to make regular stops to visit the loo and stretch your legs. Maximising in-car comfort will help make long stretches of the journey more bearable.

☐   Lightweight blankets can make driving at night cosier for passengers and will reduce the need to crank up the heating — which can cause tiredness due to dry eyes, not to mention burn more fuel.

☐   Supportive neck pillows can help passengers catch forty winks while in transit.

☐   Sharing the drive will undoubtedly ensure that all parties enjoy the journey. Make sure all drivers are insured on the vehicle prior to departing.

☐   Do not underestimate the power of snacks. Stock up on snacks that are easy to munch on the go, plus water bottles to keep you hydrated. Insulated flasks are great for keeping hot drinks warm, and they can be re-filled at service stations throughout the journey.

☐   In-car entertainment such as portable DVD players, tablets, guessing games and a few good playlists will help while away less scenic stretches of the trip, especially if you are travelling with children.

…and hit the road

A bit of smart planning can make a huge difference to the success of your trip and ensure that the journey is every bit as fun as the destination. So get prepared, get packed, get comfortable and get going!

The new Hyundai boot liner is here for the Hyundai Ioniq

Blue boot liner for the Hyundai Ioniq 2016 onwards

A Hyundai boot liner that goes with your new Hybrid Ioniq

A new Hybrid hits the road

‘’ Time for a little competition’’ the Koreans said. Although the Toyota Prius is the world’s best-selling hybrid car, the Koreans have taken on the challenge and brought their own to the road, the all-new Hyundai Ioniq. The car comes in three versions of electrification: the pure electric vehicle(EV), the hybrid model with a petrol engine combined with an electric motor, a plug-in hybrid – that’s basically the same as the hybrid but with a bigger battery for more range that you can charge externally – and a pure electric vehicle (EV). These three convenient vehicles have a one thing in common, the Hyundai boot liner for the Ioniq will fit them all.

What you will notice with the Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid, the performance is pretty good as the petrol engine and electric motor work together. This makes both model versions quicker than a Toyota Prius, but on the other side slower than, say, a Volkswagen Gold GTE. The Ioniq has been set up to handle urban areas well with light steering that’s easy to manage. However. if you want to use the Sport mode - this adds too much weigh.

Relax in style in the Hyundai Ioniq

Passengers in the Hyundai will have no trouble getting comfortable, as there is room to adjust on offer, however, when it comes to the back-passenger area, the Hyundai Ioniq offers some space, but there isn’t quite as much room for adults as there would be in the Kia Niro or Toyota Prius. If you are over six-foot tall, you will likely find yourself with your head close to touching the roof and knee room to be a little tight. On the other hand, if you need to be able to carry up to three kids in the back, you will see that there is plenty of space.

Plenty of space in the Ioniq's boot

The Hyundai Ioniq boot should not be underestimated - with its 443 litres you can easily fit the pram, the dog and your shopping in the boot. Plus, if you’re thinking of heading to the top, then you can easily store heavy loads in the boot, as the boot opening has quite a large opening. The seats also split 60:40 split, which comes in handy when you need to transport both passenger/s and very long items.

A Hyundai boot liner for the new car on the block

For all the Hyundai Ioniq car owners we are happy to announce that there is a Hyundai boot liner available to protect your boot. Come choose one of our seven colours for the right fit for your Hybrid, along with the choice between a Standard boot liner, a Rear plus and a Rear Split option. The latter two options are ideal if you want to be able to fold your rear seats down. All of our boot liners come with an array of other Ioniq accessories so you can customise the perfect Hyundai boot liner for your lifestyle.

Take a look at our Skoda accessories for both the Karoq and Kodiaq

You can keep your car boot staying in style with our Skoda accessories

The perfect mat for your Skoda

Our boot liners are not only handy to have after beach walks with the dog, but also following a hike. Here at Hatchbag we offer the perfect Skoda accessories to give you the full protection for your boot. Plus, at the same time offering a comfortable place for your dog to ride in.

Control the odours in your Skoda car boot

Skoda accessories - Odour Control pet mat

We offer an array of Skoda accessories for your Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq. Not only do we offer a boot liner for each model but also the choice of one of three mats for both you and your pooch. One of our mats we offer is the very special odour mat. After-all, as much as we love our dogs they do get very dirty and smelly after all the fun activities. So, with this in mind, we have developed a quilted blanket style mat which contains activated carbon to absorb and eliminate bad odours. These are tailored to fit inside a Hatchbag Boot Liner. Plus, the Odour Control Pet Mat has a special finish to repel hair and dirt.

Give your pooch some comfort with one of our Skoda Hatchbed Mats

Skoda accessories - Hatchbed Mat

The second mat we offer is the Hatchbed Mat, which comes in pairs. This way whenever one is in the wash (washing machine and tumble drier suitable) you have a spare one ready to go in the boot. The second great feature is the top section is about 25 mm deep of carpet - very comfortable for your pooch! These mats are designed and tailored to fit inside your boot liner and come with a unique non- slip rubber backing. Plus, our Hatchbed Mat is recommended by Vets and Pet Care Professionals.

Protect your Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq car boot from heavy loads

Skoda accessories - Rubber Mat

Last but not least is the Rubber mat. This one is very handy for customers who use their boot for heavy use such as, carrying tools or heavy loads. The mat allows objects to move across the surface without ‘’snugging.’’ The mat is also anti-slip, so will prevent both the mat and objects from sliding all over the place.

No need to fluff up the carpet

For the Skoda Karoq and Kodiaq we offer a Frequent Use Tabs kit, available on our Skoda accessories page. These tabs act as a sandwich between the liner and the carpet, to prevent the carpet from fluffing up. Each kit comes with thirty-two tabs, so you have more than enough to protect your car boot's carpet.

Skoda accessories for you

When it comes to these two models, there are a number of car boot floor variations on offer. For the Skoda Karoq, we offer one floor version and for the Skoda Kodiaq, we currently offer a liner for both the 7 seater and 5 seater version and for the latter we offer two but soon to be three floor versions. Make sure you check out each boot liner page to see if we offer the version for your vehicle. However, if we don’t then make sure you contact us, as you never know the version your after may be the next one we do.

Hatchbag car boot protector for the BMW X3, VW T-Roc, Mercedes CLA now available

Keep dirt from your brand-new vehicle at bay with a Hatchbag car boot protector

Hatchbag introduces the BMW X3 2018 boot protector

BMW X3 New Hatchbag Car Boot Protector

Get ready to have a new driving experience & Hatchbag car boot protector that will fuel any of your ambitions, especially with all the space that is available. This car gives passengers in the front enough head room and most importantly leg room, making it a very enjoyable ride. It is no secret that the BMW X3 is among the best large SUVs in having so much space at the front. In addition, the BMW X3 has an impressive family boot that can carry up to eight suitcases. Plus, if you need more space for loading bulkier items, the rear seats split in a 40/20/40 configuration, giving you more flexibility and space within the boot.

For those who like to go bike riding, or hiking (or just a walk on the beach) we have a new car boot protector for the two floor versions the BMW X3 has to offer. We also offer a version with a net on the nearside, which is ideal for those who like outdoor activities in keeping your boot clean, and at the same time have access to the net to store any equipment. The second option is for cars that have no net on the nearside. This will give you a bit more space as there is no net and the recess is a bit deeper.

Keep your VW T-Roc boot tidy with a Hatchbag car boot protector

VW T-Roc Hatchbag Car Boot Protector

Volkswagen has again proved that they know what to bring to the market with the new VW T-Roc, a car that will make you stand out from the crowd. Whether you are looking for a car with a red roof and a white body, they have something for everyone. The car also comes with an optional 4MOTION, to give you the opportunity to tackle almost any terrain. What is also very interesting about the VW T-Roc is its driver assistance systems, which will assist you on long journeys, making sure that you stay alert and avoid accidents.

Here at The Hatchbag Company we have just what you need to accompany your long journeys: a VW T-Roc new car boot protector, available in 7 colours and with various optional extras. We have designed two boot liners to fit the two floor versions the VW T-Roc has to offer:  a raised floor version and a low floor.

With the low floor version, there is more space in the boot for to carry heavy equipment or to give your dog that bit more comfort in the boot. If, however you don’t need all that extra space, the raised floor is ideal. Please look at our Vehicle Identification document before placing an order on the website, to make sure you are buying for the correct version.

Protect your Mercedes CLA Shooting brake with Hatchbag

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Hatchbag Car Boot Protector

The new Mercedes CLA Shooting brake is very stylish yet very practical, which makes it an exciting and alternative family car. This Mercedes has extra space, so ideal for whoever has a dog or needs that extra space for leisure. The boot has enough space for that trip you would like to take and any suitcases or a buggy. And should you wish to fold down the rear seats, your space will be boosted going from 495 litres with the rear seats up to 1354 litres with them down. This is a very easy process as the seats split 60/40, and they pretty much lie flat, offering you as much space as possible.

At the Hatchbag Company we did not want to miss out on bringing you a Hatchbag car boor protector. Our selection for the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake has two versions, for those who have a net in the boot nearside and would like to keep using it. This can be used to store some drinks when you go hiking with your pooch, or to store small equipment. For those who don’t use it, we offer a liner to cover the net part. We have seven colours to choose from and some interesting optional extras, such as a bumper flap to give your pooch the chance to jump out of the boot without leaving marks!

Our hatchbag car boot protector will keep your boot clean with all these new adventures the new BMW X3, VW T-Roc and Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake are going to bring you. Not only do you have a choice between seven colours, to find one that will nicely match your car, but there are also many other extras you can choose from.

Hatchbag welcomes a new family member - the Peugeot 3008 boot liner 2017 onwards

Choose the perfect options for your Peugeot 3008 boot liner

Peugeot 3008 – a great family car

The new Hatchbag Peugeot 3008 boot liner has been launched to coincide with Peugeot, who have upgraded their previous Peugeot 3008 so that they can bring a more stylish and sleeker SUV to the market, in order to compete with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar and Seat Ateca. Plus, not only is the Peugeot 3008 a great car for drivers but, also for passengers, which makes it a great SUV for families.

The benefits of the boot space in the Peugeot 3008

One great feature of the Peugeot 3008 that will benefit the whole family as well as their pooch is the boot space. The inside of the boot boasts of 591 litres - this means plenty of space for your four-legged friend(s) as well as transporting suitcases, picnic baskets, fishing rods etc. To make it even better - if you would like more space in the back for your dog or need to take a load to the tip, then fold down all the backseats to enjoy a car boot volume of 1670 litres.

How a Hatchbag Peugeot 3008 boot liner can help keep your car boot clean

Peugeot 3008 boot liner

And having all that boot space available, you will want to keep your new car boot clean. Luckily here at Hatchbag, we offer a boot liner and options to suit your needs. In addition to this, the Peugeot 3008 also has two floor options, a raised or low floor, so you can set the floor to the needs of your family or your dog. And here at Hatchbag, we have taken this into consideration and designed two Peugeot 3008 boot liners, to accommodate both floor versions. This way you can take your dog to the beach or go hiking, without having to worry about cleaning a big boot afterwards.

For more information and to see the options and colours we offer please click here

Why a boot liner is the perfect accessory for your lease car?

You've got a new lease car, but, you need to protect your boot when transporting your dog, pram, fishing gear, DIY tools, bikes etc. Here is where Hatchbag steps in with our array of boot liners in seven colours. Plus our boot liner extras such as, bumper flap, rear seat flap, tailgate cover and a choice of three mats; rubber mat, hatchbed mat and odour mat.

Blue bootliner in car

All of our boot covers act as a second skin to your car boot and will prevent your lease car boot’s interior getting covered in dog hair, scratched or damaged. And you may be thinking this all sounds great, but, if I use self-adhesive tabs to attach the boot liner to the car then will this damage the interior?

The answer is no. If your car boot is made from carpet and is self-adhesive tab friendly then you will not have to attach any self-adhesive tabs to your car. You may want to consider our frequent use fitting kit, which consists of thirty-two double-sided adhesive tabs. These tabs act as a sandwich between the liner and the boot carpet, so that when you remove the liner the carpet does not fluff up.

Cleaning your lease car boot

If your car boot is made from plastic, you will need to attach self-adhesive tabs to the boot. Before you do that, we recommend the following cleaning procedure:

  • - Take two lint free cloths and Autoglym Intensive Tar Remover.
  • - Soak one cloth in Autoglym Intensive Tar Remover and clean down the sides.
  • - Take the second cloth and dry the sides to the point the cloth is dragging across the surface.
  • - Test a piece of self-adhesive to see if it adheres to the plastic. If yes, continue attaching the remainder tabs. If not, please repeat the above steps.

When you come to remove the boot liner and self-adhesive tabs from the boot, we recommend the following procedure:

  • - Take Autoglym Intensive Tar remover and a cloth
  • - Soak the cloth in Autoglym Intensive Tar Remover and clean down the plastics to remove any residue
  • - Then take any valeting product and valet the sides of your boot

If you return the car after your lease is up then the car boot will be in the same condition as the day you got the vehicle.

Is your lifestyle reducing the future value of your car?

As the costs of motoring increase, fewer people are now in a position to buy a new or nearly new car outright. Instead, many motorists choose to opt for the tempting Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) deals offered by car manufacturers.

Unlike a hire-purchase agreement — where the customer owns the car once payments are complete — PCP allows motorists to pay lower monthly instalments over a shorter period of time. Then, at the end of the contract, they can simply hand the car back to the dealer and swap the expired deal for a fresh one on another new car, or purchase the car at its agreed Guaranteed Minimum Future Value (GMFV), which is specified in the initial contract.

As with all seemingly ‘win-win’ situations, there is a catch. Namely, how guaranteed this future value price actually is. Because it has been known for motorists to be financially penalised if their lifestyle subjects the vehicle to more wear and tear than the T&Cs allow.

To find out more about what motorists assume will affect the GMFV price on their car, boot-liner manufacturer Hatchbag ran a survey asking the UK public “What parts of a car do you think are likely to cost you money at the end of a lease?”  

Here’s what the survey revealed:

Graph showing parts of a car most likely to cost money at end of a lease

The results

As expected, motorists were most worried that damage to the bodywork would affect the GMFV when they returned the car to the dealer. Bumper scuffs, interior and window damage were also cited as being potential costs.

Surprisingly, the area that attracted the least amount of consideration was interior boot trim — the area of a vehicle that arguably receives the highest amount of daily wear and tear. With only 14.7% of respondents expressing concern, it highlights that the remaining 85.3% are at risk of facing financial penalties due to the state of their car boot.

Why is the boot such a key area for damage?

The primary purpose of the car boot is to transport larger bulky items, such as luggage, pushchairs or sports equipment. The very nature of these items means that they’re likely to rattle around in transit, potentially knocking or scraping against the interior of the boot and tailgate, not to mention the potential damage to the bumper that could be caused getting them into the boot in the first place.

The boot is also used to store items that might otherwise permanently stain the upholstery in the main seating area of the vehicle — such as muddy boots, wet coats and bags of food shopping— despite the fact that these items are equally likely to soil the interior of the boot. This also presents the additional risk of mould spores that become ground in to the boot lining if wet items aren’t removed immediately.

Boot damage can be a problem in any leased car; however, it is more of a risk in cars belonging to young families, pet owners and sport lovers.  Here’s why…

family sitting in boot of a car outdoors

Families

More often than not, the primary requirement for a family car is size. It’s not rocket science to discover that larger cars generally come with a larger price tag, making families the ideal candidates to opt for a budget friendly PCP option.

Unfortunately, young families are also the sector who are most likely to subject their car to an excessive amount of wear and tear — possibly jeopardising their chance of receiving the car’s full ‘future value’.

This is because the car is often used for the following purposes:

Family holidays – A time when the boot is invaluable for storing lots of luggage and possibly camping and outdoor equipment. Factor in sandy buckets and spades, deckchairs, wind breaks, muddy tents, dirty walking boots and the obligatory wet swimwear and towels, and you have a boot full of items that are likely to deposit dirt, sand and water. There is also the added risk that a boot packed with assorted holiday items could scrape the interior walls and tailgate.

Kiddy gear – Young children notoriously come with a lot of equipment, from every-day items such as prams and strollers to activity equipment like bikes, scooters, roller skates and football kits. All of this gear has one thing in common – dirt, be it mud, grease or oil.

Shopping - Although this isn’t a problem exclusive to families, multiple shopping bags accelerate the risk of delicate items becoming damaged in transit and subsequently spilling out of their packaging. A leaked bottle of olive oil, juice, tomato sauce or red wine can wreak havoc on the boot interior, which no amount of scrubbing can completely remove.

dog standing in boot of car looking at camera

Dog owners

Cars with larger boot spaces are also popular with dog owners, and are often used to transport dogs to and from muddy countryside walks. Inevitably, pet hair and mud will quickly become ingrained in the fabric lining of the boot, something that is difficult to prevent even with the use of dog cushions and blankets.

There is also the consideration that pets may become travel sick or have an ‘accident’ in transit. These stains — and their subsequent odours — can be particularly difficult to completely remove from a fabric boot lining. Some dogs also like to chew or scratch at the boot interior, causing irreparable damage.

Sport lovers

Larger cars aren’t exclusive to those who need to transport additional people or pets; sports lovers often opt for a car with lots of boot space to carry their equipment back and forth. It’s not unusual for boots of the neatest looking cars to be filled with golf clubs, fishing equipment, mountain biking and climbing gear, alongside football and general gym wear. Again, many of these items can create muddy or oily stains, plus scratch and scrape against the boot interior and possibly even rip the fabric lining.

Paws of dog and feet of child standing in muddy puddle

Damage limitation

As there is such a grey area around what counts as ‘normal’ wear and tear on a vehicle, it pays to take precaution and protect your car from any potential damage where possible. External scratches to bodywork are often unavoidable; thankfully it is much easier to prevent internal damage. 

It is relatively easy to valet the front and back seats and footwells as you go to prevent stains appearing; with boot space it is generally better to take a ‘prevention is better than cure’ approach.

One great way of ensuring that your boot is not subjected to damage is to fit a boot liner. Rather than throwing down a protective sheet — which is likely to bunch up or slip around, leaving areas of the boot lining unprotected — it is possible to purchase a wipe clean, padded boot liner designed specifically to fit the exact measurements of the make and model of your car. This secure fit means that every inch of the boot lining is protected from any potential damage.

By protecting the boot lining — and inside tailgate if necessary — there is no need to worry about how your lifestyle may be affecting the future value of your car. Instead, you can maximise those family outings, muddy walks and outdoor activities — the very reasons why you may have chosen that particular car in the first place.

The Best Ways to De-Ice (and Other Winter Car Care Tricks)

As the winter months draw in, the prospect of curling up by the fire with a hot chocolate, an outing for a crisp winter countryside walk, and a host of other winter activities may excite. Sadly, a host of less car-friendly weather conditions also approach, with one of the more arduous ones for car owners being that morning ritual of having to de-ice your frozen car before you can set off on your commute to work.

The team here at The Hatchbag Company are familiar with that ordeal ourselves, so we went in search of the best ways to de-ice our cars, which we thought we’d share with you, as well as one or two other winter car care tricks that you can employ in the upcoming months.

De-Bunking the Myths

Before we recommend the ideal ways to de-ice your car, let’s get rid of a couple of unhelpful, but commonly used, methods for de-icing our cars. Namely, using a hot kettle for melting and a credit card for scraping.

Hopefully you value your windscreen – and your credit card – too much to scrape the ice away with such a less than precise tool, given the scrapes it can cause, but we’d venture a guess that many of us have probably resorted to a boiling hot kettle to shift that windscreen ice when we’re in a rush to get on with our day. The problem is, the drastic and sudden temperature change can cause your windscreen to crack, and just because it hasn’t happened so far, doesn’t mean it won’t. We’d definitely favour being safe over sorry when it comes to your windscreen.

Preparation is Key

The method we’ve found to be the number one to share with you can be done in three different ways, but relies on the same key scientific fact; freezing temperatures.

Basically, rather than introducing intense hot temperature to melt ice on your windscreen, get a step ahead and cover your windscreen with a solution that freezes at a lower temperature than normal water. Soak a towel in the solution and leave the towel on your windscreen overnight. There are three ways to make the solution:

  1. Saltwater Solution: mix up a saltwater solution and soak your towel in it, with saltwater helping to melt the ice.
  2. Alcohol Solution: if you don’t have salt, you can use a (two parts to one part water) alcohol solution instead.
  3. White Vinegar: there’s also the option to use a (three parts to one part water) white vinegar solution.

If you forget to leave your towel out overnight, you can make up a saltwater solution that you can then wipe or spray onto your windscreen in the morning, but this will obviously take a little while to get to work, and you’ll need to be careful to keep it targeted to the windscreen, as the saltwater may not agree with your car’s paint job.

Other Tricks

How to Melt Your Frozen Car Lock: This is one of our favourite little tricks, and it involves using a daily household item to solve the problem of a frozen car lock. That item is hand sanitizer. The alcohol contained within the gel will help to melt the ice, so just put a couple of drops on your key, or around the lock, and watch the ice melt away.

How to Deal with a Foggy Windscreen: This advice comes in three parts. To prevent unnecessary moisture, never leave a bottle of liquid open in your car overnight. To wipe your windscreen without leaving marks, use a chalkboard eraser, while to suck moisture out of the interior of your car and prevent fogging, you can fill a stocking or a cloth bag with either rice or cat litter, both of which deal with moisture brilliantly.

 

We hope these tips will prove useful to you this winter. For more on protecting the interior of your car with one of our stylish and durable handmade custom boot liners, browse our range here: https://www.hatchbag.co.uk/boot-liners

How to Clean Your Alloy Wheels

Here at The Hatchbag Company, we’re committed to helping you keep the interior of your car, namely your boot, as clean and stylish as possible. At the same time, while we don’t provide products focused on the exterior of your car, we do love to see a car looking just as good on the outside as it does on the inside.

One area that can give your car that feel of lasting quality is in keeping your alloys pristine, which can be difficult to do if you have an active lifestyle that takes your car across a variety of terrains. So, we thought we’d offer some advice on how to clean your alloy wheels easily and effectively, keeping them looking great for the long haul.

Step 1: A Good Rinse

Begin by giving your wheels a good rinse with a hose, as this will not only get rid of any easily clearable surface dirt, but it may well also soften any more resistant grime or markings on the wheel. It can help to use a focused nozzle on the end of your water supply to deliver a strong stream of water to a particular point of the wheel.

Step 2: Non-Acidic Alloy Cleaner

Once you’ve done the initial rinse, you’ll want to make use of an alloy wheel cleaner, preferably one that is non-acidic so that it doesn’t cause any damage to the wheel finish. You may not notice it first time, but prolonged use of an acidic cleaner will chip away at the finish over time. There are a number of quality and non-acidic alloy wheel cleaners on the market, such as those from SONAX, and Wolfgang, to mention just a couple.

Step 3: A Soft Bristle Brush

Once you’ve given the wheel a rinse with water, then a bit of a lather with a cleaning product, it’s time to gently agitate away any dirt that is still stuck to the wheel by using a brush. Make sure that you use a soft bristle brush so that you don’t cause any scratches to the wheel finish as you brush in and out of the gaps in the alloy wheel.

Step 4: Lug Nuts and Wheel Wells

Once you’ve done the main alloy itself, it’s important to get to the slightly harder to reach areas, namely the lug nuts and wheel wells. Dirt, grime and dust can hide anywhere, so you don’t want to clean your alloy wheel only to have dirt from the lug nuts and/or wheel wells transfer back onto the main alloy as soon as you start driving.

This is particularly true of the wheel wells, as a lot of dirt, mud and gravel can be kicked up into the wheel wells while driving and then fall down onto the wheel later on. You can use an all-purpose cleaner and a slightly rougher brush for the wheel wells than you would for the alloy finish itself; it’s all about clearing that dirt.

Step 5: A Final Rinse

Once you’ve given every area a going over with a cleaning product and/or cleaning brush, you should give the whole area a final once-over rinse to clean away any bits of dirt you may have missed or partially dislodged.

Step 6: Finish by Drying

Now that the cleaning is out of the way, you may want to finish by drying the alloys to avoid water spots and give them that extra glisten. Make sure to use a microfiber towel, and ensure that you use a different towel for your wheels to whatever you use on your main car paint job.

 

We hope this has given you a helpful rundown of how to clean your alloy wheels properly. As for the inside of your car, Hatchbag can take care of that with our high-quality range of handmade boot liners, with a custom fit and colour choices for a range of specific car models, protecting your car boot against pets, sports equipment and tools. For our full range of custom boot liners, click over to: https://www.hatchbag.co.uk/boot-liners