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:

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…


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 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.

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.

Maintain your Mercedes E-Class boot in top condition with a boot-liner

One of our most popular boot liners is the Mercedes E-Class 2010 – 2016 model, so, when we heard that the new model had been released, we knew we had to get our hands on it. And, now, we are pleased to present the new Hatchbag boot protector for the Mercedes E-Class 2016on. The Mercedes E-Class Estate rivals models such as the Volvo V90 and Audi A6 Avant. It has a boot space of 640 litres with the second row of seats in the upright position and 1820 litres with the second row of seats folded flat. You also have the option of splitting the seats 40/20/40 meaning that the Mercedes E-Class Estate boot is versatile to suit your needs. Plus the load room area with the second row of seats lies flat making the boot a very practical space indeed. The boot comes with a powered tailgate and more legroom space than earlier versions of the model. So, with all that space to be utilised whether it is packing up the car with luggage for a family holiday, or, providing room for the family pooch as you drive to your favourite walking destination, you are going to want to make sure that mud and dirt remain at bay. And the Mercedes E-Class boot liner does just that. The liner is made from reinforced material and is tailor-made to fit the contours of your boot to not only provide protection but to also keep your boot looking stylish. Plus, with a choice of seven colours, we are sure you will find one that matches your car's interior. So head over to our Mercedes page now to customise your boot protector. Don’t forget to share your snaps with us. Tweet us your pics @thehatchbagcompany, or Instagram your pics @thehatchbagcompany or send them via Facebook.

Another new boot-liner to join the Hatchbag family - the Lexus RX (2016on)

The Lexus RX 2016on comes in two variations, the normal version and the hybrid version and here at Hatchbag, we have come up with a pattern which fits both variations. The Lexus RX 2016on version is the largest RX to date and is ultimately one of the biggest SUVs on the market, competing with the likes of the BMW X5 and Audi Q7. And even though it is so big, it is also a comfortable car, so great for both the driver and passengers. The boot offers 435l of space with the seats upright and 924l of space with the seats folded flat, so a good amount of space for your pooch to get comfortable as you drive towards the walking destination of the day. If you want to offer your furry friend some more space then you can either fold the seats flat 60/40 or all together. In some of the models, there is also a powered tailgate cover, which means, you can open the boot by hovering your hand or elbow over the Lexus badge, as long as your car keys are in your pocket. So, with all those journeys to be made, you will want to keep your boot clean and the Lexus RX 2016on boot liner offers the perfect protection. It comes in an array of 7 colours with a number of optional extras, meaning you can create the solution that suits yours and your family needs. Click here for more information: Remember to send us a photo of your Lexus RX boot protector in action, as we love seeing our product on the open road. You can tweet us your pics at @thehatchbagcompany, or send us via Instagram @thehatchbagcompany or via our Facebook page.

The UK’s Favourite Car Brands, Models and Colour

From supercars to well worn-bangers; Britain is in LOVE with its motors. In 2016, the British public added another 2.69 million new cars to the road which is a growth rate of 2% year on year. Consequently an immense total of over 38 million cars are now on Britain’s streets, with the love for a sweet ride differing in all aspects of size and function. Varying from functional hatchbacks to full-size 4x4s and even hybrid electrics – Britain has a brand or model for every personality. But which car brand has won the hearts of the British public? Which car model are Britons in love with? And what colour do they want their new ride coated in? To find out, we’ve data-mined through every registered car in the DVLA database to uncover the secrets of Britain’s car habit. UK favourite car brands Although their market share has been decreasing over the last few years (see below), the American giant Ford are the dominant car brand in the UK. With over 4 million cars on Britain’s roads, the only real competitor is Vauxhall which has nearly a million fewer cars on the road. The most ‘expensive’ brand to feature in the top 20 was Mercedes which impressively finished 9th in the results while the two other high end brands, BMW and Audi, performed fairly well finishing 5th and 7th respectively. The Nation’s Favourite Car Brands – 2014 – 2016 While little has changed over the past three years, there are some obvious winners and losers. Audi has made an impressive jump from 9th most popular in the UK to 7th, while Kia, a brand that started 19th in the analysis in 2013 managed to sell over a 100,000 cars in three years, improving its ranking to be 16th most popular. The Nation’s Favourite Car Brands – 2012 – 2013 The Nation’s Favourite Car Brands – 2010 – 2011 The Nation's Favourite Car Models 2016 UK favourite car models Next, we took a close look at Britain’s favourite car models. Analysing over 38 million registered car models in the UK, it was the Ford Fiesta Zetec which came out on top in 2016. In fact the Ford brand managed to take the top three places in our Model analysis, with the Mini Cooper managing to be the only non-Ford model to break into the top six. Other popular models include the Fiat 500, the Volkswagen Golf and the Renault Clio. The Nation’s Favourite Car Colours The data we received enabled us to also examine the colours registered against cars in the UK from 2006 through to 2015. Below you will see two graphics. One displaying the change from 2011 to 2016 and the other showing the change in colour preference from 2006 through to 2011. Analysing 31 million cars across the UK, Silver/Aluminium was the favourite colour in 2011 with a staggering 7.3 million painted this colour. Over a million behind, blue and black are the UK’s second most popular car colour with just over 6 million cars coated this colour. Interestingly, white has surged in popularity in the last 10 years while the demand for a red car has dropped off extensively. Meanwhile, multi-coloured cars still seem to be a popular choice, with just under 8000 cars opting for a tacky tinge. Make use of the interactive charts below to analyse the data further. UK favourite car colours Nations Favourite Car Colours 2 The Nation's Favourite Car Colours 2011-2015 The Nation’s Favourite Car Colours 2006 – 2011 While the chosen colours have largely remained the same, the biggest trends seem to be the decline in people choosing blue cars which correlates with the rise in silver car popularity. The other notable trend is the significant drop in love for a green coloured car. Within the space of 5 years there is over a million fewer green cars on the UK market. Britain’s Favourite Cars – Top 6  

The all new Jaguar F-Pace boot liner is now available

After what feels like forever, Jaguar have finally released their first ever SUV vehicle and what a lovely vehicle it is. This stylish car is great for those who want an SUV which is more of a sporty number, allowing five people to experience off-road driving. And for all those who enjoy having access to more space in the boot, then the Jaguar F Pace does not disappoint, with their boot being larger than other vehicles in this category. Therefore, with all that space in the boot, you will want to make sure that your boot stays in tip-top condition, like the first day you bought your vehicle. And here at Hatchbag, we have something to match your Jaguar F Pace’s smart and classy exterior and interior. Our boot liner is the perfect accessory for your Jaguar F Pace, as not only do they come in an array of 7 colours for you to choose from, but, it is also tailor-made to fit every contour of your boot. Therefore, not only will your boot remain clean, but, it will also be in keeping with the luxurious feel of the Jaguar F Pace. For more information about the Jaguar F Pace boot liner, then simply click here.

Mercedes GLE class boot liner now on sale

The stylish new Mercedes GLE Class is a great vehicle for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With an elegant, agile exterior and a wealth of space and comfort inside, the GLE Class has it all when it comes to a large, luxury SUV. With the option to add an off-road package and considerable cross-country ability, the Mercedes is a natural when it comes to the outdoors. So what are you waiting for? Pack up the boot and get out and enjoy the great outdoors! Just be sure to install your tailor made boot liner to ensure your boot stays in pristine condition. Of the highest quality and easy to clean, you can rest assured that your Hatchbag boot liner will keep your vehicle looking just as good as when it left the show room. All of our boot liners come with easy to follow instructions. We have even uploaded a range of video tutorials which also show you how to install your boot liner. Click here to view our videos. For more information about the Mercedes GLE Class boot liner, simply click here. If you don’t see your car model in our catalogue, then why not drop us a line? It could be the next addition to our product range!

By popular demand the Kia Sportage boot liner is here!

You asked and we listened. Following a flurry of requests, Hatchbag can exclusively announce that the Kia Sportage (2016 onwards) boot liner is now available. This stylish boot liner comes in both a raised and low floor version and in 7 distinctive colours. Earlier this year, we created an online enquiry form that enabled our customers to submit requests for vehicles that we didn’t currently provide a boot liner for. There was a resounding response requesting a boot liner for the Kia Sportage 2016 onwards. The Kia Sportage was first introduced in 2010 and it has continued to be the small SUV of choice, competing against the likes of the Nissan Qashqai. This Sportage has a spacious interior, perfect for those family days out or adventurous dog walks and with a Hatchbag boot liner in place, you can prevent any mess and damage to your boot that inevitably comes with muddy pooches and a sandy day at the beach. For more information about the Kia Sportage boot liner, simply click here. If you don’t see your car model in our catalogue, then why not drop us a line? It could be the next addition to our product range!

Introducing the Skoda Octavia Hatchback boot liner

The Skoda Octavia is a great family hatchback, offering ample boot space and a feast of practical features. Mums and Dads know all too well the wear and tear those great family days out can have on your boot. From muddy wellies to sandy picnic blankets, your car boot can often bear the brunt of it… but not anymore! The designers at Hatchbag have been busy creating a boot liner that is tailor made to fit the Skoda Octavia Hatchback 2013 models onwards. Available in 7 great colours, and with various additional extras, you are sure to find a boot liner to suit your needs. For more information about the Skoda Octavia boot liner, simply click here. If you don’t see your car model in our catalogue, then why not drop us a line? It could be the next addition to our product range!

Hatchbag release new boot liner for Nissan X-Trail

We are very excited to announce the launch of a new boot liner for the Nissan X-Trail. This tailor made accessory is a stylish addition to your vehicle and is perfect for keeping your Nissan X-Trail in pristine condition. The Nissan X-Trail is a versatile SUV, as you have the option to choose whether you want a raised floor or low floor version, depending on which floor level is best suited to your lifestyle. And, here at Hatchbag we have made sure that we have a boot liner to match your preferred floor version. If that wasn’t enough, there is even the option to include various extras such as a bumper flap or rear seat flap, all of which come in a range of 7 colours. All of our boot liners come complete with easy to follow instructions and are of the highest quality to ensure lasting durability. For more information about the Nissan X-Trail boot liner, simply click here. If you don’t see your car model in our catalogue, then why not drop us a line? It could be the next addition to our product range!

Why are Hatchbag Boot Liners Perfect for Small Vehicles?

So, you currently own a small vehicle whether it be a Seat Mii, a Volkswagen Up, a Skoda Citigo, a Mini Hatchback Mk 1, Mk 2 or Mk 3, or even a Smart ForTwo and you are thinking well my car boot is rather small is there any need for a boot liner, as how much damage is really going occur? To all the dog owners out there, you do not need us to tell you just how much dog hair can get all over the car boot, even into those areas that are so hard to reach and therefore, no matter what size the car boot, a Hatchbag boot liner is perfect for keeping those hairs at bay.SmallVehicleImage1 But, for all those who do not have a dog then you may be asking yourself well why do I need a car boot liner? Well, for owners of a Seat Mii, or a Volkswagen Up or a Skoda Citigo, you will have realised that it does not take long for those metal sides of the boot to get scratched or become damaged, even by just putting your weekly shopping in the back of the car. Therefore, our boot liner will ensure that your car boot is protected at all times. And, for all you budding gardeners or even those who just like to potter around the garden, who are fed-up of cleaning the mud from plants which have moved position during the car journey, or, bags of soil which have split and distributed mud everywhere in the car boot; which evidently is a time consuming experience. So, here is where our Hatchbag boot liner steps in, as with one quick wipe down with a wet cloth all those mud spillages will disappear and your car boot will be left in pristine condition. Furthermore, with our rear split version, you can even extend the coverage on the drop-down seats, preventing any damage to the actual car interior. SmallVehicleImage4         So, no matter how small your car boot, Hatchbag boot liners can help not only prevent damage from occurring to your vehicle but also saving you time from spending ages cleaning the boot, so that you can spend more time on doing the things you love like gardening. For more information on our boot liners, please click here!