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Convertible roof repair

Getting your convertible roof fixed

The term “convertible” originates from the word “convert,” basically implying a car with a roof that can change. Nevertheless, there’s much more to a convertible than simply the fact it is changeable. For example, there are several types of convertible roof tops based on their material and the way they are removed or come down/up.  There are hard top convertible cars, which can be detachable or retractable. There are also soft top convertible cars, made from rubber, polyester and vinyl or cotton or canvas. 

You may face some problems with a convertible roof over time. Often convertible repairs are due to malfunction of the electric or hydraulic opening/closing system, leaking rubber window seals, a 'smoky' or opaque rear window, or repair is needed due to intentional vandalism.

Convertible roof repair average costs and prices

The average cost of a convertible roof repair can vary depending on your car make and model, whether it is a hard top or soft top, but also the extent of the issue at hand. However, an average figure for repairing a convertible roof with WhoCanFixMyCar is around £79.34. Take a look below at the average costs for convertible roof repairs for some of the top car makes.

Car MakeAverage Price
Audi£89.69
BMW£128.24
Citroen£91.50
Ford£72.71
Kia£71.49
Mercedes£77.70
Mini£94.77
Peugeot£96.40
Renault£69.43
Smart£58.79
Vauxhall£191.23
Volkswagen£79.80

Top warning signs that your convertible roof needs repairing

If you are experiencing any of these problems associated with convertible roofs, then you will most likely need to book your car in for a convertible roof repair:

  • Leaking convertible roof, which lets water into the cabin

  • Slow movement when opening or closing

  • The opening and closing function is not working at all

  • A hole, rip or tear in the convertible roof

  • Mould or mildew growing on top of your roof

  • Rust on the frame of the convertible

  • Sagging convertible roof due to structural damage

  • Convertible roof repair

    Whether your convertible roof is damaged and needs patching up, leaking into your car, or the electrics simply aren't working, a convertible roof specialist can help to restore and repair it for you. Depending on the damage and the time needed to carry out the repair, as well as the make of your car, this can vary largely in price.

    Can include
    • Visual assessment
    • Electrical diagnosis
    • Material restoration
  • Upholstery repair

    The average cost of an upholstery repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £79.34. Keep your car interior looking presentable by getting an upholstery repair to your car seats or flooring. Over time, your car roof lining can also begin to sag and may eventually require a repair to keep the driver’s view clear.

    Can include
    • Upholstery cleaning
    • Upholstery repair
  • Window tinting

    The average cost of window tinting booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £201.92.

    Car window tinting involves a specialist technician applying a tinted film on to a window glass surface. The gradient of tint can be chosen by the driver, and can help to preserve the interior of the car from harmful UV rays.

    Can include
    • Assessment
    • Window tinting procedure

Which convertible roof repair service do you need?

If you are looking for a convertible roof repair, here are some of the options you may request:

Leaking convertible roof

A convertible with a roof in great condition should not leak, and this is even more true for modern convertible vehicles. However, if the rubber seals between the car and the roof have damaged or worn away over time, there is a chance of leakage into the cabin.

Convertible roof not opening or closing

If your convertible roof repair is due to it not going up or down when you press the switch, then there can be several culprits. It could be a faulty fuse, or a damaged lift cylinder, or even a broken cable. A technician will diagnose the fault and repair it for you.

Low convertible top fluid

Low convertible top fluid is the most common cause that will stop your convertible top from going up and down. A leak due to old seals can trigger the convertible top fluid level to go below the minimum.

Damaged lift solenoids

After regular usage of the convertible roof top, there is a chance that the cylinders might start to wear away. When this happens, the convertible roof can open and close in a slower manner, or the worn or leaking convertible top cylinder could have an issue. 

Failed hydraulic pump

The hydraulic pump may stop working. Before a technician replaces your convertible pump motor, they will often check the fuse and relay of the convertible top to see if they are causing the issues rather than the convertible top pump or motor.

Convertible roof relay or fuse repair

The convertible roof specialist will inspect the relay and fuse of the convertible roof. They will visibly see if the fuse has blown. They will use a multimeter to check the relay.

Convertible roof rips or tears

If the rip or tear on your soft top convertible is small, then there is a chance it can be glued back together, but it will be visible when close to the car. The best solution of tears in your convertible top is to have the whole convertible roof replaced.

Find convertible roof repair and replacement garages near you 

We find local convertible roof repair specialists and garages near you and help you find the right service for the best possible price. At WhoCanFixMyCar, we work with a network of over 15,000 garages and have a number of convertible roof repair specialists on our website to deal with any problems arising from convertible roof vehicles.

Get your convertible roof repaired at home

Often it's difficult finding the free time to get to the garage. That's why many people prefer to have a mobile mechanic come out to their home and carry out the service needed there. Many garages in our network are able to come out and carry out their services from your home for greater convenience, and sometimes this can be an even cheaper method than taking it into a garage. However, what type of convertible roof repair service you require will determine whether you're better off leaving your car at a local garage, as some problems will require specialist machinery and tools. Simply enter your registration to compare quotes and find specialist mechanics in your area.

What is a convertible roof?

The term “convertible” originates from the word “convert,” basically implying a car with a roof that can change. Nevertheless, there’s much more to a convertible than simply the fact it is changeable. For example, there are several types of convertible roof tops based on their material and the way they are removed or come down/up.  There are hard top convertible cars, which can be detachable or retractable. There are also soft top convertible cars, made from rubber, polyester and vinyl or cotton or canvas.

Where can I find a garage for convertible roof repair?

Finding a mechanic you can trust to do a good job and charge a fair price is not always easy which is why we have simplified the process. We work with a network of over 15,000 mechanics and garages across the UK so we can find competitive convertible roof repair deals for you.

To find the best convertible roof repair service available in your region;

  • Enter your car registration number

  • Give us a few details about your car and your requirements

  • We’ll send you a great selection of quotes from mechanics and garages in your area

  • You can then compare the quotes and read reviews from previous customers to find the best deal in your area, before booking the repair online.

What are the main convertible roof parts?

The main components of a convertible roof are the fabric hood itself, the rubber seals that ensure a tight fit around windows and doors, the frame (holding the roof in its shape) and the mechanism for opening and closing the roof - either manual, electric or hydraulic. 

What are the most common convertible roof issues?

The most common issues with a convertible are: failure of the electric or hydraulic opening/closing system, degrading or leaking rubber window seals, a 'smoky' or opaque rear window, or damage caused by deliberate vandalism. Our garages are equipped to deal with all of these.

How can I fix a leaking convertible roof?

First, one of our specialists will want to inspect the car to isolate the issue, most commonly a loose, torn or degraded rubber seal no longer providing a tight fit. Seal components can be replaced individually at relatively low cost, and even treated with aviation sealant.

Why won't my roof go up or down?

The issue will be with the electric motor, the hydraulics, or the gearing/struts/wires that connect the motor to the roof frame. A garage will methodically isolate the issue and resolve it. This is the most complex part of a convertible roof and isn't a DIY fix.

How can I prevent convertible roof problems?

Simple - use it more often! Make sure to raise and lower the roof a few times in winter and you'll prevent jamming. Plus, driving a convertible in winter, with the heater on, can be fun.

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