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Convertible Tops from 1A Auto:
Tired of your torn, leaky or faded convertible top? Transform your ride with a stylish and durable convertible top replacement from 1A Auto. Our convertible tops are designed to duplicate as closely as possible the fit and finish of your original - perfect for any restoration project! Our manufacturer is renowned throughout the industry for their unique patterns and attention to detail on each and every convertible top. With our 95% Bizrate consumer survey rating, order a new ready-to-install convertible top with confidence from 1A Auto. Whether you're topping-off the restoration project on your classic Mustang, or reviving the look of your Miata, 1A Auto has the convertible top you need. If you have further questions about our convertible tops or convertible top replacement, please refer to our FAQs. Feel free to call our ASE certified customer service representatives
Frequently Asked Questions - Convertible Tops
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Why should I buy a top from 1A Auto®? In summary, we can answer your questions, we want you to be happy, and our manufacturer will step in to help if we need them to. Our Customer Service and Management team has over 150 years of combined automotive experience. Admittedly, not everyone of us has replaced a convertible top but most of us have owned or owns a convertible and some of us have replaced convertible tops ourselves. Those of us that have replaced them have trained the rest of us, extensively, so we all know what we are talking about. We all have experience buying and installing parts for our vehicles, and we know about good and bad experiences. We know that in order for you to come back to 1A Auto® and recommend 1A Auto® you need to have a good experience. We are determined to provide that good experience. We combine our automotive experience with our manufacturer, Acme Auto Headlining in Long Beach CA. They have been in business over 50 years. We've researched all the manufacturer's and found most of them, including Acme, use Hartz Raw materials. Acme is committed to producing their products JUST LIKE the original UNLESS they can improve on the original design. If you have a problem with one of our tops that we don't have an answer for, we will put you in touch with the manufacturer directly. By purchasing a new convertible top from 1A Auto, you receive the most knowledgeable customer service and reliable aftermarket parts available in addition to Acme Auto Headlining's decades of experience.
How can I be sure the top will fit my vehicle? This is very simple. Our manufacturer actually patterns there top to fit an original vehicle. Our manufacturer installs their tops as well as manufactures them. When they decide to make a new top for a new vehicle, they purchase the vehicle. They bring the vehicle in to their shop and disassemble the original top. They pattern the new top to be sewn, trimmed and attached just like the original. They then test fit the top to make sure their pattern is correct. This insures that all there tops, when installed correctly and ordered in the original material will look exactly like the originals. This ensures you get your money's worth on a brand new top that fits and looks like the original.
What specifications will you need?
What comes in a top kit? This depends on what you order. In general our kits will include the same items as an original top. Most convertible tops will include the sewn top fabric only. The metal frame is never included with our tops. In many vehicles, especially US made cars, the rear window and curtain is separate from the top itself. On these cars, the rear window (also known as the rear curtain) must be ordered separately. On many sports cars and smaller cars the window is sewn or sealed to the top, in these cases the windows do attach to the top as original. Please call for details. Toll free 888-844-3393.
What colors are available for my vehicle? Color selection depends on the material you want the top made in. Our website lists the material your convertible top was originally made in and all the colors that material is available in. If you would like the top made in a different material than the original, such as vinyl instead of cloth, it can be done. If you would prefer a color other than black please contact us with your name, address, vehicle information, and material choice and we can send you some color samples. There may be extra charges when making tops in materials other than the original.
ALL the raw materials our manufacturer uses for their tops comes from Hartz. Hartz is THE name in canvas and vinyl raw materials. GM, FORD, Chrysler, European and Japanese manufacturer's all use Hartz material to produce the OEM tops. Most listings will specify what material they are made in.
How do you know what color is correct for my vehicle? To determine the exact color to suit your vehicle, we will send you samples. Obviously in all materials there is only one black; however other colors have subtle differences. In many materials there is only one choice of a particular color, such as tan. We highly recommend you call us toll free 888-844-3393 and speak to us in person if you are looking for a color other than black. We want to make certain you get the exact color you want for your new convertible top.
How hard are tops to install and does the top come with instructions?
What else should I replace with the top? Cables, Pads and Windows, should be inspected and replaced as necessary. All tops use cables to pull the sides tight. We provide these cables for most applications. Many times these cables appear alright, but they often break during removal of the old top. Most vehicles use pads between the side mechanisms and the tops. You should replace these pads when installing your new top. Generally, they only cost $30-$40 and are important as they prevent the mechanism from wearing through and damaging your top. However, some vehicles DO NOT use pads. Many rear windows and curtains are separate from the top itself (If your window is sewn or sealed to the top itself then it is included with the top). To replace a separate rear window and curtain you'll have to detach the top from the back of the car and the rear bow. Therefore, when replacing your top it makes sense to replace the window and curtain at the same time.
I have my original glass window, can I re-use it? This is not recommended. Glass windows are bonded or heat sealed in to the vinyl or cloth surrounding them. It is very difficult to install just the glass in to a vinyl curtain and it will cost you about as much to have this done as it is for a brand new window and curtain. If your window and the attached fabric are in good condition, you can re-use them, but the vinyl may not match the new top. If you're installing the new top while using your existing window and curtain, the fabric around the window can let go. You'll then have to re-install 70% of the top again in order to replace the window and curtain. Unless you're prepared to deal with this situation, it's more convenient to purchase a brand new window and curtain. If you have any questions, please call the friendly 1A Auto customer service representatives.
What happens if the top does not fit? Hopefully this will not happen. But accidents can occur that will cause you to either get the wrong or defective top. We will put you in direct contact with the manufacturer. They will then help us with the issue; if necessary they can replace your top.
I've received my top now what? If you are taking your top to a professional, inspect it carefully BEFORE having it installed. The tops are checked for quality before they leave the manufacturer. There should be no ink marks and all stitching should be tight and intact. Lay the top over your existing top, it should have the same general dimensions. Keep in mind there is a certain amount of stretching involved in the installation. IF you are having it installed elsewhere, we suggest you have the installer inspect the top while you are present, lay it out on the car with him/her and look it over. If something is wrong, let the installer know they should please halt installation and inform you immediately. You can then let us know and we rapidly address the problem. Once your top is installed on the vehicle, KEEP THE TOP UP FOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS. Just like a good pair of jeans, the top needs to do some stretching and forming in certain areas.
What is the Warranty on your convertible tops? Our tops are backed by a 5 year limited manufacturer's warranty. The warranty is limited to replacing the top only, no third party, installation, shipping, expediting, customs or any other expenses unrelated to the cost of the product itself will be re-reimbursed. We recommend you wait until you have the top in hand before scheduling an installation. If you are having it installed by a third party we recommend that you THOROUGHLY inspect your top BEFORE taking it to your installer. Also go over the fit of the top with the installer, ask them to halt installation if they encounter a problem. We do not warranty installation, but if there is a problem we will be happy to have another top sent if necessary. Plastic windows ARE NOT under warranty. Inquire about further details of the warranty limits and exclusions, and we'll put you in contact with the manufacturer.
How long will it take to receive my top? Most tops are manufactured to order. You should see your top in 1-2 weeks from the time of order confirmation.
Should I get a Glass or Plastic rear window? Many tops allow you to choose between a glass or plastic rear window (if you are unsure if you have a choice, please call us toll free 888-844-3393). Which one you choose depends on several factors. Originality: If you're car originally had plastic, you may want stay with that if you are concerned with maintaining its stock look. Cost: Plastic windows are $50-$80 while glass is $130-$500; also, glass adds to shipping and handling fees. If you are looking to save money in the short term, then plastic might be right for you.
Longevity and Maintenance: Glass is nearly maintenance free and should last as long as your top, while plastic will deteriorate and scratches easily without proper care. Plastic windows are NOT under warranty. Plastic windows can be kept clear with correct maintenance, see our tips for convertible top maintenance.
Do you have any tips for convertible top care? A convertible tops' (and actually automobile's boats and planes in general) biggest enemies are sunlight and dirt. First priority is to keep you car and top clean and covered. Invest in a good quality cover to throw on when you have to park the car. 1A Auto also sells car covers for several different automobiles, check our cover section if you need this accessory. This investment will extend the life of your top, your weatherstrip, your interior and your paint. Next, do NOT leave your top down for an extended period or if it has gotten wet. The top can wrinkle and mold can grow, completely ruining your car. If you have a plastic window(s) be VERY careful when cleaning. Use highly diluted car wash to clean the window as well as a very soft sponge or cloth. Dry your plastic windows using a soft towel or chamois. A bristled brush is great for the vinyl on the top, but will INSTANTLY scratch a plastic window. If possible, unzip the plastic window, put it down, and cover it with a damp towel. This will prevent scratches inflicted by the top when it is lowered. For cleaning your top, our associates have used Meguire's vinyl cleaner on our vinyl tops and they like the results. DO NOT USE strong household detergents or cleaners, they can clean too deeply, causing the top to dry out and crack. DO NOT use Armor All unless you can keep the top covered from the sun. For cloth tops, use mild soap and a medium bristled scrub brush. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations when working with any cleaning agent. Following these instructions will keep your new aftermarket top from 1A Auto looking great for years to come.
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