For the overwhelming majority of the population, a car represents a significant investment. This is the case almost universally – if you’ve got more money to spend, this will likely be reflected in your choice of vehicle. And like any significant investment, a car should be protected against harm. It’s for this reason that we insure our vehicles, wash them, and become vexed when someone parks too close to them.
If you’re concerned about the state of your interior, then you’ll want to protect it against harm. Unfortunately, cars are often called upon to transport all manner of objects and life-forms, and many of these might inflict damage to the boot.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of them – and see how we can effectively protect our vehicles against them.
Of course, dogs are the classic example, here. If you’ve ever encountered a vehicle in which a dog has been transported without a boot liner, then you’ll have seen (and likely smelled) the impact this beloved pet can have. Hunting dogs like terriers pose a greater problem than more sedentary breeds, as they’re wont to burn off energy by sprinting through muddy forests in pursuit of interesting smells.
Where smaller breeds of dog are concerned, it may be possible to simply bundle them into a handheld basket. Larger breeds, on the other hand, will need to sit in the boot. One might limit their movement with the help of a crate, but ultimately a boot liner is obligatory if you wish to protect your upholstery from stray hair, claw-marks and mud.
If you’re to spend any time at all walking in the countryside, then you’ll need to protect your feet with a pair of substantial, supportive boots. If you fail to do this, you’ll probably end up in agony after just a few hours.
Whatever your choice of footwear, it’s almost certain that, after a walk through the countryside, you’ll return to your vehicle with them caked in mud. Therefore, you’ll want to bring a change of footwear, so that you can sling your befouled garments in the boot and think nothing more of them until you return home.
The bicycle is a great tool when it comes to keeping fit and taking in our great outdoors. You can zip through the forest (or hillside, or swamp) without a care in the world, thereby keeping yourself fit and having an enormous amount of fun in the process.
But in doing so, you’ll likely cover the wheels and frame of your bicycle with filth. This might in turn cause a problem when you get back to your sparkling-clean vehicle. If you haven’t got a roofrack, then you’ll need to put your bike in your car boot. And if you’re going to do that, you’ll need to invest in some form of protection.
What sort of boot protector should I buy?
Help is at hand in the form of a boot protector. The best of these devices are designed to fit snugly within the boot, protecting it against scrapes, scratches, mud, hair and all manner of other unpleasant things.
You’ll not need to valet clean your boot, either – simply remove the protector and put it in with the rest of your laundry. Once it’s clean, you’ll be able to put it back in the boot. And when you come to sell the vehicle, you’ll be able to simply remove the device to reveal an entirely unblemished interior.
Boot protectors come in a plethora of different shapes and sizes. Some, it must be noted, do their jobs a great deal more effectively than others. At the cheaper end of the spectrum are those which are made ‘one-size-fits-all’. Really, this is misnomer; a truer label would be ‘one-size-fits-none’. These consist of a sheet of fabric which sits loosely within your boot. As your car moves around, however, these are prone to coming loose and allowing stray debris through the gaps that form. The protection offered here is therefore little better than that you’d get from an old blanket – particularly if you’re transporting a restless animal.
The more effective boot protectors are invariably those which are made to fit a given model of car. Since they’re tailor-made, they can provide a much snugger fit – and they’re therefore a great deal more robust. A Hatchbag car boot liner exemplifies this class quite neatly. They come in shapes which fit all manner of vehicles, including Mercedes, Ford, BMW and VW boot liners.