Tips on How to Buy a Convertible

September 23, 2015 By Usher

Convertibles are always in season. Even though you can’t really drive with the top down in the winter, that doesn’t mean that you have to keep it in the garage. There are convertibles on the market today that have hard tops, which means that you can drive it in all seasons. Also, you may end up driving the vehicle somewhere that doesn’t get a heavy winter, which means that year round is convertible season.

No matter where you live, you need to take some time to think about your purchase before you make it. There’s a certain thrill to buying a convertible. The experience will leave behind memories that will last a lifetime. Therefore, it’s key that you don’t get too sucked into the process. Think a bit more clinically, and you’ll save plenty of money.


For example, do you know if you want to go with a used, new, or vintage model of convertible? The reason why we draw a line between used and vintage (even though they’re technically the same thing) is because vintage carries a very different price structure than simply used. Vintage gets people thinking about the “good old days”, and nostalgic thoughts can cost you big money over the long run. Do you have what it takes to properly maintain a vintage convertible? If you’re not willing to put in the time and expense, perhaps it’s best that you don’t drive such a vehicle. On the other hand, there is something to be said about the vintage look. It attracts plenty of attention and makes people feel very good about their purchases.

A used convertible avoids a lot of the depreciation of a new vehicle, but it may invite mechanical problems depending on the age of the vehicle.

A new convertible has one good thing going for it: there’s never been anyone else owning that particular vehicle. This means that it’s completely fresh and ready for you to drive. However, the price of a new convertible is going to be much higher than a used one. The other good thing about a new convertible is that it tends to come with a much more generous warranty than the used models.

A lot of your choices with convertibles will be a matter of style. Do you want a certain make and model? What about the number of doors? A two door is classic, but a four door gives your passengers room to move around.

It’s very important that you test drive and inspect the convertible, regardless of what condition it’s in. You want to make sure that you know what you’re getting. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t shop around online and then see the vehicle in person. The online market is great because you get a lot of detail about the cars, and then you also get to do your homework. You can look up any past damage records n the vehicle, to see if the owner is really being truthful about the car’s history. But it’s not all about doing the hard stuff; we also want you to enjoy the convertible shopping experience!