Used convertibles: are they worth it?

August 27, 2012 | By | In Buying Guides

The soft top car is an aspirational car for many of us. Not always practical for any family with more than two people and occasionally pricey for the average household income, it seems that the odds are stacked against the soft top motor – especially when you consider the climate of the UK. However, are they really a waste of money, or could you be enjoying new-found freedoms by ignoring the naysayers?

Any true motorist will dream of driving down a winding country lane or smooth, flat, pothole-free road, the wind in their hair as they listen to the sound of ‘King of the Road’ blasting out from the stereo. And that’s what a soft top car gives you – fresh air and a driving experience that just can’t be replicated in a regular car. With their swift manoeuvring, soft top car models can be great fun to drive, as well as benefiting from some beautiful design. If you’re a family of more than two, then soft tops are an option; while not as common as two-seaters, family-appropriate convertibles are available and make driving with kids in the back much less stressful.

So what are the negatives about having a soft top car in Britain? It boils down to that essential component of small talk, the weather. Soft tops function best when, unsurprisingly, the top is down and you can enjoy the glorious sunshine. The near-constant rain, wind, cold, sleet and various other forms of malevolent meteorology we endure in Britain aren’t exactly conducive to enjoying a convertible car to its fullest, and if you aren’t taking your car to sunnier climes regularly, then it can seem like a waste of money.

Often storage in a convertible can be limited, making them unsuitable for everyday cars, and driving in a city with the top down to savour the heady fumes of nearby car exhausts isn’t good for your health. While there are some negatives regarding buying a soft top car, financial worries shouldn’t be one of them. With the range of used convertibles available here on Motors.co.uk, you’re sure to find a good price for a two seater or family-sized convertible.

Plus, many models depreciate quite quickly after they are first produced, meaning the second hand convertible market is full of well-priced, good-as-new models. So what do you think – will you be buying a soft top any time soon? Let us know over on our Facebook page.

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