If you have ever driven a convertible then you’ll know just how much fun it can be pulling the top down, getting out in the fresh air and experiencing the thrills of the road in a far more intimate way.
You feel more connected with the tarmac somehow and with the sun shining down on you there’s no better place to be.
Keep warm in a winter convertible
It will be no surprise to find out that not many people are keen on getting into a convertible with the top down when the weather is cold and frosty.
With a material roof you’re going to need to wrap up warm and make sure that the vehicle has a good heater!
But while driving a convertible in the winter is nowhere near as much fun as getting behind the wheel in the summer, when it comes to buying a second-hand convertible there’s no better time.
Admittedly buying a convertible car is not the most natural thing to do when the mercury is well below zero.
If it isn’t chucking it down with rain then it is bound to be freezing cold, and pulling down the roof of a car and sucking up the bitter air is not most people’s idea of fun.
That said, driving all wrapped up at night, in the winter, with the top down, is certainly an experience that everyone should try. You feel incredibly exposed and yet deliciously alive.
What are the Negatives?
But the negative aspects of convertible motoring are obvious and as a result there tend to be a fair number of convertibles on the market as some owners decide to opt for something more practical.
This means of course that opportunities to pick up a bargain are plentiful and with a bit of research there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to save a fair amount of cash by buying in January or February.
There’s a good choice of convertibles out there too and you should be able to find something to suit your needs without too much hassle.
A perennial favourite, and the world’s best-selling cabriolet, is Mazda’s MX-5.
Now into its third iteration, the sports car is small, good looking and with its 50-50 weight distribution, bags of fun to drive. Another favourite is the MG MGF.
This ceased production in 2011 but thanks to the popularity of the vehicle in the UK there are plenty of second-hand models to be found.
The BMW Z4 turned up in 2002 and the German car has won numerous awards for its design and build. Likewise, the Lotus Elise has won many fans in the UK since it first arrived back in the mid-1990s.
Various models have been released over the years but if you’re not too fussed about comfort and are quite happy settling for seat-of-your-pants action, give the Elise some consideration.
Making sure that you are happy with your purchase is of critical importance, which is why buying through a reputable used car dealer makes a lot of sense.
Just make sure that you don’t leave it too long though, because you can be sure that prices will start to rise once temperatures do.
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Guest post contributed by Lauren Jones, a car finance expert working helping people get more information about used car loans.