Despite not having the ideal weather to own a convertible car, the UK still post quite high sales figures for them each year. It mainly comes down to liking the sleek styling, the manoeuvrability and the zest of the powerful engines in a car no bigger than a hatchback. It seems we are also a nation of optimists, waiting for that warm, sunny day where we can get the top down and enjoy the drive with the wind in your hair. After all, with sunny days in such short supply here in Britain it makes sense to make the most of them when we can!
If you are thinking of purchasing a new convertible car, there are many options to choose from. The primary factor in deciding which model to go for depends on how much you are willing to spend. Be clear and realistic when setting maximum budgets then look at what models fall into this range. A new convertible will usually start at approximately £15,000 for a basic entry-level model but shopping around is always a great way to find the best deals.
If you have your heart set on a specific model, for example the Mercedes E-Class convertible then look at local dealerships. A new one, fresh off the lot will cost upwards of £30,000 but you may be able to find a slightly older model or adjust the trim level to something within your price range.
Firstly, weigh up the pros and cons of each version, if you have a preference for a certain engine type or size and then do some quick comparisons online for which models fit your criteria. If you have no preferences then speak to the staff about what you intend to use the car far and how often it is likely to get taken on the road – they’re trained to help you find the best vehicle for your needs after all.
The time of year you choose to buy your convertible should also be taken into account. Buying in the spring and summer months will mean paying more for the same models due to supply and demand. These are the months when sales are at their peak and prices may be a little high.
Buying in the autumn and winter months, when demand is lower is a better choice but there are always discounts and promotional offers which you should consider too. These can be released at any time of year so it’s important that you keep your ear to the ground for news of them.