Tips for buying convertible automobiles include to consider purchasing a convertible with a manually operated top if you have physical limitations and to consider ongoing costs of ownership if your budget is an issue. In addition, carefully consider the amount of cargo space needed when choosing a model.
Convertibles vary greatly in the amount of cargo space and seating space that they offer. If the convertible has a hardtop design, cargo space is likely extremely limited. In addition, cargo space may be reduced when the roof is down as compared to when the roof is raised. If you must transport a number of items, take this difference into account.
Consider your physical abilities and preferences when determining what model suits your needs. Some convertibles have tops that retract automatically at the push of a button, while others require the owner to physically move the top into position. Alternatively, some power-controlled tops require only manual latching.
Practice putting the roof up and down, and inspect the roof system and operational controls for obvious defects. Also consider the turbulence that each model of convertible produces while driving, especially if you don't like wind in your hair.
Controlling ownership costs is another tip when purchasing a convertible. On a day-to-day basis, convertibles do not require significantly higher costs than any other car, but convertible tops occasionally need repairs. While hardtop convertibles typically do not need the roof replacements that are common for soft-top convertibles, the hardtop design is vulnerable to large repair bills.