Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Best Convertibles for Dogs

When it comes to driving with the top down in your favorite convertible, nothing beats the rush of the wind flowing through your hair. Whether it’s the idea of being free on the open road or just being closer to nature, this experience is something that you may find yourself wanting to share with your best furry friend. Although many dogs love the outdoors, it’s important to remember that being in a moving convertible is completely different than being in a regular car. If you want to make sure your pup is safe and happy on your next open-roofed cruise, here are some things to keep in mind:

Keep them Contained

In an enclosed car, the possibility of your dog jumping out onto the open road is slim to none. However, no matter how well-trained your four-legged pal may be, stoplights and occasional traffic jams are a golden opportunity to jump out and catch that squirrel they’ve been eyeing for the past few minutes. Your dog is most likely not used to the rules of the road and won’t recognize the dangers of hopping out. Play it safe and always assume that a dog in a convertible may jump out at any stop light.

So what should you do? Make sure you set up a form of containment on your pup, whether a dog seat belt harness, carrier, or other measure. This way, you can ensure that your dog stays safely inside your vehicle while also enjoying the fresh air you both love so much. After all, even humans have to wear seat belts, right?

Give them Spacious Seats 

When it comes to the happiness and comfort of your canine friend, more space is always better. In the case of taking your dog out in your convertible, space is especially important to ensure that your dog doesn’t feel claustrophobic during the ride. They won’t have room to roam around while you’re on the move, so having extra space to find a comfortable position will help them from getting restless. Not only will they feel right at home in a spacious seat, but they’ll also be less likely to look for more space outside of your vehicle. Plus, when they’re tired of taking in the scenery, it’ll be the perfect spot to curl up into a ball and relax.

Keep them Enclosed

Although the first thing that pops into a person’s mind when they think of the term “convertible” is probably a Porsche of some sort, the best convertibles for dogs are generally the ones that are the most enclosed. Cars like the Jeep Wrangler offer the full convertible experience with the option of keeping the doors and windows in place.

Not only will it prevent them from making the great leap outside, but they’ll also be exposed to much less wind that can be harmful for them. While some big dogs can handle a strong breeze, smaller dogs or dogs with floppy ears may not fend so well against the wind. With the constant pressure of the strong breeze beating down on their ears and eyes, it could cause serious damage if they’re exposed for long periods of time. So avoid those long-haul journeys with the roof folded back.

Automatic Convertible Top

While manually pulling up a convertible top may not matter to you, one thing to consider when searching for a good convertible for your dog is an automatic convertible top that can easily be switched on with a press of a button. If your dog gets too warm due to exposure of direct sunlight for long periods of time, you’ll want a quick fix. Not only is it important to give your dog a break from the harsh heat, but this convenience can also come in handy when driving through big construction sites that produce a lot of debris. 

Being able to easily switch the car from a convertible in a matter of seconds is not necessary but is highly recommended since you won’t always be able to pull over immediately. When taking your dog for a ride, be aware of any possible problems that may arise so you can react appropriately – and quickly.

Drive Smoothly

Just like people, dogs can get car sick, too. If anything, dogs are even more prone to car sickness since they’re not used to the long drives. To reduce the risk of a sick pup, take care that your car isn’t making loud noises or driving unsteadily in any way. 

Although it doesn’t have to be the smoothest car with the most innovative technology, but you definitely want to steer clear of a car that makes a small dip feel like you’re driving over a canyon. Unstable convertibles – and any car – can not only make your dog car sick, but may also frighten them. All in all, a stable, smooth-driving car is the best for any pet lover.

While sharing the open road with your best canine pal seems like quite the dream, even the best dreams require the right preparation. Next time you’re shopping for your new convertible, keep in mind the possibility of taking your furry friend for a ride as you decide wh

Friday, May 4, 2018

5 Famous American Convertibles Through the Years

Whether you’re taking a leisurely cruise or participating in a high speed car chase, there’s no question that convertibles are one of the coolest cars to be seen in. Known for their speed and overall extravagance, convertibles have an unshakable stereotype of being a luxury car. Just like any car, convertibles come in all shapes, sizes, and colors to create limitless options for every type of car lover. However innovative and highly advance they may seem, convertibles have been around for long enough to see plenty of changes. If you don’t believe us, here’s a few facts about some of the most famous American convertibles throughout history up to the present day:

1915-1927 Ford T Bucket
Although it’s not exactly the best racing car out there now, this classic convertible was modeled after the original Model T roadster with its bucket-shaped design. This premium hot rodding ride was engineered with excessive horsepower and a redesigned body that made it the original hot rodding vehicle of the century. With its antique design and surprisingly speedy capabilities, this convertible is not one to be reckoned with!

1959 Cadillac Eldorado

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Eldorado#/media/File:59svl.JPGKnown as the epitome of luxury, this convertible was labeled as the ultimate American luxury convertible. With an unusually high sales price, only an extremely small percentage of the population could say that they owned one of these bad boys. However expensive, this car featured some of the most uncommon features back in the day. Engineered with power equipment that was rare for its time, this car had more than its unique good looks to brag about.

1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

A more affordable car, this mustang was a great American hit right from its spring debut at the 1964 World’ Fair. This car was not made to be solely for the affluent for it was described as being a “pony car”, a car that had all the luxury of a nice car without the big price sticker. This affordable, compact, and stylish car was originally available with four engines. With its unique style, it paved the way for many other “pony cars” to come to the market. A true American icon, this convertible is one for the books.

1967 Stingray Corvette Convertible

This lightweight sports car was introduced right when Corvettes were starting to make a name for themselves in the sports car industry. Stuck in the middle of a stand-still for Corvette, this 1967 model was practically thrown into the market to appease the anxious crowds that were waiting for newer models. Having to delay the release of third generation Corvette Shark, this model was still quite the crowd pleaser. Its lack of power equipment for windows, steering, and brakes allowed it to be a whopping 150 pounds lighter than normal sports cars. However unprepared, there’s no question that this convertible was a hit nonetheless.

Jeep Wrangler

Not all convertibles are race cars. The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most famous convertibles out there as you can remove the ceilings, doors, windows, and more to transform it into the ultimate outdoor vehicle. Made to withstand extreme conditions, this vehicle is known to be the typical adventure vehicle for those that enjoy off-roading, riding along rocky mountains, or even just cruising alongside your favorite beach highway. Surprisingly enough, many may not even consider the Jeep Wrangler as a convertible despite its capability to convert into almost a completely different vehicle. A classic for many years, this is quite literally the ultimate convertible car.

What are your favorite American convertibles? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Do You Need a New Convertible Soft Top?

Owning a soft top convertible is the most exhilarating way to enjoy the time you spend on the road. Thankfully, retractable tops have increasingly become easier to operate, clean, and maintain. However, that does not make them indestructible.  Moisture, temperature changes, inclement weather, and falling debris can all wreak havoc on your convertible top, not to mention the everyday wear and tear caused by raising and lowering the top. While much of this can be avoided with proper storage and care, your convertible soft top is bound to eventually need replacing. So, we’ve put together a few tips for recognizing when it’s time to replace your convertible soft top.

Holes & Tears

If your convertible top has holes and tears, even if they do not fully penetrate into the fabric, obviously it’s a good idea to replace your top. But, if you can see the slightest bit of sunlight creeping through the stitching or other areas and do not address it immediately, these tiny issues will quickly become seriously problematic. Moisture seeping through into your convertible’s fabric and upholstery will ruin your interior over time causing a foul odor that’s difficult to remove. If holes and tears are present, it will be much more cost-effective to replace the convertible top rather than the entire interior. Patching these areas should only be seen as a temporary solution. Patches are not designed to withstand the constant folding that comes with raising and retracting the top.

Stress on the Motor & Frame

If your convertible top is compromised, it’s likely that raising and lowering the top is causing unnecessary stress on the motor, cables, and frame. Any stress can cause the motor to overheat or burn out prematurely, cables to break, and possible bending of the frame. When operating the convertible top, if the motor sounds as if it is straining or the convertible top struggles at any time, it’s best to replace the convertible top or repair the components causing the problem to avoid additional damage.  

It’s For Sale

Unless you’re getting a new one, we know the last thing you want to do is sell your convertible. But, if you are planning on selling your convertible, a new convertible top can go a long way towards convincing a buyer to commit. It’s a great time to choose a new color and fabric that may not have been available before, as well as create clean new seals to keep out moisture. Any convertible buyer will be very concerned with the convertible top’s age and quality. The fresh fabric and clean smell will reassure them they’re making a sound decision.

Your Car Needs an Upgrade

Installing a new convertible top is great way to breathe new life into your car. Once installed, a new convertible top may look so good that it renders your car virtually unrecognizable. Not only are you improving the look and value of your convertible, but a new reinforced convertible top will reduce wind noise and trap heat more efficiently than an old factory top. This makes for a more enjoyable ride for all times of year.

Regular cleaning and maintenance will help increase the longevity of your convertible top, but once it has been compromised, it will quickly begin to affect other areas of your car. Replacing the convertible top before these issues arise will ensure you save time and money on the total expenses of maintaining your convertible.

Tell us your favorite tips for keeping your convertible top looking its best. Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Your First Convertible: What to Know

So, you just bought your first convertible. Congratulations are in order! You’re now a part of an elite club of happy car enthusiasts who truly understand how to enjoy the driving experience. Every trip now becomes a celebration and an opportunity to relax and have fun while performing everyday tasks. However, owning your first convertible comes with a bit of a learning curve, so we’ve put together a few tips to help make the most of your new dream car.   

Protect Your Skin

Driving a convertible is a completely different experience from driving a conventional car, truck or SUV. Exposure to sunlight for extended periods of time can cause sunburns and other skin problems. If you’re planning on driving on a sunny day, and we hope that you do, make sure to use sunscreen on your face, ears, neck, hands, and arms. Wearing long-sleeve shirts, gloves, and a hat will further protect from sunlight and exposure to wind, as well.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

Now that you’re officially driving your new convertible, you’ll need to keep a sharp lookout when driving with the top down. Splashing puddles and dusty roads can damage the interior of your car and large trucks can startle you if you’re not prepared. Wind noise will decrease your ability to hear properly, which makes visual acuity especially important. Securing any loose papers or objects will ensure they do not distract you or obstruct your view when driving. Parking is critically important for convertible owners. Parking under trees, especially with the top down, is strictly forbidden.   

Lock it Up

If you’re not in the habit of locking your car, get used to doing it! When you aren’t driving your convertible, it’s a good idea to put the top up, roll up the windows, and lock the doors. You should also make sure valuables are not visible from outside the car. Some convertible soft tops can be somewhat easy to cut through and you don’t want to give anyone an incentive to break in. However, locking your convertible is also about preventing wild animals from climbing into your car for warmth and birds from ruining your interior from above.  

Take the Scenic Route

With your new convertible, life just got a lot better. Take the time to soak up that fact by learning the scenic routes for your daily drives. Convertibles want to be driven on the open road and there’s always time to find a new way home. Designated scenic routes provide the most breathtaking views of your area and the roads are usually well maintained.

You’re Now Everyone’s Chauffeur

Now that you have a fun new convertible, be prepared for everyone to want you to drive and for them to fight for “shotgun.” Riding in a convertible is the next best thing to driving one and your friends will all want to partake. This may cause you to have to forcibly choose the friends you’re willing to escort around, but you’ll surely get to pick your favorites.  

These are just a few tips we feel will help anyone make the most of the convertible lifestyle. What are your most helpful tips for new convertible owners to enjoy their convertibles? Share your thoughts in the comments below!