Friday, July 22, 2016

How to Buy the Perfect Convertible

Inspiration in life comes when we least expect it and that’s what makes inspiration such a beautiful thing. You might be lounging back right now, reading this, and thinking, “What am I inspired to do with my life that I haven’t wrapped my arms around yet?”  Some people take trips, some people start a business, and some people—they buy a convertible. This can be a tricky decision, so let’s take a look at a few points to keep in mind if you are, in fact, ready to purchase an envy-inducing convertible.

Is a convertible a good idea where I live?

We think a convertible is perfect no matter where you are. Palm Springs, Siberia, Mars, honestly makes no difference as long as long as you get the opportunity to feel the breeze across your cheeks. However, this is a legitimate question and concern for those in the market. We’d never steer anyone away from purchasing the vehicle of their dreams, but you might want to consider the climate and terrain of where you call home. If hail or high winds are an issue, consider purchasing a convertible equipped with a top made from t

Should I buy a new or used convertible?

This question may transcend convertibles, but we’ll take a swing at it in order to help you make the best decision. Without delving too deep into the numbers, a new convertible vs. a used convertible might simply be a matter of expenses including maintenance, plus depreciation over time. If you’re only looking to drive your convertible while on vacation or during select months of the year, maybe a used car is for you. If you’re at a stage in life where a shiny, new Chevy Camaro or Jeep Wrangler is calling your name, then by all means, aim high, aim new. Makes and models and years will always factor into the decision, too, so conduct your research and make the most educated decision you possibly can.he most durable materials available, and those worries will be a thing of the past.

What are the optional features to consider?

These seem to mostly be a matter of personal taste. Obviously, the luxury convertibles offer way more options. Navigation systems and heated seats are nice touches if you’re leaning in that direction. Otherwise, you can save your cash and opt for a more economic option. Something to consider is whether you prefer a four, six, or 8-cylinder engine, which depends on your concerns for gas mileage vs. power and speed. If you’re taking your vehicle for a spin around windy mountaintop roads or cruising downtown on a balmy Friday night, the right convertible for you may want to have 4-wheel drive, advanced stabilization technology or other features specific to your needs.

How much should I pay for a convertible?

This varies greatly depending on make and model. In addition, where you live will impact pricing. On the lower end, some convertibles go for $20K, while a little further up the hill you’ll find sportier luxury models for much more. If you’re new to the game, research the models that are affordable for the performance you know they can deliver and don’t overdo it. It’s one thing to daydream of being Don Draper riding along the coast of California, but it’s another to be able to foot the bill for it. 

What is my gut instinct?

Seriously. Some of you may smirk at this notion, but everything in life comes down to timing. If you’re ready for a convertible, go for it. Any hesitation, then maybe hold on and purchase a retro Miami Vice poster instead. You won’t get the same satisfaction, but you’ll allow yourself some time to plan the perfect convertible for your budget, environment and style. If you do decide to take the leap, congrats! You’ll quickly realize that the euphoric drive that a convertible provides is like no other!

These are just a few of the many questions you should ask yourself before you buy a convertible. Even after you have found what you think is the perfect choice, feel free to step back, and ask yourself these questions before you make a decision. You’ll leave with a feeling devoid of regret and full of excitement and confidence in your purchase. So, what are the best tips and questions you’ve found help make an informed decision when buying a convertible? Share your stories with us! 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Tips for Keeping Your Convertible Top Clean

Owning a convertible is a privilege that many people take advantage of every day. There’s nothing like enjoying the freedom of the road from the comfort of a convertible sports car. As much fun as they are, keeping a clean convertible top takes a level of care that goes a bit beyond the care needed for non-convertibles.  Is it worth it? You bet it is! With a little care, caution and the right convertible top cleaners, you’ll be able to extend the longevity of your convertible top while maintaining its beauty and shine. We’ve put together some tips for convertible top care that we feel will help you keep your convertible top looking its best for years to come.

  • Don’t Park Under Trees – This may seem like a no-brainer, but everything from leaves and sticks to tree pollen, sap and bird droppings will eat away at and can permanently stain your convertible top. Do your best to always find covered parking, open parking or use a cover to protect your convertible top from the outdoor elements. If your convertible top does become covered with pollen, sap or other debris, immediately rinse off the top and make sure the debris is fully removed and dry once you’re done.nly
  • Use Approved Cleaners - Many convertible tops are made from vinyl and other fabrics. While these convertible top materials are extremely durable, they will also need to be cleaned with cleaners that provide the important chemicals and oils that will help extend the life of the convertible top. Using un-approved cleaners may strip away the very protective coating your top needs to maintain its shine and elasticity. We recommend using RaggTopp cleaners and protectants or a similar cleaner specific designed to clean the type of material from which your convertible top is made.
  • Always hand-wash Your Convertible – Convertible tops have become extremely durable, but automatic car washes are not designed for convertible cars. Your convertible top will need to be cleaned using a soft scrub brush to avoid tearing or scratching the material. It’s also important to make sure no cleaners are left to pool on the convertible top, which can cause discoloration.
  • Provide Regular Cleaning and Inspection – To keep your convertible top looking its best, it should be washed/cleaned at least once a month. Even if there are no visible stains, washing and waxing will provide the protection and care your top needs to keep its shine for years to come. Regularly inspecting your convertible top for any tears, snags or imperfections will help you fix problems before they spread and cause additional damage to the convertible top and your car’s interior.
These are just a few tips for we feel would help keep your convertible top looking like new. With the right convertible top care plan, you will save yourself the time and hassle of having to prematurely replace an expensive convertible top. What’s the best way you’ve found to keep your convertible top looking its best? Share your stories with us below!