Monday, February 12, 2018

5 Myths about Convertibles Dispelled

If you’re anything like us, you long for that open air feeling when you’re on the road. The wind blowing in your hair, the sun shining on your face, and the sensation of being exposed to your environment is magical. It’s like a special kind of freedom that’s usually reserved for reckless bikers, but convertibles make it safe… or do they? There’s been a lot fake news and misinformation about convertibles over the years, especially with newer models. With technological advances, all cars including convertible cars have gotten safer and easier to use than ever. As advocates for convertibles, we’re dispelling 4 myths you’ve heard about convertibles.

1)   They’re not practical and you can only drive them in the summer
Although they aren’t necessarily the most practical of cars, convertibles aren’t impractical and they’re a ton of fun that makes for a great driving experience. Sure, everyone who gets a convertible is thinking about hitting the road when the sun is out, but that doesn’t mean it’s not usable during fall and winter. Granted, you might not want to drive 25 mph with the top down when it’s chilly or rainy out, but that’s the beauty of a convertible: it’s convertible. When the weather is poor, you keep the top up. When the weather is beautiful, you put the top down.

If you’re worried about staying warm with a convertible during winter months, get a hard top. Hard tops offer you more insulation and overall protection from your exterior surroundings compared to soft tops. Though it’s important to note that soft tops have come a long way in terms of insulation, but the hard top will always mean less weather exposure and noise from the road.

2)   They don’t have storage space
There might not be as much trunk space for storage when you’re buying a small convertible, but then again, you probably aren’t too concerned about storage space if you’re looking at roadsters or sports convertibles. This myth really refers to when the top is down, especially if it’s a hard top. However, not every convertible on the market sacrifices trunk space to make a zippy, compact convertible. If having a lot of trunk space is important to you, you can still get a convertible without compromising on storage.

3)   They have poor performance, which makes them dangerous
Maybe a decade or so ago, convertibles were notorious for poor maneuverability and control because their flimsy bodies would flex in strong wind forces (which was also less fuel efficient!). In the past, engineers depended on the roof of the car to provide a lot of structural integrity, which hindered the driving performance of convertibles. Today, engineers construct convertibles with a rigid body, using support pillars and stiffer materials. That means little to no structural flex, more maneuverability, and better safety. Nowadays, the only time convertibles are more dangerous than regular cars is if they were flipped, which isn’t an easy task.

4)   They’re high maintenance and expensive
Another common myth about convertibles is that they’re high maintenance. That’s get this straight though: any quality car is worth taking good care of and, therefore, might be considered high maintenance. Even if you’re not driving a nice car, it still needs regular maintenance or it’ll eventually break down. As for convertibles, the maintenance varies depending on the type of convertible you get (i.e. roadster, classic 4 seater, or luxury), as well as the top it has.

Over the years, soft tops got a reputation for easily damaged from weather, use, and theft. They use to come with a flimsy plastic rearview window that would easily scratch with regular use too. Repairing these tops was extremely high maintenance and expensive. However, today, soft tops are more durable and long lasting than ever. They’re made from stronger materials that make them less expensive and more protective. Not only are they more durable, but most soft tops come with a glass rearview window now. Although soft tops aren’t completely theft protective and carwash proof as a hard top, they’re not nearly as high maintenance as rumor has it. Meanwhile, a hard top is more expensive to buy and replace, and are heavier than a soft top, but are as easily damaged or broken into.

5)   They aren’t suited for families
If the other myths about convertibles were true, this one would make sense. However, convertible can be a great car for your family. Granted, it may not be the best option if you can only have one car in your family, but that doesn’t mean convertibles don’t play well with families. If you have a family and want a convertible, get a 4 seater convertible instead of a roadster. Most of the 4 seater models have plenty of space for a car seat and a beach cooler for when you want to drive your family down to the shore for a beach day.

Don’t let these 5 myths scare you away from buying a convertible car. They’re based on outdated information and technology. Modernly, convertibles are far more affordable and safer than their early predecessors. And just like any quality car, convertibles require some maintenance, but it’s manageable and worth it. Plus, at AutoTopsDirect, we make it easy to take care of your convertible with our collection of affordable replacement parts.

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