Wednesday, November 30, 2016

5 Reasons Convertibles Are Back in Style

Convertible cars aren’t just for collectors and hardcore fans anymore. Over the years, convertible tops have advanced by leaps and bounds compared to their carriage-like ancestors and this technology has been adopted by virtually every major car maker. While many still consider them a luxury, their reliability and functionality make convertible cars a practical choice for anyone looking for a reason to buy. So, we’ve put together the top 5 reasons why convertibles are back in style with manufacturers and buyers alike.

1. New Advanced Materials

Convertible tops are now made from extremely durable vinyl, cloth and polyester materials with features including reinforced stitching and noise reduction technology for the quietest ride possible. These materials are laser-cut to ensure a perfect fit with new convertible tops designed to be waterproof, as well as resistant to molds and mildew. New convertible straps and hooks will withstand years of use and are made using designs that cause less stress on the entire system.

2. Affordability

Prices for convertibles have dropped significantly over the last few decades. Newer materials and designs have helped car makers affordably build convertibles that look great, with all the features of luxury sedans, and the ability to stand the test of time. The affordability of convertibles has also been aided by an increase in disposable income and a willingness to invest in the improved designs.

3. Improved Safety Features

Car manufacturers have invested heavily in creating new standards for convertibles. New convertible cars have begun seeing vast improvements in the safety ratings given to them by top consumer reporting organizations. Convertible cars today are equipped with advanced stabilization technology, front and side-impact air bags, brake assist and more with new features becoming standard each year.

4. Versatility

Convertibles come is a wide range of styles and configurations. Manufacturers are building everything from sleek two-seater convertibles to larger 4-door convertibles with more bells and whistles than you could possibly imagine. Convertible tops are able to retract into smaller compartments than ever before allowing for increased trunk space and more room for backseat passengers.

5. Convertibles are Fun

Convertible cars are tons of fun! From late night drives to grocery store runs, convertible cars make any task an adventure. Whether you want to enjoy a starry night or tan while you drive, convertibles are great for every member of the family. With a convertible, you can go from work to weekend in seconds while impressing everyone from your friends to your boss with your flexibility and free spirit.

Buying a convertible has never been easier or more affordable. While convertible top technology has vastly improved over the years, we carry everything to replace old tops and keep your new convertible top sparkling clean and looking great. Share your favorite reasons for owning a convertible in our comment section. We love hearing your stories! 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Most Scenic Highways in the Great Northwest

Driving through the Great Northwest United States offers some of the most breath-taking scenery you can imagine. The beauty of nature is something to behold, especially when you have the top down on your convertible as you cruise by rivers, valleys, mountains and even volcanoes. These are some of our favorite drives through one of the most beautiful parts of the country. We hope you enjoy!

White Pass Scenic Byway

The White Pass Scenic Byway travels along US-12 from I-5 to Naches exploring the majestic Cascade Mountains and central Washington. The road reaches an elevation of almost 4,500 feet, revealing beautiful mountains covered with lush forests and white powdery snow, along with gorgeous lakes and rivers untouched by man. The beauty is truly on display with this unparalleled scenery, and makes this a picture perfect drive. And if you don’t want to just enjoy the drive, stop in and take in the views! There are plenty of activities from fishing, hiking, and camping to help you relax and unwind.

Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway  

Also known as the “highway of waterfalls” this scenic byway follows two legendary Oregon rivers: The North Umpqua and Upper Rogue River. Along your way you’ll pass through the town of Glide. This town is home to “Colliding Rivers”, a breathtaking natural wonder where the North Umpqua River funnels into a water chute and collides with the sparkling Little River causing the water to churn in every direction. It is the only place in the world where this occurs. After this be sure to stop at any one of the 15 waterfalls and lakes along the drive, where you can hike, swim, and camp. There are hundreds of years of history to be seen on this drive, and there’s no better way to do it than with the top down.

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

This drive runs through the middle of Central Oregon, and is a sight to behold. Along this drive you’ll pass by the Cascade Lakes, where glaciers and volcanoes create a landscape breathtakingly gorgeous. As you travel this 66-mile drive, you’ll be able to stop through the city of Bend. Its vibrant downtown offers shops, hotels, restaurants and world renowned craft breweries. It is also home to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Explore the beauty Oregon has to offer on this once in a lifetime drive, and do it with the top down!  

Chinook Scenic Byway

Washington State’s Chinook Scenic Byway travels through the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Mount Rainier National Park. This drive provides spectacular views of the glacier fed White River Valley and Chinook Pass, along with dense forests, towering peaks, and fast flowing river canyons. You can also stop to hike or camp at Mount Rainier National Park, where the views from the top of the mountain are said to be some of the most fantastic views in the US. This drive is full of breathtaking scenery and opportunities for lots of outdoor fun, don’t miss out.

All of these drives have one thing in common, they are perfect for letting the top down and taking in all of the beauty this great nation provides. These are just a few of hundreds of scenic drives through the great northwest where you can drop the top and enjoy every second of your drive. Tell us your favorite scenic highways and what makes them perfect to you. We can’t wait to hear your stories!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Best Drives in the Southwest United States

Driving through the Southwest United States provides some of the most enjoyable and diverse scenery this country has to offer. With enough gas money, you can go from desert plains to lush forests and even visit snow-capped mountains. We love this area and have put together some of the can’t-miss spots for avid convertible drivers. Of course, we recommend taking your convertible to ensure you enjoy these trips to the fullest. Here are some of our favorite scenic drives through the Southwest United States.

Grand Canyon Loop

The Grand Canyon Loop is a 201-mile loop through sections of the Grand Canyon National Park and Kaibab National Forest in Arizona. This loop borders southeast sections of the Grand Canyon and circles back near Humphrey’s Peak. You’ll also visit the Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments along the way. While this route boasts plenty of breathtaking scenery, you’re never too far away from great restaurants and hotels.

Scenic Byway 12

Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 is a beautifully maintained driving treasure that is home to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Park. Scenic Byway 12 is 124 miles in length with plenty of twists and turns. This drive shows off the diverse scenery of this area with access to everything from desert plains to mountainous roads. Make sure to watch out for the drop offs!

Palomar Mountain Loop

Palomar Mountain Loop is a 35-mile loop around parts of the Palomar Mountain State Park in Southern California. Palomar Mountain State Park has plenty of hiking trails if you need to stretch your legs, as well as a century-old apple orchard and wildlife unique to the area. While the beautiful scenery can be distracting, it’s important to keep your eyes on the road on this one.

Lake Tahoe’s East Shore Drive

East Shore Drive is a beautiful 28-mile drive along Lake Tahoe’s eastern shore. Lake Tahoe is known for being one of the most beautiful areas in America and East Shore Drive shows off the best Lake Tahoe has to offer. From summer to winter, the drive never looks the same and Lake Tahoe has plenty of activities for all seasons. While this drive traverses some of the more rustic Nevada scenery, the highway is well maintained and has access to several resorts, campgrounds, casinos and restaurants.

These drives are perfect for letting the top down and soaking up the fresh air and beautiful scenery. There are hundreds of scenic drives in the southwest United States that offer something new around each corner. We suggest making the most of your convertible by driving as many of these scenic highways as you can. Tell us your favorite scenic highways and what makes them special for you. We’d love to hear your stories! 

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