September 23, 2017 at 7:44 AM
When to buy your convertible
Like many other consumer goods, the market for convertibles is highly seasonal. Prices peak in the summer as you would expect but the overall picture is a little more complicated than that. The lowest prices tend to be available between about October and December. Costs start to climb again in the new year, particularly for new models with long delivery times. When you think about it, this isn't too surprising. If you order your brand new convertible in January it probably won't be sitting on your driveway until the Easter sunshine is beating down in April.
Paying a visit to your local dealer in October or November and buying a pre-reigstered model could be a particularly savvy move. Dealers will be keen to move these off the forecourts as soon as Autumn hits so they can replace them with more seasonally suitable models. If you can help them to do that then they may well be willing to knock a little off the price for you.
Which convertible to buy
This is a slightly tricky question to answer as it depends on your taste, budget, how practical a car you're looking for and dozens of other factors. The BMW 4 Series and Audi A4 are solid mid-range performers that also make for perfectly good day to day runaround cars and are just as happy in a British downpour as the Mediterranean sunshine. On the other hand, if money is no object and practicality is not a concern then you can have some serious fun. The Bentley Continental convertible has a sky-high on the road price and burns petrol at a slightly alarming rate. On the other hand, it's unlikely that anyone else on your street or at the golf club is going to have one. Bragging rights are guaranteed.
If you've always been dreaming of driving around in a soft top convertible then this autumn and winter could be the moment your dreams finally come true. A little bit of research and some saucy negotiation on your part could help to secure the convertible you've always wanted at a price you didn't think you could.