Like countless Canadians, you’ve probably always wished for a ‘fun-in-the-sun’, drop-top, sports car to spice up the daily commute or take in weekend getaways with your favourite person or people. Unfortunately, the reality of elevated pricing and reduced storage space, practicality and bad-weather have likely kept that shiny ragtop in your dream garage and out of the real one.
In uncertain times, the thought of parting with tens of thousands of your hard-earned dollars is a big concern. Obviously, new convertibles are expensive–but a used model might be more affordable than you think. In fact, many of the market’s recent proven and popular convertible machines are available as used buys that more folks than ever can afford.
Remember that owning a convertible doesn’t always mean taking a hit where sensibility and functionality is concerned. Larger models are typically built on the same platform as a coupe or sedan, meaning they’re easy to enter and exit, offer relatively generous trunk and interior storage space, and drive much like their fixed-roof counterparts.
Running errands on a rainy day? With the roof up most convertibles offer virtually the same trunk space as the standard model on which they’re based. Most also pack plenty of safety equipment, options, features and gadgets.
Roadster models are more limited when it comes to cabin and cargo volume, though their lightweight, aerodynamic bodies and performance engines typically translate into surprisingly good fuel economy. Many models even come with a power-operated top that leaves ‘wind-in-your-hair’ motoring a mere button press away.