Convertible cars are the ultimate status symbol, the epitome of looking cool on the open road. You could drive a convertible Mustang or a Chrysler Sebring, and if the top goes down, it doesn’t matter; to your fellow drivers, you’re the coolest road warrior on the highway. If you’ve always dreamed of tooling down the road with the music blaring and the wind whipping your hair, fulfill that dream—just make sure that you’re aware of everything owning and driving a convertible entails.
Put the Top Up
You know how easy it is to forget to roll up the windows or close the sunroof in your current car? You’ll inevitably forget on a day when it’s raining, and you wake up to sodden seats and a wet floor. Make that mistake with a convertible and you’ll need more than a big beach towel to dry up that mess.
Before you get used to driving your convertible, putting the top up isn’t second nature. You have to condition yourself, just like you did when learning to fasten your seat belt and adjust your mirrors.
Make Maintenance a Priority
Although there are ways to get away with keeping the top down a majority of the time, it comes down to more than just smart choices. Don’t forget to take care of your top either. In very inclement weather, park the car in a garage if possible. Keep an eye and ear out for any catches or grinding noises when the top goes up or down, as well, and stay mindful of any rips or tears in a soft top. continue reading…