posted 5 years ago

Convertible sales continue to boom

There are twice as many convertibles in the UK than there was ten years ago.

There are twice as many convertibles in the UK than there was ten years ago. Approximately 911,495 are on the roads and it seems owning a soft top is going to be a continuing trend despite the lack of sunshine in the UK.

A survey last week suggested that the most popular reasons for buying a soft-top were “feeling the wind in your hair”, as well as the car’s appealing style and the status it brought. Almost a third (30%) said they had purchased a convertible as it was their dream car, while one in 10 said they had wanted to impress their friends and family.

A spokesman for the AA said “in the pressured lives that many people lead, it can be a delightful pleasure to look forward to a drive home in good weather at the end of the day.” However, the survey found that owners put their car roof down for an average of 10 days a month, with the number dropping to three days in the depths of winter. Convertibles are also the most vandalised type of car, with almost a quarter of owners (24%) reporting vandalism or theft, and scratching the car’s paintwork with a key the most commonly reported crime.