A spectacular special cabriolet event at Millstock Cars took place on Saturday 17th November. There were over 25 stunning cabriolets and 100 premium cars on show last Saturday at the Observatory showroom. Over 40 guests enjoyed coffee, buck fizz and models with the kids happily grabbing a helium balloon to take home. Watch out for more exciting showroom events next year! Check out all the cars at millstockcars.co.za
Five Things to Consider Before Buying a Cabriolet
For owners of these drop-top motors, our love affair is easy to understand. But if you’re thinking of joining their ranks, there’s some things you need to consider first…
Convertibles aren’t renowned for their practicality, so the first thing to ask is; will it work for your life? And will it still work for your life two or three years down the line?
The rear seats – if fitted at all – are often small and designed for occasional use. So too is the boot, and it often gets smaller once the roof is down. Think hard about whether a convertible would work as your only car.
Consider how you’d cope with loading up passengers young and old, hauling all your luggage to the airport, or even the little things that might matter – like bringing home a Christmas tree.
Look around at the area where you live. The fabric roofs of some convertibles can be irresistible prey for vandals, with a replacement running to several thousand pounds – or a costly insurance claim. Fabric roofs can also perish in winter, so benefit from being garaged. There’s also additional maintenance involved with a fabric roof to prevent mould and moss from growing.
If you’re concerned, opt for a model with a folding metal roof, or look out for a targa top model. These have a removable roof, reducing the car’s weight and dealing with the accusations of portliness that have been levelled at tin-top convertibles in the past.
Remember that leaving the roof open when parked means nothing at all should be left on display – even phone cables. That’s a point to consider if you tend to use your backseats as an extra storage space.
Most convertibles are sports cars. And that means they’re not often the cheapest cars to run. Be prepared for increased insurance costs – not only are convertibles more appealing to thieves, but they may have fewer safety features (like curtain airbags). You should also expect fuel economy to suffer; roof-down driving increases drag by spoiling the car’s aerodynamics.
Convertible ownership is ultimately a compromise – one that’s worth it if you’re able to get the roof down regularly. And if that doesn’t happen often enough, you just end up dealing with all the downsides, without enough of the fun part.
So, ask yourself if you’re likely to get the roof down regularly. Think about whether you do most of your driving at night. Do you live in a part of the country renowned for rain and high winds? Is arriving at your destination a little windswept utterly unacceptable to you?
Soft-tops can feel relatively cramped, and fabric roofs – with their minimal insulation and soundproofing – can make cars cold, with road and wind noise more intrusive at motorway speeds. If you’re spending long hours behind the wheel, make sure you take an extended test drive.
All things considered, owning a convertible is a fun, exciting and exhilarating experience. If you’re still weighing up the pros and cons of a convertible, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today, for more advice. We’ve a great range premium pre-owned convertible available.