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Buying a Used Convertible: Here's What You Should Know

Buying a Used Convertible: Here's What You Should Know

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Shopping for a convertible? It may be a safer choice to buy a new car but that’s also a pricey choice, the coolness of driving with the top down does come with a premium. That’s why you may be tempted to enter the used market, but is that a good idea for your convertible desire? This article will help you decide.

The Pros of Shopping Used


The obvious pro of going to the used market, not just for convertibles but for any car is that you’ll be able to get one for cheaper. Or if you have the money to splash out you may even be able to upgrade to a better used model than you could afford new.


Average new and used car prices


While you won’t be able to get as specific as you may like on the used market, it does also offer a wider range of cars to choose from, especially for convertibles which are more rare to see in a dealership.


Things you Should Check for When Buying a Used Convertible


The primary issue you're going to run into when buying a used convertible in Canada is of course the convertible roof itself which is a massive point of fault, especially as they get older. 



Before you commit to buying a used convertible there are several things about the roof that you should check. Number 1 is checking the inside of the car and the roof for unusual dampness or signs of water damage, that’s a big red flag and a sign that the roof is no longer secure.


If it’s an automatic roof then make sure that the mechanism is still fully functional and not making any worrying noises. If it’s a manual roof then make sure the locking mechanism is still tight and not showing any signs of rusting or buckling. Also try doing it yourself to make sure that you're able to do it without too much hassle, otherwise you may end up buying a convertible that you never actually want to convert because it’s too annoying!


Should You Buy A Used Convertible?


The answer is going to depend on your personal proclivities. It’s factual that with a brand new convertible you have significantly less worry about things like water damage, and it’s almost certainly going to have an automatic mechanism.


On the other hand if you don’t have, or don’t feel like spending that much money on a convertible then the used market. Can be a great alternative, as long as you know what to look for.


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