"Convertibles age badly"

History tells us that early cars were manufactured without tops based on a horse and carriage modification. It is said the first closed vehicle was only manufactured in 1910.

Speaking to Phemelo Motene, host of the Weekend Breakfast, Car guy, Phakamile Mzimela says everyone has associated the convertible with fresh air and wind in one's invisible hair.

I think a lot of people don't think of what it means to purchase and own a convertible.

Phakamile Mzimela, Car guy

Here are the pros of buying a convertible according to Mzimela:

• Visibility. Without a roof and door frames you’ll probably be able to see more around you. It can be easier to maneuver and park with the wider radius of vision that a top-down convertible offers.

• Versatility. Most convertibles can easily be transformed back into a coupe or sedan with the push of a button. This versatility allows you to have the best of both worlds – the wind in your hair, but a roof over your head if you hit nasty weather.

• Style. Most convertible owners love the classic, sporty look of convertibles. If you’re a style enthusiast, the wow factor of convertibles could be a pro.

• More head room. For tall drivers who have trouble finding cars to suit their height, a convertible can be a comfortable solution.

The cons of buying a convertible:

• Chassis shudder. Without a fixed roof, a car loses a major part of its structural support system, which can lead to what’s called “chassis shudder.” Reinforcements added to a convertible’s undercarriage do not always make up for loss of the roof, leading to particularly rough riding over bumps in the road.

• Price. Convertibles tend to be more expensive on average than comparable sedans or coupes. However, if the car is worth it to you personally, this isn’t necessarily a con.

• Noise. Even with the top up, convertibles with soft tops can be noisy.

• Leaks. Roof materials have improved, but not enough to guarantee that water will stay outside. Whether you drive a hard-top or soft-top convertible, heavy rain and snow can still make you susceptible to leaks.

• Compromised security. Obviously, it’s easier to break into a “rag top” than a sheet of reinforced metal. For a thief, convertibles can be an easy target.

• Faster aging of the interior. Exposing your skin to the hot summer sun takes its toll, and the same is true of convertible interiors. Seats, dashboards and other surfaces

Take a listen to the car feature in the clip below:


This article first appeared on 702 : "Convertibles age badly"


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