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Convertible sales continue to boom

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

By Geraldine Ashton Green
Jun 20, 2011
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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.

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By Geraldine Ashton Green
Jun 20, 2011
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