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Demand for used soft-tops 'strong'

Motorists looking to buy a luxury vehicle are still very keen on soft-top convertibles, experts at vehicle valuer Glass's Guide have told Auto Express.

Motorists looking to buy a luxury vehicle are still very keen on soft-top convertibles, experts at vehicle valuer Glass's Guide have told Auto Express.

Several of the well-known convertibles have recently starting coming in both hard- and soft-top versions, but it appears that on the used forecourt buyers favour a canvas roof – helping to keep their prices up.

One example of an affordable convertible they mention is the stunning, beautifully engineered Mazda MX-5, which continues to see strong sales both for its driving experience and good looks.

"Many buyers want the world to know they are driving a convertible. And CC models simply don't say to other people, 'I own a cabriolet'," Jeff Paterson, a senior editor at Glass's Guide, told Auto Express.

"With their hoods in place, they look like regular cars, and buyers feel there is some loss of kudos as a result. They want canvas roofs because it makes a vehicle instantly recognisable as a drop-top," he noted.

Higher demand for soft-tops can mean slightly higher prices, but this translates into good resale value with many of these used models seeing very low rates of depreciation.

Buying a convertible needn't be a burden on your finances, particularly when you combine the lower price of the vehicle with a competitive car loan or car credit deal.


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