Start The Year Right: Finally Buy A Convertible!

Have you always dreamed of owning a convertible, but didn’t think it was a practical choice? Whether your hesitations were related to price, safety or some other consideration, you’re in luck: The brand new 2011 models are hitting dealerships, and this could be your year to finally own the car of your dreams!

Convertibles boast one main advantage over traditional cars: They can be driven with the top down, creating a uniquely exciting driving experience for even the most seasoned motorist. Yet there are many reasons why a convertible could seem like an unattainable fantasy on four wheels: Their retractable tops can make them less safe in the event of a collision. Driving with the top down leads to decreased fuel efficiency. And, of course, the price of buying a convertible – especially a high-end luxury brand – can be exorbitant, to say the least.

Fortunately, the 2011 convertibles fix many of these shortcomings, making buying a convertible possible for a wider range of car fanatics than ever before. On one end of the price spectrum, the 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports convertible – which features an intimidating six-figure price tag – offers a faster driving experience, with speedier acceleration to boot. Bentley’s FlexFuel capabilities, which makes the convertible biofuel-compatible, helps make the four-seater a more environmentally friendly choice. Another high-end option, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, offers drivers (and passengers) increased comfort with its insulated top, draft reduction features and AIRSCARF system that circulates heated air out of the headrests.

Another great choice for convertible fans is the 2011 Nissan 370Z Roadster, a leaner, faster driving machine than in years past. And for those seeking a more budget-friendly option, try the 2011 MINI Convertible on for size. In addition to great handling and better safety, thanks to a nearly-concealed rollover protection bar, you can expect your MINI to cost you under $40,000.

Of course, buying new isn’t the only way you can make your convertible dreams come true in the new year. A replacement convertible top will offer you a way to revitalize a classic convertible without spending a fortune. In fact, a brand new auto top can help make an old car look like new again. Also, you won’t have to worry about what model you’re buying: Aftermarket auto top retailers sell for most major brand models, everything from Toyota to BMW convertible tops can be found. Whether you decide to purchase one of the fine convertibles new to the market for 2011 or you opt for jazzing up a classic instead, you can look forward to many days and nights of driving enjoyment in the months ahead.

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