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It may be cold and dark outside, but now is the time to buy a convertible at Autoquake. Britain’s largest online used car retailer has over 50 drop-tops in stock at prices which have plummeted by an average of £1,403 (10%) in just two months.

‘The market for convertibles always goes quiet in winter, but this year’s price drops are steeper than normal,’ said Fredrik Skantze, Autoquake’s Founder. ‘Smart buyers can take advantage of this seasonal trend to buy a car for hundreds of pounds less than they might pay in spring or summer.’

The Autoquake stock of Audi convertibles is on average £1,923 (10.7%) cheaper than two months ago. Used Peugeot convertibles are down £960 (11.5%) and used Renaults have dropped by £1307 (15.1%).

In spite of Britain’s reputation for bad weather, wet days make up less than half the year (153 days annually*), and winter is only slightly wetter than summer, so there’s no need to be put off running a convertible all-year round.

‘There are 15 wet days in December. That’s just three more than in July,’ explained Skantze. ‘Even if the weather turns, modern drop-tops are well insulated against the cold, and the latest generation of cars with folding metal hard-tops in place of a fabric roof are just like coupés with the roof raised.’

The speed at which convertible car prices are falling is outstripping the rest of the used car market. Autoquake’s stock has seen an average fall of 7.6% from September to November. While convertible prices have dropped 10%, estates have fallen by 8.3%, five-seat MPVs have dropped by 7.9%, and executive saloons have lost 6.9%.

Buyers shouldn’t expect these low prices to last forever. ‘We expect prices to stabilise or rise slightly in January, and convertible prices will pick up in the spring,’ said Skantze. ‘So now is the time to buy a bargain.’

*Annual rainfall for the London area, according to the BBC Weather website.


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