Convertibles Have A Retractable Roof


Convertibles Have a Retractable Roof

Okay. This is probably a “Duh!” moment, but for anyone who doesn’t know, convertibles are called convertibles because you can convert them from a traditional vehicle with a roof to a vehicle that’s top has been removed or folded back.  Older model convertibles would have to have their tops removed or folded back manually. It takes time, and if you’re about to approach wetter weather, you have to pull over to prepare your vehicle or risk getting your interior and yourself soaking wet.  Modern convertibles have retractable roofs that use motors to power the tops. This makes the transition to top-down and back easier and convenient for the driver. This took one of the drawbacks of previous convertibles and converted it to an advantage. 

Top-Down Convertibles Have Great Visibility

When your top is down, there is no blind spot when you’re driving. You have basically a 360-degree view of the world around you which improves safety.  In addition to having a better view of the traffic around you as the driver, the improved visibility also allows you to take in the scenery more easily. Your passengers aren’t straining to see out the window. As you drive along, it’s easy for anyone in the vehicle to look around and take in the sights.

Disadvantages of Renting a Convertible

Top-Up Convertibles Have Poor Rear Visibility

To be honest, while we just discussed the increased visibility to see the traffic in other lanes when you have the top-down, it’s also true that when you drive with the top up on a convertible, the rear visibility is not very good.  It can create a blind spot on both sides when it is in the up position, and those dual blindspots can make backing out of parking spaces and changing lanes rather difficult.  The last thing you want during your fun rental is to cause damage or get in a fender bender. When you’re renting a convertible, be sure to have the right amount of insurance to protect yourself in the unfortunate circumstances that arise from accidents. 

Convertibles Don’t Always Go With the Weather

Of course, riding in a convertible with the top down when it’s raining is not ideal or recommended. You probably worked that much out for yourself. What people don’t always think about is the humidity of their destination.  Take Alabama, for an example. Alabama is a beautiful state, but it is home to two of the hottest cities in the United States. Its capital has almost 90 days per year on average, where temperatures are at least 90° F.  If you’ve ever heard someone explain the heat in the southern United States, they will tell you that it’s not the heat. It’s the humidity. Humidity means that your sweat won’t evaporate to cool you down faster, so you actually feel hotter and stay hotter for longer.  You might even hear it referred to as a sticky heat. Riding in a convertible with the top down in humidity can impact the enjoyment of your ride. Thankfully, most convertibles have air conditioning available now.

Convertibles Cost More To Rent

No one is telling you always to rent a convertible. While they have their place and their use, it’s very important to note that every car has its own time and place to be of good use when you’re traveling.  NYC Black Car Service Convertibles are luxury sports cars. They’re also usually in higher demand at popular vacation destinations. Supply and demand always dictate price, so you can expect that demand will make convertibles cost a bit more to rent. Keeping this in mind can help you weigh your options.

Convertibles May Need More Insurance

Because of the convertible’s interior’s exposure to external elements, like bad weather, it’s possible that you may be asked to add what would otherwise be optional insurance. The open nature of a convertible also leaves it open to thieves and vandalism. If you have valuables in your rental, you may want to add additional coverage to protect you from property theft. Remember that the convertible is a luxury sports car, so it can cost more to insure it.  Depending on the comprehensiveness of insurance your policy, damage to the convertible may not be covered. This can put you on the hook for damage done to the soft top of the car. Make sure you know your coverage before you leave with your rental.


Convertibles are like everything else in life. There is good and bad. If you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world’s beauty, take full advantage of it and have fun. Rent a convertible, see the sights, and make memories. 


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