Picture Yourself in a Convertible Car

The wind in your hair, the sun in your face, and the great outdoors all around you… If you're seeking a driving sensation unlike any other, then you may want to consider buying a convertible.

You'll quickly discover what millions of convertible owners have known for years -- nothing beats the open air experience of cruising in a convertible. In fact, the experience is so invigorating many convertible owners have been known to put the top down whether it's hot or cold outside. After all, that's why cars also come with floor vents for air conditioning and heating, right?

Convertibles come in all sizes and models – from sport to luxury versions – and in a wide range of prices – from around $20,000 to more than $100,000.

Want to learn more? CarLocate.com offers this quick overview of popular new and used convertible models:

Interested in a sporty convertible? Consider the Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, BMW Z4, Audi TT, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Volkswagen Beetle or MINI Cooper.

Picturing yourself in a luxury convertible? Check out the Cadillac XLR, Jaguar XK, Porsche 911 Turbo or Lexus SC.

In the market for a mid-sized convertible? Think about the Chrysler Sebring, Mitsubishi Eclipse or Lexus IS C.

Here are three important terms to know when shopping for a convertible:

Soft Tops – Soft tops feature a fabric or flexible polymer roof and also may be referred to as ragtops or cabriolets. The majority of convertibles are soft tops. Soft tops feature either a power retractable top or may be manual.

Hard Tops – Hard top convertibles feature either a power retractable top or a removable roof that can be lifted off the car in one piece. Hard tops help reduce road noise and provide better insulation from heat and cold; however, removable roof hard tops will require storage area in your garage.

Targa Tops –Targa for short – is a semi-convertible car body style featuring removable front roof panels with a full-width roll bar behind the seats.

T-Tops –  T-tops feature an automobile roof with removable panels on either side of a solid, non-removable bar or panel that typically runs from the windshield to the rear roof. T-tops are usually made of auto grade safety glass.

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