Patch's Poll: Are Convertibles on Their Way Out?

Sales of the famous drop-top vehicles have declined over the last year, and statistics show that younger people aren’t too interested in buying them, given their high costs.

Convertibles have always been a symbolic vehicle in American automotive history. From the post-World War II era onward, these drop-top sedans represented a sporty "cool" look for teenage and 20-something drivers.

But, according to a recent AOL Autos article, these once-popular vehicles are losing steam among American auto buyers.

As noted by AOL, convertible sales fell from the usual 2 percent level of the overall auto market to roughly 1 percent. And this happened as the automobile market is expected to be 22 percent higher at this point in 2012 compared to 2011, with sales expected to climb to over 14 million by the end of this year.

On top of that, drivers who are 35 years old or younger accounted for less than 5 percent of convertible sales last year, Smart Money reported.

Do you think convertibles can make a comeback? Or are they just too expensive and not desirable enough to make a dent in sales nowadays? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Andrew Ziemba July 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Unfortunately convertibles are on their way out. Along with vacations, pensions, retirement, job security, and a living wage.
Adam July 14, 2012 at 01:49 AM
You forgot to mention they often leak!


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