With the nights closing in and temperatures plummeting, blasting along those narrow country lanes with the wind in your hair might be the last thing on your mind.
But winter could be the perfect time to grab a convertible on the cheap – dealers with soft-tops are desperate to free up space for models with more seasonal appeal, which gives the canny car buyer the chance of picking up a bargain!
UK car sales generally peak twice during the year, once in March then again in September; perhaps unsurprisingly these are the same two months when the number plates change.
Research suggests that when demand for certain cars goes down, so do the prices – this means car buyers should certainly consider a convertible in winter when demand is lower.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that a convertible is only useful in the summer months, but modern soft-tops can offer owners a comfortable, warm cabin when the roof is down.
Today’s fabric roofs are built to last and designed to put up with a lot of punishment meaning you can have peace of mind all year round.
Convertibles have come a long way over the last few decades and nowadays often come with folding metal hardtops meaning they are a great investment even during the winter months.
The cabriolet market is vast with almost every major car manufacturer offering a soft-top model – here at Lexus we're proud to offer you the soft-top IS 250 model.
Lexus IS 250The convertible version of the Lexus IS saloon is the Japanese manufacturers flagship soft-top model.
Replacing the SC430 – the IS 250 Convertible is powered by the same V6 petrol engine as the saloon version with two well-equipped trim levels to choose from.
The V6 powertrain produces 205bhp and is linked up to a six-speed automatic gearbox which manages 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds and a top speed of 130mph.
This Lexus convertible is made for the driver who wants considerable luxury from their vehicle – close attention has been paid to refinement and comfort.
The folding roof is a particularly classy addition – made from aluminium to keep weight down, the roof can be raised or lowered in just 21 seconds – quicker than any other three-part system on the market today.
Inside, the IS 250 is spacious with plenty of head and elbow room in the front – the seats are even arched to allow more legroom for passengers in the rear.
One of the most impressive things about this Lexus convertible is just how comfortable it is – engine noise is kept to an absolute minimum, a stiff chassis reduces body roll whilst gear changes are a breeze.
Key features include Full Map Satellite Navigation Package, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, air conditioning and an 8-speaker audio system including USB port and AUX socket.
Although no new IS 250 convertibles are currently on sale in the UK - you can pick up an excellent used model from Inchcape Lexus for as little as £16,295 or £248.48 a month on finance.
For more information on the Lexus IS Convertible or any Lexus vehicle – contact your nearest Inchcape Lexus Centre!