THE latest look at the used car market by the team at UsedCarExpert shows that the overall values of Sports and GT cars dropped by 4.3 per cent between July and December last year.
That downward trend is driven by the values of convertible models dropping along with the temperature.
Not so good if you want to sell a drop top now but great if you want to get hold of one while prices are low.
Remember that modern convertibles, particularly those with folding metal roofs, are easily capable of shrugging off the worst a British winter can come up with.
Prices will most likely continue to drop until April – if you can hold on until then that’s usually the best time to buy any car.
If you want to sell our research shows that the end of September is the best time to put the car back on the market.
So, if you want to take advantage of this trend here are our three best picks of convertible cars.
And remember - haggle as hard as you can.
Peugeot 308 CC
The 308 is an underrated car in general. The Lexus-like CC model even more so. The ‘challenging’ looks put most off but underneath is a fine car. Get a nice refined petrol model for the complete open top experience.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: A three year old car with the 1.6 turbo petrol with only 30,000 miles on the clock and a year of warranty left can be had for £9,595.
If you want a prestige badge on a decent value coupe-convertible then you have to consider the C70. It’s very smooth to drive with an ultra-stylish cabin and tough engines. The C70 can easily seat four and carry their luggage
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: A three year old car with 45,000 miles, a 2.0 diesel engine and a years warranty left is for sale at £11,995.
A car with rather a lot of glamour. The SLK is Mercedes’ junior drop top and is a rather neat combination of style and smoothness. The folding roof is in its second generation now and second to none. Diesel car are way overpriced.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: A three year old SLK with a super smooth 1.8 petrol engine and still less than 50,000 miles on the clock is on sale for £14,995.
Motors.co.uk value verdict: