Which Used Convertibles Are Perfect for Summer Driving?

June 1, 2023

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Which Used Convertibles Are Perfect for Summer Driving?

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A women is enjoying the view in her used convertible with the top down

Summer is approaching fast, and drivers are ready to experience the wind in their hair and the sun on their faces. For many, there’s no better way to do this than to drop the top on a sleek convertible. Stocking convertible vehicles in your dealership is a great way to be ready for shoppers coming in the summer months, but which ones are worth considering? Below are several great options for affordable used convertible cars.

4 Customer-Favorite Convertibles for Used Car Dealers to Stock

1. BMW 4-Series (2016)

BMW has become synonymous with class, and the 4-Series throws in speed and sportiness for an unforgettable driving experience. The twin turbocharged 425-horsepower engine helps drivers get the most out of their summer plans. The powerful engine is paired with a reliable suspension for decent handling. There are three different engine types available, offering more flexibility for drivers, as well as optional adaptive suspension and cruise control.

Safety features include knee airbags in the front, as well as cameras and an active driving assistance system that includes lane departure warnings, forward collision warnings, and automatic emergency braking. BMW didn’t skimp on amenities: leather upholstery and a generously sized infotainment screen with Bluetooth connectivity come standard¹.

2. Mazda MX-5 Miata (2017)

The MX-5 Miata isn’t just a convertible—it’s an affordable vehicle with serious appeal. Drivers can look forward to a fun experience rounding twists and turns due to the car’s compact body and responsive handling.

The MX-5 Miata comes in several trims, with the Club level featuring an upgraded suspension and amenities, such as an intuitive infotainment system and optional keyless entry. The Grand trim adds on more bells and whistles including leather seats. Every trim level comes equipped with a 155-horsepower engine and is available as an automatic or manual transmission².

A white used 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club in a busy parking lot
2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club

3. Volkswagen Beetle (2017)

When you think of convertible, the Volkswagen Beetle probably isn’t the first car to come to mind. But it’s perfect for consumers looking to stand out on the road. It’s a fun, stylish convertible with a retro feel and plenty of color options. The Beetle is available in six different trim models, so there is no shortage of options for customers looking for nostalgic design and modern performance.

This model boasts a six-speed automatic transmission and 170-horsepower turbocharged engine, perfect for carrying the Beetle’s larger frame. Consumers looking for a newer convertible vehicle with an older soul may gravitate towards dealerships with this option³.

4. Chevrolet Camaro (2018)

No convertible list would be complete without the iconic and memorable American Chevy Camaro. It’s hard to beat the Camaro’s performance for the price point. The highest end version boasts a 455-horsepower, V-8 engine, which compliments a solid chassis. Its interior has an updated look compared to previous years, including a dashboard with multiple gauges and a configurable display.

Space isn’t the Camaro’s strong suit, but what it lacks in comfort, it makes up for in performance. This used convertible comes equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system, Wi-Wi hotspot, smart-phone integration, and options for emergency and satellite subscription services⁴.

A used 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS in a parking lot
2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Prepare for Summer Adventures With ACV Auctions

If your customers are looking for convertibles and sportier vehicles to take advantage of the summer weather, ACV is the place to source used convertibles for your dealership. You’ll find comprehensive market reporting and easy-to-use auction features that give you the complete story of each car available. Sign up today to browse and start building your watch list for upcoming auctions.


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  2. Kaufman, W. 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review. Edmunds. Retrieved on May 26, 2023, from https://www.edmunds.com/mazda/mx-5-miata/2017/review/
  3. 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Review. Autoblog. Retrieved on May 26, 2023, from https://www.autoblog.com/buy/2017-Volkswagen-Beetle/review/
  4. Siler, S. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro. Car and Driver. Retrieved on May 26, 2023, from https://www.caranddriver.com/chevrolet/camaro-2018