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Guide to Replacement Convertible Tops

26
August

If you own a convertible, you will know that the top is probably the most vulnerable part of the car. Getting your convertible top replaced can be a daunting job, especially if you have never done it before. However, given the right homework and preparation, you will do a great job finding the right convertible top and having it replaced, as this user’s guide to replacement convertible tops will demonstrate.
Without further ado, here are the five steps to finding and replacing your convertible top.

1. Know the types of convertible tops
There are several types of convertible tops. Their composition ranges from vinyl, canvas, acrylic, and composite materials to retractable hard tops. Needless to say, you must know what kind of convertible top you require before going hunting for one. You will probably want to replace your existing convertible top with a top made of a similar material in most cases. There however are some rare exceptions to this rule, especially if you have moved someplace where the climate does not suit a particular type of top, for example. You will need to determine whether this applies to you, and decide on your convertible top accordingly.

2. Known the convertible tops’ prices
The price will vary depending on the material the top is made up of, and the manufacturer who’s producing it. You need to have a ballpark figure in mind before you go out there and do the actual purchasing.

3. Know where to get convertible tops from
Now that you have decided what kind of top you need, you need to know where to procure them from. Different manufacturers specialize in different types of convertible tops. You can contact them and enquire with them directly whether they produce the kind of top you need. You may need to provide them information such your car’s model and dimensions, to ensure that there is no room for error.

4. Know where to have your convertible top installed
Once you have procured your convertible top, you will need to have it installed. Installing a top appears to be a simple procedure, but it is not so. It is a specialized process, and not many auto repair shops and technicians have the capability to handle this kind of work. Talk to the people you ordered the top from for advice on where to get it installed at. Talk to other people you know that have had a similar experience. Do online research, try and gather as much information as possible before arriving at a decision. You should entrust your convertible and its new top only to someone who can do a proper job.

5. Know the cost of installation
Let’s face it – having a convertible top installed can be pricey. Once again, try and find as much information about prevailing prices and try and get the best deal possible. Do not try to skimp too much on the cost though, as cheap prices can often result in poor workmanship and give rise to long lasting problems that can decrease the lifespan of your convertible top considerably. Settle for a fair price and make sure that you get good value for your money.

As you can see, as this user’s guide has shown, getting a replacement convertible top is not difficult. All you need to do is break down the project into smaller tasks and work on each one of them effectively.
Riding a convertible under the sun, with the wind in your hair can be one of the most splendorous and fulfilling experiences imaginable. Use the steps detailed in this guide to enjoy these experiences for a long time to come. Take care and drive safely.

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