Insurance Q&A: “Is insurance higher on convertibles?”
Owning a convertible is cool. But being cool isn’t cheap. Therefore, insurance for a convertible is more expensive than for a hard top.
Don’t blame us, blame the Fonz. We don’t make the rules, we simply report them.
The “Cool” Insurance Fee
Thankfully, insurance companies aren’t gouging you because they know they can, based on the “cool principle,” which is certainly the case with many other products we use (iPhone insurance), or because convertibles are inherently more dangerous.
It turns out new safety technology makes convertibles about as safe as their helmeted counterparts.
But there is a method to their madness (how car insurance rates are determined).
Expensive Cars Cost More to Insure
If you decided you wanted a convertible prior to looking up the insurance costs, you’d notice the convertible model of the car costs more than the hard-top version.
Being that your convertible costs more to purchase and repair, your insurance rate will be higher. Don’t expect to see double the insurance premium, but expect it to cost more.
The higher the cost of the topless model, the higher the cost you can expect to insure it. There’s no way around it.
Convertibles Are Easier to Steal
Comprehensive insurance coverage will cover you in the event your car is stolen.
And guess what. It’s easier to steal a convertible than a hard-top, which means the insurance company incurs higher costs associated with convertibles being stolen.
This will add to your overall premium as well.
You might be able to snag a lower premium for the convertible than you old hard-top by finding an insurer with lower overall rates.