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Buying a used cabrio

I need some advise or opinions here.

I am planning to buy a used cabrio. I’m eyeing on the BMW 2er or Mini S Cabrio.

It will be my first car in Europe / Switzerland.
I was discouraged from buying because I was told that if I don’t have a covered parking lot and intend to do it by street parking, then a cabrio is not advisable.

Is this because of weather conditions or safety issues? I am based in Zürich.
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I was discouraged from buying because I was told that if I don’t have a covered parking lot and intend to do it by street parking, then a cabrio is not advisable.

Is this because of weather conditions or safety issues? I am based in Zürich.
Weather shouldn't be an issue. My wife's Audi TT roadster has been kept outside for most of the ten years she's had it, just occasionally cleaning any dirty deposits off the soft-top to avoid algae build-up is all we've really done. It gets properly washed very infrequently.

Security, probably not a problem either. I don't know either of the cars you mention, but the Audi's top isn't really soft, and I imagine those are similar, with a hard panel actually including within it. Then again, it's Zurich, so perhaps others have more experience with car crime levels there than I do.
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Re: Buying a used cabrio

Strange question tbh

You need insurance in Switzerland, it can cover safety/security issues even if there are few legitimate ones in this country

Interestingly enough, I am considering a similar purchase but parking & security are nowhere on my radar
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Re: Buying a used cabrio

When I bought my used cabrio, a red MX-5 first generation, many years ago, insurance premiums were indeed higher because the soft-top should be easier to open with a knife. An alarm was also required for that reason.


Not sure if it's still like that. I would go for a soft-top anyway as they look better and don't have a weird rear. WOrst example for that is the Mitsubishi Colt Cabrio (hold tissues ready when you do a google search because you'll likely have to cry when seeing it).
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Re: Buying a used cabrio

I had an Mx-5 and although I always had a garage, there were of course times it was parked outside. I never had any security issues on account of a soft top. Some plonker once threw a cigarette out of a window, which landed on the soft top and burned it. It left only a small blemish, but that could have gone horribly wrong. Depending on the car, the Mx-5 I had, had 2 drainage holes inside the car in case any water got under the top. These can become clogged (a wire coat hanger helps here) and if this happens, the back of the car could flood if subjected to lots of rain.
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Be sure to check the trunk bottom for rust. Especially were the spare tire may be kept. If its been out in the rain you might even find a filled bathtub.
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What post code in Zurich do you live?
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When I bought my used cabrio, a red MX-5 first generation, many years ago, insurance premiums were indeed higher because the soft-top should be easier to open with a knife. An alarm was also required for that reason.


Not sure if it's still like that. I would go for a soft-top anyway as they look better and don't have a weird rear. WOrst example for that is the Mitsubishi Colt Cabrio (hold tissues ready when you do a google search because you'll likely have to cry when seeing it).
Googled it - urrgh ��
Thanks for the response!

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what post code in zurich do you live?
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Be sure to check the trunk bottom for rust. Especially were the spare tire may be kept. If its been out in the rain you might even find a filled bathtub.
�� very funny!

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Weather shouldn't be an issue. My wife's Audi TT roadster has been kept outside for most of the ten years she's had it, just occasionally cleaning any dirty deposits off the soft-top to avoid algae build-up is all we've really done. It gets properly washed very infrequently.

Security, probably not a problem either. I don't know either of the cars you mention, but the Audi's top isn't really soft, and I imagine those are similar, with a hard panel actually including within it. Then again, it's Zurich, so perhaps others have more experience with car crime levels there than I do.
Thank you! That’s really good to know. After reading the comments here I think I’ll go for the cabrio. Street parking should be fine and as another poster said, insurance covers everything else.

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