Are convertibles really cheaper in the winter?

Droptops like the delightful Mazda Miata are indeed cheaper in wintertime, but maybe not for the reason you think. (Photo courtesy of Chris Butsch)

With used car prices falling and one month of winter remaining, you might be wondering: is now the time to pull the trigger on a Miata?

Yes, but maybe not for the reason you think. Convertibles aren’t cheaper in the winter because they’re less fun to drive; they’re cheaper because most cars are cheaper. Demand for new and used cars falls during the holidays and doesn’t rise again until spring when shoppers use their tax refunds as down payments.

This creates a precious window in Q1 to scoop up any car you like, whether it’s a truck, Tesla or Miata.

– Chris Butsch, Contributor