More OAPs insuring convertibles

04 August 2005
A new generation of sunshine seeking sixty-somethings are increasingly choosing a convertible to drive, new figures suggest.

Research by AA Insurance found that 54 per cent more women aged between 65-69 and 40 per cent aged between 70-74 insured convertibles over the past year, while the number of soft-top cars insured by men aged 60-64 rose by 18 per cent over the same period.

Based on data from the AA’s one million car insurance customers, the survey also discovered that 16 per cent more women aged 50-54 insured convertibles over the year, accounting for one in twenty of all cars insured in the age range.

However, there was a sharp fall in the number of young men and women aged between 25-34 insuring soft-tops between 2004 and 2005, with the steepest drop of 24 per cent in women aged between 25-29.

Meanwhile, there was a 35 per cent increase in the number of soft-top cars insured by men in the North East over the year and the number of women taking convertible cover out rose by 23 per cent in the North West. Scotland saw policies for soft-top cars rise 34 per cent in the year, more than any other region, while the South East registered five per cent fewer convertible quotes in 2005 than in 2004.

Kevin Sinclair, managing director of AA Insurance, said: "Recent fine weather combined with easy access to competitive insurance quotes means you're increasingly likely to get a slick silver surfer enjoying an open top convertible as you are a boy racer."

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