mustang convertible rear windowWhen shopping for a replacement convertible top window for your vehicle, it’s important to consider the difference between glass windows and vinyl windows (also known as plastic windows).

Glass convertible top windows have been the industry standard since convertible automobiles were introduced, and glass windows offer what every owner wants: solid rear window protection from the elements, as well as durability and safety.  Glass convertible top windows are made of DOT-rated safety glass and are perfectly safe for your car.

But did you know that vinyl convertible top windows offer a great value alternative when you are seeking to restore your convertible top?  Vinyl convertible top windows are made of DOT rated 40-guage plastic, and withstand the weather and wear and tear over the years you own your car.  As such, they are a great alternative when considering how to get the best value for your money.

Are plastic windows actually Plexiglas?

This is a question is based on a common misunderstanding about glass versus plastic windows.  Plexiglas is not used for automotive windows, rather, safety glass is used.  When we talk about “plastic convertible top windows”, we are referring to soft, Vinyl 40-guage plastic windows that are DOT rated as safe for vehicle usage.

Do plastic convertible top windows feel like glass convertible top windows?

No.  Vinyl convertible top windows are much softer and have some flexibility in them.

Why would I buy vinyl convertible top windows instead of glass convertible top windows?

If you are looking to save money without sacrificing quality, vinyl windows offer a great alternative for you.

Are vinyl convertible top windows available for all makes and models?

Not all years/makes/models have vinyl windows as an available alternative; however, many popular models do have this less-expensive option.  Here are a few examples of cars which have replacement convertible tops available with both glass windows and vinyl windows:

1994 through 2004 Ford Mustang Convertibles

1996 through 2000 Chrysler Sebring, and 2001 through 2006 Chrysler Sebring Convertibles

1989 through 1997 Mazda Miata, and 1998 through 2005 Mazda Miata Convertibles

1967 through 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1987 through 1989 Chevy Camaro, 1990 through 1993 Chevy Camaro, and also 1994 through 2002 Chevy Camaro Convertibles

Many other makes/models have the vinyl plastic window alternative available – visit to see the options available for your convertible.