BMW tries to get Mini convertible buyers in the spirit with a contract pledging top-down driving.
Buying an '05 Mini convertible is somewhat of an out of the ordinary experience.
When making the purchase, customers first must sign a "Convertible Contract" containing "the 90/10 clause," says a BMW of North America LLC spokesman.
The clause states that the owner agrees to drive with the top down no less than 90% of the time and with the top up no more than 10% of the time.
It further states that the only reasons for allowing the top up are when motoring in the rain, through a car wash, when the temperature is below 32° F (0° C), after hair plug surgery, within earshot of an outdoor banjo or kazoo concert, when its raining frogs or locusts, or when avoiding teenage groupies.
To ensure owners abide by the rules, each car comes with a plastic case above the windshield that houses the power up and down buttons and contains a warning on its face: "Stop. Ask yourself: Is it really necessary to close the top? Be honest."
The spokesman says the contract, of course, is tongue in cheek, but notes it must be signed in triplicate.