So I’ve settled on a new car, I’m happy with the model and my dealer has just told me about some extra add-on features…
How do the add-on prices compare when purchasing through dealerships?
There are certain add-on features that you can only get from the dealerships because they are genuine parts or options that are supplied by the manufacturer that come with the car.
They can only be purchased at the dealership so it’s pretty hard to compare them to what else is available.
They are generally cheaper than what you would pay at the dealerships so its always worth comparing these prices to what your local car detailer would offer.
You generally pay for convenience at the dealership, so if you get an add-on such as tinting through the dealership, you will get a car delivered with detailing done which saves you the hassle.
Getting your tinting done as mentioned earlier can be done through the dealership or your local car detailing shop.
Generally speaking, car dealers will charge you a little more for convenience, but you should always compare prices if you’re not too pressed for time.
You may be able to save a couple hundred dollars if you get it done through your local tinting shop.
Learn more about dealer tinting here.
Is a Dash Cam add-on worth it?
Over the last couple of years, dash-cams have become quite popular. The bottom line is that it is a good idea.
One of the key benefits of having a dash-cam, or a couple of dash-cams installed is that it helps you in reducing your insurance premiums.
Some insurance companies reward their customers for having dash-cams installed because then they have evidence for when something does go wrong on the road.
Dash-cams helps with theft, monitor accidents and help if you actually do end up seeing the cops. After an accident, you have something to back you up with the footage that comes from your dash-cams.
They’re also pretty affordable now compared to the past so its worth getting one professionally installed in your car.
So with my new car, are there any standard or extra features that may be included in it?
This is a system that allows you to connect your phone to your car and then you can use apps that you might use on a day to day basis.
Other apps such as Spotify for listening to music on the go is made simple through this system.
Most new cars in 2019 offer these features now, there are some brands such as Toyota that are yet to release it, but any new car from 2019, you should be able to retrofit the systems in at the dealer for free.
Some of the other extra features such as sunroofs, leather seats; comfort features such as heated seats, depend on the trim level in the car that you are looking at.
Dealers will have various different trim levels of the car; the base model may not include heated seats or sunroof, but the top of the range one might.
It’s always worth checking that the car you take for a test drive has the trim that you’re looking, so you can get a accurate feel of your new car.