How to consider extras when buying a car
Perhaps financing a car’s extras is a dilemma that hasn’t hit you yet, or maybe the options was not considered when shopping for a set of wheels.
This decision can only be made if buying a new car, which might be sold later, or if you’re buying a pre-owned car.
The latter makes fitting extras a bit more difficult because the car may have to be sent to a factory to have optional extras added. This drastically increases the price of a pre-owned purchase. So the former option is the best to have extras added.
It’s important to know which optional extras to choose. Too many might alienate potential future buyers because of the car’s ‘one-of-akind’ specs. Too few and the price might be disappointing.
So which extras are best fitted on a new car? Suzuki provides a few suggestion to readers.
The best options are those that improve driver comfort and convenience. The two major comfort options that add great resale value are a sunroof and automatic transmission.
Even though most drivers agree that they don’t commonly use the sunroof, nearly all shoppers like it - especially on high-end versions. Unless a car is a highperformance sports car, an automatic transmission will also add value.
Anything that improves performance can increase resale value. That’s because car lovers are often willing to pay extra for a high-powered model, whether it’s new or used. So choosing a high-powered engine can often earn a great deal of money back on a purchase. It’s important to remember that this generally applies to performance cars. Opting for a six-cylinder engine on a smaller engine is unlikely to have the same effect.
This doesn’t mean spoilers or sports kits, which in most cases do almost nothing for the car’s resale value. However, if you are looking to pay for a stylish extra that will benefit you, consider alloy wheels. These can have a huge effect on a used car’s price, as many used-car shoppers are willing to pay more for a vehicle that looks more expensive thanks to shiny rims.
This is one category one would think would boost a car’s resale value, but it’s not necessarily true.
Technology keeps evolving and this often end up being yesterday’s news as soon as the car is driven out of the lot. To make matters worse, the advent of GPS’ on mobile devices has made on-board satellite navigation an unnecessary expense.
These items can add real value to a car’s resale value. It may be hard to predict which safety items are the ones to choose for which car. Selecting features for one’s own peace of mind would be a better option. If you end up getting some money back when selling then that’s a nice bonus.
While accessories can make your car stand out from the crowd, you may need to balance uniqueness with future resale value.