New car dealers often offer a vast range of extras at the point of sale. Some will be genuine factory accessories - supplied, approved and guaranteed by the vehicle’s manufacturer. Others will be offered by the dealer. These have no connection with the vehicle manufacturer and won’t be covered by the vehicle’s warranty. Nor will any damage they may cause to the car be covered by the car manufacturer's warranty.
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They offer safety and comfort benefits and can add to a car's value. They usually can’t be added after the vehicle is built.
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These are designed to be fitted after the vehicle has been built and can add to its resale value. Some may be genuine factory accessories while others may be aftermarket equipment.
After market accessories and treatments are often heavily marked up and will have little impact on resale value, but if you really want them this is likely to be of little importance. Shop around to find the best deal if you want them.
When buying accessories always ask if they are genuine or non-genuine and what warranty applies to them.
A full-sized spare wheel may not add to the vehicle's value but it has practical benefits that could save inconvenience later.
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