Car accessory tips

It's easy to get excited by accessories or extras when buying a new car. There are a few things to consider when choosing them as some will have little long-term value. 

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.

Factory fitted extras or options

Includes things like:
  • air conditioning
  • automatic transmission
  • ABS and airbags. 
They offer safety and comfort benefits and add to a car's value. They usually can’t be added after the vehicle is built. 

Dealer fitted extras and options

Include things like:
  • tow bars
  • bull bars
  • optional wheel packages.
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 or non-genuine accessories and treatments

  • seat covers and floor mats
  • rust and fabric protection
  • sound proofing and window tinting.
  • may or may not be cheaper than genuine accessories
  • are not covered by the vehicle’s warranty
  • may have a shorter and different warranty to the rest of the vehicle
  • will not be approved by the vehicle manufacturer.  
After market accessories and treatments are often heavily marked up and will have little impact on resale value. Shop around to find the best deal if you want them. 

When buying accessories you should ask if they are genuine or non-genuine and what warranty applies to them.

Spare wheels

It's worth looking in the boot of your new car as it'sbecoming increasingly common for manufacturers to provide inflator kits, space savers and temporary-use spare wheels rather than a full-sized spare wheel. However a full-sized spare is worth considering if available, and if it will fit in the boot. You may also be able to negotiate its inclusion as part of the deal.

A full-sized spare wheel may not add to the vehicle's value but it could save inconvenience later.

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