Are you buying a new car?
When buying a new car, you may consider buying extras for your car, either to increase the value of your new asset or to make the car better in terms of safety and appearance.
Remember, sales people earn more commission if they upsell you on your car purchase. Therefore, before you get influenced by a salesperson trying to upsell you on additional car extras, make sure you know which extras you should avoid adding to your car. Here’re a few extras you don’t really need:
1. Fabric protection
Fabric protection protects car interiors, especially leather interiors, against sun damage. However, you can use windscreen shades and maintain leather seats yourself at a fraction of the cost of fabric protection.
2. Paint protection
A salesperson may try to sell you paint protection film (PPF), which is a thermoplastic urethane film that can be applied to painted car surfaces. It’s purpose is to protect a car from abrasions and stone chips. However, paint protection is not much better than a standard coat of wax, which you can apply yourself.
Your car does need rustproofing! But, you don’t need to get it as an add-on. Before being painted, cars are rust proofed by an electrochemical process.
4. Extended warranty
Your original warranty is all you really need. If you do, however, want an extended warranty, you can buy it later on from the car manufacturer or a reputable third party company. Also, the dealer’s warranty may require you to return to that dealership. This can become a problem if you move.
Maintenance plans often cover fluid changes and other needed maintenance items. While it may seem cheaper when you take your car in for a service, it can cost more paying for a plan every month. If you do want a maintenance plan, make sure you do thorough calculations to ensure youâ€™re not spending more money in the long run.