Five car dealership add-ons you should AVOID when buying a new car — and two you should consider

YOU have the choice of dealership add-ons when you negotiate the price of a new car above its base MSRP.

But only the car dealer-specific additions are worth their cost.


Your new car is your automotive canvas – paint it with the right featuresCredit: Getty

Car dealerships generally describe add-on features as “available” features.

Complementary features of a model’s trim are usually labeled as “standard”.

There are different types of features available.

Factory-installed options are available features installed at the manufacturer’s factory before the car arrives at the dealership, reports MotorBiscuit.

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Port-installed options are imported from overseas when they arrive at their port of entry, according to MotorBiscuit.

Dealer-installed features are installed at a dealership’s business location.

You will find a report of all information and options of a car in its sticker.

Bankrate has published a list of dealer options you should avoid – and their first suggestion is to avoid rustproofing.

Rustproofing gives a vehicle undercoating that provides extra protection against rust.

Rustproofing will set you back around $1,200, which is a steep price considering most new cars leaving the factory have excellent rust protection.

The same idea applies when deciding whether or not to opt for a protective paint sealant which can cost up to $200.

The vast majority of new cars have exceptional paint protection. You can keep your car’s paint looking good with a routine wash and wax.

Fabric protection as a supplement may seem like a no-brainer, but a bottle of Scotchguard will do the trick for less, reports Bankrate.

Bankrate describes VIN etching by saying, “VIN etching is a procedure that allows you to make an adhesive plastic stencil containing your car’s vehicle identification number, or VIN.

“You then place this stencil on a window and apply a special acid solution that chemically burns or etches the number onto the glass.”

Example of a motor vehicle identification number


Example of a motor vehicle identification numberCredit: Getty

Or you can use an at-home kit and save some money.

Extended warranties are Banknote’s final suggestion of concession add-ons to avoid, but this suggestion isn’t quite as straightforward.

Many drivers can avoid buying an extended warranty since the majority of new cars include a manufacturer’s warranty.

Even if you buy Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, there is often still some warranty coverage left.

If you’re buying a used vehicle and don’t want to spend $1,000 or more on an extended warranty, take routine vehicle maintenance seriously.

Prompt auto maintenance will help you avoid costly future repairs.

One concession add-on you may want to consider is gap insurance.

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If you have an accident and the cash value of your car is less than you owe, gap insurance will cover the difference.

Drivers should consider gap insurance if they are taking on large, extended loans where there is a greater possibility of getting upside down.