New Car Features You Don’t Really Need

June 22, 2012 12:00 AM

New Car Features You Don’t Really Need

" Pricing, financing, warranties, insurance–it’s one hurdle after another to make it through the car shopping experience without paying a dime more than you must.

Sometimes, it’s not the dealer or the bank that costs you extra money. It’s you. By ordering optional features that don’t add much to the driving experience–or worse, interfere with it–and don’t hold their value over time, many car shoppers end up with a car more expensive than it should be, one that depreciates even more quickly the minute they sign the paperwork and leave the dealer lot. That’s money that could go directly to paying off that new car, truck, or crossover sooner.

Wondering if you’re spending too much? You might be, if you’ve ticked the boxes for these unnecessary features:

1.  All-wheel drive–if you don’t really need it. Some drivers in northern-tier states with regular sloppy weather and hilly unpaved roads will be well-served with all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, which can distribute power more evenly when traction is dicey "

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