5 New Car Options You Probably Don’t Need

Want to get the biggest bang for your buck on a new car purchase? Just say no to these expensive upgrades.

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New Car Options You Can Do Without

If you're on the market for a new car, you're probably wondering which options are worth the investment, and which are a waste of your hard-earned cash. To help you separate the wheat from the chaff, we've identified five upgrades you'll probably want to eliminate right off the bat.

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1. Automatic Car Windshield Wipers

Automatic wipers were supposed to be the next step in automotive safety technology, but the truth is, they really don't work all that well. The problem is that automatic wipers are triggered by water on the windshield, and by the time the windshield is wet enough to activate them, you'd have probably already turned your manual wipers on. Save yourself the money and invest in a set of quality wiper blades instead. 

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2. Oversized Wheels and Tires

Those oversized wheels and tires will come with an equally oversized bill when the time comes to replace them. If you're intent on upgraded wheels, consider waiting until after you purchase your new car, giving yourself time to scout the aftermarket for a good deal. 

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3. Heated Car Seats

Heated seats might be nice to have in the winter, but they add a considerable amount to a new car's price tag. If you must have a nice warm seat the moment you jump into your car, consider an aftermarket remote car starter instead. Alternatively, you might consider a heated seat cover, which is more flexible, just as easy to use, and has the added benefit of portability, as you can move it from vehicle to vehicle. Either of these accessories will save you money without sacrificing your comfort.

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4. Car Headlight Wipers

Headlight wipers might seem like a good idea on paper, but in practice, they tend to be fragile and prone to breaking. Not only that, but they're expensive to fix, and many car owners choose to just let them be. When it comes down to it, how much time and effort does it take to manually clear ice and snow from your headlights? If you're willing to add that task to the winter ritual of digging out your car every morning, you can save yourself a lot of money.

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5. Keyless Ignition

If a keyless ignition comes standard on the car you are buying, fine. If not, it's probably not worth the added cost. Keyless entry systems look cool, but they are no more secure than traditional key-based systems. Save yourself the money and get a spare key made instead.