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Budget Busting Upgrades That Should Be Avoided

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Budget Busting Upgrades That Should Be Avoided

Levi Quinn (SubmitYOURArticle.com)
April 29, 2011


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Getting a new car is exciting; picking out the make, model, color, and features that your new ride will have is very fun for many drivers. As a place where most people spend a lot of their time, your car should address all of your driving needs while providing a safe and comfortable means of transportation. This means that it should come with features that will make your driving experience both more convenient and more enjoyable. What features, though, will accomplish these goals?

Every driver has a different style, different expectations, and different needs when it comes to their car. As a car buyer, you have to decide what it is that you enjoy most in a car and look for a new vehicle that provides just that. With the gamut of upgrades that have been released by various car manufacturers, narrowing down which ones are cost effective and which ones are a waste of money can be very hard. However, it is important to know which options are worth it and which ones you can do without when you go looking for your next vehicle. Basically, the worth of a feature relies upon your own use for it.

If you are a person who drives a lot, lives in the north, and has seen more snow than any one person should in a lifetime, then seat warmers are probably something that is worth your investment. If you live in Florida, though, they are most likely a feature that you will never use. When looking through your options, go through each one and analyze how often you will put it to use. The truth is, even the most innovative of features can be forgone in light of saving money. Here are some common upgrades that you can almost certainly do without:

• In-dash navigation. Yes, having the navigation system built into your car is convenient; this system can access the car's computer, relay information about its speed, oil levels, and engine temperature all from a handy location. But guess what? Between your gauges and a much cheaper portable GPS system you can get the same information for a much more affordable price. In-dash navigation may look nice, but the truth is that it is one of the most overpriced features that you can purchase.

• Automatic wiper blades. Some cars have unique wiper blades that know when to turn on, how fast to wipe, and when to turn off. Though this is very interesting, it is also unnecessary. Turning on your own wiper blades is not only easy—it is already a habit for many drivers. This feature will most likely just get in the way.

• Leather interior. Sure, there are certain situations when leather interior is worth it, but overall the upgrade is very pricy. Cloth and other upholstery fabrics can be just as comfortable for a fraction of the cost.

When looking for your next car, make sure that you pay attention to the real cost of some of these upgrades. While they might be fabulous, they are also often expensive. By staying away from upgrades you don't really need, you can save your budget and still enjoy your new car.

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