Auto Dealers’ Dirty Secrets: 20 Pointless Upgrades They Hope You Fall For

In the sparkling world of car buying, a glistening new ride isn’t always what it seems. Auto dealers have a knack for sprucing up the deal with some shiny, yet utterly unnecessary upgrades. Buckle up as we unveil 20 glittering yet pointless add-ons they’re hoping to sneak into your package!

Paint Protection

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Nobody wants their car’s shiny coat to lose its luster. Dealers push paint protection like it’s a magical shield. But guess what? Regular washes and wax will keep your car gleaming without the mystical “protection” that costs a shiny penny!

VIN Etching

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Etching the Vehicle Identification Number on the window sounds fancy, but is it necessary? Spoiler alert – it’s not. You could etch those numbers yourself or, you know, not etch them at all. Your car won’t mind, promise!

Fabric Protection

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If spills give you chills, dealers might tempt you with fabric protection. But before you jump on this, remember good ol’ seat covers or upholstery cleaner can be a knight in shining armor without busting the bank.

Extended Warranties

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A dealer’s eyes light up at the mention of extended warranties. They’re painting pictures of future catastrophes! But wait – new cars come with warranties, and by the time those expire, the extended ones barely lift a finger.

Nitrogen in Tires

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Pump your brakes if a dealer offers nitrogen for your tires at a premium. Air’s on the job, and it’s been doing just fine for, well, forever. Save that cash for a road trip instead.

Pin Striping

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Add a touch of style with pin striping, they say. But let’s get real – those fancy lines are marking up the price, not just the car. A DIY job or a local artist can do wonders without the upcharge.

Chrome Rims

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Got a soft spot for that shiny bling? Dealers know it and they’re ready with chrome rims at golden prices. Spoiler: aftermarket shops will get your wheels spinning with options and prices that won’t deflate your wallet.

Rustproofing

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Modern cars already have rust protection, but dealers might still dance the rustproofing jig. Nod, smile, and remember – unless you’re parking your new ride at the bottom of a lake, you’re probably good to go.

Undercoating

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Undercoating is another golden oldie from the dealer’s bag of tricks. It sounds rugged and tough, but today’s cars are already built to endure. It’s like buying snow boots in the desert – looks cool but utterly pointless.

Car Alarms

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“Protect your prized possession!” they’ll proclaim, offering state-of-the-art alarms. Before your wallet takes the hit, remember, insurance often covers theft and factory-installed security systems are generally enough to scare off the baddies.

Window Tinting

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Dealers might try to lure you in with professional window tinting services. But before your imagination turns your sedan into a limo, check out local shops. They’ve got the style and privacy you crave, without the celebrity price tag.

Navigation Systems

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In a world where smartphones rule and free map apps are aplenty, splurging on an in-built navigation system feels like buying a golden compass. Save the treasure for something worthwhile, matey!

Roof Racks

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Unless you’re hauling kayaks weekly, those pricey roof racks from the dealer are just skyline eyesores. Check out aftermarket options. They’re like buffet spreads – varied, cheaper, and you only grab what you’ll actually use.

Cargo Organizers

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Organizing is great but dropping big bucks on dealer’s cargo organizers? Not so much. A quick trip to an auto accessories shop, and you’ll be organized without feeling your wallet’s been ransacked.

Premium Sound Systems

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Music lovers, beware the siren call of the premium sound system. It’s music to the dealer’s ears when you bite. Explore aftermarket options – they hit the right notes without the crescendo in cost.

LED Lights

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When a dealer flashes LED lights at you, it’s easy to get starry-eyed. But keep those feet on the ground. Local shops can light up your ride for a fraction of the cost, no stardom required.

Spoilers

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Not the plot kind, but just as dramatic. Dealers might pitch it as the pinnacle of style, but unless you’re revving up for the racetracks, it’s all show, no extra go. And certainly not for that price tag!

Performance Add-ons

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Enhanced performance sounds exhilarating, but these dealer add-ons often just add zeroes to the bill. Your car’s factory settings are ready to roll. For true gearheads, specialized shops offer the real thrills, without the spills.

Custom Finishes

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Your car doesn’t need to glitter to be gold. Dealers’ custom finishes are often overpriced and underwhelming. Want to stand out? Local artists and shops offer that personal touch without the royal expense.

Dealer Prep Fees

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If someone offers a “special preparation” for your new car, raise an eyebrow. Every new car is ready to hit the road. Save that cash – the only prep you need is deciding where to drive first!

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