Although it makes more financial sense to buy a used car due to the fact that a new car loses a ton of value the minute you drive it off the lot, sometimes you want to make the plunge on a brand new car for your family. And since every car manufacturer has so many options available, picking the ones that add value to your car can be a daunting task. Money Magazine has put together a list of 7 popular option items that people go for and decided whether they were worth it or not. Here is their list:
Electronic Stability Control – Averages $500, and worth every penny. I have to agree here because our car has it and it makes a huge difference when it rains out here.
Side Airbags – Another must have. With today’s traffic and the size of every other car on the road, having a few extra airbags could save your life in an accident. About $600.
Run Flat Tires – They call it a “maybe” but I have to say it’s a “no”. We have them on our Mini and the sensor goes off all the time telling me I have lost pressure when in fact all I did was hit a bump. Also, I feel more comfortable knowing I have a spare because if I am in the middle of nowhere and my run-flat actually does lose air, I can only drive a certain amount of miles before it starts shredding itself.
Bluetooth Phone Kit – They call it a maybe as well, but I say no. If you do want one, get an aftermarket unit for cheaper, or just get a bluetooth headset for even less.
Rearview Camera – Again, they say maybe but I say no. The people that I know that have them never use them, and when you look at the image, it is not really a true representation of the distance behind you. Sure, you might see a neighborhood kid that you might otherwise not see, but how often does that happen? And at a price of a few thousand dollars (part of a package normally), it’s just not worth it.
GPS Navigation – They say buy it later and I agree. Sure, the in-dash units look nice, but at thousands of dollars, they are a bit pricey. Save some cash and get a dash mount unit for $400.
Rear Seat DVD Player – They say buy it later, I say buy it never. I am sorry for those of you who love these things, but I am against them. Sure, kids can be annoying on a long car trip, but think about it…when else are they trapped with you and forced to interact? Not often in today’s busy world. We all grew up without them just fine, and our kids will be fine without it as well. Play a game, listen to music, talk about school, whatever. They are only kids once, you better make the most of it.
No matter what car you end up buying, there are a ton of options to choose from. I say safety first and luxuries later, because you can always buy phone headsets and stuff like that, but you cannot buy a life if something were to happen to your family.