are dealer extras worth the money? - one way car alarm
OK, you have decided what model of car you want to buy.
You know, more or less, how much do you want to spend-
Or how much you can afford.
You kicked the tires, talked to the sales staff, took a few shiny new numbers to test --
You can make a deal by driving.
It's just that you're not done yet.
You still need to decide whether to buy any "extra fees" that your sales staff always suggest ".
Some of these extra things have real value and may be worth adding. Others . . .
Maybe not that much.
The list of "additional services" offered by most dealers may include paint sealant, fabric protection/leather care, extended warranty, extended "one price" service contract, rust/under-body coating and
To give a few examples, the theft system.
We want to know which of these new car add-ons are worth it and which are what consumers can use.
In order to find out the truth, we would like to consult an expert ---
David Bennett, AAA automotive project manager.
As it turns out, like most things in life, the answer tends to depend on your own situation, budget, or location, and what is best for you.
Let's solve these additional problems.
"I think most of the paint on the car is working fine right now, so in most cases you may not need it anymore," said Ons . ", He gave a warning.
"But it depends on where you live in this country ---
What is the climate, do you have a lot of ice and snow, and what the road staff put down on the road-
Whether it's salt or something less harmful to paint.
But generally, as long as you wash the car clean, wash the salt off and wax it regularly, the paint should last without being "added"
"Sealer" at the dealer's office'
Also, if you get a chip or a ding, fix it so Rust doesn't have a chance to set and spread.
"These extra fabrics/leather protection are pretty self-containedexplanatory --
Dealers "treat" soft pads or leather seats with "protective" products to make the seats more resistant to stains or wear marks.
"It could be a good purchase, but the first question you should ask before buying is, what kind of lifestyle do I live?
"Do you have many children? Are they easy to spill?
Or will most of your vehicles be occupied by adults?
"Are you eating regularly in the car?
If that's the case, and you're too confused about your own interests, stain protection can be a great way.
"Also, look at the exceptions in the plan," suggested Bennett . ".
"If you are a smoker and the plan excludes the burning holes in the soot and you don't try to make sure that the soot is always short, it may not be a good purchase because of this exclusion.
Each of these policies or plans may offer something different and you will need to read all of the exclusion clauses before purchasing, as this may not be a good policy or plan for you.
"If you want to save some cash, one option is to give up the protective agent, just make sure you clean your seat regularly with a good upholstery cleaner or leather cleaner.
To remove spots from the leather seat, use a good leather cleaner and place it in the spot with a soft cloth.
If the place is still there, let it sit for a few hours.
Repeat, as they say, if necessary.
It is also a good idea to use the leather conditioner regularly on the leather seat to restore moisture and maintain its appearance.
This is when dealers apply a variety of rust-
Chemicals, wax or seals on the chassis of the vehicle are prohibited.
It can also be applied to other Rustprone areas.
Rust prevention treatment sometimes includes a guarantee for a certain period of time.
Keep in mind that some guarantees need to be "checked" once a year to be re-issued
Apply the sealant or anti-rust agent to any area that may damage the rust.
"I don't think this is necessary in most cases," Bennett believes.
"The way most vehicles are built today is that they don't rust as easily as they used ---
Even in the north, there was a lot of snow there.
"LoJack Car safety system/Defense
Theft System: Staff of LoJack Car Safety System reported that a car was stolen every 25 seconds in the United StatesS.
Using a car alarm is a way to protect the vehicle.
But if you want to go higher
With a security system like LoJack, technology "tracking" routes can give you more peace of mind.
The LoJack system includes a small RF transceiver hidden in up to 20 different places in the car.
The system uses the code bound to the vehicle identification number (VIN).
Then, when you report that your car was stolen, the state police crime computer can match the code to the state VIN database.
This will automatically activate the LoJack system in the vehicle--
Send out an inaudible signal
Police cruisers and aviation units with LoJack tracking systems can then identify the location of the vehicle, track and take back the vehicle.
LoJack claims that more than 200,000 cars have been recycled using their systems worldwide, of which more than 100,000 are in the United StatesS.
"Whether this is something you should buy depends on a variety of factors.
If you live in a high
"Crime zones, systems like this can give you peace of mind," Crime suggested . ".
"But even if you live in a safe, low
"In the crime zone, your car can still be stolen from busy downtown streets or parking lots," he noted . ".
A warning: some car owners may not want their car back after it is stolen, especially if it is seriously damaged, or if it is driven too hard, causing some mechanical problems.
Another thing to consider, says Bennett, is that GM owners with a patented OnStar system may not need a theft tracking program.
"Because if the vehicle is stolen, the system allows OnStar operators to track the location of the vehicle.
So if you buy a GM with the OnStar system, you may want to go through LoJack or a similar tracking system.
"Extended Warranty" really depends on the time you plan to keep the vehicle, as most extended warranty plans will not take effect until the manufacturer's warranty expires, Bennett suggested. ".
"These manufacturers now have a warranty period of three or five years, sometimes even longer.
"So if you plan to sell a car after three or five years, it may not make sense to buy an extended warranty.
Some warranty offers transferable policies that allow you to "sell" the warranty with the vehicle.
Others allow you to "return" the warranty for pro-rated refund.
Bennett also explained that not all guarantees are equal.
"They usually have three levels of warranty: for example, the basic extended warranty will cover the power system;
While the better ones will cover the power system as well as some of the other components listed ---
Or the "exclusive" extended warranty may say it covers everything but the items listed.
At the top end, the best warranty covers everything, but it's also the most expensive.
"Bennett gave an example of a manufacturer's warranty.
"For 2007 Buick, the power system warranty for the base manufacturer is five years or 100,000 miles, and the corrosion warranty is six years or 100,000 miles.
In fact, GM offers the same warranty for their Chevrolet and Cadillac brands.
"This is a very good warranty, so if you plan to keep it for only five years or less, extending the warranty may be the money you don't need to spend. " E-