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Which Car Options are Worth Having?

Depending on which car you end up buying, your choice of options may be overwhelming.

Some manufacturers such as Honda keep things simple, while others give you a plethora of options and packages to choose from. If you intend to sell your car after a few years, it's important to choose options that will retain their value well and avoid frivolous options that will eat up your money.

According to ALG, a company that predicts the future value of vehicles, the following options are well-worth their price.

Cruise Control
This is an option that most drivers tend to use at some point and many used car buyers value very highly. These days, most new cars already come standard with cruise control, but if yours doesn't and it's available as an option, it's money well spent.

Power Windows and Locks
Most new cars come standard with power windows and door locks, but you'll find this missing on the lower trim models - especially on the compact and sub-compact cars. This option is well worth having when it comes to selling the car down the road.

Air Conditioning
When it comes time to sell your car, if it's missing air conditioning, you're going to have a much tougher time selling it - especially if you're in one of the warmer regions of the country. Don't skimp on this option.

Power Seats
Power seats tend to hold their value well, especially in situations where more than one person will be driving the vehicle.

Automatic Transmission
The overwhelming majority of drivers prefer automatic transmissions. This option will hold its value well when it comes time to sell.

Leather Seats
I'm on the fence when it comes to leather seats. They tend to hold their value about as well as the overall vehicle, which means you should expect a 50% depreciation after only 3 years.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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