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Which Dealer Add-Ons Should You Buy?

When buying a new car, you'll be presented with several add-ons that can be purchased for an additional price.

These items will be shown to you by the finance (or business) manager after you've agreed to purchase the vehicle.

Many dealers make a good portion of their profit selling these add-ons (such as extended warranties, service plans, gap insurance, and paint/fabric protection).

There are only a few add-ons that you should consider purchasing - all the rest are pretty much useless.

The ones worth considering are:

  • Extended Warranties
  • GAP Insurance

The following may be worthwhile for some, but not most:

  • Pre-paid Maintenance Plans
  • Wheel Protection
  • Low-Jack Anti-theft device
The following are completely useless:

  • Paint Protection
  • Fabric Protection
  • Rust-proofing
  • Window Etching
  • Car Alarms

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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