12 New Car Features That Aren't Worth the Money

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Which Options to Skip at the Dealer, and Where You Can Find Cheaper Alternatives

The price of new cars continues to climb, and smart shoppers need to know what features are need-to-have, what are nice-to-have, and what options and accessories are a waste of your hard-earned money. The average new vehicle transaction price has increased 3.5 percent in just a year, according to Kelley Blue Book.

Many new car buyers pile on the equipment without a second thought, whether as free-standing options, part of costly option packages, or as dealer-added accessories. The added costs get rolled into financing plans, creating higher monthly payments or horrifyingly long loan terms. Few options add significant value when it comes time to sell or trade-in the vehicle. While that built-in navigation system might seem great when you buy the car new, used car buyers aren’t inclined to pay extra for a feature that they already have in their smartphone, according to KBB.

Protect your pocketbook by reading on to see some of the features that aren’t worth the cost or that you can find elsewhere for less money. When you’re ready to buy, use our Best Price Program to find out what you should be paying for your perfect ride, including options and accessories.