PHOENIX -- When you go to buy a new car, the options range from convenient to cosmetic. With so many extras from which to choose, sometimes it's tough to tell what is really necessary and worth the extra expense.
Jim Prueter from AAA of Arizona puts the brakes on the options in which he says drivers should not invest.
1. Upgraded Audio Systems
a. CD players are on their way out of cars.
b. If you're streaming audio via Bluetooth or a USB port there's really no need.
c. Savings: $850 - $5,000
2. Factory Installed GPS Navigation
a. In-car navigation systems are expensive and often difficult to use.
b. Most drivers are turning toward more economical solutions.
c. Smartphone apps, such as AAA Mobile, provide door-to-door directions and work wonderfully.
d. Savings : $750 - $2,000
3. All-Wheel Drive
a. Depending on where you live, you may need all-wheel or four-wheel drive.
b. However, thousands of drivers pay a premium for the initial cost of all-wheel or four-wheel drive.
c. These vehicles consume more fuel and offer little, if any added benefit.
d. Savings: $1,500 or more
4. Wheel and Tire Packages
a. Large tires and fancy rims may look nice, but come with a big price tag.
b. They also provide no added benefit or added resale value.
c. In some cases, they may interfere with a vehicle's stability control system.
d. Savings: $1,500 - $5,000
5. Dual-Zone Climate Control
a. These systems, which seem like a good idea in theory, allow you to choose different temperature settings for the driver and passenger. Tri-zone systems, which have a third control for the rear seat, are also available.
b. If the driver sets their temperature to 72 degrees and the passenger sets theirs to 68 degrees, doesn't that create an average temperature of 70 degrees inside the car?
c. Savings: $850 or more.
6. Power Folding Seats
a. This is an option on vehicles with third-row seats, enabling the second and/or third row to fold flat into the floor with the push of a button.
b. Vehicles today are well designed and second and third row seats can be easily - and quickly - folded manually.
c. Plus, there's no complicated or expensive machinery that could easily break
d. Savings: $750
7. Special Edition Vehicles
a. Auto manufacturers often use this to move a slow-selling vehicle in its last year of production.
b. It might be known as a "Heritage Edition," "Anniversary Edition," "Limited Edition," or any such name to deem it a special or rare vehicle.
c. However, aside from a decal, extra emblem or special color paint combination, there isn't anything that is special or rare about these vehicles.
d. Savings: $750 - $2,500
8. Xenon/HID Headlamps
a. These headlamps give off more light than halogen lamps and have a blue-ish tint that is often their main appeal.
b. They typically shine further than many people can see or react to.
c. Plus, drivers often complain that the strong beam has a blinding effect.
d. Savings: $350 - $800
9. Tack Ons
a. From mock convertible tops to trunk-mounted spoilers, tack ons are endless.
b. These options don't tend to age well and can cheapen the look of a vehicle.
c. Savings: $250 - $3,500
a. They're noisy when closed and even noisier when opened.
b. But the real question is, when was the last time you used the one you have?
c. Sunroofs/moonroofs don't add much, if any, value to resale. Plus, if it is broken at trade-in, as much as $500 could be deducted from the value of the vehicle.
d. Savings: $800 to $2,500