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Buying a new car is always an experience that generates mixed emotions. I feel great, knowing that I will be getting a new car, and yet, I truly dislike the idea of haggling over price and listening to the salesperson as they attempt to entice me to buy upgrades. Listen, I am your down to earth guy who believes that an auto should get me from point A to B without breaking down but not necessarily in great style. When I select a car, I do not look for fancy and yet the salesperson always tries to pry that additional cash from my grip on what I believe, are unnecessary upgrades.
I would never buy the special interior mats that are about $90 and are unique only because they have the logo of the car manufacturer. Instead, I can go to Costco and buy a set of nice mats made from recycled tires, are waterproof and durable, and come in a variety of colors. The best part is that they cost less than $25.
How many times has the salesperson suggested that you upgrade the undercoating of your car? The car has a warranty against rust that is more than adequate, and new cars do not have a rusting problem. Save the couple of hundred dollars that they may charge
I do like to listen to music and the radio when I drive. In fact, I am comfortable in saying that nearly everyone does. That does not mean however, that it is OK to upgrade to a super, high output audio system. It is not a question of cost. If I were doing the upgrade because I absolutely wanted a fantastic, high fidelity sound system, I would take my car to a specialist. The specialty shop will have a wider selection of options available and probably do a better job with the installation.
"Would you like to have pinstripes added to the car?" I blinked and wanted to know what the salesperson was talking about. I am not a New York Yankees fan and do not need their pinstripes, but that was not quite what the rep meant. It was an upgrade where they would paint thin lines near the edges of my car adding some unique design. That was $300 and there was no way that I would drop that on such a moronic option.
One upgrade that I did consider buying was to have the car's VIN etched into the glass. However, when I heard that it was $175, I said "no thank you." Later, I went to an auto parts store and bought a kit to do it myself for $30. It looks just fine.
Basic transportation is all this guy really needs in a car!
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