Whenever you consider a new car, the dealer usually has a number of options for you to consider. Some of these are nice to have and can help lengthen the lifespan of your vehicle. Even though it adds additional fees to your purchase, the sales staff at Mullahey of Paso Robles, a CA-based Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM dealer remind us that you can easily roll the price of these additions into your monthly payments (if you’re financing your vehicle) so the cost per month is small. Here’s some add-ons that you should consider.

Seasonal Floor Mats

There are regular floor mats, you know the universal ones at the auto parts store, and then there are genuine factory floor mats.  Factory floor mats are more expensive but they usually fit perfectly because they are designed specifically for your vehicle.  Unless money is really tight, spring for a set of genuine factory floor mats.  You’ll be glad you did.

Paint protection film/Clear Bra

A clear bra is a heavy, transparent film that the dealership applies to your car to protect the paint finish. These are non-invasive and also tend to be pretty durable.  Depending on cost, these might be an addition to your car that keeps your paint blemish free.

Performance Upgrades

Some dealerships will be glad to add factory authorized performance accessories to your car. A good example is Toyota.  Toyota has the Toyota Racing Division (TRD) which makes parts like custom exhausts, brake kits and lowering springs for its cars.  Not only are you guaranteed parts that fit perfectly, you can get them installed at your dealership and tack the price of them onto your monthly financing plan.


If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you should have a second set of seasonal tires.  When you are buying a new car, this is a good time to negotiate a second set of tires and rims.

Rust Proofing

While new cars use galvanized steel that helps protects from rust, if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow may want to consider getting your car undercoated.  Talk to your dealer about this. They will often give you a good price on their brand of rust proofing protection and then you can worry less about that winter salt.  

Paint Protection

A paint protection package is usually just a professional waxing.  If it is offered at a good price might be worth the money.  A wax coating on your car is an additional protectant between your cars new paint and harmful UV rays from the sun.  

Extended Warranty

The fact is that the most expensive components on a car are typically covered by the traditional new car warranty.  Many pundits state that used car warranties are unnecessary but that may be a judgement for the car buyer to assess.  One exception is when buying a used car.  Purchasing an extended warranty could be a nice way to reduce your risk incase anything happens down the road.

Anti-Theft Alarms

Many new cars have an anti-theft measure available from the factory so you don’t have to worry about it.  If the car you are considering doesn’t have an alarm, you might want the dealer to install it.  You will find all sorts of third party installers who will do it cheaper but the odds are best that your dealer will do a better job.

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