Popular Dealer Options and What You Should Know

Popular Dealer Options and What You Should Know

When it comes to buying a car, there’s often a large amount of dealer options available. Sometimes these are handy, and can help lengthen the lifespan of your vehicle. Even though it adds additional fees to your purchase, the sales staff at Paul Conte Chevrolet of Freeport, NY, remind us that you can easily roll the price of these additions into your monthly payments (if you’re financing your vehicle). With that in mind, here are some add-ons that you should consider.

Paint protection film/Clear Bra

A clear bra is a film that the dealership applies to protect your car’s paint from flying debris. These are non-invasive and also tend to be pretty durable.  Depending on cost, these might be a nice addition to your car that will keep the stone chips away.

Performance Upgrades

Some dealerships will be glad to add 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.  Best part is that you can get these installed at the dealership and tack the price of them onto your monthly financing plan.

Seasonal Floor Mats

There are cheap floor mats and then there are factory floor mats.  Factory floor mats are generally expensive but boy are they nice.  They are designed specifically for your vehicle and match perfectly.  Unless money is really tight, spring for a set of genuine factory floor mats and you’ll be glad you did.


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. Do you live in a garage-less condo?  Some dealerships may offer to store your tires so you don’t have to worry about where to put them.


If you want to get some flair for your car, like pinstriping or other graphics, your best bet is to get it done at the dealership.  Especially if they are factory supplied graphics, your dealership probably has experience applying them and this will insure a high-quality appearance.

Rust Proofing

While new cars use galvanized steel that helps protects from rust, some people who live in areas that see a lot of snow may want to consider getting rust proofing done.  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.  Is it necessary? No not really but if 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 ambient conditions, such as 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, have the dealer 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 since they know their vehicles better.


Some dealerships are offering to fill your tires with nitrogen gas. The draw is that nitrogen gas is more stable and doesn’t react with the tire rubber since it is an inert gas. Additionally, nitrogen gas doesn’t leak as much as normal air so tires stay inflated to the proper pressure longer.  Should you go for nitrogen?  Possibly, see how much your dealership charges for it.  It’s not absolutely necessary.