There are two major types of aftermarket products that can be added to whatever car you purchase. One set of aftermarket products are those offered by the dealership where you’re buying your car, the cost of which are typically rolled into your finance contract. The other kind of aftermarket products are all the different things you can buy on your own to personalize your vehicle or improve it to your liking. We’ll take a look at both kinds of aftermarket products to identify ones we think can be worth it and those that are a waste of your hard-earned money.
In the first part of this article, we’ll cover various aftermarket products typically offered to you by the dealership at the time of purchasing your car. These may or may not be worth it depending on your specific situation and needs.
Extended Warranty: If you’re buying used car that still has factory warranty left on it, you can pay to have that manufacturer’s warranty extended. If it’s a good warranty to begin with, this might be worth it. But they can be very pricey. If you choose a highly reliable car to begin with, the money you would spend on an extended warranty would be better spent making sure you have all the regular service and maintenance performed on the vehicle, which ought to be enough to keep it running smoothly for many years.
Return Policy: We understand that buying a car is a very important life decision. That’s why every car we sell comes with a 3-day love it or leave it policy. Take the time to see if the car fits with your life. Show it to your friends, family, pets, and neighbors. Once the 3-days is up, if for any reason you do not love or like the vehicle, we’ll issue a credit for the total value of the vehicle. Said credit can be used to purchase a new vehicle. And, Our 3-Day Love It Or Leave It policy is subject to a 100-mile limit.
Don’t Waste Your Money on These Aftermarket Products
Those are the basic set of aftermarket products that may or may not be worth it based on your needs. But there are a bunch of truly useless aftermarket products people keep buying for the vehicles, and in some cases they do more harm than good!
Spoilers: Some high-performance cars need rear spoilers to keep them under control. If your car doesn’t come with a spoiler, then it doesn’t need one. Resist the temptation to add one because you think it’ll look cool. All you’ll be doing is unnecessary damage by installing it – and if it’s not installed well, it might get torn off in the car wash, doing even more damage!
Aluminum stem caps: This is one of those aftermarket products that does more harm than good. They might look nice, but the stem caps on your tires are plastic for a good reason. The air stem itself is made of brass. In a humid environment, the aluminum and brass can oxidize, thereby fusing the stem caps in place, in which case you’ll find adding air to your tires pretty much impossible. A $5 purchase ends up costing quite a lot to repair when it goes sour.
Light bars: Those light bars that get put onto the front of manly pickup trucks can cost you a few hundred dollars. They do look awesome and can be seen from really far away. They can also blind oncoming traffic and might even be illegal in your state or locality.
Window tints: This is another one where you need to check your state and local laws before dishing out significant sums of money. In many places, your front windshield and your front driver-side window have to more on the clear end of the spectrum than tinted.