When you purchase a new vehicle, you select a make and model. Then you can also choose between different levels of finish, options and accessories. Your budget will undoubtedly motivate your decision to equip your car with heated seats or roof bars. To make sure you don't forget anything, take the time to analyse what's on offer, listen to advice and look at the list of after-sales accessories.
Your choices, between needs and desires
Even if the question is not asked in the same way for a generalist manufacturer as for Premium brands, the idea is essentially the same. You start by choosing a finish level with more or less equipment. Then the options packages for more comfort, technology, driving assistance, etc. These offers enable you to equip your car well at a lower price than if you selected the options one by one. You also have the option list to add any additional options you wish. Think about re-selling your car too. A car with a few options won't always be more expensive, but it will often be much easier to sell.
Certain equipment must be provided at the time of ordering in order to benefit from all the related technology. For example, the towing hitch can be coupled to an anti-sway system, which may not necessarily be possible with an aftermarket accessory.
Even after you have signed the purchase order and the car has been delivered, you can still add accessories. Whether at the dealership or at an accessory shop, the catalogue is no longer limited to just mobile phone holders, cup holders or stylish rims. The offer has been expanded to meet more closely the demands of customers who hadn't thought of everything at the time of purchase or whose needs have changed over time. Some electronically controlled options can also be activated after delivery. Infotainment and digital screens have lengthened the wish list. The use of smartphones and the recent explosion of apps has led drivers to want the same tools on board their vehicle. Electric and connected cars are profoundly revolutionising the automotive industry. You can obtain services or options by paying for a subscription from the manufacturer. An à la carte system for everyone.
And for older vehicles?
If you are looking for a second-hand car or a modern classic, you can also find out about the accessories available. If it is essential that your purchase is fitted with cruise control, this option may be available as an aftermarket fitting. This possibility will widen your search.