As they make the rounds
to select their new vehicle, many shoppers recoil at the sticker
prices. With cars now averaging well above $20,000, some buyers
reevaluate their needs and desires, reluctantly settling for the
no-frills, "plain vanilla" model.
With time, however, these same motorists may find themselves
with a few extra dollars they can invest in their vehicle. Is it
time to buy another car, even though there still are payments to
make? The Car Care Council says instead of replacing your
vehicle, consider repairing and upgrading what you already have.
The accompanying list includes some of the accessories that
can add new personality to your basic vehicle. Most of the
products in the $13 billion customizing/accessory industry are
totally functional; some combine function with cosmetic
The cost of these components ranges from a few dollars to a
few thousand. Still you could have most of them installed for
much less than the price of a new vehicle. A classified phone
directory is the best way to find your local sources.
So if you're considering trading, crunch the numbers first.
You might find you'd be just as happy, and many dollars richer,
with a few selected enhancements.
Vehicle Personality Enhancement List