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Bells and Whistles Enhance

Considering the cost of trading in your vehicle vs. investing in
enhancement accessories, the latter decision may be a "no brainer."

As they make the rounds to select their new vehicle, many shoppers
recoil at 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 $24+
billion customizing/accessory industry are totally functional (SEMA
2001); some combine function with cosmetic improvement.

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 or a referral
from your automotive service dealer are two good ways to find your local

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

Air dams and spoilers
Anti-theft devices
Bug deflectors
Camper caps
Car phones
Carrier racks
Custom seats
Custom wheels
Grille guards
Keyless entry systems
Neon trim lighting
Personal breath alcohol testers
Pick-up bed mats
Pick-up box tonneau covers
RV and towing accessories
Radar Detectors
Remote engine starting systems
Running boards
Special shock absorbers
Stereo systems
Striping and/or decals
Sun roofs
Vehicle navigation systems
Wheels & tires
Window tinting



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