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Features You Should Look for in Your New Car

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Are you in the market for a new set of wheels? With so many choices out there, we’ve narrowed down a few must-have features, as well as features you can skip. Continue reading to learn more!

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Backup Camera: This essential safety feature alleviates the risk factor of backing up, by giving drivers a bird’s-eye view of the car. This way, drivers can see the entire area surrounding their vehicle, and check for children, pedestrians and other objects that might be in the way!

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Bluetooth: This wireless technology allows two compatible devices to communicate. In the car, it allows you to operate a mobile phone “hands-free,” meaning you don’t have to hold the device while making a call or listening to music.

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Rear seat-belt warning: Seat-belts save lives, but there’s often no way of knowing if children in the back have unbuckled themselves – unless your vehicle has a seat-belt warning light.

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Auto headlights: Some drivers unintentionally start their journey with the headlights switched off, and forget to turn them on when they should. Auto headlights are a simple solution – leave the headlight switch in “auto” position and the car will do the rest!

Features you can skip

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Built-in navigation systems: There’s really no need to pay extra for a navigation system, when you’re most likely going to rely on Google Maps most of the time anyway. Also, most built-in navigation systems require constant and tedious updates.

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Bigger wheels and low-profile tires: The look might seem appealing to you, but the ride will be less comfortable. Also, your wheels will be more susceptible to damage from potholes and other obstructions on the road.

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Rear entertainment units: Why spend the extra money on an unnecessary feature, when you can simply use an inexpensive tablet, phone or book for your children’s backseat entertainment?

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Be sure to check out SeaComm’s online auto buying center, Garage Gizmo, to help you find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle. For more spring car shopping tips – read our recent blog post by clicking here!

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