What truly distinguishes one car from another, and impacts people’s enjoyment of their vehicle, are the options included in it. A “fully loaded” car that has heated leather seats and a built-in back massager, for example, is a lot more comfortable and fun to drive than a “basic model” vehicle that only has an AM/FM radio and cloth seats. Of course, many, if not most, of the options available for cars are nice to have items that are, in reality, completely unnecessary. The options pitched by car salesman and sold through dealerships and manufacturers can also be incredibly overpriced. In fact, most motorists would be shocked to learn what they have paid for many of the options in their vehicle. Here’s a list of 10 of the most overpriced car options.
10. Satellite Radio: $500 – $600
Satellite radio is nice and offers a lot more entertainment than traditional AM/FM radio. With satellite radio you get tons of sports talk radio options, news channels, tailored music stations and even Howard Stern. But is satellite radio really worth $500 to $600? Plus, you need to consider that you will have to pay an annual fee of about $175 to keep the satellite radio activated in your car throughout the year. Over time, that adds up and it can be a hefty expense for some temporary entertainment when commuting to work and home again. Consider that a satellite radio receiver can be installed after you purchase your car for about $200, and that local AM/FM radio is free, and you can see how satellite radio is a pricey option when purchased from the car dealership.