As technology advances, the list of extras and accessories you can add to your new car continues to grow.

Whether it’s Bluetooth®[B5] connectivity for your convenience and driving pleasure, radar cruise control, which automatically maintains a safe distance between you and a detected car in front, or alloy wheels just because you like them, there's a huge number of exciting options to choose from.

Your dealer will be able to tell you which are available for the model you've chosen.

Upfront installation makes sense

It's a lot more convenient to buy accessories at the factory-fitting stage rather than after you have taken delivery of your new car.

There will usually be a waiting period before your car is ready, so it makes sense to organise the fitting of any extras at this stage. That way your car won't need to be off the road if you decide to have certain items fitted down the track. Some manufacturers bundle different accessory packages together and make them available only when the car is sold, so be sure to check with your dealer.

You'll also need to find out from your dealer which extras, if any, are included in your overall purchase price. Then you can discuss what else is available with your chosen vehicle. You may be able to negotiate a better price for some accessories at this point, but this will differ from dealer to dealer.

Talk to them about what's available and be upfront about what your needs are now - and whether they might change during the period you plan to keep the car.

The dealer has the expertise to guide you through your options. In the end, it will be entirely your decision as to what suits your situation and budget.

Branded accessories

Rather than buying no-name parts through an auto-store, it's a good idea to buy 'genuine accessories' directly from the car's manufacturer, even with used cars. That way you can have greater assurance that the part will do its job properly.

Accessories that are specifically designed for your car will look better, fit well and perform exactly as they were designed to.

For example, if you buy a 'genuine Toyota accessory' for your Toyota car, you will know it's been designed and manufactured to comply with Toyota's stringent engineering and testing standards.

Things to consider

It's important to remember that while some accessories, such as alloy wheels or changes to the vehicle's body can add value to your car, they may also affect your car insurance premium. Check with your insurer before you make a final decision.

If you've bought a second-hand car, it might not always be possible to post-fit the exact accessories you want. Check with the car's manufacturer or visit a local dealer.

Advantages of Genuine Accessories

As a guide, the following list outlines the advantages of buying genuine Toyota accessories versus non-genuine accessories:

  • Toyota plans the accessories early on in the process, with the development of the vehicle.
  • The accessory planning process starts at the very beginning when a new model is being developed. Lots of testing and Research & Development is carried out here.
  • Toyota carries out stringent testing on its accessories - under various circumstances and scenarios.
  • Toyota's competitive advantage is its Research & Development and testing around safety.
  • Consumers can have more confidence that genuine Toyota accessories will last longer and remain durable over time than certain non-genuine accessories.
  • While there are entry level, mid-range and high end vehicles, if a customer purchases an entry level vehicle they may, if available have the option, for example, to purchase the high quality audio system, satellite navigation[N1] or alloy wheels that come with the high end vehicle.
  • Buying accessories at the time you purchase your vehicle is not only convenient since there may be some benefit to your warranty by having the accessories factory fitted.

Accessories typically include:

  • Alarm system
  • Carpet floor mats
  • Boot liner
  • Body kit (front spoiler, side skirts and rear mudguards)
  • Body side moldings
  • Weather shield
  • Bonnet protector
  • Headlamp protectors
  • Rear bumper protection plate
  • Audio visual unit with satellite navigation[N1]
  • Interior illumination
  • Protective film
  • Dash-mounted GPS
  • Premium audio system
  • Rear DVD players
  • Roof racks
  • Bike and sporting equipment racks
  • Sports or special suspension
  • Window tinting
  • Tow bar
  • Scuff guard
  • Front seat covers
  • Alloy wheel lock nut set
  • First aid kit
  • Reversing camera and parking sensors
  • Fabric protection

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