Whether you’re a keen petrolhead or someone who just needs a way to get from A to B, there’s no doubt that buying a new car provides a certain amount of excitement. That smell of fresh leather is unmistakable, and that’s before you even get comfortable in the driver’s seat and feel the sharp acceleration and smooth steering.
Although there are plenty of positives, there’s a lot to think about too. Even once you’ve identified the make and model, you need to consider which specifications you want to include. Comparing different car models can feel like a daunting process, especially when there’s such a wide range of features for you to choose from.
So, what are the pros and cons of going for a base model or a higher-spec version? Is it worth the extra money? Allow Jardine Motors to take you through the ins and outs of upgrading a base model car.
Most brands – especially premium ones like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover – have a global presence, so they have to tailor their vehicles to a wide range of markets. Car buyers in different countries will have different priorities, so manufacturers have to shape their offering to suit.
Even within the same market, consumers have varying tastes and budgetary limitations. To appeal to the masses, brands have to offer a standard model but also provide the choice to include additional specifications to suit the driver’s needs.
It wasn’t always the case, but most modern vehicles come with a certain level of features as standard. Typically, these will include things such as:
Of course, one manufacturer’s base model might vary significantly from the standard offering of another, which is why it’s important to do your research when you compare different car models.
Thanks to the vast amount of choice on offer, it can sometimes be difficult figuring out how to know which car specifications are important to you and which gadgets and tech you can do without. Here are some that commonly appeal to buyers:
The answer to this question depends on what you’re looking for in a vehicle, as well as your budgetary limitations. Upgrading a base model car by adding high-end tech and safety, interior and aesthetic features can see the purchase price rise by thousands of pounds, so you need to make sure you’re still buying within your means.
A good way to help you decide is to make three lists:
From there, you’ll be able to configure your car’s upgrades accordingly and work out how much it might set you back.
Another factor to consider is how long you’re planning to keep hold of the vehicle. For example, if you think you’ll sell it in the near future, a higher-spec car is likely to attract greater interest and therefore a heftier price, meaning you’ll recoup more of your initial investment.
By contrast, buyers of second-hand cars that have a longer history are likely to be more interested in reliability and basic functionality than any high-end specifications you added when the vehicle was new, so a standard model may prove more beneficial in that instance.
Essentially, the decision about upgrading a base model car comes down to you, your preferences and your priorities. At Jardine, we stock a wide range of brand-new vehicles from leading manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar and more, so we’re confident we’ll have what you’re looking for.
Our expert team are on hand to offer all the advice you need about luxury car interior upgrades, safety features, tech specifications and the various trims available for each make and model. We want you to drive away in the car of your dreams, so why not get in touch today or pop down to your local dealership and talk to us in person.
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