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Ten common car-buying mistakes

Microsoft IES Logo By Matthew de Paula for MSN Autos of Microsoft IES | Slide 1 of 10

Buying unnecessary add-ons

Some dealers might try to sell features they add on themselves, such as rust-proofing, VIN etching or fabric protector. Avoid them; they're unnecessary, Bartlett says. If the vehicle you want already has them, negotiate their cost down as much as possible. Research features you do want online and print out the information before heading to the dealer. Bartlett recommends pricing several different variations in case the dealer doesn't have the exact model you want. This can help avoid being up-sold to pricier models or to ones with features you don't need or want.View gallery: Five things your car doesn't need
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