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Buy an entire car for the price of a supercar optional extra

Read Cars Logo By John Tallodi of Read Cars | Slide 1 of 16: Speccing a brand new car on the online configurator can be an exciting pastime, the euphoria of getting the colour, alloys and seat trim just so is usually punctuated with amazement at what a manufacturer is prepared to charge for a set of branded floor mats.How about £150 for a rear wiper that should have been standard in the first place, that’s outright robbery. Or perhaps £1,000 for a navigation system that is less useful than the one you already have on your phone.These are all typical examples of the kind of upselling auto manufacturers thrive on and before you know it you are paying close on £30,000 for your Hyundai i10. So spare a thought for the poor millionaires who get charged the price of a new 3-series for optional extras that clearly have been dreamt up to take advantage of mans need to have something their neighbour does not.What sort of things you ask, well how about a granite finish in your Maybach, or a sound system that will drown out a concert as you drive by. The world of the supercar owner is filled with weird, wonderful and sometimes insanely expensive ‘keeping-way-ahead-of-the-Joneses’ type extras.We take a look at some of the more ridiculous options out there and see whether you could get an entire car for the money instead. Read on for some ‘useful’ consumer advice…

Buy an entire car for the price of a supercar optional extra

Speccing a brand new car on the online configurator can be an exciting pastime, the euphoria of getting the colour, alloys and seat trim just so is usually punctuated with amazement at what a manufacturer is prepared to charge for a set of branded floor mats.

How about £150 for a rear wiper that should have been standard in the first place, that’s outright robbery. Or perhaps £1,000 for a navigation system that is less useful than the one you already have on your phone.

These are all typical examples of the kind of upselling auto manufacturers thrive on and before you know it you are paying close on £30,000 for your Hyundai i10. So spare a thought for the poor millionaires who get charged the price of a new 3-series for optional extras that clearly have been dreamt up to take advantage of mans need to have something their neighbour does not.

What sort of things you ask, well how about a granite finish in your Maybach, or a sound system that will drown out a concert as you drive by. The world of the supercar owner is filled with weird, wonderful and sometimes insanely expensive ‘keeping-way-ahead-of-the-Joneses’ type extras.

We take a look at some of the more ridiculous options out there and see whether you could get an entire car for the money instead. Read on for some ‘useful’ consumer advice…

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