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10 new car features that you might regret

By Sally Dominguez, 08 Aug 2020 Car Style

10 new car features that you might regret

More features equals better, right? Not necessarily. Here are 10 new car features that aren't all they're cracked up to be

It’s easy to be seduced by options that sex-up a car, but maintenance can be a killjoy. Here are 10 options that seemed like a good idea at the time.

1. BLACK PAINT

Black paint gets very hot and will heat up your car and any electronics left inside. It’s the hardest colour to keep clean, as it shows every particle of dust and every fingerprint. And, any scratch or dent will be enhanced by black paint. Word is, those who go black never go back… to black.

Read: Top 10 Cars with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

2. TOUCHSCREENS

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Anyone who has seen Tesla’s massive touchscreen knows how awesome it is. But using a touchscreen means a lot of random poking and fingerprints, and all that frustrated prodding takes its toll. Ford was stung by its foray into touchscreens when consumers reported slow response times and too much distraction compared to knobs and buttons. If your car is a short-termer, touch away. If you think your car is a keeper, stick with knobs.

Read next: iPhone and Android smartphone mirroring explained

3. PERFORATED SEATS

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Perforations in leather and Alcantara may look sporty and luxurious, but it’s easy to forget the difficulty involved in a clean-up. Goop gets in the cracks, and when you clean them, cleaning goop gets in there too.

Never spray cleaner directly on the seat, instead, spray cleaner onto a soft brush and use the brush to apply the cleaner to the seat material. Stay away if you've got messy kids.

4. OVERSIZED WHEELS

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Most car designers visualise their cars with wheels that fill the arches because it makes a vehicle look sleek, sporty and boss. Unfortunately, bad things happen when a wheel fills the arch: the suspension is sometimes compromised (in extreme cases you can feel the wheel hit the arch on a bump); the ride is harder because there is less rubber and more bling; and you’re in more strife if you're paying for a new set of tyres. 

Read next: 50 of the sexiest cars of all time

5. LIFT KITS

A ute looks bad-ass when it’s lifted five inches; the world looks tiny from up there and your vehicle looks like it eats nails for breakfast.

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On the flipside, the brakes are compromised, any factory-installed safety sensors are almost useless because they’ve been jacked up, and your rear visibility is woeful. You’re also more likely to roll, so take it slow big boy.

Read: Haval H9 gets Ironman 4x4 lift kit: drive impression

6. OFF-ROAD TYRES

While we’re talking monster trucks, let’s address those chunky textured wheels. They look the biz and they are – when off-road. On-road, those deep treads pick up anything sharp they can find and the road noise is often annoying. Road kill will linger, and nails and glass will stick. Repairing those things also costs a bomb. 

7. MATTE PAINT

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First used on concept cars to set them apart from the usual high-gloss finish, matte has become an expensive and eye-catching option. Unfortunately, it shows scratches and can even be damaged by an automatic car wash. You need to remove bird poo immediately, but don’t do it with your usual carwash kit.

You need microfibre towels, special mitts and a two-bucket cleaning system. You even need to quickly remove – wait for it – water spots. Turns out that hazy clear coat can be compromised by pretty much anything.

Read next: Vehicle paint finishes explained

8. AEROKITS AND BODYKITS

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Those flashy plastic covers that lower the front and rear of a car improve its aerodynamics at speed and can add a really cool look to a fairly ordinary vehicle. All great until you hit a gutter and crack the front. Cracked body plastic looks cheap and ruins the airflow over the car.

9. SEAT PIPING

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The high-end look of contrast piping is seductive, but when the wrapping unravels and the plastic pipe sticks you in the arm a few years from now, all you can do is pay more money for more piping. It’s a vicious piping circle. So, don’t do it, unless the piping is a soft edge with no inner tube.

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10. CARGO NETS AND OTHER “USEFUL” STORAGE THAT DOESN’T STOW

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Horizontal blinds that roll out to hide your luggage are the worst. Where do you store those things when the car needs to be packed full? Enough said!