Your New Car Subscriptions Could Cost You More Than The Car In The Long Run

When you purchase a new car, you are also sold a whole host of free trial subscriptions for services for everything from phone pairing to SatRad, roadside assistance, and driver assist technology. If you look at the cost of these subscriptions, over the years they can quickly add up to more than the cost of an inexpensive car.

Let’s look at one really easy way to max out your yearly subscription costs. Driver Assist Technology is probably the “best” way to rack up those subscription charges. To upgrade from basic Autopilot to FSD, Tesla charges $2,388 per year. GM’s Super Cruise is a brand new service. Its $300 annual subscription cost activates after the trial period ends. Ford’s BlueCruise is expected to cost $200 per year ($600 for a three-year subscription.) Of course, these prices are almost certainly going to rise in the not too distant future.

Another big ticket subscription are the Extended Warranties. These are a massive business in the U.S. Automakers, and third-party providers charge either up-front, on a payment plan, or in the case of CarShield, by monthly subscription. If you go to the Car Shield website, the monthly cost for their service ranges from $99 to $129.

There are so many more! From music services to AudioBooks to In-Vehicle WiFi. When you get that new car. Look very closely at what subscriptions you are being signed up for – and which ones you may want to purchase on your own. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!