Car options, to some they are an enjoyable pastime, to others they can be an agonizing last step before taking delivery of their new car.

Picking the wrong option will at best be a waste of money, at worst an irritation for the duration of your ownership. Choosing wisely however can make your daily commute a whole lot more pleasurable and may even help with the resale value come trade-in time.

Most manufacturers like to offer pages of additional equipment that will quickly ramp up the base price, but few are really all that necessary. Many luxury cars can be had with so many extras that they can end up costing half as much again as the starting price.

To help you avoid the common pitfalls we took a look at what the most common options out there were and picked the ones that can make a real difference to your driving experience. Start slideshow