Buying a new car is one of the rare times in your adult life when you get to feel like a kid at Christmas.

Walking into a dealership knowing that you are going to drive out in a brand-new car can often have you behaving like a kid too, rushing through the paperwork and agreeing to add on all sorts of pointless extras just to get behind the wheel and make vroom vroom noises.

So, before you head off in uncontrollable excitement, let us give you a few useful pointers on which options are worth picking and which are just there to add a few more pounds to the salesman’s commission. Knowing what to avoid will not only save you money but will make your ownership experience a more enjoyable one too.

 The type of car you will be buying also has a bearing on what options you can and should choose so we have covered everything from the entry-level to the aspirational.