March 23, 2023

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Do your homework before signing up for car subscription-based services

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Just about any new car today is truly a computer on four wheels. A computer gets more powerful by adding paid apps and free operating system updates, and cars are moving in that direction too.

One automaker charges a monthly fee that lets you use a key fob to lock and unlock your car! More on that is below. Optional extras have been around since the dawn of automobile sales, but subscription-based services are relatively new.

At least the popular GPS apps are still free. Here are five Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze tips and tricks you’ll use all the time.

Your car may be older. You don’t have to go without all the bells and whistles. Tap or click for high-tech upgrades you can make on an older model.

If you’re in the market for a new car, you must do homework on subscription costs before signing a purchase contract.


Automakers want to charge us for more performance or even the most basic features. Case in point, Mercedes Benz is charging its electric car owners $1,200 a year to drive a little bit faster.

The pricey software upgrade, “Acceleration Increase,” gets you zero to 60 mph one second faster. It’s available for the Mercedes-EQ line of EVs.

The German luxury car brand also charges German buyers $576 per year for rear-wheel steering on the EQS. This feature reduces the car’s turning arc, helping in tight corners and parking. While this comes standard to EQS vehicles sold stateside, it could be a sign of things to come.

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