Ticking the options boxes on a new car can be fun, but which ones should you be going for? We run through the choices.

When you're buying a new car, it can be tempting to go to town with the optional extras list. Tick a box here, tick another there and though your car may be loaded with kit, there may only be a handful which genuinely add value to the vehicle.

So we've picked out some of the key things you should - and probably shouldn't - do when you're speccing a new car.

Want the best ride? Steer clear of larger wheels

Though it can be tempting to add large alloy wheels when speccing a new car, we'd advise against it if you want the best possible ride. Large wheels can add a crashiness to the way a car rides, so if you're after a more comfortable drive then go for smaller alloys. Plus, it'll save money when it comes to replacing the tyres.

Travelling with kids? Cream seats may not be best

It's true that cream seats help to brighten up an interior, and do give the cabin a classy appearance. However, if you're travelling with kids, cream seats may not be the best idea, as they tend to show up stains and spillages far more easily.

We'd opt for a darker colour - either dark brown or black - if you want to keep the interior looking spic and span.

Don't go for the panoramic sunroof if you - or your passengers - are tall

A panoramic sunroof can be a great way of letting more light into a car's cabin, and it can be a welcome addition on hotter days where you'd like some wind in your hair. However, it might not be the best of options if you're taller, or often take passengers who are.

This is because panoramic sunroofs cut into the amount of headroom available, which could mean that things could get quite tight for those of greater height.

Refrain from out-there colours to help resale values

Bright exterior colours do help to make you stand out from the crowd, but there's a downside to opting for a jazzy paint scheme - it can have a negative effect on resale values. This is particularly the case with yellow cars, which often suffer a considerable drop in price when used.

Remember shiny black trim pieces attract dust and fingerprints

A lot of manufacturers offer gloss black trim pieces for the interior of their cars, with long, flowing sections often trimmed in huge pieces of shiny black plastic.

Be warned though - gloss plastic is a nightmare when it comes to collecting dust and fingerprints. Wood and textured finishers stay looking tidier for longer.

Research how your spec looks in real life

In other words, don't just rely on how it looks in the configurator. Though it can be useful to head online when speccing a car, it's just as important that you get a feel for how a car is in the metal.

Paint colours which appear dark and drab on a screen may, in real life, appear far more vibrant than you thought. The same goes for interior choices, and even the steering wheel size - it's always worth sitting in a car before you buy it.