Sounds like the main issue (aside from spatters observation) is wanting the perf model, but live in an environment where you don't get much out of one of the perf model's features (the 21" wheels). Allowing a downgrade is not very common at all. Allowing that downgrade and giving credit back is virtually unheard of. What do other people who want a performance based car who live in those environments do with manufactures not allowing downgrades? - Get the 21"'s and a spare/winter set of wheels/tires - Get the 21"'s and deal with it What do they do for the performance based car for manufactures that do allow downgrades (Tesla - and regardless of credit or not)? - Get the 19"'s and be happy - Get the non-perf with the 19"'s because you're not going to get the performance benefits of the perf version anyway 8-10 months out of the year. Would it be really great if ordering a car, or cable/satellite channels, or a computer was purely ala carte? Hells to the yes! Only get what you'd pay for. I'd LOVE that! But, fact remains that bundling is how many industries (not just some individual companies) keep their profit margins where they want in increasingly difficult times and sometimes to get one thing you want, you can't have something else.