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I've been collecting continental coins for a while, and now it's time to spend them. I know the majority of the upgrades are just aesthetic, but do any of them affect the gameplay in some way?

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    You may want to edit this to ask "what do the upgrades do" otherwise asking "what's best" will get this close for being opinion based
    – n_plum
    Apr 28, 2017 at 12:12

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There are some additional benefits that are not noted here. For one, you can gamble your on-hand cash in the "casino" area after upgrading it a few times -- at max upgrades it should have a few machines.

Additionally, when it comes to safe house invasions, it may be more beneficial to you have more furniture lying around as a result from upgrading specific parts of your safe house because remember, the more furniture, the more cover you have when dealing with these kinds of missions.

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    I thought about including the furniture part into my answer, but decided that it wasn't affecting the game play enough. I did consider though. It certainly does change the game play for these missions, but I was thinking that game play meant more like shaving time off escapes by having a quicker van through having an upgraded garage - stuff like that.
    – Timmy Jim
    Apr 28, 2017 at 17:25
  • Making money is gameplay too, thats kind of the point of the game. I like to think of adding new furniture as "preplanning"
    – childe
    Apr 28, 2017 at 19:33
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From what I've found, all safehouse upgrades do not impact gameplay in any way. They are cosmetic only.

One Reddit stated:

Safehouse is only aesthetic, I believe if you upgrade the garage you get new van colour options but other than that there's no real benefit.

Multiple pages stated that the garage gives you a new van color, but again, this is cosmetic only.

A Steam Post also seems to agree with Reddit.

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    Yeah, I've got all the upgrades, only thing you'll see to affect in-mission is a choice of two more schemes for the van's paint. Inside the safehouse, the shooting range allows you to compare guns, and there's a training range you can race to complete. Minigame stuff though really, nothing to change gameplay.
    – Bonus
    Apr 28, 2017 at 14:21

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