I UNDERSTAND MY NEW (2009)COROLLA DOES NOT HAVE AS GOOD PAINT SURFACE (WATER COLOR VS. LEAD)AS MY OLD ONE(1998), WHICH LOOKED TERRIFIC. SHOULD I PAY AN EXTRA 400 DOLLARS FOR A SPECIAL COATING THAT WILL REJECT BUGS, SAPS, BIRD DO, AND EVERYTHING ELSE, OR IS IT A SCAM. IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH SUCH STUFF, SHOULD I PAY THE MAN THE 400 DOLLARS? THANKS A BUNCH
No paint/fabric/whatever treatment offered by dealers are worth it. I would not buy it. Also, I’m not aware that there are any issues with current paints. Why do you think there are? Is the guy pushing the $400 treatment telling you this? Don’t think so…
Do not pay for paint treatment. It is worthless.
I UNDERSTAND MY NEW (2009)COROLLA DOES NOT HAVE AS GOOD PAINT SURFACE (WATER COLOR VS. LEAD)AS MY OLD ONE(1998), …is this something the salesman told you? Water color vs. lead? This is way out in left field, it makes no sense.
It works out very well for the dealer. It costs them about four dollars. They should charge you forty, but only after the car gets washed enough to need a wax job. Don’t fall for an expensive trick. They had to try for your money, and sometimes they can really cash in.
This “miracle treatment” that they are attempting to sell you is essentially a coat of wax.
Ask yourself if a wax job is worth $400. Also, ask yourself if you see Toyotas driving around the streets with peeling paint, due to “water color” paint.
The salesman is lying to you, as they are known to do. It is good that you are asking questions. Shame on you if you fall for the lies spewed by the salesman in search of extra profit.
tell the salesman that if Toyota is making cars with such horrible paint jobs, you don’t want the car at all, then leave.
Gracias to one and all.
Car paint with lead/other envrimental no-no’s has been outlawed since the early 90’s. You old Corolla had basically the same paint this one does. Skip the glorified wax job. Also check your Caps Lock key as it appears to be stuck.
It is worth protecting your car’s finish. However, dealers grossly overcharge for this and overestimate how long the treatment will last. If you like working on your car, just wax it every few months. Look after the interior, too. If you don’t want to do this yourself, take the car to a professional detailer. They will take care of it, inside and out, for a fraction of the dealer’s price. Either way, if you keep up with cosmetic mainenance, your car will continue to look good for years.
SPECIAL COATING THAT WILL REJECT BUGS, SAPS, BIRD DO, AND EVERYTHING ELSE,
just the statement made by the salesperson is reason enough to reject doing it…
Thanks, But the caps are for emphasis!
ALL such deals offered to you when you are buying a car are SCAMS.
The idea that your paint surface is not as good as the old on (1998) is bogus. Modern water based automotive paints are great. Likely better than what you got in 1998. It is also untrue that they used a lead based paint in 1998.
Please turn off the ALL CAPS. For most people it is harder to read in ALL CAPS. It is also consider shouting.
Sounds like your salesman at the dealership is selling you an absolute load of crap.
You can buy “paint treatment” for about $7 in a bottle. Its called car wax, most decent dealers wax a new car before sale anyway.
Save your money, and flatly say no to every extra.
Agreed, $400 for a finish coating is way too much. But the price the dealer wants is (probably) the only thing wrong with it. The idea of keeping a good protective coating on your car’s finish is one key to a long beautiful life to the cosmetic appearance of your vehicle. Today’s synthetic acrylic sealants give good protection for 5-6 months and make regular washing easier, thereby prolonging the life of your car’s finish even more. You can apply these sealants yourself, if you have a couple of hours to devote to the job, and it’ll cost you no more than about $10 each time. As for “rejecting” bugs, sap, etc., the most a good protective coating will do is prevent these contaminants from readily bonding with the paint (beacuse of the shielding effect of the sealant) and leaving permanent stains behind, but only if they are removed in a reasonable period of time through regular washing.
Thanks to all for the thoughtful and informative answers. Caps are turned off. I will not buy the treatment. Issue closed with gratitude for the many reponses. !