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#15 of 44 Nose protectors
May 09, 2005 (7:00 pm)
Always remind me of the car bra conundrum:
Paint chips will make the nose of my car ugly. Therefore I will protect the nose. How? By putting an ugly bra on it that costs as much as repainting the nose of the car at 30,000 miles would.
The clear plastics are almost as weird IMHO. Like plastic slip covers on your leather sofa.
Did you buy the car to use or did you buy it for the next guy? It's not going to be pretty with all that junk on it.
Paint sealers from the dealer may work, but how many times could you have that car waxed at a car wash for $800?
I try to avoid all those dealer extras, and I agree with Ihess - go to the parts department and do some pricing before you agree to let the salesman tack anything on your car. The difference in the markup is amazing.
#16 of 44 what about touch-up paint?.....
May 10, 2005 (6:28 am)
I don't like the bra thing or the other options that are out there to protect the front of your car. It makes me sick to see the new paint chips every time you wash, but I personally think they look better than a big black cover on the front of the car or the cheap acrylic covers.
Has anyone had any real luck with touch-up paints? It's available for my rx8 and I've thought about getting it (it's really cheap, less than $8, I think), but wasn't sure if i'd end up making a bigger mess of things. Any real talent involved?
#17 of 44 Paint chips on the hood
May 10, 2005 (5:09 pm)
Maybe that is because you follow other cars too closely.
#18 of 44 Re: what about touch-up paint?..... [lhess]
May 10, 2005 (6:05 pm)
Your "touch up" job can make the problem worse. The bras trap water and dirt that will abrade your paint. The clear film is expensive but it does work well.
bobst is right about following other cars too close. I see this everyday and I think about the rock chips those cars must have.
#19 of 44 It's not following cars too closely...
May 12, 2005 (6:36 am)
it's living in coal country. Coal trucks, gravel trucks...when something comes off one of those trucks, a good quarter mile won't save you!!
#20 of 44 Re: It's not following cars too closely... [lhess]
May 12, 2005 (8:45 am)
Here in Virginia, the trucks need to cover their loads to help stop rocks flying off into the road.
A few years ago, a state legislator had his windshield cracked by a rock falling off a truck, so he got a law passed to make them cover their loads. See, politicians can do some pretty cool things sometime.
#21 of 44 Hmm...
May 12, 2005 (9:28 am)
...maybe we should stick some legislators with big health care bills...
#22 of 44 Re: It's not following cars too closely... [lhess]
May 17, 2005 (2:19 pm)
Not only trhat but when a dump truck lets loose with stones / gravel / whatever, either from its load (which is supposed to be covered here in FL too!) or from its tires, no mop n glo treatment is going to save your hood or grille or bumper.
and using a bra?? if you don't remove it to wash and wax the car, you'll ruin the hood wit it as well!
#23 of 44 Re: Protection Packages [chiefjs]
May 18, 2005 (8:05 pm)
Statement: If my car is stolen I don't want it back?
Response You have no choice! Insurance companies are not in the business of buying you a new car because your a nice guy and you just had your car stolen. They are in the business of making money.
Where to begin...
1. The moment you drive off the dealers lot your car depreciates... imagine an invisible bubble around the dealership... you drive through it and you burst the bubble that was you cars value! BANG now you cars MSRP is meaningless as your car is now valued based off ACV or Actual Cash Value.
To put this plainly - you buy car for $20,000 - you drive off lot - car now worth $19,000 - you drive 5,000 miles and car worth $17,500 welcome to ACV
2. You buy Brand new $40,000 SUV with $6,000 in rims that cost the dealer $1,500 and you haggled down to $3,000 to show you wife what a hairy chested REAL MAN you are. The next morning you walk out you front door to an empty driveway and immediately run back in red faced crying to your wife that YOUR CAR WAS STOLEN.
**** NEWS BULLETIN **** Police recover stolen vehicles 65% of the time... though it is two weeks later with an average of $8,000 in damage.
POP QUIZ: Your an insurance sompany (hint: in the business of making money) and you have a $40,000 SUV with $8,000 in damage do you a.) total the car out and cut a check to the custom for $37K or b.) piece it back together
ANSWER: You lose either way.
IF YOU CAR IS STOLEN YOU WANT IT BACK IN THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF DAMAGE AND WITH YOU PERSONAL POSSESIONS RETURNED.
#24 of 44 Re: Protection Packages [scottbishop]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
May 19, 2005 (7:12 am)
Umm.... if you lease.. with GAP insurance... .none of the above applies..