2016 UPDATE: The information in the blog is consistent with our current advice on this subject.
New car paint protection, rust proofing and fabric protection is often offered after you have signed the contract. It can cost up to $2000 but there is no evidence to support claims that you need it. A manufacturer’s service contract doesn’t state it needs to be done as modern cars are subjected to highly sophisticated paint and perforation treatments before they leave the factory.
These treatments are the reason manufacturers are able to offer warranties of up to ten years on the car body. Plus there’s no evidence suggesting products in a ‘protection package’ have been subjected to Australian Standards testing. Australians Standards indicate products or services “provide a value or benefit that exceeds the costs likely to be imposed from its development and implementation.”
It should be your measure of something being worth your money or not – so how are you to judge when they haven’t been tested? If you plan on never washing or polishing your car then a paint protection package may be better than nothing. But if the salesman mentions it as an aside at the end of the formalities, don’t feel pressured.
Remember: You just paid tens of thousands for a new car with a long warranty so be assured it’s in the manufacturers best interests that it doesn’t rust or the paint fade. Just take care of your car once it’s been delivered.
Have you bought or been tempted to buy a ‘protection package’ with your new car? Was it worth the money or do you feel you were conned?