Ceramic coating dilemma

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elevenses
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Re: Ceramic coating dilemma

Post by elevenses » Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:11 pm

The 'Diamond coat/Swisswax/Starbrite' whatever fantastical name they give it is probably worth £40-60 for the whole kit which has a fair selection of stuff in the pack.

However, the dealers retail it from £150-499 as a profit centre. It costs them £75 for the kit and the valeters to apply it, which in fairness they usually do, and being dealership valeters usually do a fair job of it as they are paid on qiality as well as quantity.

And thats the problem, along with GAP insurance, which is a £120-50 product the dealers flog for £4-500, Chip/Scratch/Wheel whatever insurance which is a £120-15 p[roduct again sold around £3-500.

Some of them are good, if you pay full whack and have a big fat claim, you'll be happy enough, but mostly there are better deals outside of the dealers.

When the product is 'given' to you, its a way of retaining the profit margin in the car: They give you £800 of 'products' which actually cost them £250, AND.....the sales team who are targetted on selling this stuff also reach their targets and get paid a higher rate of commission sometimes on many more cars!

Not a scam as such, but not a great way of doing business with decent customers IMHO.
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FrAteca
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Re: Ceramic coating dilemma

Post by FrAteca » Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:12 pm

dave b wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:02 pm
FrAteca wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 5:53 pm
how do people fall for this diamond clean crap is beyond me. It is a scam. They do nothing. You never get the extra nitty gritty when getting a car.
Sorry, what does this mean ?
what it means is all this crap they trying adding on to sell to you..like this diamondbrite stuff, tyre insurance etc you never ever take it is just them robbing you silly.

elevenses
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Re: Ceramic coating dilemma

Post by elevenses » Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:54 am

Correct. The pack of, say Gap insurance, Wheel protection insurance, Chip/Scratch insurance and fantastically poor paint protection costs around £600 in total and retails for £12-1500.

You can buy cheaper and sometimes better from the internet.

Its simply a profit centre, and like finance unless manufacturer subsidised just additional cost which can be avoided.

Some of the policies are utterly dreadful by the way!
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