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ResistALL Paint / Fabric Sealant

Has anyone any knowledge regarding ResistAll paint / fabric sealant?

I just received a new 2006 Silver Sports Sedan, and my MB dealer offered me this option of sealants for $699.

The ResistAll webset is: http://www.ctpc.com

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RE: ResistALL Paint / Fabric Sealant

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Has anyone any knowledge regarding ResistAll paint / fabric sealant?

I just received a new 2006 Silver Sports Sedan, and my MB dealer offered me this option of sealants for $699.

The ResistAll webset is: http://www.ctpc.com

Thank you.
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RE: ResistALL Paint / Fabric Sealant

The dealers cost on that kind of stuff including their labor is well under $90. It is a huge profit item and that is why they push it.
If you keep it washed and use good waxes the paint will shine for years.
The same for the leather and fabrics.

If they were willing to do it for $200-250 then I might consider it. When I bought a CRX back in 1987 the dealer was pushing Auto Armor. The wanted $600 to under coat the car, rust proof it, seal the paint, and fabric. I talked them down to $200.
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RE: ResistALL Paint / Fabric Sealant

Paint sealants and carpet treatments are just some of the high-markup services that dealers provide in order to raise their profit margin. You could do both of those treatments yourself for less than $20 in supplies, or even have them done by a professional detail shop for less than $150.

Some other examples of high-margin dealer "services" are:

Window tinting - compare what the dealer charges to what local tint shops charge, and then consider that the dealer is probably having their cars tinted by one of those same local shops.

Rustproofing/Undercoating - Not needed for just about any modern car, and horribly overpriced if you have the dealer do it. I don't see this being offered as often as I used to, though. I think part of the reason is that aftermarket undercoatings may actually void the factory corrosion warranty in some cases.

Etching the vehicle's VIN number on the glass - Compare what the dealer charges to just buying the kit and doing it yourself for $20. It's nothing complicated - just some hydroflouric acid paste and a stencil.

Aftermarket alarms - see window tinting above.

Floor Mats - Believe it or not, not all cars come with carpeted floor mats as standard equipment, and for the cars where they're optional, the dealer charges through the nose for them - often $100-$150 for a set of four.

Accessories - whether they're fog lamps, dealer-installed sunroofs or landau tops, you can almost always have them added yourself at a local shop for less money. As with window tint and alarms, the dealers are probably farming the work out to a local shop anyway - you may as well cut out the middleman.

Extended warranties - The dealers have done the math, and if they weren't making money on them in the long haul, they wouldn't offer them. The peace-of-mind may make it worthwhile for you, but financially-speaking, they're usually a losing proposition.

In general, all of the dealer-added services and accessories are nothing more than moneymakers for the dealer. Refuse them if they're offered. If they're already on the car (like tint or VIN etching), refuse to pay for them or bargain the price down accordingly. If the dealer gives you a hard time, walk out. They spend so little money on these services that they'll probably give in and eat the cost rather than lose the sale. Remember, if they're forced to throw in the $699 paint sealant and carpet treatment for free, it's not costing them $699 - it's costing them more like $50.

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RE: ResistALL Paint / Fabric Sealant

Thank you everyone for responding! I appreciate your responses.

I feel the same way too, but just needed to hear it from someone else.

I think I'll pass on these sealants, and just enjoy taking care of my own car, and saving the money too.

Thanks again.
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