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Re: protection package scam?

Used to perform those packages in a former life... Its all crap. Between the windshield barrier, paint sealent (which requires you to get a new coating every year to uphold the warranty in most cases), fabric sealent,etc.. Its just a bucnh of crap that someone is making $ on.

The only thing I would get is a windshield warranty if they offer it. Mine was $450 for 5 years- no limitation on mileage. I'm now on my 4th windshield and each one has cost more than the initial $450. Best part is the deductable- 0


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Re: protection package scam?

For less than $60 you can get a really good "one step paint sealant kit" and a "clay bar kit" from Griot's Garage. I did my 2011 when it was new and just did it again at it's 1st birthday. Takes a few hours and looks as good as it works....

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Yeah, that was the only crappy part of my experience with Toyota. When I purchased my corolla from them it was great until I got into the back room and this lady tried to push me on the protection package. I think it was around $800 for the rust proofing, clear coat, undercoat spray, and fabric protection.
She also tried to sell me on a maintenance package. When I asked her if taking it somewhere else would void my warranty she said it wouldn't but the non-oem filters may "damage my engine". "It may fail and my engine would be FLOODED with oil" I looked at her like a dog that just smelled his own fart and she quickly shut up.

I took the corolla down the road to Ming and got everything stated above for about $400 less. The re-sprays every 2 years are free too.

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I bought my used '07 from a KIA dealer. They asked if I wanted the paint protection and undercoating. I noticed when I did my first walk around it had the 3M stone guard and undercoating already. The A pillars had minor paint chips and the white paint was showing through. They asked if I wanted the paint protection and I asked if they were going to paint the A pillars, he said no and so did I. Then he went on about the theft protection program that cost $400 I watched him place the 'Anti Theft" stickers over the ones that were already there, I think I paid $400 for some stickers that could be sanded of if it was ever stolen. I would say that these "protection plans" are mostly a scam.

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There are good and bad programs. Most pant packages are 80% profit. If you want it don't pay over 300. The theft stickers are crap and it's really just and insurance policy for an extra 2 or 3k if stolen. Buy a Toyota ONLY. Warrant before you waste money on that crap. Most bigger reputable dealers have stopped selling that stuff and Toyota kinda pushes them not too.


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After they sold me my brand new 4Runner in 1997, they then had a really hot girl proceed to tell me how the paint would wear off due to acid rain and the like. She pushed hard too. After her pitch I just looked at her and asked if I should not sign the final paperwork since the paint was so cheap. You should have seen her face. 14 years and NO paint issues and no garage for the first 3 years. I'm just saying.

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After they sold me my brand new 4Runner in 1997, they then had a really hot girl proceed to tell me how the paint would wear off due to acid rain and the like. She pushed hard too. After her pitch I just looked at her and asked if I should not sign the final paperwork since the paint was so cheap. You should have seen her face. 14 years and NO paint issues and no garage for the first 3 years. I'm just saying.
Wait, so you're saying acid rain is a reality??

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Just wondering if any other canadians have purchased the ''protection package'' from your dealer? Maybe they offer this in the states too I am unsure. Anyways I purchased a new fj yesterday and the protection package was pushed on me hard by the salesman. I told the guy it was a scam he got quite upset. It includes fabric and vinal protection as well as paint sealant and anti rust something or other. I was quite shocked that a reputabe dealership would offer such services seemed like a used car sales pitch from the 80's to me, I belive the price was 2800 dollars for the package. Just curious if this is a Toyota thing or if I just picked the wrong dealership?
Mine was 700 for the package. The ONLY reason I got it was because if you come in on scheduled intervals, for undercoating, they will be liable for any rusting issues. The respray is on them at these intervals. The other stuff I could care less. Besides, the BIG hoots on the mamasita who sold the package was worth the price of admission!!!!

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