[quote author=gosman link=topic=168851.msg3576570#msg3576570 date=1269057557]
Yeh it was $499. On the positive side, if we take the time to do it, the dealer will allow us to bring the car in for a reapplication once a year. This is same as a detail. So it will pay for itself if we do it and they honor it. I also had the same or similar protection package on my Camry 3 years ago. With a simple reapplication from a kit they gave me, the car is still beading up rain and looking good. So there is some kind of special chemistry involved here that doesn't require all the ellaborate painstaking waxing other fourm members are doing.
I want to say upfront that I am not
trying to make you feel bad about your purchase. As you said, if you bring it back once a year for a reapplication, it will be like a once a year detail and that helps make up some of the cost. But there is nothing "special" about what they are applying, that is why they need to reapply it at least once year (just like a wax, because it is
a "wax", whether polymer or natural).
Just to explain: Believe it when we tell you that there is no "special chemistry". There is no such thing as a "special chemistry" (and this can be easily researched, simply Google it as I mentioned earlier). Or go to any major car care product website, such as Meguiar's www.meguiars.com
, Mother's www.mothers.com
, Autopia www.autopia-carcare.com/how-to.html
And so you understand: When you use the "reapplication kit" each year on your Toyota, all you are really doing is "re-waxing" the car. Simple as that. You would get the same results if you had purchased a $10-$20 bottle of Meguiar's Gold Class Wax, Mother's, or any other major brand and waxed once a year. There is no super secret formula out there (my words, not yours) that "Perma-Plate" has access to.
And the process of waxing is only as "elaborate" and "painstaking" as a person makes it. It can be a very simple "wash and wax process" or it can be an elaborate "wash, clay, polish, wax, second coat of wax" etc etc. If a person knows what they are doing, they can wash and wax a car by hand (without using a power polisher) in as little as an hour (I do it regularly) and get the same results as the $499 Dealership product. Again, with a $10-$20 bottle of a good quality polymer or natural automotive wax.
And waxing only needs to be done as often as a person feels to keep their car looking as good as they want it to. Once a week, once a month, once every two months, once every six months, once a year etc.. We get out of it what we put into it. The car will simply look better if done more often. You will find that the car-care habits of the members here run the gamut of all I just mentioned and more.
In fact, the paint finish on most modern cars is so good, that even an un-waxed car will still look good to some
people after 5 years (not to me, but to some people). The hard truth is that very few modern cars will have paint problems within 5 years anyway, even with no wax or "paint protectant". So the Warranties offered by these companies are merely a formality, since it will not be needed even without the treatment.
In the future, you can achieve the same results for much less money yourself. But if you feel it is worth it for you to not have to "do it yourself", that is certainly your prerogative. It is your choice and I respect your right to do as you like.
However, the bottom line is you already paid for it, so make the best of it and take advantage of the once a year re-application/detail.
Good luck with the car.