Submitted: Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 14:32
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Whats the go, when Motor Dealers charge extra $350-00 or so, for
Metallic Paint, plus the on road costs ect, when buying a new vehicle,
if its White , Red, or Black ect you dont have to pay the extra for the
paint job, I think it takes the same amount of paint and labour time
most of it is done by robotic equipment, could somebody please

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Reply By: DIO - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 14:55

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 14:55
There is no logical reason or arguement for what you have presented.
Just like Dealer Deliver Fee/Charges. So many consumers are ready and willing to pay for nothing more than a care wash. Whilst there are people who are quite happy to part with their money so readily there will ALWAYS be retailers out there more than willing to take it. Same goes for metallic paint etc.
If consumers were to unite and refuse to pay D.D. charges, then you would see it disappear overnight. Same goes for lots of other rip-offs imposed in the market place - msuch as metallic paint surcharge.
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:47

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:47
Not only a total rippoff but also a"bait and switch" tactic ,, , 1 maker in particular of Japaneese origin in actual fact only has metallic paint ,no option for plain paints at all yet advertises drive away prices ,then adds on the "paint".
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 17:57

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 17:57
I remember years ago, one of Chrysler's products listed a "mandatory option"; ie, you couldn't buy it without the option but you had to pay the extra! What a nonsense! Mandatory means "no choice", Option means "a choice"! It just kept the advertised price down, like dealer delivery fees, etc.
But yes, you're right, for years, many Japanese mfr's have offered metallic paint at no extra charge, like my Patrol. At the same time, European mfr's have charged an arm and a leg for metallic paint. Go figure! Perhaps the Japanese have decided to get on the gravy train as well. It's all about what the market will bear.
Actually, I would have chosen a non-metallic paint for my current Patrol, but white was the only non-metallic paint on offer, and I was sick of white. I put up with the scratches on the metallic, but at the same time am more careful when in the rough. Pity, I used to drive the old white Mav anywhere, then polish out the scratches when I got home. Can't do that as easily with metallic.
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Reply By: hazo - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 15:37

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 15:37
Something also to consider is, if and when, vehicle needs a repair, you will pay extra (or the insurance will) for the metalic paint repair job due to blending in the new paint to old!
My daughter has just had this problem with her metalic silver 2007 Corolla, she had a small front end shunt and had to have both complete sides re done too too "blend" the paint!
Total repair cost was just under $14000!!!
Luckily her insurers paid up!
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Follow Up By: warfer69 - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 01:42

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 01:42
Its not just metallic they blend in too,Plain colors are not always spot on either ! Easier just to p*ss a bit of colour over to another guard,depending where damage is and lose it,people usualy match it (color) to the nearest edge and if you havnt got it spot on (i had a good eye for color matching,and loved that side of it) it shows up..Reds usually dried 7 times darker for starters !

Been over 20 years since i finished vehicle painting though and then did my carpentry one...

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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 15:57

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 15:57
Metallic paint is for looks. If you want endurance white is the go. The problem is you have to have been on this particular planet quite some decades before you realise it unless you have plenty of money and trade in regularly, then its not a problem........silverback
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Reply By: Member - Tony W (VIC) - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 18:17

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 18:17
You won't feel so ripped off when you understand that if you buy a Volvo X90, ANY colour other than Black is a $600 ( or something) option, metallic or not.

Notice most X90's are black?

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Follow Up By: Dave B (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 10:58

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 10:58
Doesn't Henry Ford own Volvo now?

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Reply By: Ianw - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:33

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 22:33
I would refuse to pay it!! Doubt if they would throw a $30 - 40 k sale for the sake of a couple of hundred!!!
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 23:08

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 23:08
Our Xtrail is white - and if you look closely, it is metallic!! But they don't charge the extra $$
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