$2000 all in the wash
I paid almost $2000 for paint protection on my Holden and was wondering how you can say it doesn’t work. I’ve only had the car for a few months but if at any time I was unsatisfied I was told they would sort it out. Are you saying the protective coat will wear off over time? Have you had experience with Holden’s paint protection? Trevor Arthur, email Holden doesn’t actually sell paint protection for its cars. It’s the dealer who has sold the product to you. Some dealers up-sell clients into products with the aim of making more money out of the deal and paint protection is one of those things. The product you have bought could be one of many on the market but one thing for sure is that it’s not a Holden product or even a Holden recommended product. Typically the paint protection product is a wax product and washes off over time. Holden’s paint stands up fine, particularly if it’s looked after by being washed regularly in fresh water, with no detergent, and also waxed every few months. COME CLEAN Your article on keeping your car clean has a couple of doozies! First, washing your car at home in Victoria is illegal, unless using tank water. Then you say not to use detergent, but how do you do that at the local commercial car wash? They won’t even let you touch a bucket and sponge! You have to use the broom!
Matt Snart, email I don’t know where you get your tank water but mine is as fresh as it gets. Also, it’s not illegal to use tap water to wash your car in Victoria, it’s just that you’re not allowed to use a hose. Use a bucket and you’re fine. And you don’t have to use the brush at commercial car washes, most have facilities to use the spray without detergent. SIMPLE REPAIR I have a 1996 Hyundai Excel auto that has done 106,000km and has been a wonderful car. But over the past month I have had trouble with the gear lever. I have to press the button half a dozen times in order to select a gear. Is it a big problem, or is it easily fixed?
John Nicol, email It sounds like a problem with the gearshift itself and may have been caused by wear. If that’s the case, it should be a FORD FRUSTRATION I write to you in utter frustration with Ford Australia. I received a letter from Ford today with options re the faulty cruise control on the Ranger. A replacement part won’t be available until early 2012 and as compensation Ford will cover the cost of the next scheduled service, or I can have the cruise control system
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control dramas reasonably simple and inexpensive repair.