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I NOTICED some bird droppings on the bonnet of my 2010 Mazda before I went through the car wash. Afterwards I realised the paint had come away, leaving a spot about the size of a 50-cent coin. I purchased paint protection and rust proof protection, so was extremely disappointed when I discovered the damage to the paint. Should I pay to get it fixed myself, which would more than likely include a new bonnet, new paint, and then paint protection applied to the bonnet, or take it to the dealer and tell them I want it fixed?
Sarah, email Presumably, you bought the paint protection from your Mazda dealer. That’s where to get it fixed. RUSTY TERRITORY OUR 2009 Ford Territory has rust in the engine bay, bonnet, door seals, side steps and boot. Our dealer took our car to a local panel shop for repair, but no one would guarantee the work due to the extent of the rust. The car was then taken to another dealer’s panel shop for repair. The repairer told me the work done was the cheaper of two options to rectify the rust. The dearest option was to remove panels, reseal and repaint. The other option, the one Ford authorised and which was done, was to sand back the seams, seal with a mastic to encapsulate rust and repaint. On pick-up we discovered only half the job had been done. My concern is that the rust will recur and we are also concerned that other rust may not be detected without pulling the car apart. How can we take this matter further? Barry and Heather Nordberg,
email Start with your dealer and explain your concerns. If you want to strengthen your case you could call in an independent expert to examine and report on the repairs. One you could consult is Graeme Cuthbert on 0422 444 335. FAULT CONVERTER I HAD to replace the catalytic converter on my 2005VWPolo in 2007, but I have had the car back a few times because it still played up. It is playing up again and I have been told I need a new catalytic converter. Will I have to pay the full cost of replacement?
Susan Kelly, email Unless you can show that the cat converter fitted in 2007 was in some way faulty I would think you would have to pay the full cost of a replacement. The Polo is out of warranty, so I would suggest you consult an independentVWspecialist for a cheaper converter. OIL FOIBLES MY MECHANIC is puzzled by my 2000 Mitsubishi Magna’s spasmodic oil consumption and recently decided to put dieselgrade oil in the engine. It did blow smoke on take-off at different times, but this has stopped at present. What could be the problem?
David D’Altera, email A common cause of excess oil consumption in Magnas is worn valve stem oil seals. STICKY SHIFTING IT LOOKS as if I might have the