Do I really need to pay £350 for aftermarket paint protection with my new car?

I am buying a new car and all dealers want to sell me aftermarket paint protection at what seems a substantial amount - often around £350. Whereas I do not mind paying for the service of having my new car professionally polished, and prepared inside and out, I am wary of the following. Does it provide any worthwhile protection to exterior/interior in the short and long term? Also, are there any special processes involved here? Does a franchised dealer have the necessary equipment/experienced employees/time to do this? Are the warranties of any use?

Asked on 24 June 2010 by Farm Hand

Answered by Honest John
It's only worth having if there is a no-quibble 5-year guarantee involving no further expense on your part. Otherwise do it yourself for £20 with Autoglym Extra Gloss Protection every six months. A £20 bottle will last 2 years.
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