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Has anyone gone for the VW "Bodycare Premium" which I believe is £400.

This seems to be a professionally applied body coating, which provides a guarantee against paint fading , road salts, insect fluids, tree saps, bird droppings, acid rain and other atmospheric pollutants. I think the seats are also done with some kind of fabric protection to.

It is supposed to make the car shiny, without the need for a regular waxing, and make the seats resistant to stains.

It is the guarantee that interests me, as straight back to the dealer if anything marks the paint or fabrics!!

The dealer did tell me that it is applied by their own specially trained guy's, rather than the likes of Autoglym who probably do a better job.

Sounds good, but I am wondering if it is worth the money.

Any of you T-Roc guy's go for it , does it make the car look nice ?

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I paid a professional valeter 350 quid to do my arona when I got it. That included all the interior fabrics, carpets and plastics being protected. Outside the whole car was stage 1 machine polished to remove swirls and to correct the paint, clay barred and waxed with long life wax and wheels sealed. I personally would rather pay a professional to do it as the paint will be prepared properly beforehand. You wouldn't ask a valeted to service your car so can't expect a tech to valet your car. As a side note when I licked up my car from the dealers one of the valeted dropped his cloth on the floor, picked it up and carried on wiping showroom cars over 😨
 

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That sounds a nice job on the Arona.

I do agree that a professional would make a better job than the dealer, and like you I would much rather do it that way.

However, It is the dealer guarantee that interests me though, as any problems with body work or stains on fabrics, then they get it straight back to sort out !!
I suppose that is it, the dealer doesn't do such a professional job applying the treatment, but should be (?) easier to get repairs or replacements sorted out should you need to !!

It is "Deal or No Deal" I guess ;-)

As an aside, Dolphinfriendly1012 are you replacing the Arona with the T-Roc ?
Interesting that, we looked at the Arona and like that, so would be interested in your reasons ?
 

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I wax my cars & I do a bloody good job &#x1f44f-1f3fd; our 4 year old polo that we are keeping at least
Another year as a commuter car ( 70 mpg ) for my wife still looks like new 🚙
 

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Andy C, the arona has gone unsold it back to the dealer back in July as I had enough of build quality issues with trim coming away, squeaks and paint not apples to the wheels properly, only half these thing got sorted. As it's a 30 mole round trip to the dealer and I seemed to be doing most weeks and the car spending a total of nearly 3 weeks in the dealer in 4 months of ownership I had enough, not to mention the little things you don't realise like no rear lights or cup holders and it also turned out to be just too small after coming from a mk2 tiguan. On the plus engine was brilliant, 1.5 manual, with great economy and only a couple of times of kangarooing issue, mostly after using 95 fuel instead instead of super. Anyway I digress from the original post. To give you an idea of the finish from it being detailed I'll attache a couple of photos, apologies for sticking a seat on a VW forum 😬
 

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It was detailed in March and these were taken end of June. All I did too maintain was snow foam soak, meguiars shampoo and then some meguiars detail spray.
 

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Dolphinfriendly1012 said:
It was detailed in March and these were taken end of June. All I did too maintain was snow foam soak, meguiars shampoo and then some meguiars detail spray.
Blimey, that looks really clean..

I use Meguiars stuff to, love it, keeps my olf Golf looking good..

Still a bit unsure about the VW Bodycare thing for our T-Roc, think it is Autoglym Lifeshine, although not totally sure.

If Lifeshine applied, not sure whether Meguiars would then be suitable or would have to swap to Autoglym to maintain the coating ?

£400 is quite a lot, could have the power tailgate for that ;)
 

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Meguiars have just launched a fabric protection spray. I've picked on up and will try it on the a2 interior and see how it goes.
 

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OP, you would far better getting it done else where.
They always say it is done my a specialist. For the interior it is just a quick squirt around and the exterior can be full of swirl marks. You only have to search on threads on robs Tiguan forum to see some of the results done by other specialists and read the comments on having it done by the dealer "specialist".
Don't forget that the salesman will always try to push for extras as that's how they make their commission.
The biggest thing to consider is this.....

Your car dealership is very unlikely to apply a ceramic coating correctly. To do it correctly on even a new car, is an all day job. It is 80% preparation and only 20% application. Car dealership "specialist "will be given little more than an hour to apply this and as such it is a waste of time and money as the paintwork won't be in the correct state to receive the ceramic coating. It will then be nowhere near as effective as it should be.
Even one of the blokes on the Tig forum and on my farcbook list "stumpy" Chris Francis" if you want to search him out on the tig forum. His eldest son works in the service dept at one of the dealerships says it is a waste of money.
 

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Dolphinfriendly1012 said:
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That's got to be the shiniest car I ever saw! Bravo.
 

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I wouldn't bother with VW Bodycare - if you really want the bodywork sorted, then tell the garage not to touch the bodywork at all, even to the point of not cleaning off the delivery wax, and get it booked in for a new car detail with a professional valeter. Will be a lot cheaper than VW and they'll do a much better job as well.
Alternately buy the pack that VW use and do the job yourself. You'd be surprised how much you save.

In all honesty I know what these guys claim as "lifeshine" but to me they aren't and need doing (depending on the product used) every 18 months to 2 years to maintain the finish and (outer) protection. If you use a sealant and good wax then you get just as good protection. The main issue a lot of drivers have is how they wash maintain and polish their cars once done, using the wrong products to apply the finish thus swirling the paintwork.

As for Megs or Autoglym - doesn't matter, both are good products and you can use both. Personally I prefer stuff like DoDo juice and Menzerna, but I use Megs polish as well.

Apologies for long mail and I'll get off my soapbox now, but if I were you, get a quote from a professional detailer to prepare your car, you'll get a better job overall, the finish will last longer and you'll be a much happier bunny - and it will cost a lot less than VW (plus any paint defects from new will be rectified). Have a look on Detailing World to find a local pro detailer near you.
 
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