Just been quoted £250 incl VAT for a full lifeshine treatment with after-care kit from an Audi main dealer. Is this a reasonable price and is the treatment worth it?
The simple answer is no. Using a good detailer, local to you, is always best. If possible, ask the dealership if your detailer can use their premises to prepare the car. The problem with dealer applied is that the folks that actually apply the paint protection are often untrained and have 30 minutes to prep each car. In addition, they also wash all the cars being serviced and keep those on the forecourt clean. The tools they use are often old and dirty and the limited time and training mean a poor quality job. A dedicated detailer will always do a far better job. Try taking a look at detailingworld.co.uk and look in 'the studio' where you'll find detailers advertising for your area and often with reviews.Just been quoted £250 incl VAT for a full lifeshine treatment with after-care kit from an Audi main dealer. Is this a reasonable price and is the treatment worth it?
I am sure you are right about the shine but try this: After you wash the car run your fingers over the lower parts of the doors (just behind the front wheels is good). Can you feel the little lumps and bumps or a slight roughness? That's bonded contamination from the road. No amount of washing will remove it. But over the long term it does damage the surface of the paint. The only way to get rid of it is to fully clean the car and that will include the use of a clay bar and a paint renovator of some type depending on how bad it is. The trouble with this level of vehicle prep (usually called detailing) is that it takes a long time. Really depends on how shiny you want your car to be. That said all dealers can see the difference between a regularly washed car and a regularly detailed car at 3 y.o.I had it on my new car in Dec 2010, I still have the car, it has never been waxed and still shines like new when washed! I would probably spec it again (when I make my mind up whether to order an SQ5 ha ha)