It seems that more and more new car buyers are refusing to walk out of a dealership without metallic paint, and they are willing to pay for it despite the cost of metallic and standard paints being no different. The ACCC has no power to make a difference.
"What manufacturers charge is at their discretion. There is no price control on it (metallic paint)," ACCC spokeswoman Lyn Enright said.
The odd prices included the Volkswagen Beetle cabriolet costing $935 for metallic paint whilst the beetle hatch which has more surface area costs $650 for the same paint. Obviously VW are pricing the paint to match the customers budget!
Other cars that were a notably expensive inclued the
- Porsche 911 Carrera coupe - $2,590
- Porsche Boxster convertible - $2,590
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class - $2390
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class - $2400
- Mercedes-Benz R-Class R-Class – $2500.
Fortunately though, some manufacturers have stopped treating their customers as fools. Lexus, doesn't charge extra for the metallic paint.
Meanwhile Holden, Ford, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Chrysler and Honda charge only $200-$400 for the job.
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