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Old 12-20-2012, 08:17 PM
vonmayr vonmayr is offline
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Xpel - The Specialists

I have done a lot of reading tonight on paint protection. This forum is the best! I know the dealer will offer permaplate (NO), Extended Warranty (NO), Extended Service (Undecided), Tire and Wheel warranty (undecided), and tinting. Herein lies my question.

I live in AZ, where there is a lot of gravel trucks and dust/sand. I'm thinking clear film. There is a highly regarded firm here in Tucson called The Specialists, and they offer X-pel or clear shield.

My question:
1) It seems like this would be a good product to add to my car when I receive it. Is the current conventional wisdom that this is a good thing to purchase?
2) is X-pel or clear shield better?
3) What should I ask the installer so that I can ensure he/she knows WTF they are doing?
4) Anybody have any experience (good or bad) with The Specialists?

Thanks in advance
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:54 AM
Q. Senna Q. Senna is offline
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I haven't had any experience with X-pel but I have had good experiences with Clear Shield as long as the person installing it has a clue. If you are driving daily on gravel and sand I would absolutely recommend getting either. As for the other options you have for your new 335 I wouldn't dismiss the Extended Warranty so easily. I've seen quite a few clients take both the Extended Warranty and Maintenance because they intend on keeping the car for a while. If you intend on selling it while still under warranty it will also increase the resale value. As for the Tire and Wheel warranty we send out nearly 80%+ of our clients with it. With run flat tires it makes zero sense to not take it imo.

All of that aside, congratulations on your new BMW! You will love it, I'm sure.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:23 AM
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I haven't had any experience with X-pel but I have had good experiences with Clear Shield as long as the person installing it has a clue. If you are driving daily on gravel and sand I would absolutely recommend getting either. As for the other options you have for your new 335 I wouldn't dismiss the Extended Warranty so easily. I've seen quite a few clients take both the Extended Warranty and Maintenance because they intend on keeping the car for a while. If you intend on selling it while still under warranty it will also increase the resale value. As for the Tire and Wheel warranty we send out nearly 80%+ of our clients with it. With run flat tires it makes zero sense to not take it imo.

All of that aside, congratulations on your new BMW! You will love it, I'm sure.
Thanks. Not driving on Gravel or sand, but there's lots of sand pits on my current 12 YO car. Regarding warranty, I can purchase that later. Don't need to lay out the cash now. I plan on keeping the car approximately forever (I average 10 years per car). The tire and wheel maintenance I am unsure of because I don't know yet what my dealer will charge me. I am going to fill that hole in my knowledge base today.
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:56 PM
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Hello Vonmayr. Concerning the tire insurance, I would not get it, and I base this on the fact that most of the time, run-flat issues are repairable (providing you do not drive on them very long). If you believe the converse is true (they are un-repairable), then get the insurance. I had it on my x5, and used it twice, and got 2 new tires. Both times, the tires were repairable. Of note, the dealer will typically tongue twist on this, and say we don't repair runflats, but fail to tell you that they are repairable, but just not by them.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:02 AM
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Paint protection film as a whole can be a great investment, as long as you choose a coverage package that is of reasonable cost for the value of your car. Take a look at blue book values ranging from excellent to fair for a similar model a few years old. Being that trade in value is largely tied to mileage and cosmetic appearance, you will almost certainly recoup your initial investment in paint protection film as long as you don't rack up a ton of miles.

In terms of which brand of film to use, there are a few things to look at:

- Texture (or lack thereof)
- Stain resistance
- Scratch resistance
- Chemical Resistancce
- Gloss

Do some research online in regards to stain resistant and self-healing films for a better idea of what is available. Also, have the installer show you examples of their work on dark colored cars (in person, not on camera).

To make a long story short, most films look pretty similar when first installed, it's how they look down the road that separates most of today's films. Also, a good installer is key. An experienced installer can make the worst film look good, but the best film in the world can never make a bad installer look good!
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