As an auto detailer, I have seen many trends come and go in the industry. One trend that has been gaining popularity in recent years is ceramic coatings. Ceramic coatings are touted as a way to protect your car’s paint and make it look better than ever before. However, with the rise of this trend, there has also been a rise in ceramic coating scams.
One of the most common scams is a ridiculous expectancy of ten years or “lifetime warranty” offer. Many ceramic coating companies will offer these sorts of warranty on their product, claiming that it will protect your car’s paint for as long as you own the vehicle. However, what they fail to mention is that the warranty is often full of loopholes and exclusions that make it virtually useless. For example, some warranties will only cover certain types of damage, such as fading or cracking, but not damage caused by accidents or improper maintenance. Others will require you to bring your car in for regular maintenance, which can be costly and time-consuming. And still, others will simply disappear when you try to make a claim, leaving you with a useless piece of paper and no protection for your car. There are tests all over YouTube proving none of these ridiculous expectations are true. In fact, most of the products fail in under three short years!
Another common scam is the use of cheap or fake ceramic coatings. Some companies will claim to use high-quality, professional-grade ceramic coatings but will actually use cheaper, inferior products. These coatings may look good at first but will quickly wear off, leaving your car vulnerable to damage.
To avoid falling victim to these scams, it is important to do your research before choosing a ceramic coating company. Look for reviews and ratings from other customers, and ask to see examples of their work. You should also ask for details about their warranty and make sure it is comprehensive and transparent.
In addition, be wary of any company that claims to offer a lifetime warranty or uses cheap, unproven products. A high-quality ceramic coating should last for several years with proper maintenance, but it is not a miracle solution that will protect your car forever.
Ultimately, the key to getting a good ceramic coating is to choose a reputable, experienced detailer who uses high-quality products and offers a clear, honest gaurantee such as Flawless Coating and Detailing. By doing your research and taking the time to find a trustworthy professional, you can protect your car’s paint and avoid falling victim to ceramic coating scams.
Here are some great sources on the subject.
“The Truth About Ceramic Coatings: What They Are and What They Do” by Chris Fix, YouTube, 2019.
“Ceramic Coating Scams: Don’t Fall For These Common Tricks” by James Detmer, DetailXPerts Blog, 2021.
“Ceramic Coating Warranties: What You Need to Know” by Michael Stoops, AutogeekOnline Blog, 2019.
“The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Coatings for Your Car” by Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, 2019.
“Ceramic Coating Myths Busted!” by Tim McAmis, AutoFetishDetail.com, 2020.
Jonathan – Certified Detail Technician
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