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Cost of metallic paint

  • 13-06-2021 1:51pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,588 ✭✭✭ Eggs For Dinner
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    Can someone answer a curiosity for me? Why does metallic paint cost so much on a new car compared to non-metallic. I appreciate there are additional ingredients, for want of a better word, but surely it's the same process in the spray booth, it costs no more to ship the vehicle in the end and no additional duty applicable

    Is it just a sales thing given more people prefer metallic?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,817 ✭✭✭ Darc19
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    simply extra layers of paint and laquer are needed for the finish, hence the extra cost


  • Registered Users Posts: 72,783 ✭✭✭✭ colm_mcm
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    Also, it’s a handy way of getting an extra few quid from the customer while keeping the base cost of the car down.
    The actual cost of production is small, but there are additional materials used. vw for example are charging €800 for it these days.


  • Registered Users Posts: 365 ✭✭ POBox19
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    Metallic is a better paint and does not fade the way plain paints do. IMHO it is worth the extra as the car will look a lot better as it ages over a plain one. Just look at an old red car.


  • Registered Users Posts: 220 ✭✭ Comment_below
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    It's much the as the dealer charging "delivery charges" of 750 euro. It doesn't cost the dealer 750 euro to deliver the car to them from the port and prepare for the customer, there's good profit built in.

    The dealer hardly expects the customer to collect the car off the boat in Cork! Nor do Tesco add on delivery charges at the checkout for the delivery of your tin of beans to the shop.

    Are cars the only goods that carry a "delivery charge"?


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,817 ✭✭✭ Darc19
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    It's much the as the dealer charging "delivery charges" of 750 euro. It doesn't cost the dealer 750 euro to deliver the car to them from the port and prepare for the customer, there's good profit built in.

    The dealer hardly expects the customer to collect the car off the boat in Cork! Nor do Tesco add on delivery charges at the checkout for the delivery of your tin of beans to the shop.

    Are cars the only goods that carry a "delivery charge"?

    I looked into these delivery charges before. It's the full delivery cost from port to storage and to dealer and includes the stripping of the coverings, the be removal of protection wax and general preparation.

    As these costs are after it landed, they can be listed separately and the vrt does not apply. If it was included in the price, vrt would be added on top.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,615 ✭✭✭ grogi
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    Can someone answer a curiosity for me? Why does metallic paint cost so much on a new car compared to non-metallic. I appreciate there are additional ingredients, for want of a better word, but surely it's the same process in the spray booth, it costs no more to ship the vehicle in the end and no additional duty applicable

    Is it just a sales thing given more people prefer metallic?

    Manufacturers barely make any money on the very base model. They advertise the lowest possible price (from € 19.975) and anchor the buyer with.

    It is all the things you want on top that bring the money. The cost to add them is very little (exp. why would a three arm steering wheel cost anything more than four arm?!), but they are desirable, so clients will pay for them extra.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,615 ✭✭✭ grogi
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    It's much the as the dealer charging "delivery charges" of 750 euro. It doesn't cost the dealer 750 euro to deliver the car to them from the port and prepare for the customer, there's good profit built in.

    The dealer hardly expects the customer to collect the car off the boat in Cork! Nor do Tesco add on delivery charges at the checkout for the delivery of your tin of beans to the shop.

    Are cars the only goods that carry a "delivery charge"?

    I hate that one... The 'delivery charge' is a way to falsy advertise a true cost of the car. Same story with 'convenience fee', 'booking fee' or 'fuel surcharge' in different businesses.

    It was ruled long time ago that Ryanair cannot charge fee simply for selling you a ticket. Similar should be applied to car dealers or cinemas and different venues. :\


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,817 ✭✭✭ Darc19
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    grogi wrote: »
    I hate that one... The 'delivery charge' is a way to falsy advertise a true cost of the car. Same story with 'convenience fee', 'booking fee' or 'fuel surcharge' in different businesses.

    It was ruled long time ago that Ryanair cannot charge fee simply for selling you a ticket. Similar should be applied to car dealers or cinemas and different venues. :\

    Read my post above regarding this.

    Vrt is based on retail price of the car, so this saves you a few quid

    Should be a better way though


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,615 ✭✭✭ grogi
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    Darc19 wrote: »
    Read my post above regarding this.

    Vrt is based on retail price of the car, so this saves you a few quid

    Are you seriously trying to say that it is for the benefit of the customer?! :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,817 ✭✭✭ Darc19
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    grogi wrote: »
    Are you seriously trying to say that it is for the benefit of the customer?! :D

    Partially

    https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/motors/why-the-car-price-you-see-is-definitely-not-what-you-will-pay-1.3385150


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