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Old 11-29-2012, 05:01 AM
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What is this? I just bought a 2012New Beetle traded in a 2008 Beetle.

Could not find and info on what it is.....Cost 695.00 on window sticker......What a joke....

Any ideas?
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:31 AM
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Such things are usually dealer add-ons, and usually a rip-off. Not unique to VW, lots of "Desert Protection" packages being added on cars by dealers in the desert SW. And there's really no way to know for sure exactly what it includes, since it's whatever the dealer wants to make it. An "extra-special" paint protectant, upholstery protectant, Armor-all on the tires...any ol' thing they can do to rip you off. I've seen them as high as $1400 a pop in Arizona, and it's probably only $5 worth of wax.

'02 2.0 died an early death, killed by a California red light runner, headed to Austin in a big hurry (yet another reason to excise Austin and send it to California).
bought mama another...'09 2.5, same yeller color that she likes so well.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:47 PM
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Are you in Vegas? Is this Desert Volkswagen's package?

Just wondering if you would of gotten the "Bob Smith Protection" if you purchased from Bob Smith VW.

oh oh... bad puns now... do they break your knee caps if you don't pay for protection?
Pencilneck blah blah blah

OEM Wheel Database....

5052 @ $8000 = total crap
VAG COM @ $350 = sanity

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Old 11-29-2012, 04:15 PM
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Sounds like typical stealership scumbaggery. Ask for a detailed printout of what it is, and don't make final payment until you are happy. If you didn't ask for it, don't pay for it!
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