YOU & YOUR CAR Paint, rust and leather protection? Skip them all

Published Tuesday, Nov. 18 2014, 5:00 AM EST

Last updated Tuesday, Nov. 18 2014, 10:22 AM EST

I recently purchased a 2014 Dodge Dart Limited with a black leather interior and the dealership offered protection for paint, interior and rust. I do not want the paint protection, but would you recommend the leather and vinyl protection? The car will be parked in the sun on a daily basis. Also, an undercoat protection, an electronic rust inhibitor and a rust inhibitor spray that sprays a foam into all the panels is being offered. I do not want the electronic module though. I plan on washing it frequently in the winter with an under spray wash. Would you recommend getting one or both of these rust protections? – Dennis

Skip all of these money generators. If you are worried about the interior, go to Canadian Tire or a similar store, buy a spray can of 3M Scotchgard and do it yourself. If you plan to rinse the underside during winter you won’t need rust-proofing. The only type of rust-proofing I have had a favourable personal experience with is Rust Check.