I made the mistake of buying a 2006 Ford Five Hundred a nice full sized car. The dealer had his list of prices next to the MSRP factory list.
It was marked $600 for a protective film they had put on the car. This was a sales gimmick many Dallas dealers used as a negotiating tool when dealing with a customer.
I told the Ford sales manager, I would not consider buying his Ford until he remove is $600 film price. He removed it immediately. I also reminded him how we came by on a Sunday when they were closed looking at this car and others and all had the added $600 which caused me almost not to come back.
Anyway I love the large wide full sized sedan which was a copy body from a Volvo which Ford had bought a year or so earlier.
The problem was after owning the car for a while it had electrical problems. The car had their first 6-speed automatic for a vehicle that was sluggish on shifting and would jerk at times. Lots of TSB's kept me going back again and again. The very next year in 2007 Ford and Chevy came out with a perfected 6-speed transmission.
So my Ford nearing a year ownership the some of the instrument panel lights would blink or go off completely. The headlights were also hard to turn off once we were at home. Not the switch but some messed up sticking relay which may be poor grounding due to a large cable plug to the ECU under the dash were you could not get to it.
Another bug was the AC clutch. During the summer we leave the AC on and shut of the key and go inside. So the next day being hot we start the car in in a few seconds it sounds like a gun going off under the hood when the compressor clutch engages. I took it twice to the dealer for testing. Both times they said it's normal as they tested their other same model cars on the lot. That was the last straw and I went looking for a better car.
So looking around I found the new 2007 Toyota TCH was the way to go. Man I used to worry buying the more expensive Toyota brand but man no wonder people love these cars. I was so impressed with my '07 TCH after 5 years I traded up and bought a '12 XLE TCH. This time I got it loaded as I know it will last and I can enjoy driving it for many years including it's usual high mpg.
So that's my protective film story and the TCH had no such $600 sticker on either car when it was new. Everybody should know their vehicle includes the clear coat from the factory that started many years ago so the paint is very hard to scratch and prevents weather fading.
My car is white and ever year or so I wash it with a pale of water with a added cup or two of dawn dish washing soap. The white is then so bright it hurts you eyes to look at it on a sunny day and the clear coat shines similar to a wax job. I do use a blue liquid car soap I regularly wash with. I buy the blue wash from walmart's automotive area.
Here is a picture of my TCH after using the dawn dish washing soap a few days before trading if for the '12 model. Be sure to rinse your car well afterward.