Long-term update: 2009 Renault Safrane gets Farba Guard detailing
Our Renault Safrane continues to chug along without issues since the last service. It’s been several months now since we asked for some prematurely-worn interior panels to be changed under warranty, but it finally looks like it will get done this week as the parts have arrived from Mars. Anyway, last month we gave the car in for an exterior detailing at Farba Guard.
Our Gangnam Style star’s paint was getting a bit dull from standing in the sun daily as well as being washed by a street dude. Also, there were some minor white patches on the lower doors, which we ourselves caused by using a supermarket scratch-removing liquid to remove some small scratches left by some moron. The liquid removed the scratches all right, and a whole lot more! It created a patchwork of white micro-scratches, as seen here.
After the detailing, the paint is shiny again, the engine is spotless, the headlights aren’t foggy any more, and the white patches are gone. The car looks almost brand new now, except for those bits where the paint has come off, which can only be fixed by a touch-up paintjob. Farba Guard does not do that themselves, but they refer you to a partner garage if anyone asks for it. We’re leaving the paint chips as is for now, since they aren’t too noticeable.
Original Mileage When Bought: 110 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 33,500 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 8.5 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 908
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 2093