When we got brand new Dodge Caravan few years ago, manager at dealership convinced us to add so-called “Electronic rust protection” device to the car that brings a lot of benefits to both car body and car owner, e.g.
- It’s protecting full metal body, not only bottom.
- It’s green and doesn’t pollute the environment with chemicals
- It has life-time warranty and is absolutely transferable to another car without strings attached.
- It costs ONLY little tiny fee, slightly more than one thousand dollars only (sic!)
Never have bothered myself since, but recently, however, the things goes wrong, starting from transfer part. Another Chrysler dealer told that transition will cost $250 because the module was not sold by them and will require “special adapter due to another car model”. The original dealer agreed to transfer 1200-dollar box to new vehicle, but requested $70 for work and (drumbeat, please) $50 REGISTRATION TRANSFER FEE. Ridiculous, but what kind of service does company provide to car owner for this money – satellite tracking of rust progress?
Going suspicious, I recalled that the small dents on door frame became rusty very quick, what makes point about “full body protection” completely doubtful. Opening the hood, I found that the small box attached only to battery with black and red wires (negative and positive, right) and with another blue one, to the car body. What kind of “adapters” we were talking about, became the mystery. And how it supposed to work, if blue and black wires basically both connected together through car body that grounded with negative pin of the battery? The best case virtual scenario will provide “protection” between ground point of battery and where the blue wire bolted, but even this is not going to work .
Apparently it’s a scam. It’s not working by physics, it’s not working in business way. They sold you useless thing and have money requested down the road to keep you fooled.
No wonder, there is second hand market of this black-boxes, as well as for Viagra and penis enlargements. Go to ebay and found some, offered for couple of hundred dollars (nobody mentioned registration fee, btw.) To make more weight, as every scam, it is attributed with signs of ULC and FCC (that has no involvement actually at all, because of no emitting of radio interference by this box). This is my favorite: “EFFICACY APPROVED BY CANADIAN GOVERNMENT”. Canadian government doesn’t approve usage of such things, it’s a bogus. Canadian army was tested rust protection, that is true, but this device was not even considered in their list. Competition bureau, though, would probably love to investigate case in violation of misleading advertising and labeling provision.
Though, some people did tested CM-2000 indeed. Here is report that shows one simple conclusion:
- The Final Coat CM-2000 device does not work. It did not provide any rust protection at all in the laboratory, where the conditions for its successful operation were most favorable. It will most certainly not work in the real world.
Vincent J. Curtis, M.Sc. CD, President, Tribochem, Inc.
Of course, what rust protection can you expect from LED connected to your car battery? Just get rid of it and not install any more. Unless you like the small red glow under hood.