If there is one item that every Tiida owner needs to get it is Door Handle Cup Protectors.

Go have a look at any Tiida’s door, you will see that there are scratch marks in the cup behind the handle. Obviously the darker the car colour the easily you will see it, however having said that on white Tiida’s the scratches show up with brown lines.

This is what I am talking about (please ignore the dirty car – btw it is not my car):

What the door handle cups end up looking like

Believe me, how this happens (be it from finger nails when opening the door, or a persons ring) is one of those unsolved mysteries – but sadly it happens.

I tried polish. I tried compound. I took the car for a glazing. There was just no way of getting those scratches gone. Well if you cannot fix it – hide it!

I called the local agents and asked if they had any protectors or film that I could use to protect the cups. Other than the startled “you want to do what” the answer was a “no”. OK then, off to Ebay

Now the trick when searching for parts on Ebay is to ensure you also search for model name of the vehicle as it is called in the USA.

(Did You Know: The Tiida is called “Tiida” is Japan and South Africa. In South American countries it is called the “Latio”, and in the USA it is called the “Versa”. )

I typed in “Nissan+Versa” in the search box – 4000 hits (you can also try “Nissan+Tiida”). Now sort by “Price+Shipping – Lowest First” and then I chose “ZA – South Africa”, because remember you have to ship it all the way from the other side of the world and it is no use paying for an item costing $1,00 and you have to pay $100,00 for shipping…

Anyway back on topic, I saw a picture looking like this:

Ebay Example Photo

The Ebay store selling it at that stage was FeiOutlet, and it cost $4.99 + $10,00 shipping (see why you want to sort with shipping costs included…). I ordered it and 6 weeks later I got a slip from the Post Office to say I had to pay R12,00 import duty on the parcel. Total Cost to my house = $15,00 x R8,00 + R12,00 = R132,00 for a set.

This is what it looks like when unpacked on the kitchen table:

How it arrived here (unpacked by me)

All I did then was clean the door cups on the car, remove the red backing of the 3M tape on the cup holders and stick in place. No more unsightly scratches!

End result

Until next time…