You've seen those late night infomercials on TV and may have been tempted to buy some of the products, but are those "as seen on TV" items too good to be true?
That's the question KSPR’s Melody Pettit is asking in a new series called "Does it Work."
This week she's puts an auto headlight restorer kit to the test.
We bought the Fast Brite Auto Headlight Restorer Kit for $10 at Wal-Mart.
It promises to make your headlights up to five times brighter.
We took it to a Springfield body shop.
“I saw it on TV. It caught my eye right away. I'm confident it probably works,” said Dings’ N’ Things’ General Manager Nic Mertz.
Mertz has high hopes.
We are going to try it out on “Goldie.” While Goldie's headlights aren't as bad as some, one of them needs a little TLC.
“Let’s give it a try. I’m excited to use it .From what I’ve read it's pretty easy and all you need is a rag and what they provide you.
But after the first step, Mertz starts to have doubts. So we start on step two hoping that will do the trick.
After step two, Mertz thinks it worked.
“I think it will give a pretty good reaction,” he said.
Now the big test. We take off the tape to compare it to the untreated portion of the light.
“There’s not much difference,” Mertz said.
Mertz couldn't tell the difference.
So we tried it again just to be sure.
“Maybe I’ll just scrub it a little longer this time,” he said.
But even after the second time around, Mertz still doesn’t see a difference.
The company responds. In a written statement, they say “Fast Brite has been independently tested and has met all of the product claims."
We decided to give Fast Brite one more chance so we tried it on Rosie. She's my car and her lights are really bad. On Rosie you can tell a bit of a difference.
Does it work? We say as long as your headlights are as bad as mine you might get something out of it.
If you have any ideas for a Does it Work segment, email Melody at firstname.lastname@example.org or “like” her Facebook fan page and leave a comment.