Car wash

Aaron

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I've never spent money on a car wash in my entire life. Well, I realize I've bought a bucket and some sponges and a shammy (however you spell it). But I've always just washed my vehicles at the house the old fashioned way.

What about you guys?
Wash the vehicle yourself or bring it to the car wash?
 

semipenguin

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I hate washing my car. Would rather spend $5 on an auto car wash :)

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Calypso

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All spring/summer/fall long while weather is nice Hubby and I wash it ourselves.. He does the outside I do the inside. He is a freak for a perfect car.. In the winter we are forced to go to the car wash and do it and freeze our asses off...
 

memebag

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Sometimes I wash my own, sometimes I take it to the local hand wash place. They do a good job, and I can afford it, but sometimes it's fun to do it myself. My wife, on the other hand, derives no pleasure from the experience. Tomorrow we're taking both xBs to the car wash together.

In my 20s and most of my 30s, I didn't do either one and just let my car get as dirty as it could. Like a house, it approaches a limit of filth.
 

xan_user

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I let the rain and snow take care of it/ just hose off and squeegee the windows and headlights every now and then.
 

HecticArt

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I used to do it myself before college. It got dirty as hell at college (the car too!) After, I got a new car because a friend of mine that's a mechanic took my car for a ride and told me "Either you're really brave, or really stupid" because of all the stuff that was wrong with that car. The new car I washed a few times by hand then started taking It to the car wash. It's sooo much faster. Not as nice a job, but faster.
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blyons200

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I wash mine by hand in the summer, I take it to the car wash if its winter or I'm short on time. I have a '92 Camaro but when it's hand washed, waxed, and the wheels are treated to a toothbrush scrub and tire shine it looks really nice.:headbang: Bitchin' Camaro!
 

Evil_Ernie

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Mother Nature washes my vehicle....at least she has for the past 3 days. F**king nor'easter!! :mad:
 

goreds2

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To me, MICRO FIBER hand mitts and cloths are a must. I have a 2001 Nissan Crew Cab that people says it looks brand new. A garage helps also. (205,000 miles)
 

bigdaddyII

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I used to wash my own vehicles and enjoyed it. When I moved into the apartment I live in now, the lack of a water hose connection sort of killed that for me. I usually take my vehicles to a little place a couple miles from the house called "Auto Spa". They have very reasonable prices and do a good job on both interior and exterior.
 

Vargas

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In the spring and summer I usually do them both myself on a Saturday Morning. I wash the outside and gather all the trash from the inside but I don't really have a good shop-vac to do the insides so I hit up the car wash and use their heavy duty vacuums to clean the inside.

Everynow and then I'll get supermotivated to do the armor all on the inside but that only gets done once a month or so.

With having three kids and the oldest is six, the family car gets just really filthy and it is somewhat of a waste of effort to really polish the inside only to have cheerios, dvds, toys, etc really junking it up about 5 minutes later.
 

blyons200

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In the spring and summer I usually do them both myself on a Saturday Morning. I wash the outside and gather all the trash from the inside but I don't really have a good shop-vac to do the insides so I hit up the car wash and use their heavy duty vacuums to clean the inside.

Everynow and then I'll get supermotivated to do the armor all on the inside but that only gets done once a month or so.

With having three kids and the oldest is six, the family car gets just really filthy and it is somewhat of a waste of effort to really polish the inside only to have cheerios, dvds, toys, etc really junking it up about 5 minutes later.

If I ever have children there will be no eating in the car, and the only drink allowed will be water. If we go on a road trip I'll rent a minivan and they can eat in that.
 

Vargas

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If I ever have children there will be no eating in the car, and the only drink allowed will be water. If we go on a road trip I'll rent a minivan and they can eat in that.

Funny, those were my rules before I had kids too.

now, my only rule is NO ICE CREAM CONES!
 

TSS Taylor

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I think washing my own car and thoroughly is one of the most enjoyable things to do. That satisfaction from taking care of it is the best.

But I don't anymore because I don't have a home or driveway to do it. So I take it to get washed.
 

hyson

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I love washing our SUVs.

It makes me happy to make them shiny and clean.

However, if I go 4x4'ing with my Jeep and it's covered in filth and mud, I'll take to the high pressure DIY jobbers instead of crudding up my driveway.

I think it's a guy thing.
 

HecticArt

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I love washing our SUVs.

It makes me happy to make them shiny and clean.

However, if I go 4x4'ing with my Jeep and it's covered in filth and mud, I'll take to the high pressure DIY jobbers instead of crudding up my driveway.

I think it's a guy thing.

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Jon

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I usually take it to the full-service car wash place, makes it look nice for a reasonable price. If I want the whole thing, I'll pay $50 for a wash and wax which takes about an hour.
 

hyson

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I usually take it to the full-service car wash place, makes it look nice for a reasonable price. If I want the whole thing, I'll pay $50 for a wash and wax which takes about an hour.

Wowzas!! You can get some top of the line cleaning products for $50 and do it yourself. Unless, of course, they REALLY clean it well - like detailed well.
 

Jon

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Wowzas!! You can get some top of the line cleaning products for $50 and do it yourself. Unless, of course, they REALLY clean it well - like detailed well.

They detailed my old 300M and did a bang-up job on it, although I think it was closer to $40 not $50. I would have paid $50 though.