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Old 06-07-2005, 10:05 PM   #1
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OK, I know the consensus here is NO on Carwash, BUT...

My car tends to stay dirtier for longer washing it myself.

AND, I have a good carwash near my house that uses these hanging curtain thingies and not brushes.

AND, I only stopped using them since I got my 18" BBS RGR.

BUT, I went and looked at the track and it is metal on the inside and plastic on the outside, so scraping my rim might be difficult.

AND, they said big SUVs with their 20"s go through all the time.

BUT, of course they aren't responsibile.

AND, my 235/40-18 Pirellis visually are wider than my 18x8.5" rims.

AND, I'll have to wash there anyway in the winter when I have my snow tires and steel rims on.

SO, can I use the carwash or will I regret it???
(I am mostly worried about scratching my rims)
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:16 PM   #2
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How are we supposed to know? If you really want to use it then try it once and see how it goes. I prefer to hand wash though. I don't think those things will really get the car clean.
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:19 PM   #3
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:28 PM   #4
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It will ruin your paint at some point. If you get behind a very dirty car, your car will look like it was in a sand storm. You might want to go brushless if you can. I don't know what chemicals they are using in brushless however and I don't know the long term effects. I do know car washes with any bushes or anything that touch a car is usually bad especially in winter when the cars ahead of you may be really dirty and that dirt will scratch your paint. I don't do those car washes with my cars anymore. It is just hit or miss and that is not good enough for me.

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Old 06-07-2005, 10:30 PM   #5
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Find a place that actually does hand washes, and not the ones that advertise as 100% hand wash (they are using machines). The only time I take mine in is to a place on Melrose that actually has people washing the car.
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:38 PM   #6
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having your car hand washed is probably the best option. Who knows what those car washes will do to your paint in a few years. As lazy as I am, sometimes I just have to force myself to wash my car.
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:40 PM   #7
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NO! NO! NO! JUST NO! never let anyone, or rather, any THING wash your car. It will NEVER be as good as your own hand wash. Those curtains will scratch up your car. It doesn't take brushes to do it.

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Old 06-07-2005, 10:44 PM   #8
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If you just don't care about your car, go right ahead...
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:46 PM   #9
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:51 PM   #10
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Don't let anyone else besides yourself wash your car. I'll leave it at that. Everyone has already listed the reasons so I feel no need to repeat them.
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Old 06-07-2005, 11:10 PM   #11
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How about the automatic ones that just sprays high-pressure water on your car? I have to admit, when I am too busy or lazy, those are the ones I go to for a temp wash.
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Old 06-08-2005, 08:35 AM   #12
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those high pressure brushless washes are okay, however there needs to be some scrubbing goin on to really clean off everything.
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Old 06-08-2005, 08:59 AM   #13
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No car wash!

1) Even hand washes. Look at the water they use - and re-use
2) Look at the cloths they use - and re-use
3) Recycled water (many locals require a certain amount of water recycling - it accumulates particulates and SALT.
4) Look at the dry cloths they use - and re-use
5) The people don't really care. It's just a job. They care about tips and number of cars per day. They adjust their quality of work to the minimum requirement to please the average customer to keep most coming back. This includes the soccer mom in line in front of you who has 3 kids in the car with ice cream cones and a dog in the back barfing.

It's your car - you obviously can do what you want. But only you really care. And only you have to live with the results - short and long term.
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Old 06-08-2005, 09:14 AM   #14
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Basically, no one knows what's best for you. There has been no evidence to support a decision either pro or con. So, do whatever you want... Is that what you were looking for?

Maybe you should ask the dealer... hahahaha That seems to be the answer I get the most on this forum. BTW, the dealer likely uses a basic quickie car wash to keep your car clean before you buy it.
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Old 06-08-2005, 09:45 AM   #15
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Find a good detail shop. Purchase a full detail. Tell them you you would like to have your car washed by them weekly. More than likely, they will cut you a deal since they want return customers. (I know of a few very good detail shops that charge about $20 for a hand wash/vac. vs: $15 for a auto car wash.)
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Bankrupt...

Anyone who would charge me $20 to detail my car, and do it the way I do - and want it done - would be bankrupt in a short time.

My weekly detailing takes 3.5 - 4 hours and consumes a lot of disposable materials.

But that's how I want my car cared for...
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I have a carwash similar to that near me and the only reason that I don't use it is money. I was going twice a week @ 10.00 each so it was adding up. Yeah I am cheap.
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Old 06-08-2005, 11:37 AM   #18
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Dont Take It To A Carwash! A Carwash Near My Place Powerwashed My Roof Spoiler Off, They Didn't Even Let Me Know It Had Flown Off. I Finally Noticed It Was Missing When My Car Was Sitting In The Garage. If I Would Have Known The Consensus Was No, I Would Have Never Taken It There. Had To Get The Spoiler Repainted And Cracks Filled In, Took A Long Ass Time, Would Have Probably Been Faster And Cheaper To Buy A New One.
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Quote:
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Anyone who would charge me $20 to detail my car, and do it the way I do - and want it done - would be bankrupt in a short time.

My weekly detailing takes 3.5 - 4 hours and consumes a lot of disposable materials.

But that's how I want my car cared for...
****, and I thought I was bad using bug spray, windexing, and washing the RIMS weekly for a 1 hour job!
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Old 06-08-2005, 01:04 PM   #20
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now ther may be those that say dont let your car own u
but proper care is required
first step... NO CAR WASH AT ALL
go to the high pressure bays and make sure u powerwash the foam brush
if u dont have time,,, dun wry the high pressure gets most of it off anyway
i detail my car about 10 times a yr... i slack off in winter
it lasts about 6 hours per car and uses a lotta materials

we can advise but the decision is finally up to u
scratching ur rims is one thing but carwashes will deteriote the finish of your car
u expect your car to put you in another league from minivans and SUV's out there... then why are u putting it in the same league as them when it comes to cleaning

do the right thing...hand wash
if u dont have time,,, high pressure wash will do
PLZ, dont do automated carwashes
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