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Author Topic: For car washes, do you use a self-serivce car wash, full-service car wash, or do it at home? Back to Topics
mileena202

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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 3:55:46 AM

I used to use full service until my tire got a valve stem leak and my antenna broke off. And when I lived in the east coast, it rained a lot, so I didn't have to do it (ha ha). Now, I plan to go to a self-service wash since my apartment complex doesn't allow to use their hose to wash your car.
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mnrick041
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 5:40:36 PM

Use the free one at the dealership I work for.
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BartandLisa
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 4:47:49 PM

Always at home
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krazkar
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 2:50:47 PM

Petro-Canada carwash....A wash every other day.
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 2:50:16 PM

Car wash at the gas station...........
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gas_phil
Champion Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 2:40:22 PM

Full service hand wash. They can do it fast because they have many people on it. And no water spots since they wipe it down fast.
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DoctorOH
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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 3:11:22 AM

I do it myself at home
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robareid
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 6:01:45 AM

full-service
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FieroGT
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 5:44:19 AM

I enjoy doing it myself at home. But in the winter it's tough to do in MN.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 5:00:34 AM

A little of both, but I prefer washing it at home because it is done right.
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streetcars
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 2:22:05 AM

At home, have a power washer.
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diesel8888
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 12:53:47 AM

Self service car wash.
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chipote
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 12:19:27 AM

At home
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Norm1947
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 12:09:51 AM

Full service
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xtremecheap
All-Star Author Arkansas

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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 8:24:18 PM

At home, by hand, except after snow/ice I take to self-service to get the salt from underneath the auto.
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bearscharger
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 6:35:55 PM

at home
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DHomz
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 12:59:11 PM

At home spring, summer and fall; automatic in winter if it is really cold.
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Carusle
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 11:21:38 AM

driveway
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pacecar68
Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 11:19:48 AM

i wash my vehicles at home.
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:44:53 AM

I wash my vehicle at home.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:39:41 AM

I use the washing services in my garage with a bucket of soapy water and some good elbow grease.
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EdPG
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 8:23:49 AM

full service
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noblegiant
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 7:33:10 AM

All Depending On The Timing
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DanFMA
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 6:44:07 AM

Full service.
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 3:05:46 AM

self service
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monkey102010
Veteran Author Tampa

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 11:15:21 PM

I use the self serve car wash, more efficient and pretty cheap compared to washing at home
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bearscharger
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 6:14:55 PM

at home
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zeus84
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 4:20:07 PM

Full service....
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mingaa57
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:04:12 PM

I mix it up depending on time, budget, weather and energy!
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MudNutZ
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 11:43:19 AM

both.
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downtown
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 10:58:53 AM

At home
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Dale Jr.
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 10:01:54 AM

Wash the vehicles at home.
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DasAuto92
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 9:48:33 AM

All of the above, depending how i feel,when my vehicles need a cleaning.

[Edited by: DasAuto92 at 11/30/2012 9:49:55 AM EST]
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Bridge2012
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 9:40:53 AM

most of the time I do it self serve. some times I will hit the auto. rearly happy with the out come of it
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theyrobus
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 11:46:22 PM

at home
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 8:17:39 PM

Cars are either self service or at home. Truck, usually full service.
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erised
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 1:42:45 PM

at home saves money and time
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mileena202
Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 1:28:16 PM

I find that self-service car washes can be cheaper, or almost as cheap, as home car washes. For example, a local car wash here charges $2 for 5 minutes self-serve, or $5 for 20 minutes (weekdays only). They include all the waxes, soap, tire cleaner formula, and specialized foam rinses, with three different types of washers (pressure, rinse, and tires). The only thing you have to supply is a towel or chamois for drying the car. If you add all the costs for buying these and the buckets, sponges, cost of water, etc.; as well as the inconvenience, it seems like it's best to go to a self-serve car wash.

Now, on the other hand, vacuuming can be expensive at self-serve places, so it is more economical to do it at home. They only charge $1 per vacuum, and $1 for the perfume smell if you want, but I find I need to add $5-$7 or so just to get the entire minivan. This quickly adds up, so I just bought a Stanley shop vac at Costco for $29.99, and 100' and 25' extension cords from WalMart(I live in an apartment). This will save me money in the long run.



[Edited by: mileena202 at 10/5/2012 1:33:55 PM EST]
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RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 6:30:10 AM

at home
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Bluebird333
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 5:11:47 AM

I did mine once at home and the wheels rusted(Steel for towing).
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geobmw
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 11:53:36 AM

full
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retcap201
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:54:41 AM

all 3
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Lilly02
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:43:55 AM

Daily driver goes to car wash. Fun car I do myself.
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hornet17
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:39:57 AM

I wash my car at home... costs me pennies to do it at home.
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psm80134
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:24:46 AM

Do it at home, otherwise, self service car wash.
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pacecar68
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:23:53 AM

wash at home.
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:12:17 AM

I wash at home.
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:06:32 AM

I wash mine at hone.
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fkkf92
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 9:43:18 AM

winter at full-service
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10261970
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 9:42:59 AM

At home.
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DerTaubman
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 9:34:49 AM

At home.
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