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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
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 5:40:36 PM

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

Always at home
krazkar
Champion Author Calgary

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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 2:50:47 PM

Petro-Canada carwash....A wash every other day.
contiki
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: May 16, 2013 2:50:16 PM

Car wash at the gas station...........
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.
DoctorOH
Champion Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 3:11:22 AM

I do it myself at home
robareid
Champion Author Hamilton

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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 6:01:45 AM

full-service
FieroGT
Champion Author Twin Cities

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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.
MertieMan
Champion Author Lexington

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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.
streetcars
Champion Author Toledo

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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 2:22:05 AM

At home, have a power washer.
diesel8888
Champion Author Salt Lake City

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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 12:53:47 AM

Self service car wash.
chipote
Champion Author Washington

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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 12:19:27 AM

At home
Norm1947
Champion Author Flint

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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 12:09:51 AM

Full service
xtremecheap
Champion 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.
bearscharger
Champion Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 6:35:55 PM

at home
DHomz
All-Star Author Ontario

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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.
Carusle
Champion Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 11:21:38 AM

driveway
pacecar68
Champion Author Oakland

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

i wash my vehicles at home.
Titanic1985
Champion Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:44:53 AM

I wash my vehicle at home.
bluenvoy
Champion Author Nashville

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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.
EdPG
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 8:23:49 AM

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

All Depending On The Timing
DanFMA
Champion Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 6:44:07 AM

Full service.
dgsteven
Champion Author Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2013 3:05:46 AM

self service
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
bearscharger
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 6:14:55 PM

at home
zeus84
Sophomore Author Albany

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 4:20:07 PM

Full service....
mingaa57
All-Star Author St. Louis

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:04:12 PM

I mix it up depending on time, budget, weather and energy!
MudNutZ
Champion Author Mississippi

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 11:43:19 AM

both.
downtown
Sophomore Author Oklahoma City

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 10:58:53 AM

At home
Dale Jr.
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 10:01:54 AM

Wash the vehicles at home.
DasAuto92
Champion Author Montreal

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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]
Bridge2012
Champion Author Kansas

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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
theyrobus
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 11:46:22 PM

at home
WEPSMAN
Champion Author South Dakota

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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.
erised
Rookie Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 1:42:45 PM

at home saves money and time
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]
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 6:30:10 AM

at home
Bluebird333
All-Star Author Wisconsin

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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).
geobmw
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 11:53:36 AM

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

all 3
Lilly02
Champion Author Rockford

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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:43:55 AM

Daily driver goes to car wash. Fun car I do myself.
hornet17
Champion Author Vancouver

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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.
psm80134
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:24:46 AM

Do it at home, otherwise, self service car wash.
pacecar68
Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:23:53 AM

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

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

I wash mine at hone.
fkkf92
Champion Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 9:43:18 AM

winter at full-service
10261970
All-Star Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 9:42:59 AM

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

At home.
bluenvoy
Champion Author Nashville

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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 9:28:50 AM

At home.
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