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Old 12-12-2012, 02:33 AM   #1
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Default Detail car now or in January?

Hey guys. I bought a new car recently and when I purchased it the sales manager promised that if I came in later he'd get me a free car detailing. This was on 10/22. Anyways, it's been about 6 weeks and I haven't washed the war or anything and after the rains of the last week the car isn't as shiny and as nice looking as I first got it. I was thinking of taking it in to get it detailed this week. I'm also going to on vacation for a month next week.

This may be an odd question, but would it be better to get it detailed before or after my trip with respect to car paint care and car cleanliness? Thanks!
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i'd do it now before they forget about it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:11 PM   #3
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Got it done. :-) looks great
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:17 PM   #4
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I'd wait since a road trip is going to get it all dirty. But that's just me.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:22 PM   #5
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I'd wait since a road trip is going to get it all dirty. But that's just me.
No road trip. Flying out for travel. :-)
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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"Detailing" is just a chance for someone else to mess up something on your car.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:01 PM   #7
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No road trip. Flying out for travel. :-)
Then why wait?
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:37 PM   #8
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"Detailing" is just a chance for someone else to mess up something on your car.
This. Do some research and clean it yourself. Fairly enjoyable and rewarding plus peace of mind that someone didn't end up doing a poor job and ruining your car.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:32 PM   #9
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How exactly do they ruin my car?
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:48 AM   #10
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How exactly do they ruin my car?
Swirls, marring your paint, scratch, burning through your clearcoat...
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:13 AM   #11
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Dealer buff job? Careful now. I wouldn't let anyone detail my car unless they have a spectacular reputation or I've watched them work on a car or two before touching mine. One lazy or unskilled employee can destroy your paint in seconds.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:03 AM   #12
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I will not trust my car to dealer detailer, if you go on bimmerfest's detailing forum, they have a lot of good detailer.. ie phil at detailer domain, avg ext detailing job is 750.. not 100 bucks.. his work is AMAZING.

@ http://bimmerfest.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=13
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:09 PM   #13
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When I've had a dealer say detail, they've always just meant a decent wash/wax, interior cleaning and not what people here would consider a "detail" but ymmv.
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I will not trust my car to dealer detailer, if you go on bimmerfest's detailing forum, they have a lot of good detailer.. ie phil at detailer domain, avg ext detailing job is 750.. not 100 bucks.. his work is AMAZING.

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What kind of moron pays $750 to have a car cleaned?
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A dealership detail? No frigging way.

They will screw up your paint.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:08 PM   #16
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Do you guys all do your own cars? How often?
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Wash every 2 weeks. On the in between weeks I use detailing spray to keep it clean. Wax every 8 weeks.
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:34 PM   #18
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What if someone lives in an apartment complex with no garage?
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Not even by the sidewalk?
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Wash every 2 weeks. On the in between weeks I use detailing spray to keep it clean. Wax every 8 weeks.
It sounds like you spend more time washing your car than driving it
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:10 PM   #21
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What about us busy/lazy people who live in apartments? Do you do this outside in the winter as well when it's freezing out?
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:30 PM   #22
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I *gasp* actually run my cars through automatic washes, and they get occasional waxing from the valets where I park my car on trips (every 2 or 3 months).
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It sounds like you spend more time washing your car than driving it
Nope. I spend a good amount of time driving which gets it dirty and there's no structure parking for our office so it's exposed during the day.

Since it's black it shows its dirt pretty quickly which bugs me but I enjoy keeping it clean so it's not a big deal.

Took it up the PCH to Monterey about 2-3 weeks ago and that was awesome. Couple weeks prior to that took it through the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway so I'm enjoying it a fair amount
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I wash regularly in warm weather. In cold weather, I go through a touchless automatic wash.
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