When you take your car to a full service carwash do they do a good job?

IronWing

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Once again I went to get my car washed, at yet another carwash and they, with smiles on their faces, presented me with a car that is still filthy. This time the windshield was still covered in dearly departed bugs. When I pointed this out to the assistant manager for drying he looked at the car and was shocked that it wasn't clean. So he spent a few minutes washing the winshield and re-presented the car as being the best work of art he had ever completed. So, does anyone have different experiences in this realm?


Note: ironwing used to work at a carwash.
 

Kreon

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I've had mixed results.

I guess it all depends where you go...

The automated ones at gas stations (I've seen a lot at Shell Stations) do a really good job
People done ones work sometimes too

I like to wash my own car, I get a better sense of accomplishment than hand some dude a $10 to wash it for me

edit: I wish I could spell
 

MrScott81

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If I have time, I do it myself...if not, I'm generally not satisfied with the results.
 

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Originally posted by: FoBoT
never used one, too expensive

:thumbsup:

I imagine they can't be great for your paint. The touchless ones are a waste of time and money. I clean my car by hand.
 

Kelemvor

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THe worst ones are wher eyou pull into the bay at the gas station and park. Then the water jets move around your car. It's just like spraying your car with the hose. It doesn't do squat. We did that when we were going to park a car with a For Sale sign on it. Drive through there, got home, got out the buckets and washed the whole thing myself.

However at real car washes with the brushes that spin and all that, they usually work very well. Only time the person touches it is to towel dry it a bit at the end.
 

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: Kelemvor
THe worst ones are wher eyou pull into the bay at the gas station and park. Then the water jets move around your car. It's just like spraying your car with the hose. It doesn't do squat. We did that when we were going to park a car with a For Sale sign on it. Drive through there, got home, got out the buckets and washed the whole thing myself.

However at real car washes with the brushes that spin and all that, they usually work very well. Only time the person touches it is to towel dry it a bit at the end.

Yeah, the touchless kind is crap. I usually wash my car twice when I wash it. Once to get the bulk of the dirt off, and once to get it really clean. A touchless car wash is good for the first pass, but it doesn't get your car really clean.
 

Leros

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I just go to a drive through car wash ($10 w/ free vacuums). It has brushes and some guy quickly rubs a giant scrubber over some crucial parts of the car before you go in. Its not perfect, but its good enough for me.