questionsdo any wooters use an automatic car wash?

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Yep. I have no wish to drag out a hose and bucket any more.

Pros:
it's all done for you
you don't get wet
vacuumed
windows cleaned

Cons:
Costs more so I don't do it as often

My car is way overdue for a washing.

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We have a nice pull your car through was. It works way better than the ones that move around your car. I hear all of the automatic washes are terrible for the paint on your car.

It is way faster to pay to have it done than do it by hand.

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Yes, the touchless kind that uses water pressure rather than slapping your car with cloth. You can look online for coupons that bring the cost down.

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@thunderthighs: Thanks for the input. I don't do the vacuuming though, or the inside glass.

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@bogie21: Thanks for the reply. By hand-held, I meant the kind where you have a wand and walk around your vehicle. I too have heard the bad things about automatic washes, and I agree that the kind that moves around your vehicle and sprays leaves a lot to be desired. I have used the "rolling-shamwow" kind one time and was pleased with it.

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@wootnight: Thanks for your response. If you are referring to the kind that moves around your vehicle, thanks, but no thanks. I have one of those that is literally 1 block from my home, and I won't use it again. It could be because I am in a small town and have no "name-brand" car washes available, but that option works poorly for me.

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never !! not on the show truck, i can clean up after the kids on the inside but the paint and crome care is my job ... put 2 much $ into it 4 any 1 or thing but me F up ... lol ...

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We have done the spinning, shammy thingy, and have had no issues. But I have had several friends lose bits off their car, so use with caution. If you read the disclaimer, they are not responsible, blah, blah, blah, loose parts. We have since switched to a touchless, for quick clean ups, but usually do it by hand, at home. If it's really dirty, we will hit the touchless, to get the major grime off,drive home and do a hand wash.

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I do. The cost benefit for me isn't enough to wash it on my own.

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I do occasionally. I figure if the dealers use it on the brand new cars, it isn't going to hurt to do it myself.

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I like my car to be clean, so I have a monthly automatic car wash membership. I can wash my car as often as once a day for $20 per month. It pays for itself after 4 or 5 washes, and my car is always clean.

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I have a sad automatic car wash story:

I have never used an automatic car wash. I always did the old scrub and spray at the self-wash places even though you have to pump in 400 quarters to do anything well. Well I decided I'd save my quarters and try to use my debit card at this automated place. I pull in and try my card a few times... no go... so I'm about to pull out and a guy in a big ass truck pulls in behind me. I put my car in reverse and wait for him to see the situation. After about a minute he backs up about two yards... so I have to try to slide out without backing in to his massive bumper practically sitting on my back glass. In my efforts to not screw that up, I end up clipping the corner of the nose of my car on the concrete entrance and destroy my corner light and scratch and dent the side of my car and bumper. I don't blame that guy, but he sure as hell didn't make it easy for me.

Needless to say I haven't gone back to an automatic car wash since then.

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@wootnight:
Not really. They use(IF they're set up properly) a very diluted acid then neutralizer. Very little if any soap is used.
No scratching, no problems. The newer ones also recycle over 97% of the water used. Filtered with a massive reverse osmosis system, the water is potable when it's done. In many locations, you'll see laundromats next door; they're using the same water(which, incidentally, is their 2nd largest expense, & with recycling a very distant 2nd).
Very cool system.

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I don't. It's the two bucket wash method for me. Then I wax afterwards too.

As for car washes and recycled water ... not all have that elaborate of a filtering system. Some just go through a few sediment filters and call it clean rinse water.

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I rinse my car down (just cold water and a rag) about three times a summer. Keeps it looking pretty good for a 2004 Taurus.

Each spring I take it to a local car wash and get a $40 detailing job (full detailing is $100) plus a $10 tip that I pay up front to the guy that will do the actual work once it is through the automatic part. Takes about an hour, during which I usually get something to eat.

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This is one of those things like buying bagged salad -- yeah, it's several times more expensive than doing it yourself -- but so convenient, and very reasonable in absolute dollars.

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In the summer here, we normally have a torrential downpour every afternoon - so I do take advantage of "The Florida Carwash." Otherwise, I take it to a carwash that towel dries it and vacuums the inside. Nowhere near to detailing - nowhere near how I used to do it myself.

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Nope! I wash my car by hand, and use microfibers every time! Microfiber towels are the best because they don't scratch the paint, and don't leave fuzzies either!

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@klozitshoper Lol, As I was reading yours, I was thinking "Oh, they live in Florida!" then I got to your Florida Carwash. I lived in Florida for 4 years and and owned a car for 2 of those. I never needed to get my car washed...

I miss Florida :(