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Old 03-01-2012, 05:46 PM
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Is it just me or does everyone else think the wheels and tires are part of the car.

Does'nt matter which car wash I go to they all ask would you like this washed or that washed and of course it another buck or 2 on top of 6 - 8 bucks for the sheet metal portion of the car.

In the case of the tires and wheels hell I wash em when I wash the car whats up with that.

Wonder if some day they will start asking if you want the windshield washed.

WTF !!!!!!
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don't forget there's also the underside, talk about a fleecing
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and many car washes recycle that water.
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don't forget there's also the underside, talk about a fleecing
fleecing describes it to a tee what is up with these guys just wash the effing car !!!!!
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:13 PM
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and many car washes recycle that water.
You don't want to be dong that in winter salt areas but I always wondered about that - you can't filter ions. I never got a straight answer when I asked at two local ones here - I think they don't know what answer I want to hear.....
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fleecing describes it to a tee what is up with these guys just wash the effing car !!!!!

I suspect it has to do with a for-profit business not wanting to become non-profit. There's another option if you're unhappy with theirs ...
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The ones where you could put the quarters in a do it yourself are going way faster and faster everyday.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
fleecing describes it to a tee what is up with these guys just wash the effing car !!!!!

I suspect it has to do with a for-profit business not wanting to become non-profit. There's another option if you're unhappy with theirs ...
obviously you are a minority through several posts, you are entitled however

do you own a car wash ?
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place I go to is $6 bucks for all no vaccum but with amourall for the tires and clean the wheels and I give 1 to 2 $ tip.
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Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
fleecing describes it to a tee what is up with these guys just wash the effing car !!!!!

I suspect it has to do with a for-profit business not wanting to become non-profit. There's another option if you're unhappy with theirs ...
I'm with you. Offer different levels of service. Let the customer decide what he wants. I bet if a place opened up and only offered one level of service for $2 more than the place next door that doesn't do the tires, many/most would chose the cheaper place. Especially in the winter... up here in the grey north the car stays clean for 10 minutes or so in the winter.
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I've become a much bigger fan of the $4 - $6 - $8 car wash that is full service on the outside (presoak, scrub, rinse, wax/rain-x options) and then has the area that you can pull to the side and vacuum it yourself. One not too far from me even has the high pressure air hoses available to blow out the vents, cracks and crevices, etc...

There is a "Auto Spa" type place here that gets $50 a wash. Sometimes they will run specials on Groupon or Half Off Depot that gets the wash down to about $10 and I'll buy several. Trouble is, when I leave there, the car isn't any cleaner, and I tend to get aggravated because they didn't clean the windows the way I like, or wipe down the seats and doors, etc...

Sometimes - I just wash it myself....it's just not so environmentally responsible...and water and sewer here in Atlanta is ridiculously expensive.
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Via another forum, there is a guy I know as we share the same hobbies. Anyway, he owns a rather large car wash with 60+ employees. Stay at home wife, a few cars (including a nice Ferrari) and just sold his 2009 Sunseeker for a 2011 52' Sunseeker. Big bucks.....
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You can show him by not taking your car there.
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You can show him by not taking your car there.
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You can show him by not taking your car there.
Already been there done that. Drive right on by with shiny wheels from his or her competition on the other side of town for less money and the understanding that wheels are part of the car and they are part of my routine when I wash the car.
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Already been there done that. Drive right on by with shiny wheels from his or her competition on the other side of town for less money and the understanding that wheels are part of the car and they are part of my routine when I wash the car.
And spent $4 in gas to do it! That will show him
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do you own a car wash ?

No, and I rarely frequent those I think overcharge for options, either. But when I make the personal decision to go to one, I usually just suck it up because I knew the cost before ever driving in ...


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Geez - it after this thread I'm convinced the average THT member age is 74 - me included for even responding
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dag nab it
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Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
fleecing describes it to a tee what is up with these guys just wash the effing car !!!!!

I suspect it has to do with a for-profit business not wanting to become non-profit. There's another option if you're unhappy with theirs ...
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