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Do you wash your own car or have it washed?
Old 09-20-2020, 02:24 PM
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DH and I were frugal and always washed our own cars. It was a chore I didnít mind, the kids helped for years, and I learned to buy cars in a color that doesnít show dirt so I donít have to do it often.

Now I live in a condo with an underground garage, so washing my own car isnít an option. I found a car wash I like not far from home. And, best part for my frugal soul, the place I have my car serviced puts a stamp for a free wash on the receipt.

Realizing itís past time (definitely not miles) for another tune-up, I had my car washed today. Beautiful. Iím so tickled to have a clean car for the $5 tip. Yay.

What do you do?


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Old 09-20-2020, 02:33 PM
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Drive dusty cars . We have a gravel driveway and the cars sit out so washing frequently doesnít make a lot of sense. But when we do wash them, we wash them. On a rare occasion we will take them to a do it yourself car wash place but only when our hose isnít hooked up yet.
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Old 09-20-2020, 02:35 PM
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Mother Nature washes mine.
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Old 09-20-2020, 02:37 PM
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I go to a car wash. They do a wonderful job.
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Old 09-20-2020, 02:42 PM
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I probably do it once a year myself, and up to 3 x a year at the car wash. It's pretty cheap.


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Old 09-20-2020, 02:44 PM
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I wash my own car usually. Sometimes Iíll go to the self serve car wash.
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Old 09-20-2020, 02:53 PM
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You're supposed to wash your car?
For real, I keep the glass and exterior lights clean for safety, but otherwise Mother Nature takes care of it. If we've had wintry weather and they've salted the roads, I hit a DIY car wash with the pressurized water and soap. It costs me about $3.
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Old 09-20-2020, 02:54 PM
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Thanks for the reminder that I need to my car washed.

I usually go to a full service car wash where you turn over your car for an inside and outside gentle hand cleaning and wash. Otherwise, our home has a garage that pretty much keeps the car from getting dusty, etc.

Since the pandemic, I don't want some stranger going inside my car unless it needs to be serviced, so I'm doing the car wash where you sit inside the car and it feeds you through the process on "tracks." I've only been once since March!
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Old 09-20-2020, 03:05 PM
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Most of the time hubs washes our cars. Occasionally I take my car to the dealer for free washes. Works for us!
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Old 09-20-2020, 03:12 PM
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I grew up in a car obsessed family so I do a combo- sorta.

I will get my car washed but Iím picky about where. I only like certain car washes.

Mostly my dad does it for me at his house when I go over on a Saturday. He has all the supplies etc. when I lived at home I would do it myself sometimes but since I moved out I donít have the best set up for it. So my dad does it


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Old 09-20-2020, 03:13 PM
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I generally do a touchless drive-through car wash. About once a year or so, I'll go to a self-serve carwash and do a more thorough job. I vacuum it out about 3-4 times a year. I always clean the interior pretty thoroughly in the fall and spring and other times as needed.
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Old 09-20-2020, 03:17 PM
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First of all, I wait until I just can't stand it anymore . When it's so dirty that I cringe when I touch it to open/close the trunk, I start thinking about washing it. Then I deal with that for 2ish months, and then I finally take it through an automatic car wash.

It ends up being 1-2x per year. I posted here earlier that when I bought this car, the dealer tried to get me to take a white one for cheaper. Over my dead body was I getting a white car!

This past spring it looked terrible but that was true quarantine time where it felt frivolous to spend money on washing it when all I was doing was going to the store every 2 weeks or so. I finally washed it in June.

A couple of weeks ago we got a bit of snow and that must have really helped for some reason. Usually the car looks dirty after snow but maybe because it was hardly any/didn't just sit on it? When I came out of work that day I noticed my car looked sparkling clean as if it had just come out of the car wash. Win!
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Old 09-20-2020, 03:17 PM
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I take my car to get washed- generally during the fall, winter and spring- which around here is, well, winter. When I had a gray car, I would just spritz it for a dollar. Now I have a white car and I know how little dirt is actually removed by spritzing.
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Old 09-20-2020, 03:20 PM
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I’ve always just gone through the drive through wash, but with my new car, I’m super careful about the paint. So not only do I wash it myself, I bought all kinds of professional tools to do so. It’s a little over the top, but my car is a 2-seater so it doesn’t take that long.

I wash it about once a month (or more if I go somewhere and there are bugs smashed against it because “bug guts“ damage paint).

And the other day I had to go out while we were covered in smoke from wildfires. I took our ancient Civic that now lives outside instead of subjecting my pretty car to potential falling ash.
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Old 09-20-2020, 03:25 PM
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We wash ours ourselves in the summer. During winter months we go to a car wash. The vehicles get washed more frequently in the winter because of icy, wet, salty, snowy roads so they get dirty faster. The place we have our vehicles serviced does it for free with an oil change.
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Old 09-20-2020, 03:26 PM
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I don't wash it often - maybe twice a year? But when I do I take it through the car wash because I read it uses less water.
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Old 09-20-2020, 03:29 PM
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My older brother washes his car weekly so I always joined him when we lived at home. Now I wash mine but not weekly, more like twice a year I actually enjoy doing it myself
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Old 09-20-2020, 03:51 PM
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I do not hand wash my car. We have a touchless car wash locally and when it gets really bad I take it there. I am always amazed at how good it looks. Then I am motivated to clean the interior and vow to keep it clean.
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I do the automatic wash.
Old 09-20-2020, 03:56 PM
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But when I have my oil changed, the dealership washes my car for free.
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Old 09-20-2020, 04:00 PM
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Every now and then Iíll run it through the car wash at the gas station. Once every 5 years I splurge and get it detailed inside and out. The dogs really do a number on the interior.
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Old 09-20-2020, 05:05 PM
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I run it through the car wash about once a month in nice weather. Not in the winter unless we have a string of unusually warm days, and then Iíd run it through mainly to get the salt off. I vacuum and dust the inside about twice a year.
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Old 09-20-2020, 05:13 PM
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I take it to the car wash - the one where you have to vacuum it yourself. Once in awhile I'll take it to the more expensive one where they vacuum it.
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Old 09-20-2020, 05:16 PM
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I usually go to the car wash once a month. With all the ash falling I was washing myself every morning.
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Old 09-20-2020, 05:44 PM
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We don't wash our vehicles very often. In the winter sometimes it is necessary to wash away the road salt build up. I go to the coin car wash a couple blocks away and wash it myself with the hose and nozzle. I noticed a For Sale sign on the car wash the other day. I don't know what I will do if it closes. I haven't used a drive-through carwash in years. I hate spending $14 for a car wash.
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Old 09-20-2020, 05:53 PM
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We have a carwash nearby where you can drive through a 5 minute wash for $5. It does a great job so DH takes our cars once or twice a month.

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Old 09-20-2020, 05:55 PM
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C) let the frequent rain do its thing



When we (rarely) do wash the old car, we either go through a car wash or go to a car place and wash it there. We can't wash it where we live.
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Old 09-20-2020, 06:28 PM
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I think dirt is what's holding most of it together.
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Old 09-20-2020, 06:31 PM
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I vacuum and clean surfaces inside from time to time but mostly the floors and outside get done at the dealer where it goes for oil changes and checkups every five thousand miles. Of course, now with COVID I'm driving less so it won't be getting washed as frequently.

After the COVID shutdown my local dealer picked up the car, left a loaner car in case I needed it (I didn't) and returned my car that afternoon after a routine oil change. I love their stellar service which came with no extra charge. Just to be safe, I sprayed my car interior with Lysol and let it sit in the garage for a couple of days.
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Old 09-20-2020, 06:32 PM
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I washed mine myself until I discovered touchless car washes. Now I get it washed there.
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Old 09-20-2020, 07:10 PM
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My dad owned a service station, and I worked for him in the summer from the age of 13 until graduate school. Car washing by hand was part of the service.

So, with that background, I wash our cars, with help from whoever is around (usually my 20-year-old daughter who lives four miles away - she doesn't mind at all). We start with her little convertible, and work our way up to the F-150.

Do this routine maybe every six weeks.
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Old 09-20-2020, 07:14 PM
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I take mine to the drive-thru car wash and then use their vacuums. I also dust the interior. I do this about twice a month. DH and DS wash the other three cars in the driveway. They've washed my car before, but in my opinion, it gets cleaner in the drive-thru.
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Old 09-20-2020, 08:19 PM
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We are technically not allowed to wash our own cars because it drains into the ocean. I generally wait until I need my oil changed and then have them wash it (for free) then. If it's really bad I run through the gas station car wash for $7. Oh, and then every time I go to my parents (about twice a year) my mom always pays for a wash.
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Old 09-21-2020, 03:39 AM
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We are technically not allowed to wash our own cars because it drains into the ocean.
Right. DIY driveway car washing can be an environmental no-no in many places. Sometimes it's a false economy, too, depending on what you pay for your water. I got out of the habit when I lived in a community where water was ridiculously expensive. Now I have a well but runoff from my property ends up in a nearby river.
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