How much do you spend washing your car?

@whywiki (6070)
Canada
March 12, 2008 1:13pm CST
I just noticed how dirty my car has become. It is time to wash her again. I usually get shamed into washing her. It is an old taxi with little bangs and dings in it and has been around the block a few times but I love her. So I am guilty of not keeping her pretty. I have nowhere to wash her at home and have to take her to a car wash. For around $10 I could have one of those new fangled touchless washes that you take the car through. I am too cheap to do that! I use the old fashioned ones that you put a dollar in and you get so much time and then you plug in another dollar and so on and so on. I can usually soap her down, scrub her with the brush and and rinse and wax for $3 as long as she isn't too dirty. I have to hustle to do it and sometimes I leave when she still has a few suds on her. Tell me how much do you spend on washing your car?
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I dont spend a dime....but i also dont have a car since I dont drive LOL..however I don't pay for my husband to get the truck washed either (though I have no trouble buggin him about it when its dirty LOL)...and in the summer i dont knwo why he wastes the money on it since I'd be more than happy to do it on a nice hot day
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
Some days I wish I didn't drive or have a car, that is usually when I am broken down in the centre lane during rush hour and I'm alone. I would wash mine at home on a nice day if I could, that is the best way and the cheapest.
• United States
12 Mar 08
When my car gets old, I just take it to those hand car washes a few times a year when it really gets dirty. Or, I'll take a bucket and some window cleaner to it. Now that I have a new car, I am out there every time there is a speck of dirt on it, wiping it off. And, I wash the windows more. I haven't had to vacuum it, yet, but I plan to do that more often than the last car. I want to clean it more often than I did the last car so that I can get a better resale price. But, it really does take a long time and I have alloy wheels that also need to be polished. Right now, we have landscapers using blowers all over the lot, so I'll have to go out and dust it off again, soon.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
My windows are worse than the car! I hate doing windows. A co worker bought a new car a few months ago and would go out on his breaks and fuss over it and wipe off smudges, then he put a scratch in it one day and now he considers it broken in and hardly washes it any more!
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
12 Mar 08
When we lived where they salted the streets, I got the car washed fairly often in the winter. Always went to the self serve car washes and ran around like a little dervish getting it done in the least amount of time while getting all that splatter off. That probably took 3 minutes. Now that we're out in the dry southwest, I've let the car go a lot longer between washes. I did it by hand last month and it cost $6.00, even with me rushing around and I missed a few spots. I went through a self-service dry through at the gas station yesterday for $4.00 and it did a really nice job. I'm converted to having it done by the machines now. They don't have those brushes that used to leave the swirl marks all over the car anymore. whit
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
My biggest problem with the drive through car washes isn't the price so much as the fact I get soaked. It has been a long time since my car was watertight! They are much easier than the hand wash and the mad dash to finish before you have to feed the car wash more money.
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Haha I remember getting soaked a few times in the car wash myself. Once was in an older car and more than once when the window wasn't rolled up all the way. It's quite a shock to say the least although the kids thought it was hysterical. I hear you. whit
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
Before she was retired as a cab we had a hard time getting the drivers to wash it because they would get soaked! No sense of adventure
@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
13 Mar 08
Wash my car? What's that?
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
12 Mar 08
I go to the one where you have to get out and do it yourself. I usually spend around $3-4 depending on how dirty the car is. I just washed it the other day and I think it was only $3, but then I vacuumed it out to so that was another 50 cents.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
12 Mar 08
That's what it usually costs me except our vacuum is $1 which is a bit of a rip off.
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
4 Jun 08
Hello whywiki, I used to wash my car almost everyday but not anymore. At least, I wash the car once a month. Yes, I am a bit lazy nowadays. In fact, I don't wash it myself. I normally send my car to a car wash and pay like $4 for wash and vacuum.