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    Car washing during the winter in harsh climates

    I do prefer to wash my stuff by hand in the nice weather but that option disappears come the fall and winter.

    After hunting around google found a full service automatic car wash close enough to me, with assorted daily wash monthly plans. I chose the $20/month plan that became only $15/month with my CAA (AAA) membership. That's taxes in. I got the Plus as it does an underside rinse. https://washmycar.ca/st-catharines/exterior-car-wash/

    Even if I wash my car weekly it's about $4 a shot. I can't even come close to hand washing my car in the coin bays for that small amount of money. I think the coin bays want $3-4 just to start, then look out, they demand more coins every couple of minutes it seems.

    How do you take care of your car's exterior in the winter?

    Coin bays? Automatic washes? You have your own facility in your garage? You do nothing and close your eyes to the mess your car becomes?


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    Eggman is right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallythacker View Post
    I do prefer to wash my stuff by hand in the nice weather but that option disappears come the fall and winter.

    After hunting around google found a full service automatic car wash close enough to me, with assorted daily wash monthly plans. I chose the $20/month plan that became only $15/month with my CAA (AAA) membership. That's taxes in. I got the Plus as it does an underside rinse. https://washmycar.ca/st-catharines/exterior-car-wash/

    Even if I wash my car weekly it's about $4 a shot. I can't even come close to hand washing my car in the coin bays for that small amount of money. I think the coin bays want $3-4 just to start, then look out, they demand more coins every couple of minutes it seems.

    How do you take care of your car's exterior in the winter?

    Coin bays? Automatic washes? You have your own facility in your garage? You do nothing and close your eyes to the mess your car becomes?
    Just go to one of those fancy car wash places that has free vaccums. Then pay $10 bucks, get on the track and go thru. Theyve come a long way drive thru automatic car washes. Includes tire scrub, rain x treatment, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk Diggler View Post
    Just go to one of those fancy car wash places that has free vaccums. Then pay $10 bucks, get on the track and go thru. Theyve come a long way drive thru automatic car washes. Includes tire scrub, rain x treatment, etc.
    I do the $10/free vacuum place here. It does the job. I've never like washing my own cars (although my FIAT was pretty easy and quick to wash). I wash my car about once a month. Doing delivery daily my car gets dusty and dirty quick. I don't care visually if my car is dirty or not, but figure it's good to keep clean anyhow. I like to spend some time on the interior at home.

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    I'm horrible about washing my junk. On the rare occasion I do wash something, it's at a coin wash for the truck since it doesn't fit in most automatic car washes It usually looks like crap after since the ones I go to are dimly lit.
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    12 bucks a month, free vacuums, and I can go once a day every single day if I want. No brainer for me... one of the best subscriptions I have ever bought...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fummins View Post
    I'm horrible about washing my junk.
    I feel bad for your wife...

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    This thread is reminding me that it's time for my annual Krown application...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Fuel View Post
    This thread is reminding me that it's time for my annual Krown application...

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    Me too. Tho' not at the Niagara Falls franchise, they are far too cheap with the mixture, I had to argue with them to spray the engine bay. They said it's not part of the warranty therefor not needed to be sprayed. I don't do business with franchises that make up rules to fatten their pocketbooks, I'll head to St. Catharines for treatment.

    BTW, what is the cost in your area? It's $119 here less 15% for CAA (AAA) members.
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    I have a $15 month 10 wash subscription and I use it. "Noodles"my new Mirage has yet to be thru it, but my dear, late G4 was a regular all year long.



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