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View Poll Results: How do you wash your Saturn/other cars?
At home, bucket and hose 66 54.55%
Do-it-yourself place 19 15.70%
Automated/robotic place 27 22.31%
I don't wash my car. It's an experiment in dirt build-up. 9 7.44%
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Old 02-02-2003, 03:47 PM   #1
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So how do you guys clean your Saturn/other autos?

I use a do-it-yourself place at the local shopping center.

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Old 02-02-2003, 03:52 PM   #2
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It depends on what the weather is like. On a nice day during the summer I'll wash it myself at home,or at the do it your self car wash. During the winter though,it's all about Mikes Express Car Wash. They do have the best drying system,and it's only $6.50.

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Old 02-02-2003, 04:30 PM   #3
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Well, I either wash it at home in the summer, on the garage at home in the winter, so i go to a touchless palce in the winter. Funny you post this.. I, along with 6 other drivers, just got done washing our fleet of buses.. and we all ended up doing our own cars. I was about to die though when people started using the brushes on their cars.. I just knock the loose crap off, shoot some soap on it, rinse it off, and be done with it. In the summer he gets a 4-6 hour wash job, but not with all of this salt.
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Old 02-02-2003, 05:31 PM   #4
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during the winter ill bring it down to my saturn dealership and have them do it, just to get as much dirt sand and whatnot off. but when the weather is nice, i take a bucket and a sponge and some towels and to it myself

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Old 02-02-2003, 06:35 PM   #5
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I guess I'm the first to say I don't wash my car. I do spray out the wheel wells, and the undercarriage after it gets covered with salt during the winter. I honestly wash the car itself about once every 8 months - a year.

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Old 02-02-2003, 06:48 PM   #6
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I would vote, but I do numbers 1,2, and 3. I always get it washed shortly after snow melts, and I try to run it through some kind of wash every 2-3 weeks.

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Old 02-02-2003, 06:56 PM   #7
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I hand wash & only use a touchless spray booth thing when on vacation or something. Typically, I use Final Inspection on it between hand washes. The Final keeps it shiny and beading when it rains. I just keep a bunch of old towels for wiping the Final off & keep the Final in a rose-sprayer (the pump up kind), so that it is easy to put on.

The car is garage kept - so it stays pretty darn clean and shiny.

The dealers near here have their own scratch as you go booths that they take your car through. No thanks - those things scratch the living piddle out of a paint's surface.

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Old 02-02-2003, 08:24 PM   #8
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Best place to have your Saturn (or other vehicle) washed near Clearwater, Florida...Sunshine brushless car wash near downtown..if its good enough for the picky Lexus and Benz crowd..they do an awesome job, much better than I could do on my own. Worst place..Saturn of Clearwater..they say car washes for life are FREE..and you get what you pay for..from the missed spots to the dirty rag wipedown..it is the only poor service area Iv'e found at my retailer..so I avoid it.

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Old 02-02-2003, 08:32 PM   #9
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Well until I became pregnant in November, I every weekend spent one day of the weekend for like 4-5 hours washing and detailing my Saturn inside and out...all by hand and by me..I carry all my car washing and detailing stuff,including a bucket and sponges etc in my trunk..and never leave home without any of it..
and I still don't,the trunk is always loaded hehhe, I've just been too sick(morning sickness or shall I say never ending sickness) to do it lately..but now that the weather is getting nice again and I'm almost out of the getting sick timeperiod(entering month 4)..I plan to once again work alot on cleaning up and keeping it spotless and detailed again.Plus my husband and I are moving from our apartment into our inlaws house for a few months...which is where I normally do the car washing..so now that we'll be there..I can do it more often and easier..

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Old 02-03-2003, 12:01 AM   #10
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being in college, i only have once choice really.

i do it at the diy place with the really big water gun.

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Old 02-03-2003, 01:53 AM   #11
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I go to the DIY places late spring thru early winter, about once a week if I get a chance. Can't really wash at home as I live in an apartment complex, unless I head to mom and dad's. During the winter I use a Holiday station a few blocks from my apartment. They've got a nice touchless carwash and give you $1.50 off with a fuel purchase--highest price wash is $7 (w/ gas purchase) and includes undercarriage flush, presoak, black cherry clearcoat foam, wax, spot free rinse, and a blowdry.

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Old 02-03-2003, 01:54 AM   #12
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I never use car wash places. I always do it myself in the driveway/garage. The cars get washed all the time during the summer...but once I get back to college they get cleaned less than I'd like.

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Old 02-03-2003, 10:17 AM   #13
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When it's nice out, I'll do it myself. Quite frankly, I find washing my Saturn myself very theraputic and relaxing. In the winter, I take my Saturn to a carwash.

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Old 02-03-2003, 11:11 AM   #14
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Before I got laid off as a 70 hour a week systems programmer I used to consider keeping my car clean and waxed my "stress reduction". My house isn't as tidy as I'd like, and my life also gets messy at times, so it is one small area I try to keep under control.

After three weeks below the freezing point we are getting two warm days (and some rain) here in Philly before the temperature plunges again. If the rain quits before the cold comes I will wash and maybe even wax my car.

The only time my car has been in a commercial car wash over the past ten years was once after I fractured my leg. I usually don't even let the Saturn service folks wash my car in their booth. It's all about swirls in the paint!

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Old 02-03-2003, 11:25 AM   #15
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unless it's freezing outside, i hose and bucket it at home.

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Old 02-03-2003, 12:11 PM   #16
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Mine gets washed when the rarity occurs that the local no-touch carwash actually works and I need fuel. I don't make a big production of washing the car as I live on a dirt road, and it's an effort in futility.

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Either I do it myself in the driveway or I do it myself at one of those wash places if it's too cold. No one touches my car except me

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I prefer hand washing to auto car washes. I've even installed additional lighting in my garage and a heater to facilitate winter time hand washing.

No substitute for hand washed cars.

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Old 02-03-2003, 07:57 PM   #19
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I don't make a big production of washing the car as I live on a dirt road, and it's an effort in futility.
Ditto. I only wipe the dirt off the rear window. I live on a gravel road and work on a MUD road. My car gets coated with mud (more than you see on MOST SUVs) when it is wet.

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Old 02-04-2003, 01:22 AM   #20
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Saturn takes care of it for me. I find any little problem I can whenever it is dirty, and schedule a quick appointment.
Last excuse I used was I couldn't use my highbeams, I told them they forgot to install the foot button for the highbeams!

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