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    Default Out and about car washes

    I have alwaysed used hand car was places and to be honest i have used the same one for a while now as i liked the job they were doing now im not so sure on them i know if you want your paintwork looking its absolute best then these places are a no no.
    Well today i took it there and has he was shampooing the car his lambs wool mit must have got stuck on the rear wiper blade and he broke it i was quite annoyed and got out i managed to fix it but a bit of the plastic where it clicks in place has snapped off it is ok and i can use it but i will need to replace it at some point.
    I think here once i have got my car detailed and all the little niggly bits done i will start washing my own car just thought id share this with you all but all is good now i have a nice shiney car and a free air freshner also didnt charge me for the car wash

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    You should be ashamed lol car washes are a no no
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    I had an issue a while ago where they somehow managed to get grit under the wipers. When i put them on, it scratched the hell out of the windscreen, meaning i had to get a new one fitted. Never been there since. You can almost garantee they're not insured!

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    Agreed, avoid :
    Basic insurance (if any)
    Paying employees NMW or in kind
    Not controlling waste water
    the list goes on...

    Obviously doesn't apply to all and many do actually operate correctly and legally
    If they have water traps, then I use them

    As for damaging your car
    You have paid for a service and they have a duty of care
    They can have all the disclaimers in the world, they are STILL liable

    Our petrol stations have jet wash, rollover car wash, and brushless wash
    We still have to accept claims for all kinds of things
    Had someone claimed the rollover had damaged their car, but the CCTV footage showed otherwise, so advised them to get a quote from the local Ford dealership; never heard anything from them again, some people don't realise what their cars are actually supposed to look like!

    Had someone in a Ford Transit van use a rollover
    They then came in and complained the wash had hit their vehicle and caused damage
    I pointed out they should not have used it with such a vehicle, just look at the sign and the maximum dimensions are clearly shown
    Our insurance company counter claimed against them...

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    I wont ever use a hand car wash, I always do my own. (with my own vehicles)

    Went through in a works van once and I watched the car in-front, they were using the pressure washer and washing the floor right next to a car, then just went over it with a mit, could see the muck been dragged around!!!!!!

    I even wash my mum and dads cars, and sisters and her boyfriends to stop them using these crap places!

    they even make me laugh with the"full valets from £XX.XX ...... then you see them with the pressure washer on the car seats lol


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    TRAFFIC FILM REMOVER.

    Google it, thats all

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    I use the local jet wash - I avoid the brush and get strange looks when pull out the sponge!

    I rinse car, shampoo, rinse, shampoo and sponge, rinse, wax and rinse do wheels last. About 15mins for 6 quid.

    I avoid the brush as I have seen it used to clean everything but cars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robdd1 View Post
    I use the local jet wash - I avoid the brush and get strange looks when pull out the sponge!

    I rinse car, shampoo, rinse, shampoo and sponge, rinse, wax and rinse do wheels last. About 15mins for 6 quid.

    I avoid the brush as I have seen it used to clean everything but cars!

    Believe it or not, high pressure hoses on dirty cars force the grit into the paint and cause swirls. most people dont bother, but if you're into detailing then dont use anything more powerful than a garden hose

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    the people at garages that wash cars notice how they do the hole car with one sponge and not once rinse it. and also they will miss bits and wipe the missed bits off when they dry i gave one a telling off once and ive always done it myself since.

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