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Old 02-23-2013, 08:08 PM
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Do You Let the Dealership Wash Your Car(s)?

Quick poll purely out of curiosity. I let the dealership do their usual "works" the first two times I brought my car in. However, when I had to bring it in for the third time in one month last week I decided to implement a hands-off (as much as possible) policy.

I know I'm paranoid, OCD, ridiculous, and about half a dozen other similar adjectives, but I just had to put an end to it. After trip #2 I discovered a small dent in my driver's side door sill finisher. Also, I decided I just can't let them use their machine on my precious, delicate Carbon Black. I go through great lengths to keep debris off the paint and out if my microfiber glove when washing the car to prevent microabrasions. I just imagine those floppy rags holding onto dirt from the filthy, soccer mom X5 that went through before it. Three times in a year would be one thing, but going through their wash three times in a month is going to ruin my nearly perfect paint pretty fast.

To relay the message, I printed a double-sided sign (approximately 5" x 7") that says something along the lines of "Please do not wash or clean this car, inside or out." I attached some string to allow it to hang over the rear-view mirror, and that seemed to work. I'll post a pic of my creation when I get home - I'm visiting Mickey in Orlando right now

My car looked disgusting after spending a week with them, but I suppose it's better than the alternative of permanent scratches. I figured I'd keep them out of the interior as well to help prevent further door sill damage, mistreatment of the Nappa, or any other destructive activity. I know they have to get in and out some, but I've seen the way some of the service guys enter and exit vehicles in the bay.

I don't like being "that guy," but damage is damage, no matter how small, and I know I'll be stuck with anything short of them running my car into a wall.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:19 PM
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No, no and hell no. IMO, it should be against the law for a dealership to wash a car. It took me 5+ applications of Zaino on my "showroom" Z06 to get all the swirls out. Fortunately, the F13 I bought had only been on the floor for a couple weeks.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:29 PM
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I'm no where near to being OCD on this topic, so any car wash is a good car wash as far as I'm concerned. I put my 6er through a touch car wash with only about a hundred miles on the odometer.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:02 AM
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My dealer's car wash is ok. Their detailer is horrendous. So, I let them wash the car when I take it in for service. I can't say the same thing for my Land Rover dealer. I never let them do any washing or wiping down to my Range Rover everytime I go in.
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My dealer does a good job, even on black and carbon black. They offer free washes at anytime and if I'm driving by and have 30 minutes I'll have them wash the cars.

20+ years at the same dealer and no (wash) issues.
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I'm no where near to being OCD on this topic, so any car wash is a good car wash as far as I'm concerned. I put my 6er through a touch car wash with only about a hundred miles on the odometer.
The German car washes are pretty damn good aren't they
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i'm no where near to being ocd on this topic, so any car wash is a good car wash as far as i'm concerned. I put my 6er through a touch car wash with only about a hundred miles on the odometer.
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The German car washes are pretty damn good aren't they
The wash was pretty good, but the procedure is a bit different. Pay for the wash, drive in, get out of the car and the wash, start the wash, and stand outside while waiting for the wash to finish.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:39 PM
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I let my dealer wash the first time in... Bad mistake, picked up my wifes 335 and RF wheel was scratched bad car was only a month old. They replaced the wheel.
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