Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Transportation/driving  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10.12.2007, 19:26
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ticino & London
Posts: 1,969
Groaned at 165 Times in 89 Posts
Thanked 1,132 Times in 622 Posts
Cashboy has a reputation beyond reputeCashboy has a reputation beyond reputeCashboy has a reputation beyond reputeCashboy has a reputation beyond repute
Car Cleaning

I have noticed that most cars in Switzerland are very clean.

Where do they go to get their cars cleaned? Automated Car Wash? Valets?

I washed my car the other day and it took an hour, by the time I got the buckets, hose, not to mention the cost of the cleaning fluids out.

I ask this because in the UK, you get your car totally washed by hand for £6 in roughly 15 minutes. This has been happening for the last three years and is generally carried out by Eastern Europeans and has caught on so fast.

I was wondering of the feasability of setting up hand car washes doing this in Switzerland but gather the legislation (water wastage, chemicals etc.) would be a major issue.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10.12.2007, 19:55
Bookworm's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: near Muri AG
Posts: 181
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 139 Times in 79 Posts
Bookworm has earned some respectBookworm has earned some respect
Re: Car Cleaning

Some buildings have a hose attachment in their underground garage, some outside. If you don't live in a place that has something you can look around for a car wash. I live in AG, formerly in ZH, and in both places there were car washes: either you drive into the stall and wash it yourself using the brushes provided, or there are also automatic ones. You just need to find them in your area.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10.12.2007, 20:14
dannyt986's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Wollerau, Schwyz
Posts: 1,831
Groaned at 26 Times in 19 Posts
Thanked 724 Times in 485 Posts
dannyt986 has a reputation beyond reputedannyt986 has a reputation beyond reputedannyt986 has a reputation beyond reputedannyt986 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Car Cleaning

Quote:
View Post
I was wondering of the feasability of setting up hand car washes doing this in Switzerland but gather the legislation (water wastage, chemicals etc.) would be a major issue.
It exists, but with the usual labour costs attached. For a mere 1500chf a year a local firm near here will pick up your car once a month and return it in pristine condition.

In fairness I believe they do a fantastic job. You need to be a bit careful of those cheap handwashes as the risk of scratches from too fast/dirty cloths is quite high.

Perso I prefer DIY.

Daniel
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11.12.2007, 10:26
Zug bound's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Meisenberg Zug
Posts: 863
Groaned at 19 Times in 11 Posts
Thanked 284 Times in 182 Posts
Zug bound is considered knowledgeableZug bound is considered knowledgeableZug bound is considered knowledgeable
Re: Car Cleaning

Would you like to come and clean our car Daniel. it is one of the most thankless tasks on this planet. An hour after being shiny and sparkley outside and fragrant inside, it looks like the morning after the Somme on the outside and inside as if a poltergeist has taken up residence.
Mainly because I end up driving through a lot of muddy puddles and we have a messy daughter. My fagging doesnt' help either I suppose
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11.12.2007, 10:49
dannyt986's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Wollerau, Schwyz
Posts: 1,831
Groaned at 26 Times in 19 Posts
Thanked 724 Times in 485 Posts
dannyt986 has a reputation beyond reputedannyt986 has a reputation beyond reputedannyt986 has a reputation beyond reputedannyt986 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Car Cleaning

Sound like you have a 4*4... dont do those by hand, to big and too many protrusions. Thats jet wash city. I prefer massaging warm wax into my curvy sleek thorough-bred...
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11.12.2007, 11:12
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Bubikon, ZH
Posts: 15
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Fuchs has no particular reputation at present
Re: Car Cleaning

I find cleaning my car one of the most satisfying things - you get the chance to be alone (bit of peace and quiet), outside (bit of fresh air), doing some exercise and when its all clean and sparkly, the sense of achievement is a good thing.

However, the Swiss do seem to look at me as if i have two heads when im cleaning my car by hand, especially when i break out the waxes and various "lotions and potions".

Word of warning though - if you care about your car and dont want to damage the paintwork, then dont take it to an automatic machine as the brushes etc can inflict serious damage to your cars paint.

Yes - i am a car cleaning geek, but it cost me a lot of money to buy, i enjoy it looking its best and everything else in Ch seems to be spotless, so why not my car?

Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11.12.2007, 11:35
AbFab's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Zürich
Posts: 7,747
Groaned at 326 Times in 220 Posts
Thanked 10,714 Times in 3,729 Posts
AbFab has a reputation beyond reputeAbFab has a reputation beyond reputeAbFab has a reputation beyond reputeAbFab has a reputation beyond reputeAbFab has a reputation beyond reputeAbFab has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Car Cleaning

Quote:
View Post
I have noticed that most cars in Switzerland are very clean.

Where do they go to get their cars cleaned? Automated Car Wash? Valets?

I washed my car the other day and it took an hour, by the time I got the buckets, hose, not to mention the cost of the cleaning fluids out.

I ask this because in the UK, you get your car totally washed by hand for £6 in roughly 15 minutes. This has been happening for the last three years and is generally carried out by Eastern Europeans and has caught on so fast.

I was wondering of the feasability of setting up hand car washes doing this in Switzerland but gather the legislation (water wastage, chemicals etc.) would be a major issue.
£6 is the best part of CHF14. My local drive through car wash with rollers and dryer is CHF10.50. If you go to high-pressure jet car wash CHF14 will clean about 5 cars.

The problem here with your idea is that you would have to pay more than the UK and as you see existing car washes are quite cheap...
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11.12.2007, 11:47
JVC
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Car Cleaning

Quote:
View Post
£6 is the best part of CHF14. My local drive through car wash with rollers and dryer is CHF10.50. If you go to high-pressure jet car wash CHF14 will clean about 5 cars.
I stopped using the automatic washes when one dumped a load of wax on the windscreen and it was not only hard to see through when dark and raining, but it was a swine to get off. A high pressure hot jet wash not only did the trick, but cost less than CHF 5.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11.12.2007, 13:30
Zug bound's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Meisenberg Zug
Posts: 863
Groaned at 19 Times in 11 Posts
Thanked 284 Times in 182 Posts
Zug bound is considered knowledgeableZug bound is considered knowledgeableZug bound is considered knowledgeable
Re: Car Cleaning

I was spurred on to do ours earlier. I just went to our underground car park, turned on the hose (which is jet wash pressure), filled the bucket with water and some liquid detergent, turned on the iPod and got down and dirty. It was strangely satisfying seeing the mud come off. it isn't a 4x4, more an MPV and just driving through puddles gets sprays of mud up the side. It is fragrent too, I put a new airfreshener in it.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 13.10.2008, 11:13
smilesllb's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 64
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 15 Times in 10 Posts
smilesllb has made some interesting contributions
Re: Car Cleaning

I know this may seem like a silly question to some, but where would one purchase items (soap, wax, nozzle) for self-car washing?
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 13.10.2008, 11:18
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Car Cleaning

Quote:
View Post
I know this may seem like a silly question to some, but where would one purchase items (soap, wax, nozzle) for self-car washing?
Bigger Migros and Coop have car washing stuff. Coop Bau & Hobby would have it, for example. We've also found car washing stuff in Jumbo.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 12.11.2011, 16:51
Village Idiot's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Basel
Posts: 3,618
Groaned at 33 Times in 30 Posts
Thanked 6,804 Times in 2,190 Posts
Village Idiot has a reputation beyond reputeVillage Idiot has a reputation beyond reputeVillage Idiot has a reputation beyond reputeVillage Idiot has a reputation beyond reputeVillage Idiot has a reputation beyond reputeVillage Idiot has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Car Cleaning

Quote:
View Post
£6 is the best part of CHF14. My local drive through car wash with rollers and dryer is CHF10.50. If you go to high-pressure jet car wash CHF14 will clean about 5 cars...
I haven't found a good place to have my car valetted, so it's on to plan B -- time to polish the car myself (and time reinforce the neighbours' belief that I've lost my marbles).

Made me smile to read this old thread... £6 is the best part of CHF14. Heh, those were the days...
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 12.11.2011, 16:54
KeinFranzösisch's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 2,212
Groaned at 63 Times in 38 Posts
Thanked 2,549 Times in 1,115 Posts
KeinFranzösisch has a reputation beyond reputeKeinFranzösisch has a reputation beyond reputeKeinFranzösisch has a reputation beyond reputeKeinFranzösisch has a reputation beyond reputeKeinFranzösisch has a reputation beyond reputeKeinFranzösisch has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Car Cleaning

Quote:
View Post
I haven't found a good place to have my car valetted, so it's on to plan B -- time to polish the car myself (and time reinforce the neighbours' belief that I've lost my marbles).

Made me smile to read this old thread... £6 is the best part of CHF14. Heh, those were the days...
I've only seen one car wash in all of Basel and it's worthless; not even a full-service kind. I really want a full service place that will clean it up nicely. I'm about to the point of taking it to the dealer and asking them to clean and detail it. Surely there's an easier answer though.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12.11.2011, 17:11
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: north
Posts: 6,139
Groaned at 219 Times in 139 Posts
Thanked 5,100 Times in 2,636 Posts
rob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Car Cleaning

in weil am rhein or haltingen to be more exac there about 6 "detail" shops next to each other they are all on the same road as aldi lidl.

i is at the side of the toyota dealer and another is a big drive thru wash place but has a seperate detailing room.

no idea on costs.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 13.11.2011, 07:51
Longbyt's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: ZH
Posts: 8,130
Groaned at 57 Times in 53 Posts
Thanked 12,980 Times in 4,732 Posts
Longbyt has a reputation beyond reputeLongbyt has a reputation beyond reputeLongbyt has a reputation beyond reputeLongbyt has a reputation beyond reputeLongbyt has a reputation beyond reputeLongbyt has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Car Cleaning

Well whatever you do, don't do what an acquaintance of mine once did.
After a very cold, grey week, the sun came out again and she decided to wash the family car on their ground in front of the house. What she hadn't thought of (coming from a wonderfully warm country (Northern England)) was that although the air was warm, the surface of the road wasn't. The water which ran across the road froze instantly and she spent the rest of the day in front of her hourse warning motorists!

PS: It was probably forbidden to wash the car without a special 'drain' for the possibly oily water anyway, but we'll let that pass.
__________________
Longbyt
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 13.11.2011, 09:24
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: north
Posts: 6,139
Groaned at 219 Times in 139 Posts
Thanked 5,100 Times in 2,636 Posts
rob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond reputerob1 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Car Cleaning

Quote:
View Post
I ask this because in the UK, you get your car totally washed by hand for £6 in roughly 15 minutes. .
And you will find your paintwork is trashed because the same old dirty rag or sponge thats holding the grit from the last hundred cars is being used without getting washed through.


i avoid the drive thru "swirl o matic " for the same reason.

jet wash at worst or normally i wash it by hand with a sheepskin mit
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 14.11.2011, 12:27
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ticino & London
Posts: 1,969
Groaned at 165 Times in 89 Posts
Thanked 1,132 Times in 622 Posts
Cashboy has a reputation beyond reputeCashboy has a reputation beyond reputeCashboy has a reputation beyond reputeCashboy has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Car Cleaning

"And you will find your paintwork is trashed because the same old dirty rag or sponge thats holding the grit from the last hundred cars is being used without getting washed through."

I agree.
What actually amazes me in the UK is that the waste water and chemicals just run into normal street drains and the government or authorities have never questioned this.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 14.11.2011, 12:41
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Near Geneva
Posts: 3,047
Groaned at 32 Times in 26 Posts
Thanked 3,843 Times in 1,723 Posts
Anjela has a reputation beyond reputeAnjela has a reputation beyond reputeAnjela has a reputation beyond reputeAnjela has a reputation beyond reputeAnjela has a reputation beyond reputeAnjela has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Car Cleaning

Quote:
View Post
.... It was probably forbidden to wash the car without a special 'drain' for the possibly oily water anyway, but we'll let that pass.
It's probably worth warning people about all the same.... Hubby decided to wash our car just after we'd arrived in Geneva (in a quiet cul-de-sac, so he thought he wouldn't be annoying anyone), the local cops 'just happened to be passing' and gave him a stern talking to, warning him that it would be a hefty fine the next time he was caught. The nearby drains apparently went straight into the river Arve, not to a treatment plant as he'd expected.
We've had the dirtiest cars in town ever since!
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Car insurance for a UK car, not intending to import nicnac Transportation/driving 21 11.02.2009 13:28
[Used Car] Online & offline - Q&A Guest Transportation/driving 83 24.05.2008 13:14
are you looking for a cleaning lady? flow23 Housing in general 0 13.05.2007 16:45


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 07:43.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0