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How do you wash your car?

Tonight I went to the Softcarwash in Oerlikon to wash my car for the first time. There are three self-wash bays and the automatic wash with brushes. I did not want to use the brush wash to avoid swirls and scratches. When I arrived, one of the bays was out of order, and the other two were empty, and all the cars that were arriving opted for the automatic wash (probably because it was -5 outside).

I brought my bucket of goodies with me, put a coin in the machine, and rinsed the car with the soapy water. Then I filled up my bucket. When the time ran out, I hand washed the car using my bucket. When I was done, I put another coin in, and rinsed the car off, and did my best to dry it off before the water started freezing. This is a technique that I used for many years in the US prior to having my own house.

Shortly after I started the car wash, a delivery van took the bay next to me, and the guy started washing his van. Then an old man pulled up in an old Skoda, and waited. Except he didn't wait in his car, he was hovering outside my bay as I hand-washed my car. He never said anything to me, but I could tell by his behavior that he was not too pleased about how I was using the car wash. He acted like I was stealing all the coins from the machine. Eventually, the delivery van finished, and he pulled into that bay. I left shortly thereafter.

Did I do something wrong? Is this not allowed here? Or do people really have nothing better to do than to make sure that others aren't breaking the rules?
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Old 20.01.2017, 19:07
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Re: How do you wash your car?

It's not allowed.

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Old 20.01.2017, 19:37
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Re: How do you wash your car?

My car gets washed when it gets its yearly service.
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It's not allowed.

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No no.

I like to mix with the common men, and women at the self washing areas...

From time to time.

When I am in the mood...
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Re: How do you wash your car?

Yeah it's better if you try and do it a not-very-busy time of the day.

Weekends is a no go unless it's raining.

I go to the same car wash, and try to do it at 9 at night sometimes that I know it's empty when I want to do a hand-wash.
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Re: How do you wash your car?

Hand held Jet wash - only way.
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Yeah it's better if you try and do it a not-very-busy time of the day.

Weekends is a no go unless it's raining.

I go to the same car wash, and try to do it at 9 at night sometimes that I know it's empty when I want to do a hand-wash.
Yes it is very private at that time...

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Hand held Jet wash - only way.
If I don't do the auto then its no brush time with the self wash.

Range Rovers dont like brushes....
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Old 20.01.2017, 20:50
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Re: How do you wash your car?

Life is too short to wash cars, automatic car wash every time.
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Tonight I went to the Softcarwash in Oerlikon to wash my car for the first time. There are three self-wash bays and the automatic wash with brushes. I did not want to use the brush wash to avoid swirls and scratches. When I arrived, one of the bays was out of order, and the other two were empty, and all the cars that were arriving opted for the automatic wash (probably because it was -5 outside).

I brought my bucket of goodies with me, put a coin in the machine, and rinsed the car with the soapy water. Then I filled up my bucket. When the time ran out, I hand washed the car using my bucket. When I was done, I put another coin in, and rinsed the car off, and did my best to dry it off before the water started freezing. This is a technique that I used for many years in the US prior to having my own house.

Shortly after I started the car wash, a delivery van took the bay next to me, and the guy started washing his van. Then an old man pulled up in an old Skoda, and waited. Except he didn't wait in his car, he was hovering outside my bay as I hand-washed my car. He never said anything to me, but I could tell by his behavior that he was not too pleased about how I was using the car wash. He acted like I was stealing all the coins from the machine. Eventually, the delivery van finished, and he pulled into that bay. I left shortly thereafter.

Did I do something wrong? Is this not allowed here? Or do people really have nothing better to do than to make sure that others aren't breaking the rules?
Yep. Occupying a bay when not actually paying for anything. Want to hand wash your car? OK, but don't do it in the bay and block it for others...
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Old 20.01.2017, 21:59
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Weekends is a no go unless it's raining.
Shirley, if it's raining, there's no need to wash the car...
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Old 20.01.2017, 22:00
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It's not allowed.

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What is not allowed?? That's what these bays are for, no?

I'm interested because I decided the other day, I'll use those from now on as I'm not interested to pay 17.00 - which is the minimum price around here - just for the car to look the same two days later.
Even though, I thought about just hosing it down, skipping the soaping up thing

And while I'm at it: I got a garage-space but the door is only made of grid = it's just as cold as outside. If I hose the car down, then put it into the garage, is that okay in winter? Just like it's been raining outside, no?
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Old 20.01.2017, 23:59
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What is not allowed??
Using your own stuff.

The local places that I know have signs to that effect.

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Using your own stuff.

The local places that I know have signs to that effect.

Tom
Our local car wash also has big signs up, too. Probably they're not too fussed if it's a quiet time of the day but, if like in the OP's case, it was busy with one booth out of order, I'm surprised the fidgety guy waiting didn't say anything. I would definitely have had a whinge.
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Re: How do you wash your car?

I do what the OP does, but off peak, and the venue has 7 bays so no-one has to wait for my one.
Signs up with buckets, cloths crossed out.
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Old 21.01.2017, 10:47
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I'm interested because I decided the other day, I'll use those from now on as I'm not interested to pay 17.00 - which is the minimum price around here - just for the car to look the same two days later.
Even though, I thought about just hosing it down, skipping the soaping up thing
There are a couple of automatic car washes around greater Zurich that are cheaper. They are mainly off the beaten track in some industrial park and don't look so shiney and new. It's great at only 8chf for the basic wash, which is totally fine and the one all the limo drivers use for their S Classes...
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Re: How do you wash your car?

These car-wash places have to treat the water before it's fed into the waste water pipes. You'll see that round the self-service jets there are drains to collect the water. They don't like you bringing your own stuff because they don't know what's in it (and they have to pay for the treatment).
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Using your own stuff.
The local places that I know have signs to that effect.
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Ah okay, well I wouldn't anyway. As I said I was just thinking of hosing the dirt off. I was more interested in the second part of my question about putting the wet car into the garage, thought I heard something about it once but I suppose it's a myth or not a problem anymore with the newer cars ...

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There are a couple of automatic car washes around greater Zurich that are cheaper. They are mainly off the beaten track in some industrial park and don't look so shiney and new. It's great at only 8chf for the basic wash, which is totally fine and the one all the limo drivers use for their S Classes...
Aha, what's this, a teaser-post? Or a bet: "How long will it take her to find one of those"?
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I was more interested in the second part of my question about putting the wet car into the garage, thought I heard something about it once but I suppose it's a myth or not a problem anymore with the newer cars ...
water can freeze on a new car too
i don't wash my car in minus termperatures for that reason.
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Re: How do you wash your car?

I washed mine today, exactly as you do, but go at 06.00 when no one is around to complain.
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