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Here is an article I found on carwashes, it talks about pay washes. I prefer the self-serve wash areas inbetween hand washing at home myself http://********************/smile/emthup.gif

Regular professional washing and waxing will help maintain your car's appearance as well as retain the value of your vehicle, according to the International Car Wash Association (ICA).
"Most car owners understand the value of changing motor oil regularly to protect the engine," explains Mark Thorsby, Executive Director of ICA, "but if they forget and instead choose to replace the engine, the car could still be good as new. However, a car with oxidized paint and a rusted-out body can never be economically restored. The best prevention is regular washing and waxing at a professional car wash."

With more than 22,000 professional car washes around the world offering a wide range of service to protect a car's finish from deterioration and the body from rust, there is no excuse not to keep your vehicle in great shape.

Professional car washes offer a range of services, from basic to extensive, to suit all your car-care needs.
For starters, try an exterior-only tunnel wash to automatically provide applied protective waxes and undercarriage treatment. Also consider detailing or custom polishing while at the wash for more extensive protection.
By applying a premium polish and buffing it, you can restore the shine of your car. On the detail side, you can have everything done from vacuuming under the rugs in the trunk to swabbing air conditioner vents, to get the car looking like new.

SELF-SERVICE EQUALS FAST RESULTS

If you are running short on time, but need your car professionally cleaned, try a self-service car wash. Self-serves offer a variety of effective, self cleaning services from which to choose. For best results, be sure to follow the instructions posted in the self-service bay.
First, you will start with a pre-soak to loosen road grime. The second step is the high pressure soap wash. For gentle scrubbing, use the faoming brush next, followed by the fresh water rinse.
Remember to take advantage of the special application of special tire and wheel cleaners. For maximum protection and shine, the wax application is a must. Finally many self-serve washes offer a spot-free rinse.
All the solutions are specially formulated to protect and shine your car and to clean tough road dirt.

PROTECT YOUR CAR FROM WINTER'S HAZARDS

Remember that the most damaging thing you can do to your car in the winter is nothing. Do not worry about your car freezing. Washing the salt, slush and mud off your car is essential.
Be sure to wash your vehicle frequently at a professional car wash.
Don't be afraid to wash it every few days if the temperature rises than falls below freezing level and you've been driving on salted roads.
Washing should also include an undercarriage rinse (an option available at most car washes) so salt can be removed from hard-to-reach areas, like bumpers and in the wheel wells, which are likely to rust.
Winter is on its way and now is the time to get your car in gear for the harsh wether ahead. By taking preventative measures now and having your car professionally washed regularly, you will save time and money in the months to come. To locate a professional car wash near you, visit http://www.carwashes.com .

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Re: Maintain and retain your car's value, appearance with regular washes. (Spearzy)

or in short "Get into my damn Professional car wash garage where the pros are 18 year olds that just got kicked out from school!"

Yeah right, replacing an engine and your car is like new, well for a cheaper price you can get a new paint job!

Nevermind those "professionals", get some good wax and handwash your car twice a year. Do the complete 1. Clay bar 2. Polish 3. Wax twice a year and you'll have the shinest car in your neighbourhood!

and instead of wax, you can try zaino also. http://www.zainobros.com it protects better than any wax and shines better too! It is amazing seeing how the water beeds off the hood. I can drive home from heavy rain and my car is 1/2 dry, unlike my dad's car.



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Re: Maintain and retain your car's value, appearance with regular washes. (xtremepsionic)

Hahaha! Well, the artical was written by someone who obviously makes a living from these "pro washes"! http://********************/smile/emwink.gif

Hey the 850 is looking mighty clean there Lucas! Very nice. I also prefer hand washing, almost always do that in the warm weather time, but I do personally rely on coin washes in the winter. I always spray under the car and often still wipe the car before it ices over.

My roomate payed $200 for a detailing and the car came back amazingly clean. For the 5 hours of cleaning that the $200 bucks did, for myself it would have likely taken me 3 straight days of cleaning. I was pretty impressed. It's at least worth it if your cars a mess... but looks like yours in not!
 
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