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Old 08-15-2010, 11:31 AM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Cars are like women...take good care of them and they will last a long time.
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Does the fact that you haven't done so render his savings, due to proper maintenance, unimportant?
I seriously challenge that doing nothing but merely washing one's car regularly would increase a person's net worth by $75,000 in 25 years. "His savings" are, to my mind, suspect.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I seriously challenge that doing nothing but merely washing one's car regularly would increase a person's net worth by $75,000 in 25 years. "His savings" are, to my mind, suspect.
Well that depends on his location and his cars, but washing and polishing can negate the need for a respray, which can cost anywhere from what.. $2000 or something to well over $15k.

If he's owned a lot of high end cars it's not an impossible figure, and whether it's bloated or not, washing your car is never stupid, nor vain. (well washing it daily is, but once a week or less isn't)
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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I have cars in two states. The northern one doesn't get washed as often because it lives outside most of the time. The southern one is always immaculate. Because it lives indoors, I drive infrequently and travel out of town often, and it never rains here, the car may not need to be washed for two months. It's usually brake dust that drives me to the car wash, not dirt on the car.

Both cars have immaculate interiors and the windows are always clean also. I can't stand dirt in the interior of my cars, dust on the dashboard, smears on the windows, dirty floor mats, etc. Some people don't have a problem with it. I make sure the interior is always spotless, and doesn't have any papers or other clutter.

So, I guess to answer the question, I like driving a clean car, but don't have a regular wash schedule.
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:33 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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I wash it whenever it gets dirty ...

I caveat that with the weather. If the 5 day forecast says that any day will rain, I don't wash it, because it will only get grime on it later. I hate spending $5 at the car wash and then having it rain and get it all spotty or grimy.

This means that in the winter, in the PNW, I wash my car exactly 0 times between about late October thru mid-May. Maybe I wash it once to get the layers of grime and road dirt that accumulates off and I don't have to spend a whole day cleaning it when it goes become summer.
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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I rent an apartment.



I haven't even spent $75K on all the cars I've owned in the past 25 years. Just running the numbers quickly in my head, I think all the cars I've bought in 25 years would come to about $16K, and we were a 2-car family most of that time. I might have paid another $16K in repairs that would not have been necessary on new-bought cars. They all got me everywhere I needed to go, every time.
Your such a hater jtur. The average turn over for all cars/light trucks is about 7-8 years. I figured the cost of new cars purchased every 7-8 years for the family, factored in routine maintenance costs which I calculate every year for taxes and resale of previous vehicles. I have saved about $75,000 in the last 25 years by extending the average time I have owned my vehicles from 7-8 years to 10+ currently.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Your such a hater jtur. The average turn over for all cars/light trucks is about 7-8 years. I figured the cost of new cars purchased every 7-8 years for the family, factored in routine maintenance costs which I calculate every year for taxes and resale of previous vehicles. I have saved about $75,000 in the last 25 years by extending the average time I have owned my vehicles from 7-8 years to 10+ currently.

I guess that would work if not washing a car reduces its useful life by 3 years, and in 25 years you needed only 2.5 cars instead of 3, and they cost $150,000 each. Or, if you're a 2-car family, $75,000 each. If I owned $150K worth of cars, I'd probably employ somebody to wash them, too.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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My car is 25 yrs old with the orig paint. I primed the hood & trunk & the top is shot. The paint is old & faded so thats mainly why i havent washed it in over 7 months. I may wash the beast this week.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:51 AM
 
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I can honestly say I have owned my current car for over 3 years and I have never washed it. However, I do clean the windows as needed.
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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I can honestly say I have owned my current car for over 3 years and I have never washed it. However, I do clean the windows as needed.
Why don't you wash it? Don't you have any pride in yourself?
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