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Old 08-17-2010, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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For everyone who has not seen it, it should now be obvious why it is pointless to wash my car. It is not going to look any better. It gets washed naturally when it rains. I hope this clears it up.
Heck, around here that's $1,900 at the buy-here-pay-here lot, sold as-is of course. But I do get your point....
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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When pine pollen is visable and when road salt is, and any other time, but not much. My bikes stay a lot cleaner. The other day I needed my car, first time in 4 months and there was a real big cob web across the windshield.

When it isn't a motorcycle aka bike, I drive a truck.
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Given where I live and how I use my truck--when it rains.

My wife's car, when I have the pressure washer out.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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I use a redneck car/truck wash, I park my truck out in the driveway whenever it rains...

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Old 08-18-2010, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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Washing & waxing the car myself is a waste of time. I do the prep & polish instead. That is-- hand-scrub the front with RainX bug remover, and use wheel cleaner and hand-wipe the wheels. After that, I take it to the Exxon with the automatic robot machine and the "works wash" $8 job works great. Has undercarriage wash, tri-soap w/ the blue rotating sponges, rinse & wax, then a hurricane-force air dry. I'll drive 55 for about a mile, come back home and spray Black Magic about 10x into a wet terry cloth, wring it out, and run it all over the entire car. Done. Maybe a dry terry cloth to buff it out one more time. (When those newer terry cloths get dirty, they become dedicated to the bugs & wheels, then eventually oil changes.)

With nearly 8 years and 190k miles, never had a problem except for one lost antenna, paint still looks shiny. I do this about once every 2-3 weeks, depending on the weather.
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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If you ever plan on selling it or trading it in, then you should wash it more often. Anything would be an improvement, so I won't dictate a number that might leave you feeling depressed if you didn't meet it:-)

Never washing or waxing could cause your paint to fade, diminishing its market appeal at the least, if there is a clean & shiny version of yours nearby. Buy a car soap with carnuba wax in it if you don't feel like waxing, to at least get some protection on it from the elements and it will look like you waxed it (a little).

If you don't feel like doing it, then pay someone like a junior or senior high school student who would love to have $20 for a Saturday night, and they are usually "into" cars, because they are hoping to get one soon.
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Old 08-19-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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I think there's a 40% chance of my truck getting washed tonight. It goes up to 80% tomorrow.
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Old 08-22-2010, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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For the 1st time this yr i washed my car. I have water spots on the glass & bumpers but at least the car looks washed. It took me about 30 mins to wash, dry & scrub the whitewall tires. Ill try to wash the "beast" at least once a month but dont hold your breath.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:58 PM
 
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I ususally wash mine about every two weeks but i alos garage keep mine which i thnik is important.
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Old 08-22-2010, 06:02 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I wash my car when it gets dirty. I won't wash it if it it is clean.
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