PeterHarvey
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Location: Durham, UK

Making the car easier to clean

Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:31 am

This car sure gets dirty quickly. It is hard to avoid flat-backed cars getting dirty,yes, but as the sides of the car slope in at the bottom, car washes leave them dirty. This would benefit from a rethink.
i3 Rex- ordered April 2014, picked up 27 Oct 2014.
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elptex
Posts: 215
Joined: Tue May 06, 2014 1:44 am
Location: Henley On Thames UK

Re: Making the car easier to clean

Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:06 am

Or a hand wash...
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WoodlandHills
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Location: SoCal

Re: Making the car easier to clean

Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:55 am

My cars get washed when it rains......

What are the benefits to a washed car, do they run better? Not in my experience. Do they get better range/mileage? Again, not as far as I can tell. Does it improve resale value? Probably if you do it an hour or two before you sell it, perhaps. But I have a lease, so no resale to worry about. I guess a shiny car might impress the neighbors or even total strangers I drive past, but I should have to care about their opinion of me, and I dont.
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Tomasz
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Re: Making the car easier to clean

Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:52 pm

WoodlandHills wrote:My cars get washed when it rains......

What are the benefits to a washed car?
Cleaner clothes when I get in/out or around it in the garage.
i3 REx with 2.4 gal tank

mindmachine
Posts: 501
Joined: Sat Mar 15, 2014 2:08 pm
Location: Ohio, USA

Re: Making the car easier to clean

Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:58 pm

WoodlandHills wrote:My cars get washed when it rains......

What are the benefits to a washed car, do they run better? Not in my experience. Do they get better range/mileage? Again, not as far as I can tell. Does it improve resale value? Probably if you do it an hour or two before you sell it, perhaps. But I have a lease, so no resale to worry about. I guess a shiny car might impress the neighbors or even total strangers I drive past, but I should have to care about their opinion of me, and I dont.
Lazy, lazy, lazy..... sorry but lazy! I hate dirty cars with a passion.

nowtta60
Posts: 182
Joined: Sun Aug 03, 2014 10:15 am
Location: Staffordshire, UK

Re: Making the car easier to clean

Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:16 pm

WoodlandHills wrote:My cars get washed when it rains......

What are the benefits to a washed car, do they run better? Not in my experience. Do they get better range/mileage? Again, not as far as I can tell. Does it improve resale value? Probably if you do it an hour or two before you sell it, perhaps. But I have a lease, so no resale to worry about. I guess a shiny car might impress the neighbors or even total strangers I drive past, but I should have to care about their opinion of me, and I dont.
Dirty cars are slower. More drag. Don't believe me. Go ask a race team owner if they use anything to keep the cars clean. You might get an extra 75 yards range with a clean car ;)

I can't believe people who go out and buy expensive BMWs find it too difficult to go to the nearest hand wash staffed by cheap immigrant labour. That's not a slur... they do a really good job in 1/20 the time it takes you to do it & take more care than a machine. You might be helping someone who is supporting a family from a poorer part of the world where owning a new BMW is a fantasy.
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WoodlandHills
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Location: SoCal

Re: Making the car easier to clean

Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:05 am

Wow, that's some kind of liberal guilt there! So I should wash my car because I feel bad about the illegal immigrants down at the car wash......? Hmmmm, maybe not. :D
Clipper Creek HCS-40P 32a EVSE
2014 REx Arravani Grey Giga all options
2008 Infiniti EX35
2008 smart ForTwo Cabriolet
2000 F-250 Powerstroke
2006 Westfield eleven
1984 Laverda RGS-1000

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