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Prefer at Service Center 26 11.30%
Prefer outside car cleaning shops 204 88.70%
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Old 24th July 2021, 16:45   #31
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Somehow, Topsel Toyota-Kolkata does a great job in cleaning and shining the car. I took my Glanza two times for periodic service and both times they managed to shine the car to the ultimate level without adding any additional line item in the bill (I am not sure if they do this to everyone or it's me only).

I am also impressed by VW OSL Service stations in Kolkata. Though they charge (on the higher side) for cleaning but they have trained guys from 3M to do the cleaning & polishing.

There is an automated cleaning station called Clean and Shine near CIT road, Kolkata. Took my Glanza there as I used to visit them frequently for my white Polo (white cars are a pain to keep clean :( ). To my surprise, the moving brushes were harder than expected to the poor Glanza and it got swirl marks (bad paint may be?? )which later got removed by Topsel.
Interestingly, I have noticed they never send expensive cars under the automated washing machine and use foam wash by workers (not completely sure of this but happened 2-3 times in front of me when I used to take my white Polo).

Since the swirl incident, I myself wash my car. Mostly I prefer using waterless-wash unless the car is badly dirty.
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Old 24th July 2021, 23:48   #32
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The Aadya FIAT service center on the Hebbal outer ring road had an automatic car was similar to the one in the attached image (Taken from internet for reference)

This was their second workshop (One had to go a bit inside) post shifting from the one adjacent to the main road.

This has a movable boom with multiple closely spaced high pressure jets on the top and side.

It did an amazing job, very clean, Usually high pressure jets do not clean fine film dust.
I liked that. Was very fast too. No human intervention.
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Old 25th July 2021, 01:19   #33
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Been using 3M nearby my place in Pondi for all car washes (car's just 1 year old) and they do a thorough job of it. Always been happy with the results (however I had to remind them to clean the ABC pedals almost everytime - a minor thing though). Wash at the ASC only when due for service and never was satisfied with the results (water mark on the rear windscreen, less than satisfactory interior cleaning etc.) Have tried MRF Tyredome's automated wash twice now - they charged INR 434 for the Swift. It was better than the ASCs wash but wasn't as good as 3M I would say.
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I would prefer personally private cleaning stations. I do some extra bits along whenever I get the car washed-

- Carry your own cleaning products and cloths. Duplicate products and dirty cloths can damage the paint more irrespective of the station of choice.

- Always prefer booking a slot when there is no or less vehicle.

- Prefer the cleaning person who washes cars more. (A regular bike cleaning person has no idea where to avoid the pressure water)

- If possible develop a relationship with the cleaning person along with some tips. (They are hugely underpaid)

- I prefer only external cleaning at such stations. Interior ones should be taken care by ourselves ��

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Old 25th July 2021, 08:45   #35
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I vote for car cleaning at a neighborhood washing shop.
In Bangalore, washing the cars with water is banned in authorised service centres. This was due the detergent getting into the drain, and into the lakes, forming foams, leading to fire(!) in some places.
However, the neighborhood washing shops the water washing still happens. Some of the malls also, offer this service, and by the time the shopping is over, the car is ready. They do a decent job.
I get the dry-wash at the service center, since it is as part the service. But get the full body water wash and and interior vacuum cleaning once in 6 months(450rs). And, whenever I had to wade through dirty water ( this happens a lot in Bangalore), I will go for a underbody water wash within next few days (he charges 100rs).
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I prefer Independent shops

But some service outlets like this one of Tata did a good job of washing the car. The catch is they charge 1000 rupees for a wash. I did it because the car was due to periodic service.





Other times and other cars, I have a MyTVS outlet that does a very good job except the fact that the guys washing it automatically tend to pressure wash into the engine bay, which I have to be present to instruct them not to do.



Honestly, I prefer to wash them myself over either of the poll options.

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Old 25th July 2021, 16:38   #37
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Voted Prefer outside car cleaning shops.

I never 'paid' for a cleaning job at the service center. Took it when they offered it for free a couple of times. Other than it's just 1 wash at the nearest cleaning shop.

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Since we are discussing this topic, I have a question for everyone. I have seen both ASS as well as local car cleaning services cleaning the engine bay with the pressurised water and later spraying some liquid over the engine and adjoining areas as well.
Is it recommended to clean the engine bay this way. How do you get it done?
Absolutely not. Engine detailing this way leaves you open to various risks of shorting some electronic part.

You can pressure spray IF you cover the alternators, filters, air intake. Disconnect the batteries. Cover the ignition wires and the ECU also. If you have some tuning box, that also.

Or you can use a gentle spray (like the normal hose pipe level pressure), use a detailing brush, clean it, dry it and you are good to go.

If your car engine bay is particularly nasty, then use an engine degreaser, wait for it to settle down and then hose it down before drying it.

Mind you, 9/10 times nothing will happen, but then that 1/10 time might be a painful, expensive affair.

@ Jazrox, DO NOT EVER use those automated washes with the giant brushes.

They do a number on your paint.

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Specialists can always do a better job than the service centre car washing folks. If I'm around, i'll get the car washed at the A.S.S itself to save time and another visit. Else it's always at a car detailing specialist, mostly 3M who are just next door to my home. I've rarely seen a quality washing and cleaning effort at an A.S.S. They always are in a race against time.
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Voted for ASC.
I go there only during Service and they wash and clean it. Never went to ASC for a paid washing/cleaning. The work has been satisfactory so far. I am not too fussy as the car is anyways going to get dirty by the time you reach home (doesn't matter if you are coming from ASC or FNG)

Rest of the times, the daily car cleaning guy does an Ok job and uses water if required.

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Hence I avoid service center, and straightaway head to 3M.
Which 3M outlet do you go to? Their site does not list any in Gurgaon.
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Which 3M outlet do you go to? Their site does not list any in Gurgaon.
There was one on the Golf Course Road (Opposite DLF Phase-1). Next to Jalsa restaurant.
I have been a regular customer for them for almost 7 years.

The owners sold the setup and new owner does not have a tie up with 3M anymore. However, he still has the same staff and equipment and mostly use the same products. So overall the experience is similar.

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Voted for ASC although I also avail services of independent shops from time to time.

My ASC typically does a thorough job in terms of washing and cleaning and it is complimentary whenever the car is with them for any reason (including fitting of accessories). However, if deep cleaning and vacuuming is required, that is chargeable, and although I did avail of this service once, I was not too impressed with the results and now stick to just the free washing and cleaning.

I use one independent shop every once in a while especially if my car has traversed bad roads or muddy terrain and the reason for this is primarily the lift that they have. Hence while this ensures that the underbody is also cleaned, it also allows me to examine the underside of the car for any kind of damage. The shop charges 350 bucks for washing and cleaning, which is ok with me since I typically don't go there more than two times in a month, at the most.

At all other times, I do the cleaning and washing myself.

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Local car washing center but only if the car's underbody is really soiled. I prefer to wash my car myself. The satisfaction and peace of mind, apart from burning few calories. I prefer using Meguire's products. Once a month I do polishing all by myself.

I used to get the car washed while at ASS, but I once had a very bad experience, post which I never allow them to wash the car. My Tucson is almost 3 years old now, but I have managed to keep the paint just like new. minimum swirl marks and paint fade.

Also point to note here is that few of the local car wash guys use diesel fuel to wash the underbody and remove road tar from door panels. It is very harmful to the paint and the rubber bushings. Paint fading is accelerated and rubber gets hardened.

Keep them all glossy and wet look. !!!

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Independent shop is the best in India.

The problem with using a brush based automatic cleaner is that it could carry debris and dirt from the previous car that was washed and we don't know what condition that car was in. The brushes are rinsed and spun after each cycle to get all the muck out but they seldom fling it all out. Some of it always stick to the brushes.

For folks who have the time, a self service high pressure DIY wash is the best and safest. Charge by the minute. This way you won't waste water and time.

I use a system like this. You are charged by the minute. In this case ~Rs. 50/min. In India, you may want it around half that figure, or less, to make business/financial sense. Takes me about 10 to 12 minutes to wash my car. There is a industrial grade vacuum cleaner too, a place to hang and wash your rubber mats. Its a well thought out system. I do a Rinse, Soap and Rinse again. Once I soak the car, I can use my own towel or brush to clean the surface and wheels. Slot in a gold coin only when I want the system to operate again. Its basically a count down timer based system. I spend about a minute or two spraying the car, another 2 to 3 minutes to soap and another 3 minutes to rinse again. The time I spend wiping down the car isn't charged as I do that at my own pace. I move my car out of the washing bay for drying. There is a high pressure air gun too for drying! Obviously, I am not wasting my time standing around and looking too hard if I have missed something, just so I do not delay others in the queue.

This is from a while back. My old Subaru getting a wash.
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Voted for outside.

Although, most of the time I wash my car on my own with a microfiber cloth and mop up the car in a uniform fashion so that minimum swirl marks appear.

When I take my car for periodic maintenance I strictly ask the SA to not wash the car. The guys at washing bay are always in a hurry to wrap up the work. They use the same cloth on tyres and same on body. Most of the damage is done at mopping bay. They just mop the car with dirty cloth, swerving the cloth in all directions. Which cause swirl marks.

I prefer taking my car for the wash at selected car washes. Lot more professional and work oriented than ASS.
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