My car dealership no longer washes-cleans cars?

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    Jan 20, 2016 12:04 AM GMT


    When you purchase a brand new car, the excitement builds as you anticipate pick up and drive off only to find your new car has been sitting out on the dealership lot, splattered with water spots and dirt from 3 days rain

    You leave the dealership in a dirty, brand new or used car.

    Why? Because of the CA drought and high state fines for "water wasters", dealerships no longer wash and clean your car before you pick it up, either new or after warranty work

    My local dealership has informed me they canceled their car cleaning service contract. My car will be dirty when I pick it up from service icon_mad.gificon_eek.gificon_redface.gif

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    Jan 20, 2016 12:39 AM GMT
    Really need to clay a new car anyway. I prefer to do it myself.
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    Jan 20, 2016 2:11 AM GMT
    ELNathB said

    When you purchase a brand new car, the excitement builds as you anticipate pick up and drive off only to find your new car has been sitting out on the dealership lot, splattered with water spots and dirt from 3 days rain

    You leave the dealership in a dirty, brand new or used car.

    Why? Because of the CA drought and high state fines for "water wasters", dealerships no longer wash and clean your car before you pick it up, either new or after warranty work

    My local dealership has informed me they canceled their car cleaning service contract. My car will be dirty when I pick it up from service icon_mad.gificon_eek.gificon_redface.gif


    Honestly, I prefer that they don't wash my car after I bring it in for service. My car is pretty spotless most of the time. I mean, have you seen the dudes at the dealership was cars? They use dirty ass water and busted old rags. Your car will get scratches and water spots afterward.

    However, if it's a new car that you just bought.. Yes, I expect a fully washed/dried/detailed car. It's part of the bullshit "dealer prep" fee that you pay.
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    Jan 20, 2016 4:06 AM GMT



    ^Well, the dealership might have to give the customer back the prep fee, or waive it all together then. That is if the dealer is honest enough to tell the new car buyer up front before signing the contract, "by the way, we cant clean your car before you pick it up, is that ok"? icon_mad.gif

    Then its fair, id be like, ok, as long as you don't still charge me for it. But how many dealerships in CA are going to be honest enough to waive the prep fee due to the state drought? icon_confused.gif


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    Jan 20, 2016 7:47 PM GMT
    Somethings not kosher with your dealership. They are being cheap and not passing on the savings to you. If their old car wash didn't use reclaimed water it could result in a fine.

    They are using that as an excuse.

    Wash not, want not at Calif. Honda store

    "Facing a heavy maintenance bill on an antiquated car wash machine and pressure to conserve water amid a statewide drought, Capitol did away with the machine and the free service two years ago. In their place, it began offering customers a voucher to a nearby car wash group that uses only recycled water."

    http://www.autonews.com/article/20150921/RETAIL07/150919826/wash-not-want-not-at-calif.-honda-store

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    Jan 20, 2016 7:51 PM GMT
    It's a car not an apple, you'd think they could afford at least a minimal wash.
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    Jan 20, 2016 8:15 PM GMT
    My first job was working in the reconditioning dep't at a family owned Chevy-Cadillac dealership. Cars for delivery were always buffed and waxed about a hour before the customer arrived.

    One time I was prepping a new Corvette for delivery, when the salesman came to tell me the customer had arrived, and to hurry it up. I asked the salesman why the customer was early. He replied....if you were taking delivery of a new Corvette, you'd be early too. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 20, 2016 10:03 PM GMT
    S2Ki saidMy first job was working in the reconditioning dep't at a family owned Chevy-Cadillac dealership. Cars for delivery were always buffed and waxed about a hour before the customer arrived.

    One time I was prepping a new Corvette for delivery, when the salesman came to tell me the customer had arrived, and to hurry it up. I asked the salesman why the customer was early. He replied....if you were taking delivery of a new Corvette, you'd be early too. icon_biggrin.gif


    When my best friend and I did this back in 1998, we did delivery a slightly different way.

    That's my friend in the middle and Camaro brand manager, Scott Settlemire, on the left and of course me behind the camera.

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    Jan 20, 2016 11:34 PM GMT
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    S2Ki saidMy first job was working in the reconditioning dep't at a family owned Chevy-Cadillac dealership. Cars for delivery were always buffed and waxed about a hour before the customer arrived.

    One time I was prepping a new Corvette for delivery, when the salesman came to tell me the customer had arrived, and to hurry it up. I asked the salesman why the customer was early. He replied....if you were taking delivery of a new Corvette, you'd be early too. icon_biggrin.gif


    When my best friend and I did this back in 1998, we did delivery a slightly different way.

    That's my friend in the middle and Camaro brand manager, Scott Settlemire, on the left and of course me behind the camera.

    photo Museumdelivery.jpg

    Hot!! That must have been thrilling to experience. Did you and your friend drive them home?

    I was 8 years old when I got my first ride in a Corvette...my cousin's '64 hardtop. I remember he took it up well past 100 mph. He was in his 20's with some type of nice paying job to afford the car...and the speeding tickets. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 25, 2016 1:10 AM GMT
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    ^Well, the dealership might have to give the customer back the prep fee, or waive it all together then. That is if the dealer is honest enough to tell the new car buyer up front before signing the contract, "by the way, we cant clean your car before you pick it up, is that ok"? icon_mad.gif

    Then its fair, id be like, ok, as long as you don't still charge me for it. But how many dealerships in CA are going to be honest enough to waive the prep fee due to the state drought? icon_confused.gif

    Prep fees are negotiable. There's no law that says you even have to pay it. Personally, I don't care. When buying a car, I only discuss the out-the-door price. If they want to sneak in prep fees, then they can deduct it from their profit margin.
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    Jan 25, 2016 2:40 AM GMT
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    ELNathB said


    ^Well, the dealership might have to give the customer back the prep fee, or waive it all together then. That is if the dealer is honest enough to tell the new car buyer up front before signing the contract, "by the way, we cant clean your car before you pick it up, is that ok"? icon_mad.gif

    Then its fair, id be like, ok, as long as you don't still charge me for it. But how many dealerships in CA are going to be honest enough to waive the prep fee due to the state drought? icon_confused.gif

    Prep fees are negotiable. There's no law that says you even have to pay it. Personally, I don't care. When buying a car, I only discuss the out-the-door price. If they want to sneak in prep fees, then they can deduct it from their profit margin.


    Actually, dealers can't reduce or eliminate prep or dealer fees for one customer, without making themselves liable to refund fees for everybody.

    What they do is just play with the figures to change the selling price.

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    Jan 25, 2016 11:56 PM GMT
    S2Ki saidMy first job was working in the reconditioning dep't at a family owned Chevy-Cadillac dealership. Cars for delivery were always buffed and waxed about a hour before the customer arrived.

    One time I was prepping a new Corvette for delivery, when the salesman came to tell me the customer had arrived, and to hurry it up. I asked the salesman why the customer was early. He replied....if you were taking delivery of a new Corvette, you'd be early too. icon_biggrin.gif


    How times and cars have changed. I recall purchasing a new Corvette. I ordered it in fact. A 1982 cross-fire Corvette. It ran fairly well considering how little power it made. If you ran the 'Vette hard, it lost oil pressure and forced you clattering to the side of the road. This was the best of GM mind you.
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    Jan 26, 2016 1:11 AM GMT
    A lot of old automated car washes fell afoul of new regulations. Pretty capital-intensive to replace, especially if the new one might get KO'd by next year's regulations, with no warning.

    One of my customers markets a "low water car wash" solution. (They also market it as "airplane wash" and "boat wash," etc., but only paid me to test one sample.) But really, I can't see what's different about it from any other car wash solution.

    Well, maybe it's not UV stable... breaks down in the sun so you don't have to rinse thoroughly? They never said explicitly, but I left it out in the sun for a couple days, after using leftover sample to wash the Jeep, and it went from green to colorless. The actual detergent was still there though... dunno. Maybe the only difference is in the directions (use less water.) icon_confused.gif