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For those of you who drive in cold weather cities what do you do to keep your car clean?

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momof4
6724 Rider Driver
 Posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Its freezing here in Philly. My Honda Pilot is black but now decorated with white spots and splashes. I've tried waterless car wash spray. It helps but its too cold to stand outside to use it. Can you please share what you use during the winter months? Or can you take it somewhere to be washed where your doors and windows will not be frozen shut?  To make it more difficult if you have such a place, is it expensive? 

 

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    Wes
    1393 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

    I'm a member of a car wash program - unlimited washes for around $40 a month and it's a truly good car wash with and includes inside although having the floormats spray cleaned is a few dollars extra.  

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    JPoland
    165 Driver Driver
     2 months ago

    I don’t wash the exterior of the car during winter. I do have a white car so maybe it doesn’t show as much but do you think it affects tipping or customer impression? 

    I do work harder to keep the interior clean, and that’s a whole another challenge. 

    I used to have a place that’d let me use their vacuum for free if you were a Uber driver. I did get all my fuel there. 

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      momof4
      6724 Rider Driver
       2 months ago

      Yes black shows all the salt marks it looks awful. Interior isnt too bad with heat on. My dumbass forgot to take all my cleaning stuff in the house that I keep in the back in a basket. Needless to say it all froze. Lol I now have popsicle and slushi tire cleaner, window cleaner, etc.  Vacuuming isnt exactly fun in the cold. 

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    joeyj
    395 Driver Rider
     2 months ago

    The waterless sprays don't work well for me and like you said you have to stand outside, forget about that. Just go to a normal car wash. I don't have problems with the doors freezing shut. The brushes take most of the water off so it doesn't happen.

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    LCarpenter
    219 Rider Driver
     3 weeks ago

    I don't even bother cleaning the exterior. Why bother.  Many of my friends swear by car washes that wash the underside so the salt and grime won't harm them, but I haven't done any of it. 

    I feel like my customers would understand if my door is dirty upon getting in. Hey, we are all from the northeast. Then again, I feel my ratings could be higher too.

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    momof4
    6724 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

    Thank you for all the great tips. It's 32 here in Philly. Lines were long but went through car wash where they dry outside. I opened all my doors and dried the little bit of water that got in. I froze my butt off doing windows though. Lol I didnt drive much in the winter last year. Maybe once a week. 

    Thanks again all!  Greatly appreciated! 

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    BGraft89
    605 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

    I just washed my car with a hose last night and I’m in Boston dropping to minus 2 degrees.  

    As long as you drive right away, the doors don’t freeze up. Maybe a little but I don’t feel it to be a huge problem. 

    Btw, if you are referring to the last few weeks? My local car wash has been closed. I guess they figured it isn’t worth it. LOL

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    lionfool
    165 Rider Driver
     2 months ago

    You can't really keep them clean. It's pretty much hopeless. I go to the car wash frequently. Once a week or more. Also make sure you get a coat of wax. The wax stops things from really clinging to the car and makes it easier to keep clean.