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Old 02-01-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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Who's going to allow there dealer to wash their car?

With all the horror stories I hear about the swirl marks from the dealer when the cars come off the truck, I'm curious to see how many people are going to politely ask their dealer to not touch the car. Further more, is it apart of the pdi meaning its almost mandatory for the dealer to wash it before the customer takes delivery?
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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I already told the dealer I want my car with the transport stickers(wrap thingies) on the car when I pick it up and they were ok with it.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:16 PM   #3
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Im sure they will be gentle with your car, lets face it this is no mini van they are selling
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:17 PM   #4
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Dealer Installed Swirl Option

I have an agreement with my salesman. I do not want the Dealer Installed Swirl option. They are going to leave the shipping plastic on my car!
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:18 PM   #5
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Well when i saw how the douch bags were washing my car on the purchase day, I would never allow them to do it again. If anyone thinks that most of these guys care if your car cost 20k or 60k, think twice
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:22 PM   #6
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Absolutely NOT! They know if the shrink wrap is removed they will be placing another order.

Chevrolet / Detail department = two kids, a power washer, scrub brush and 1 towel.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:48 PM   #7
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I got mine in the plastic, said I would clean it myself
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:06 PM   #8
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Dealer has offered me to leave the plastic on, after reading this I think I will take that option. Peeeeeeel it off real slow when I get it in the garage. Any advice on clear bras? Heard they mess paint up after awhile.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:34 PM   #9
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So your telling me, that I can tell the dealer to back the car off the truck and do not touch it after that? Not that I have anything against my dealer, but I would love to unwrap my car myself as if it was Christmas all over again and personally give it it's first bath
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:37 PM   #10
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Im sure they will be gentle with your car, lets face it this is no mini van they are selling
I wouldn't be so sure of that. Lets be real here, the guys who detail cars at dealerships are not usually the kind of people who care a whole lot. know what i mean...
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:48 PM   #11
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Unless you want free circles in your paint, don't do it... resist the urge. Specifically instruct them not to wash it. Then, have it made ready the right way, using clay bars and proper wash techniques to ensure a circle free paint job.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:49 PM   #12
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I cannot see how that clear bra would be good over time. I certainly would research. Possibly check with some body shops who have had to deal with it during repairs too.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:01 PM   #13
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Just a thought here, but.......If you take possession of the car and take it home and clean it up, you would have no recourse if there is any damage that you cannot see until it is cleaned and under lights. When mine came in, they let me come in and help wash it at the dealership so i could use my two bucket method. That way we could both inspect it before I took delivery.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:04 PM   #14
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Take a light and insepct it. I wouldnt let them spray it with water. It will be pretty easy to find damage even if it is dirty

We just bought a new van in January and I told them I do not want it detailed (it had hit the lot only a few wks earlier). They thought I was crazy but agreed, they even gave me another free oil change in place of the DISO (dealer installed swirl option). Brought it home and detailed it over the course of the following week. I called it "winterizing"
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:31 PM   #15
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Just a thought here, but.......If you take possession of the car and take it home and clean it up, you would have no recourse if there is any damage that you cannot see until it is cleaned and under lights. When mine came in, they let me come in and help wash it at the dealership so i could use my two bucket method. That way we could both inspect it before I took delivery.
Depends on the dealer... mine gave me 48 hours to give her a once over and ome back with any issues... which they should be willing to do, even if you're having them wash the car. Not like you're going to see everything under the circumstances of buying a new car... Especially this car right!?

Here's the thread I posted oh so long ago, that describes the make ready process EVIL RS went through.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26594
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:21 PM   #16
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I'll be adamant that the plastic be left on until I take possession. No swirlies !

My question is, why is this an issue? Lots of other paints and clearcoats aren't that fragile, are they?

The paint type isn't a subject I'm that familiar with. Anybody have a good handle on the subject and care to enlighten us?
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:26 PM   #17
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Issue comes from all of the rail dust (train ride from Canada) and brake dust (trucked to the dealer) and assorted airborne dirt and grime that land on the car before it gets to you. Then, the minimum wage employee at the dealership starts washing it... rubbing in the grime as you an bet he's not doing it with more than one bucket or more an one rag. You'd need a Kevlar based clear coat to withstand it.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:02 PM   #18
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It's not rocket science but a thorough rinse before trying to hand wash with clean water/ soap and a clean terry towel, not sponge, is important to not have scratches.
The lot boy /girl will have washed a few cars with the equipment at hand before refreshing it all and your car may be next with dirty everything at their feet.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:13 PM   #19
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Unfortunately I live in a condo, so i am buying the towels and anything needed to do a basic cleaning. Until I get a professional.

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:07 PM   #20
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im gonna let my dealer wash mine, just NO dealer stickers on the bumper. i will certainly be angry if they do that
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:01 PM   #21
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Just dont let them use the ONE bucket method !!!

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Old 02-02-2012, 09:27 PM   #22
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Just dont let them use the ONE bucket method !!!

LMFAO,how much friggin water was in that bucket,few hundred gallons
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:56 PM   #23
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When we took delivery of wifes 2011 SS, I drove it off the truck. Not an issue as they knew what day it was comming and approximate time, they did the mechanical check and I took off the plastics and washed it in their bay. Found all the nice factory sheets etc.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:07 PM   #24
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Wow, I thought I was uptight about my car. Some of you guys that won't let your dealer wash your car are taking it to a new level. You trust them to order it. You are going to buy it from them. You will take it to them for warranty work. But...they aren't qualified to wash and clean pre-delivery?
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:09 PM   #25
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Since mine is a 10-15 hour ride home, I'll let him wash it. Besides, I totally trust how he will have it taken care of. He is more of a car nut than me and in fact his whole family is.
I'll do the whole clay, buff and zaino treatment of my own when I get home.
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