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O/T - Car/Truck Cleanup

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by WoodsonEnt, Mar 5, 2010.

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  1. WoodsonEnt

    WoodsonEnt Active Member

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    In the town close to me, there is a population of around 12,000 people. We have 5 full-time car/truck cleanup and detail shops. Does anyone clean their own anymore, or do you hire it done?
     
  2. short shucker

    short shucker TS Member

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    I spent nearly 5 hrs yesterday giving my truck a through cleaning. This included buffing and waxing the exterior then a complete detail of the interior. I still need to spend another hr on it to get it right (yes I like my stuff clean).

    ss
     
  3. Leo

    Leo Well-Known Member

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    I am living in an apartment these days. We have paid parking slots. There is no access to a hose, electrical outlet for the vacuum or any place to leave your car doors open to shampoo the inside. I pay for car washes and annual detailing.
     
  4. loop02

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    Might be 5 people doing what they can to make a living too.
     
  5. NJFlyer

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    I just get a new one when it's to dirty.
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  6. Bob Schultz

    Bob Schultz Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    Lets see ... a guy making $60K a year with vacation time and holidays works about 1800 hours a year. That translates to $33 an hour. So you spend 5 hours cleaning and waxing your car ... 33 x 5 = $165 plus the wax, soap, and other stuff you need to do this. Call it $20 or $185 to do the car and a back ache. So you can get someone else to pick up your car while at work, detail it, and return it for $100 or so. Got to believe this is a no brainer. I'd much rather be shooting or fishing than washing and waxing!

    Bob
     
  7. mixer

    mixer Well-Known Member

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    Well not really Bob. You can't include time off on the weekends as paid time.

    Eric
     
  8. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

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    Not for me!

    Dirt is what holds mine together!
     
  9. WoodsonEnt

    WoodsonEnt Active Member

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    Bob,

    I agree with you, and it seems I can never do as good of a job as the paid guy!

    Matt
     
  10. Quack Shot

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    I have my own resident detailer. She is 87 years old and answers to "Mom". She likes to keep busy and loves to clean cars. I might set her up in her own shop to get her out of the house and keep her busy. :)
     
  11. Chichay

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    I think it pays to work an extra day or two in a year to pay an outfit to clean your cars. Prefer to spend free time doing something else.. like trapshooting.
     
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