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Aug 7, 2020 - 3:55:06 PM

mander

USA

4346 posts since 10/7/2007

If cars were people, the man I married would be jailed for life. He does not believe in changing the oil. The radiator doesn't need anything other than water. And yet, he will wash and wax and detail the outside with a passion. Our eldest son is just the opposite. He follows the maintenance plan without fail. The physical appearance is another matter. Our son has been very nice to his mother, and recently, I decided to do something nice for him. I washed his car and cleaned the windows. I cleaned the interior as best I could, but after two hours, I ran out of energy before I ran out of car to clean. At the time, he was working 70 hours a week. I was disappointed, but not surprised he didn't notice that the car had been washed. He leaves for work before sunrise, and he isn't done working until midnight. That was a few weeks ago. Since then, Covid has slashed his hours. So, I've been taking one section of the car at a time. Vaccuuming, shampooing, removing trash, and still, he hasn't noticed. He works in a field during the day and the outside needs washing again. I am beginning to lose my "wash it until he notices" resolve.

If the Car Fairy were to clean your car, would you notice?

Aug 7, 2020 - 4:00:55 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16944 posts since 6/5/2008

Yes.
1. The tell-tale glitter of mountain rock dust would be gone.
The air is dirty. The rain is dirty. The snow is dirty.
2. The spruce tree needles on the seats would be gone.
3. The big tinkling bags of wine bottles ( no returns here) would disappear.

Aug 7, 2020 - 4:12:38 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

14087 posts since 9/27/2007

Yes! I would notice right away. The outside has only been washed once since I bought it.

It rains so much here I call it a free car wash.

I clean out the inside every few few weeks. Mostly receipts & paper I save up instead of littering. 

Aug 7, 2020 - 6:07:28 PM
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Tobus

USA

2383 posts since 11/17/2015

Living on a dirt road broke me of any concern for keeping my car clean. Lost cause. But I do maintain the mechanical parts religiously. I don't even consider selling them until they have 300K miles.

Aug 7, 2020 - 7:40:43 PM
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5703 posts since 9/5/2006

i have little worries about either one of ours getting dirty,,my bride just won't allow it. i make sure whats under the hood and chassis are in good shape. she gets a new one every 150,000  cause she drives so far to work... i am still driving my old chevy pick up,,,, last monday it turned 274,000.

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 08/07/2020 19:41:36

Aug 7, 2020 - 9:01:14 PM

HarleyQ

USA

3128 posts since 1/31/2005

Good looking truck Terry!!

Aug 8, 2020 - 4:50:07 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24839 posts since 8/3/2003

I wash my car at least twice a year, whether it needs it or not (G)!! Seriously, I would definitely notice if someone washed my car. It would change from dirty brown to a beautiful silver. I HATE car washes and have to force myself to go to one. I have a little claustrophobia and being stuck in a car in a tunnel where I can't see anything, can't get out.... well, it's not a peaceful situation for me.

The inside gets dusty, but I can take care of that with a microfiber cloth I keep in the console. I don't put a bunch of stuff in the car, so all there is in there is a towel (for the front seat whenever I have to take the dogs to the vet or groomer).

Aug 8, 2020 - 6:15:58 AM

5703 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by HarleyQ

Good looking truck Terry!!


thanks hoyt,, shes been a goodin ,, could blow up tomorrow , i couldn't complain, but i got alot of good out of it.   bought it with 33,000 on it after this happened to my previous truck

she was driving and got hit and it rolled 3 times,,  she got hurt pretty bad ,, but but no life threatening injurys .  but now she is having back and neck problems ,, probably from this.

Aug 8, 2020 - 7:04:20 AM

1832 posts since 8/7/2008

Since lockdown, my car has barely moved. I used it today and noticed cobwebs everywhere. With any luck it may rain tonight.

Aug 8, 2020 - 7:09:15 AM

73295 posts since 5/9/2007

I wash my car every other week or so.
I keep a plastic shopping bag hung over the shifter for a trash bag.

I'd appreciate someone coming in and cleaning my house.

Aug 8, 2020 - 8:27:27 AM

Paul R

Canada

13098 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by mander

If the Car Fairy were to clean your car, would you notice?


Definitely, especially the inside. I don;t drive it much, but the Mrs. does, and I find all sorts of paper stuff all over - receipts, wrappers, whatever. It's worse when she picks up the daughter and they go somewhere. The car's exterior hasn't seen a sponge or washcloth except during service at the dealer's in its early days.

Aug 8, 2020 - 9:12:47 AM

heavy5

USA

1308 posts since 11/3/2016

Not as meticulous w/ our domestic vehicles esthetically as I used to be but they do get well maintained . Some times think the 3 JD tractors get more attention .
We are Camry Hibrid folks for our #1 driving & bought a new 2020 last Dec which has about 8k miles on it due to covid . Of our 3 grown kids , I think the boys have some of my motorhead genes but our daughter , oh well , car care never happened . Geographic location definitely can dictate how clean (or filthy) someone's car is .

Edited by - heavy5 on 08/08/2020 09:13:27

Aug 8, 2020 - 9:57:18 AM

heavy5

USA

1308 posts since 11/3/2016

quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

I wash my car every other week or so.
I keep a plastic shopping bag hung over the shifter for a trash bag.

I'd appreciate someone coming in and cleaning my house.


After you put trash in the bag , you must have to tie the end when you put it back on the shifter ? :0)

Aug 8, 2020 - 12:45:22 PM
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BobbyE

USA

2756 posts since 11/29/2007

Back in my dating days I had a friend who would wash the side of his car that he put his date in and out of since that was the only side she would see anyway, according to him. Don't remember if he ever said she noticed.

Bobby

Aug 8, 2020 - 8:56:04 PM
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nakigreengrass

New Zealand

5181 posts since 5/16/2012

quote:
Originally posted by BobbyE

Back in my dating days I had a friend who would wash the side of his car that he put his date in and out of since that was the only side she would see anyway, according to him. Don't remember if he ever said she noticed.

Bobby


Reminds me of this story.....Years ago I was a machine shop boss that had an apprentice that had a particularly annoying habit of putting gobs of grease on handles as a practical joke.  The guys in the workshop suggested that we put a gob of grease on his pull out style car door handle as punishment....I found a nice dark blue grease, scooped a large handful and was heading out to the car park to find his car....when I remembered the offending apprentice boy just got a new girl friend and was taking her to a fancy restaurant that evening....So instead of putting it on his side door handle, I put the gob on the passengers side handle.

The next day proved to be a lot funnier than even we hoped, when the apprentice boy reported the evenings happenings.....he had pulled up at his new girlfriends house in total darkness....and like a gentleman opened the passengers door for her......somewhere between her house and the restaurant they had engaged in a bit of fooling around.....and It wasn't until they walked into the lighted restaurant that his blue greasy hand prints all over her pretty dress become evident.....funny thing....we never again suffered from greasy handles in that workshop.

Aug 9, 2020 - 4:42:11 AM
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figmo59

USA

31810 posts since 3/5/2008

I know me car well enuff to find it in the parkin lot...
Most of the time..... :0/

Aug 9, 2020 - 4:46:44 AM
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figmo59

USA

31810 posts since 3/5/2008

I mostly buy beaters n ...um...pre scuffed cars...

Caws i..know....I'm gonna..use the piss outa'em... :0/


Liz's car is kept...pristine...

Aug 9, 2020 - 4:47:49 AM
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figmo59

USA

31810 posts since 3/5/2008

2 tone rust n precracked glass are the perfured ...Options.... :0/

Aug 9, 2020 - 7:03:56 AM

73295 posts since 5/9/2007

You'll know your car pretty well if you replace the lifters and do a valve job.

Aug 9, 2020 - 7:48:55 AM
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10678 posts since 1/15/2005

My first Tahoe had 105,000 miles on it before its first brake job. I do not take particularly good care of my cars except mechanically which I do myself. My latest Tahoe (2017) I have started letting the dealers change the oil because with their "specials" they do it almost as cheaply as I can. I did change it the last time because I just didn't want to sit in a waiting room with a bunch of other people. I wash it when it needs it ...... not too often!

My wife's car is just over two years old and a service notification just popped up on the dashboard. She called the dealer and asked what that particular service would cost ........ $600! Her car has less than 6,000 miles on it. I have already done all the routine checks ...... none of which were really even necessary .... fluid levels. in cabin air filter, engine air filter, brakes, etc. .... all perfect .... the same thing the dealer would do. Now I am trying how to figure out how to delete the message. All of the internet "solutions" do not work. I think some of the newer cars now are making these codes where a dealer is the only way to remove them. I have an Autel Code Reader but am reluctant to use it on her car. You can make the message disappear before driving the car, but it comes up every time you start the car .... pain in the neck.

Aug 9, 2020 - 8:51 AM
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4024 posts since 10/18/2007

I've been thinking about cleaning out that dust bin-- the inside of our car--but for all the work I might do, I don't think my other half would even notice, let alone care. She's worked outside in the mountains most of her life and presently is the tree expert at a local nursery. If you've ever worked at a nursery, you'll know what the inside of our car looks like. I could start a garden on the back floor of our Rav4.

Aug 9, 2020 - 9:16:27 AM

1186 posts since 8/7/2017

BanjoLink

Maybe a friendly independent mechanic would clear the message for you, especially if you got an oil change from him/her. As a bonus, letting an honest mechanic look over your car might alert you to things you need to keep an eye on, based on mech's local knowledge. I do this with our vehicles, fortunately found an honest mechanic shop. I buy them pizza every once in a while, makes me stand out as a customer, plus they are nice guys and girls there, so deserve pizza anyway :-)

Aug 9, 2020 - 11:06:29 AM

10678 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by BrooksMT

BanjoLink

Maybe a friendly independent mechanic would clear the message for you, especially if you got an oil change from him/her. As a bonus, letting an honest mechanic look over your car might alert you to things you need to keep an eye on, based on mech's local knowledge. I do this with our vehicles, fortunately found an honest mechanic shop. I buy them pizza every once in a while, makes me stand out as a customer, plus they are nice guys and girls there, so deserve pizza anyway :-)


Thanks Brooks.  I have known the guy that I bought the cars from for a long time and we eat lunch at the same place a couple of times a week.  I asked him during our last lunch if he knew how to clear the message and he said he would ask one of their mechanics, but he thought I might have to take it in.  He said that I could do that and they would clear it, but I kind of don't really want to take it back to the dealer.  They are used to dealing with people who have no clue how to even open the hood and think that $600 is reasonable to open the hood and declare everything OK.  I know some independent mechanics that I think would do it if I take it in for an oil change, so that is good advice!  By the way, my wife took it in for the first oil change at the dealer ...... $280!

Aug 10, 2020 - 5:08:57 AM

73295 posts since 5/9/2007

New synthetic oils are going 10,000 miles between changes,but this doesn't apply to carbureted engines.
There is much more gasoline contamination of the oil with a carb.
Fuel injection applies exactly the right amount of gas with no wash-down past the rings.

Aug 10, 2020 - 5:43:16 AM

5703 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink
quote:
Originally posted by BrooksMT

BanjoLink

Maybe a friendly independent mechanic would clear the message for you, especially if you got an oil change from him/her. As a bonus, letting an honest mechanic look over your car might alert you to things you need to keep an eye on, based on mech's local knowledge. I do this with our vehicles, fortunately found an honest mechanic shop. I buy them pizza every once in a while, makes me stand out as a customer, plus they are nice guys and girls there, so deserve pizza anyway :-)


Thanks Brooks.  I have known the guy that I bought the cars from for a long time and we eat lunch at the same place a couple of times a week.  I asked him during our last lunch if he knew how to clear the message and he said he would ask one of their mechanics, but he thought I might have to take it in.  He said that I could do that and they would clear it, but I kind of don't really want to take it back to the dealer.  They are used to dealing with people who have no clue how to even open the hood and think that $600 is reasonable to open the hood and declare everything OK.  I know some independent mechanics that I think would do it if I take it in for an oil change, so that is good advice!  By the way, my wife took it in for the first oil change at the dealer ...... $280!


280 for an oil change on a tahoe ?   my lord.  is it diesel ?    thats ludicrous ....   we take the wifes new CX5 to the mazda dealer for service,,, and the oil change, tire pressure and car wash is 48.00 plus tax. and thats oem oil filter and synth.  oil  too

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 08/10/2020 05:44:21

Aug 10, 2020 - 5:46:55 AM

Tobus

USA

2383 posts since 11/17/2015

quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink


My wife's car is just over two years old and a service notification just popped up on the dashboard. She called the dealer and asked what that particular service would cost ........ $600! Her car has less than 6,000 miles on it. I have already done all the routine checks ...... none of which were really even necessary .... fluid levels. in cabin air filter, engine air filter, brakes, etc. .... all perfect .... the same thing the dealer would do. Now I am trying how to figure out how to delete the message. All of the internet "solutions" do not work. I think some of the newer cars now are making these codes where a dealer is the only way to remove them. I have an Autel Code Reader but am reluctant to use it on her car. You can make the message disappear before driving the car, but it comes up every time you start the car .... pain in the neck.


Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's standard on all new vehicles these days.  They have a standard list of service items that are supposed to be performed at regular intervals, and the manufacturers make it so that your car will pester you to take it to the dealer.  The dealers make more on service than they do on selling the vehicle.

When I buy a new vehicle, I buy the pre-paid service plan for as many miles as they offer.  I know a lot of people still guffaw at the idea of taking a car to the dealer for service, as well as buying service plans.  But the price of service is actually fairly reasonable when paid up front.  It saves thousands off of taking it in and paying for the same service over the same amount of miles without the plan.  They discount the service plan because they figure people will pay for it all up front but then not follow through with it all, so they get some "free money".  Not me; I make them earn every dime of it.

I drive about 130 miles per day to get to work and back, so I average around 35,000 miles a year.  And a lot of that is out on the interstate where there's nothing for miles.  I don't ever want to worry about my car breaking down or having some sort of silly mechanical problem.  I need reliability above all else, and it doesn't bother me to pay for it.  I figure that if I'm buying a new car with a warranty, I'm going to do everything they recommend to keep that warranty valid and make the dealer responsible for everything.  If there is a problem, they can't blame it on me by saying I didn't maintain the vehicle properly, or blame me for taking it to some mechanic that wasn't certified to work on my vehicle.  Anything that gets done to that car is done by their service department. 

This may cost a bit more than using private shops, but at least I know there's only one entity to deal with.  I don't want to have to go find several other shops to service all the parts like brakes, drivetrain, engine, etc.  I ain't got time for all that.  Plus, since I've bought my last three cars from this dealer, I get a bit of VIP treatment.  They know I'll continue to buy more vehicles from them and keep coming back for service if they do me right.  To me, it's worth the extra bucks to have a level of trust and comfort in the maintenance of my car, rather than wondering whether some random greasemonkey knows what he's doing on my car.

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