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I am never going to wash my car. Not ever. Not even once.

The reason being that I wanted it to be red, or blue, or purple. I was outvoted by the males of the household, even though it's actually my car. So the deal we did was this: I'd get the car in Mineral White, on the condition it was washed by hand on the drive outside every week, without fail. (The "on the drive" bit was added so that it doesn't get taken to the Albanian car wash and hammered by their enthusiastic jetwashing of everything.) Every single week, so that I'm never driving round in a manky shed covered in filth and awfulness.

I took delivery on Monday last week and put 83 miles on the clock by the weekend. The car wasn't actually dirty apart from a couple of specks, but it was washed on Sunday. Hurrah! 馃槅
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Regarding the colour, I was outvoted by the female voter... You know, in my household we are two and we have a "majority rules" order. My wife is the majority. :)

Just kidding, but I could not make up my own mind if I wanted grey, orange or aventurin red, so when I showed the syntetic video my dealer gave me of the three colour versions, it took her only a few seconds to decide which one I should buy. Of course, she regretted just a week later, since when she bought her EV6 she could not chose red for that car because red was taken. I said why not? It doesn't matter, two different reds on our drive way... who cars? And since majority rules, she said, TWO DIFFERENT RED? Are you crazy? That's out of the question... so she chose snow white, which is the same colour she is driving today, but from a different brand. It will be boring to see elmost the same colour as her current one, but it's her fault... :)

Anyway, majority decided that the deal between us is that I must wast the cars, but not on the drive way. As long as the cars are washed it's fine, but I am too lazy to do it every week, I mean, driving to car wash takes five minutes plus fifteen minutes waiting and five minutes back, that's almost a half an hour of my life wasted...
 

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Do you drive it in and get out? Where do you go that even allows that lol
That's exactly as I do and I think this is the most common in Sweden. I drive in, get out, enter a code and the car wash starts. When it's done, I get back in and drive away. If I want to watch it I make a video like this:


Everything else is so seventies for me... :) If it's automatic then it should be automatic. Or...?
 

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@gsbaker & @A_Camera I've added two more options to the poll. If I had a fully automated car wash would certainly be up for trying that.

@Squirrel1974 that's a sweet deal you struck! Any non compliance clauses in there?

So we have 13 other votes for self driven automatic car washes but no one else makes mention of the parking assistance error. Maybe the place I go to is too aggressive?
I really don't understand how and why a car wash could cause any problems for the parking assist system. I mean, water is water, just like rain, so unless there is some manufacturing issue with the car, car wash should not cause problems, regardless how and who is doing it. I mean, certainly those guys know what they are doing, and the i4 is not different from other cars regarding water.
 

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I believe the brushing is one factor and soap is another.

In getting my ceramic coat I was warned to use soap that will not dissolve the coating. Do they con me?

It makes some sense. They used some cleaner to remove the wax put on by the dealer against my request. (Their service department just did their thing).

also think of the car wash's interest in getting a car cleaned faster for better throughput. They may well use harsh soap.

for me I can wash the car faster than drive to a car wash, and it is enjoyable
The "brush" you see in my video is actually not a brush, it's made up of soft cloth, so it isn't damaging the car. I don't know what this "ceramic coating" so many here is talking about. Not something I ever done with any of my cars, but the last 20 years I always had metallic colors, and never really felt anything else, just a good washing. The car wash here contains some sort of soap and also wax which it is polished with. I have no idea if they con you or not, since I don't know what that coating does compared to the standard wax and polish, if there is a difference or not.

I don't know what they use in American car washes, but here in Europe I trust them. Last time I washed and polished a car manually was well over 20 years ago, but that was only because I was about to sell that car, so I wanted to be nice, clean and shiny when the buyers arrive, so I did that on my drive way. That was the last car I sold privately, after that I always traded in.
 
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