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Old 01-22-2013, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by palmpalm View Post
I know many of you here don't winter-drive your cars but my Cayman S is a daily driver and, really, is my winter vehicle (in the summer I ride my Harley).

After just 300 kms of driving (picked it up Saturday) she is kinda dirty and I want to clean her.

Thing is, I don't have an indoor facility of my own to wash her in and it's -11 out here.

Thoughts on where/how to wash her?
Since your in Richmond Hill.
Go over to Markham. Kennedy Road between hwy 7 & 407. Between the BMW/Honda/Mercedes dealers.
There's a Shell station with a massive indoor car wash. 12 bays and heated.
You just get the time ticket when you drive in. You don't need a jacket and can take as long as you want. Mat hangers, vacuum and all. You'll even get a bit of a discount if you fill up first.
Been going for years and is convenient as hell and typically costs me about $15-20.
And if your in a rush, the have a full length drive through as well.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:37 PM
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Malls and some supermarkets have hand wash services for you as well. Like Yorkdale and Yonge/Empress Loblaws. Here are some of the ones downtown as well that do a decent job.
Bay Adelaide Center
Operator: Ahmed Rashed
Adelaide Street, P4
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 863-1992

Commerce Court
Operator: Haider Anvareli
25 King Street West, P3
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 362-7629

Hazelton Lanes Shopping Centre
Operator: Fethi Zahid
87 Avenue Road – Level P2
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 966-1992

Yorkville Cumberland Garage
Operator: Enver Coovadia
37 Yorkville Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 920-0010

Whole Foods
Operator: Federico Lucius
87 Avenue Road – Level P2
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 966-4209

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Old 01-22-2013, 09:00 PM
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+1 Esso at Yonge and Steeles. Pretty good indoor heated wash and pretty close to you. Confusing way to get out, usually have to call the counter on the speaker at exit and pay at the counter. Usually they just make up a cost. Around $14 for about 20 minutes. It's a good option in the winter.
There's also a great touchless wash at Red Maple Road and Hwy 7 Petro Canada. No tracks to scrape wheels, just drive in and wait while a 5 minute high pressure wash cleans the car really well.

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:19 PM
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Loblaws at Bayview Village has a hand wash service......There's a white R8 cab at Yonge/Empress, I swear it gets washed every day!
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:15 PM
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Default Winter wash

I only wash the 993 myself but go to hand car wash in winter.
Yesterday was 0c in Montreal but car was really dirty.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:55 PM
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Thanks guys! I'm gonna try one of those out tomorrow!
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:06 AM
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Good info guys, any DIY heated bays in the Burlington Area?
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:19 AM
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petro canada car wash pass.
90 days of one wash per day. I make sure I go to one of the touchless washes.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:36 AM
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There is a hand car wash on Bathurst just south of Drewry (between Steeles and Finch) on the east side. About $30 in and out.
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by fanny bay r1 View Post
-11 C --- -- just had the first hummingbirds of the season at my window on Sunday!!!
Spent most of my life living in Langley and Calgary. Trust me, your zero degrees feels the same as our -11 (if the wind is not blowing too hard).
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:38 AM
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+2 on Yonge/Steeles Esso.

I wash my 5 series there all the time and have also done the GT3-RS but I bring my own supplies. I recently picked up some ONR which I will be trying soon.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by fanny bay r1 View Post
-11 C --- -- just had the first hummingbirds of the season at my window on Sunday!!!
LOL... remind me to check in with you in June

I'm sooooo happy I left BC. My feet are finally dry and the cold just lasts for so long.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by alniri View Post
petro canada car wash pass.
90 days of one wash per day.
Anyone else feel this is a colossal waste of water besides me? No disrespect to anyone who does this as I love a clean car and hand wash mine all summer with more water than I should... but the fact that Shell is advertising this as "Wash Once a Day for 90 Days!" makes me shake my head when I think about how people in other parts of the world are dying due to lack of fresh drinking water.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:33 AM
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Most car washea reuse their was. Not sure exactly how much but I've heard something around 80%. This deal is only good if you have many cars.

I washed my DD tonight at the local drive through wash. But then parked it in the garage for the night.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:01 AM
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Whatever you do don't use the Shell touchless car wash at McCown/16th Avenue in Markham, I repainted the hood on my 5 Series last May and have gone through several different car washes since but last week the high pressure peeled strips of clear coat of the hood.
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