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At the Car Wash...

Well, that was interesting...

I went to the car wash yesterday, got there right before closing. I got the whole "What kind of car is that?!?! from the guy that started me up...And by the time I got through the wash, everyone that works at the place (with the exception of the female cashier) came out and crowded around the car to have a look at it. The two brothers that work there even got their dad (the owner) to come out and look at it...He said "Wow, I was just reading about this car!!! This is the first one we've had here! He seemed about as excited to see it and have it at his place as I was to get it delivered before New Years! They all asked tons of questions, and marveled at the styling of the car, the huge touch screen, and it being all electric. I swear, I bet they fuss over Lamborghini's less! It was quite an interesting experience...I've had people remark about the car and ask me questions, but never in a group like that.

Some things to note: I followed the instructions in the Owners Guide about putting the car in Neutral and keeping it there (Raising the car up, putting it in Jack mode, and then manually turning the car off on the touch screen)...But, as soon as I got out of the car, it popped back into Park. Hmmmm. So, they told me to stay in the car (which the normally don't let you do at this car wash) to keep it in Neutral...Which worked, but even still, about half-way through we hit a bump and the car slammed back into Park. They had to emergency-stop the wash and let me get it set back into Neutral...It was a little disconcerting, to say they least! But that was the only hiccup, we made it through fine after that.

One last note: While they were drying the car off, I popped the Frunk (I'm still having a hard time saying that with a straight face though, so I usually just say 'the hood,' or 'the bonnet'), and there was a fair amount of water around the flat edges of the storage area under the hood...I didn't seem to have dripped down into the storage area, but I was not thrilled to see that. FYI, this was not a "Brushless" caar wash, but it's the only car wash anywhere near here...And we survived ;)

Thats a bit disconcerting
Guess I'll be hand washing mine when I get it.

Seriously, fruck the "frunk".

I also wonder about the carwash. It is not practical for me to wash the car every three days in the winter given that there is often salt or slush on the roads in northern Illinois, assuming we ever get snow. i don't have my car yet, probably February or early March. I do plan on using the car wash all the time and I do stay in the car at that particular wash. It's brushless with a few drag clothes over the roof. I always dry it myself anyway.

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I have been using a self serve car wash and letting it air dry as I drive off , and that doesn't seem to be a problem as long as the temp is above about 30 deg F. Otherwise, I would need to bring a towel (microfiber) to dry it off by hand

I used a touchless wash recently and the power wash was sufficient to push water onto the sill around the base of the door. No water actually in the car but when you open the door it may be a little surprising to see it on the ledge as you step out. Repair center says this is normal. For those shaking their heads and asking why some of us don't hand wash, it can be difficult to impossible if you live in a condo, and with the salt and sand in the northeast right now you want a thorough undercarriage wash. The touchless does a great job as I'm sure the brushless would. Not ready to risk the soft cloths just yet though.

TheAustin,
Did you run your car through the wash with 21" wheels or 19" wheels? I know at least one person who ruined his 21" wheels, getting pulled through the car wash.

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Robert22, yes, there was water on the sill around the base of my door too, I forgot about that until you mentioned it. Glad that at least it stayed there and didn't make it all the way inside.

Schlermie, I have 21s on right now, although I plan to swap out for 19s in the winter, as soon as they come back in stock. Of course, that doesn't help me right now, or in the summer when i put the 21s back on. I checked them out, they look fine, so maybe the track at this particular car wash is more forgiving. [Crosses fingers!]

Hmmm....may have to hand wash

And I was all excited to continue using Cherry.com car washing service in San Francisco until they had to realize their biz ops / biz model wasn't panning out and closed up shop (in the midst of some kind of clever pivot they say they are planning).

Oh well.

And I was all excited to continue using Cherry.com car washing service in San Francisco until they had to realize their biz ops / biz model wasn't panning out and closed up shop (in the midst of some kind of clever pivot they say they are planning).

Oh well.


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