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My coin wash just posted "no bucket washing please"


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I still did it today though, just sort of frustrated, I live in a condo, and this one is close to my place, I spend about 8 bucks per week there washing. Anyone else have this by their coinwash?

 

I'm tempted to write or call management and ask why, I try to get in and out of the bay as quickly as I can. I never see tons of people doing the bucket wash method, only myself. Just sucks as there is not many other options besides bugging friends to use their hoses and drive a good 15 to 20 minutes at least. Makes me sad :(

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Before we bought our house I used to put 3 buckets in the back of the car and go to the coin wash. I went really early in the morning to avoid people. I always wondered if someone would say something to me about it but they never did.

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I myself use them every once and a while, I got very late at night and use my own bucket and wash pad when I need to. They get there money so I don't pay attention to what a sign like that says lucky for me I learned how to wash the car th three pads in under five minutes. I even dry my car in the bay which is a no no lol but like I said they get their money and no one is around.

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The local one around e has a sign that says no bucket washing when others are waiting so it can be done just gotta time it right. In the winter thou, Its rough as when its warm enough to wash the place is packed. What I have done is gone in sprayed it down well and then parked off to the side and washed it, then drove back in to hose it down and drove back out to apply some H2O. It was a work around to the rules just took some extra time. 

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My local guy doesn't car if I disregard his signs as long as I have respect for his business. If anyone is waiting on a bay I have to move if it's slow I can be there all day he doesn't bother me. I have been know to wash, dry, and wax in his bay one day when nobody else came by. He is cool though if you have someone who this they are special your situation might go differently

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As long as there isn't a line waiting to get in and wash, I don't see an issue.  Go really early or really late when there is no traffic.  My guess would be that either an employee saw you doing it, and didn't like the idea, regardless if there wasn't a line.  Or there was a line and someone complained.  

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I've encountered the owner of the wash not long after he sunk major $$ renovating his wash facilities. New LED lighting, all new sprayers and control panels, filtered air blowers, heated bays, all new chemicals... He really went all out. I spent an average of $10 per visit and about 20 minutes total. Always made sure that no one was waiting for a bay if I used his wash. He walked in, saw my buckets, and told me to dump them, and start up the payment panel or I had to leave. "No bucket washing allowed. I'm not in the business of giving my wash bay time for free. If your car is in here, that meter better be running or I'll consider it stealing."

 

I've never gone back. Never will. 

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I've encountered the owner of the wash not long after he sunk major $$ renovating his wash facilities. New LED lighting, all new sprayers and control panels, filtered air blowers, heated bays, all new chemicals... He really went all out. I spent an average of $10 per visit and about 20 minutes total. Always made sure that no one was waiting for a bay if I used his wash. He walked in, saw my buckets, and told me to dump them, and start up the payment panel or I had to leave. "No bucket washing allowed. I'm not in the business of giving my wash bay time for free. If your car is in here, that meter better be running or I'll consider it stealing."

 

I've never gone back. Never will.

Too bad, that's not how stealing works. He was just being a blow hard. I would have dumped those buckets at his feet....I mean on his feet. Edited by SumBeach35
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So with posting this a while back, I stopped at a different coin wash on Monday since I was off for my birthday and was doing the strip wash before my paint correction fun, which I posted over in that forum. I saw a gentlemen gathering coins, so I was like, let's see what he says. I hadn't started washing, but saw signs saying "no bucket washing, we have everything you need" lol sureee! Anyways, I asked him, he told me that if it's slow, or if you go early or late, he would turn the other cheek.

 

He said he actually knows the guy who runs mine in Naperville and said that because I was nice enough to approach and ask, he would probably be cool with it also. He said his big no no, was if I brought my own pre filled buckets with water (which I don't do). So I think most sane business owners get it, he did say go off hours though because they don't want everyone doing bucket wash.

 

He even was thinking about how to possibly charge not on certain things, but bay time, although he's like I would need attendants 24x7 and he said this business is more set it and come back. So I will continue to do it, and if I see the guy at my local one will probably approach to form a relationship but if he goes into a tirade like the example above, well then I'll look elsewhere.

 

The owner of that one even stated he knows hand washing is best and said I had a nice ride, so overall a cool owner, but that one is like 20 mins from me.

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I see their side, especially if it's being abused by everyone, at the expense of customers driving off rather than wait. That said, sounds like you're being very considerate, and spending money there, so I'd let you do it. good luck.

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They should have a way to keep the meter running at a reduced rate for bucket washers when you're not running the water, everybody wins....I am fortunate that we have an acceptable setup for washing at my house but, when the weather turns cold it would be nice to be able to hit up a heated wash bay for my car care needs.

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I've done a handful of bucket washes at coin-op places while traveling, but they've all had signs posted against it.  If the place has an office I go in and ask if they mind.  They've never had a problem with it (mostly because it was a quiet time), but have requested that I filled my bucket with water from their system (aka pay for the water) and not bring it with me.

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The few coin washes around me, I've come to know the owners. Since i usually use their bays to wash off my SXS then take buckets to clean the mud and always are respectful to their place they have only asked that i use my buckets early in the morning or late at night. One of them has really good soap so i just need the buckets for cleaning the my wheels. Sometimes the old saying "Ask for forgiveness later" isn't always the key.

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