TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Automatic car wash is safe on the 22" wheels

Discussion in 'Model X' started by dkim12, Feb 14, 2017.

Tags:
  1. dkim12

    dkim12 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2016
    Messages:
    34
    Location:
    Northern NJ
    OK I know but it's a lease so I'm not going to hand wash this huge SUV everyday after a rain shower. I decided to try the automated car wash to see what they use to protect the front side of the wheels. There's a rubber guard on the side of the track so I decided I'd try it. Came out no scratches on the lip of the 22s and inside lip looked good from what I could see bending over. I got the unlimited wash plan to keep to black beauty clean. Swirl marks won't bother me as it is a lease...Gotta keep telling myself that.
     

    Attached Files:

    • Like x 2
  2. Racerx22b

    Racerx22b @unplggdd on Instagram

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2014
    Messages:
    743
    Location:
    West Palm Beach, FL
    You're such a daredevil. Love it.
     
    • Funny x 1
  3. dkim12

    dkim12 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2016
    Messages:
    34
    Location:
    Northern NJ
    Some people call me a pioneer but I prefer superstar.
     
  4. 3s-a-charm

    3s-a-charm Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2014
    Messages:
    1,905
    Location:
    Calgary, Canada
    Jeez! At least go touchless automatic!

    I can't fathom that kind of service at a car wash around here. Labor is so expensive here to get that kind of wash is $40.

    I still bucket wash even on a lease... just can't do the brush washes anymore. You're a stronger person than I am ;)
     
  5. dkim12

    dkim12 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2016
    Messages:
    34
    Location:
    Northern NJ
    I have 3 black cars. It takes me an hour each car to wash by hand and clean the interior. 2 are leases, and 1 I own. The 1 I own get pampered whiles the 2 others go through the tunnel. Can't beat $36 for the unlimited wash and vacuum. I told the cashier I will be there every day. I was worried about the wheels, but I didn't see any scratches, so yay!
     
  6. retinaguy

    retinaguy Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Messages:
    77
    Location:
    Freehold, NJ
    I was just going to ask if automated car washes are safe on the body work but I guess the answer is yes!
     
  7. earlyretirement

    earlyretirement Model X 90D

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2013
    Messages:
    249
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    I had a Model S P85 for 3.5 years. A black one. I only hand washed it and it was a pain as I washed and washed it. In fact, in 25 years of owning cars, I've only had black cars as I think they look the best clean. But when I bought my Model X back in August I decided to go with white and really happy with the decision. I would have NEVER thought about going through an automatic carwash with my black Tesla. But I go all the time now with the white one and it's perfectly fine. You can't see any swirl marks at all.

    It's funny the first time I went through the car wash (attended) with the X as the guys never saw a Model X before so they were asking about it. Doesn't seem like many people with Tesla's go through carwashes. LOL.
     

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC