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Supermarket Wash'n'Valet: would you hand over your keys?

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whenim64 Tue 25-Mar-14 16:49:26

I nipped to the supermarket to get a few bits, pouring with rain. I noticed their car wash service was empty so dashed in to ask if the car wash man would give my car a quick shampoo. Where should I park? He indicated one of many places and agreed to have it ready when I came out in 10-15 minutes. Then he asked me for my keys. I said I wasn't keen to leave the keys. He said it was so he could move my car after, into one of the supermarket car park bays further away from the car wash. Given there was no-one else in sight and he was working on his own, I wondered where this sudden rush was coming from necessitating him driving my car? I ended up leaving and said I'd come back when I had time to wait. What would you have done? I had this image in my head of me explaining to a police officer that I had handed my keys to a complete stranger, when I returned to find my car had disappeared! grin

Aka Wed 26-Mar-14 23:03:56

It's ok nobody would want to steal a Merc these days.

Ana Wed 26-Mar-14 23:09:34


Soutra Thu 27-Mar-14 14:15:55

I love our local immigrant carwash! Aparent hordes of little men in red overallls attack ot from all sides all for a fiver and then for another fiver I get out and sit in a cabin while t hey hoover and polish the interior. Best £10 ever spent!

whenim64 Thu 27-Mar-14 14:51:38

There's one like that a couple of miles up the road from here, Soutra. That would suit me better. I'll give it a whirl.

Della Sat 29-Mar-14 20:37:33

I use the supermarket one and they are very good. I leave them my keys and it has always been fine. They have been in there for a long time now and I noticed the other week that they wear overalls with Tesco's across the back.

glassortwo Sat 29-Mar-14 20:43:20

soutra we have a few of the same car washes here in Newcastle and you cant fault their work ethic, and the car is always spotless.

lefthanded Sun 30-Mar-14 02:30:18

To be honest, I find the whole supermarket car-wash thing is becoming a bit of a nuisance. I get accosted every time I visit our local Sainsbury's, and I find their manner quite aggressive. Each time the conversation goes something like this:
"Car wash, Sir?"
"No thank you".
"We're very good".
"I'm sure you are, but still no thank you".
"Cars need washing in this weather, Sir" (by now he is shouting after me as I have almost made it into the store.)

I'm sure this must be putting some people off going to Sainsbury's

Culag Sun 30-Mar-14 02:41:32

This never happens where I go. It is done in a dedicated area of the car park, set up with a kiosk and an overhead shelter. It always seems to be busy.

Ariadne Sun 30-Mar-14 07:35:26

Washing the car is up (or down) there with the ironing as far as I'm concerned - I hate doing it myself, and can't remember the last time I did it. DH does mine occasionally, but we use car valeting services usually.

shysal Sun 30-Mar-14 08:44:21

I always clean my own car. At the same time I also check fluid levels and tyre pressures. I often use , it is fantastic! You spray straight onto a dirty car and wipe on then off with microfibre cloths. No elbow grease required, and the finish repels dirt. Especially useful in times of drought or frost, but I use all year round.
There is no way I would hand over my keys at a car wash unless I stayed in sight! A new similar set-up appeared at my local Asda a while ago, it lasted about 2 weeks!

whenim64 Sun 30-Mar-14 09:10:26

Thanks for the tip, Shysal. I've just I ordered it. Got my car valeted for £10 by a team of whizz-kids in 10 minutes flat whilst I sat in their cabin with a coffee. They didn't ask for my keys and had no need to move the car, either.

Aka Sun 30-Mar-14 09:58:03

It's Mr Aka's birthday soon so I've ordered that too Shysal, he'll be thrilled grin

henetha Sun 30-Mar-14 14:49:30

No. Never.

annodomini Sun 30-Mar-14 15:48:57

When my car has its annual service and MOT, they clean it inside and out. between times, I take it through a car wash.

shysal Sun 30-Mar-14 15:58:43

Re. the Showroom Shine, I read somewhere that if used on the windscreen it can cause distorted reflections at night, but I haven't noticed this. Also I don't spray onto wheels, to avoid brake discs, always apply onto the alloys with a cloth.

POGS Mon 31-Mar-14 06:41:05


Hubby uses Showroom Shine. I bought it a couple of years ago from Ideal World shopping channel and he thinks it's great. Lasts ages and keeps well. I will check the price for it on Amazon when he needs some more.

You are absolutely correct about the use of it, do not use on the windscreen. It tells you that when they are demonstrating the product on t.v.

As for the 'pop up' car wash as I like to call them. I have a bit of an issue with them. They take money away from businesses who have to conform to regulations, I believe there is an issue re water drainage and chemicals? Do they pay tax on earnings, can be quite a bit of money changed hands. Are they legal immigrants or are they poor devils working for nowt and kept in squalid living conditions, being used by a gang master??? It happens.

I guess the supermarket car park one's must be sanctioned and above board but I still have my doubts as to the background of it all. I am definitely not implying they are not trustworthy, nor do a good job. I just think sometimes however small an issue there can be consequences we don't think of.

whenim64 Tue 08-Apr-14 11:09:40

Update - the supermarket car wash now has it's logo on the attendant's overalls and surrounding fenced area - apparently a few people reacted the same way as me.

Meanwhile, I've just cleaned and polished my car in 10 minutes with the Greased Lightening cleaner that shysal recommended. Great stuff!