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      11-09-2008, 10:48 PM   #21
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Drives: '03 330i, '09 M3 Coupe
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Originally Posted by e46e92love View Post
As a former pro detailer I can't tell you how much of a waste of money the delivery charge is. 90% of cars need to be clayed before being delivered to customers because of rail and brake dust that gets on cars during shipment. Rather than hand wax, they should get a great wash, clay bar with a light spray wax followed by a very good hand wax with paint sealant. This is why I tell my dealer not to wax or deliver my car normally, because I just wind up having to strip the wax off to so I can do it properly, which is just more time consuming.

I always feel the paint and use that as my judgment of whether a car is clean, if its not smooth as class then there is still shit in the pain and its not clean. To me the feel is as important as the look, its how my cars at 150k always look like they have 20k on them.......but it takes some time, patience and know-how......
I picked my car up dirty at delivery to avoid what they might do. I saw a few new M3s sitting around on the lot with paint swirls and definitely wanted no part of that. I ran my hand across the paint of a shiny new M5 on the showroom and it had more stuff on the surface than mine did. It looked shiny but that's about it.