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      08-17-2008, 12:49 AM   #1
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Question Any self car wash in Northern NJ?

Guys, if there was one thing I really loved while driving through the Carolinas or Virginia, it was all these "self" car washs. as I unfortunately do not have any way I can clean my car on the premises of my building, and as I will not be able to have my car detailed every week by a profesional, I was wondering if any of you knew a place where I could "do it myself" in the area of Clifton/Nutley or Morristown?

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are you talking about those w/ the quarter machines? If so becareful using them b/c those brushes contain all types of junk from other people washing their cars that could be havoc to your paint, your better off finding a complete HAND CAR WASH
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are you talking about those w/ the quarter machines? If so becareful using them b/c those brushes contain all types of junk from other people washing their cars that could be havoc to your paint, your better off finding a complete HAND CAR WASH
I see exactly what you mean Monsta, but what I had in mind is simply a place where you have some kind of high pressure gun that allow you to cycle between soaping, cleanng, rinsing phases (no brush!). I used them in the South and just hapened to see such a place when I went to Belmar yesterday. I usually only used the soap to clean and remove the dirt, etc... and then gently rinsed it before using my microfiber towels. Worked great and had no swirls. I guess I will have to move to be able to wash my car at home.

By the way, I used a hand car wash on Saturday, but was worried to see the guys working on the bottom of the car (where most of the dirt, sand, etc.. is) and then move back up on the doors, roof, etc... with the towels. Bottom line, whether you really hand it to professionals or you DIY!
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Sometimes there are some harsh chemicals in the self wash--so beware
Forget using the brush thats a given.
Using a hose and bucket at hoe really doesnt take too long :P
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idk how far you would travel but there is a 24 self car wash in hackensack nj. its on the corner of cedar lane and river street.
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Hey MTrois,

Ain't Europe here, where they have clean water in the Car wash... It's all reused (hardly recycled)... so high pressure will probably sand-blast your paint off!

I haven't washed my car yet since ever I guess, still looking for a good place in NYC or NJ.

I don't like others to wash my car, as it's not their property... so not much to lose for them, right?
Oh, and I live in Manhattan, in case people advise to use my own driveway... Thanks!

Please let me know if you found a proper one!

Thanks!

PS: How is the ride doing?
I always have 'Power' on (sport mode), feels better and get the same MPGs
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Hey -

I live in the West Village - have a 2008 E90 M3 in Jerez Black.

The guys at Chelsea Car Wash do a good hand wash for $50. Don't go through the machine - but pull around to the 14th Street side and ask the manager for a hand wash. I find that tipping the guy who is washing the car $5-10 before he washes does worlds of good...

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idk how far you would travel but there is a 24 self car wash in hackensack nj. its on the corner of cedar lane and river street.
Thanks for the tip! I have not tried it yet, but will let you know. In the meantime I brought my car to Chris at AllIntheDetails in Morristown (behind High Marques...as suggested on this post!)) and he did a PERFECT job!!! Will definitely go back!!!

Now it is raining!!!
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I recently used a hand car wash in Bergen county called Celebrity Auto Spa in Paramus NJ. They were pretty good. I only got the exterior wash and drove away with a good feeling that they did NOT put any swirl marks on my car. Inexpensive too. I did give them a big tip though.
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also there is ALLSTAR CAR WASH in Teaneck off of Teaneck Road used to be Buddy's Car Wash until it was sold (bastard old man, I kept telling him to let me know when he was ready to sell b/c i was ready to buy) I completely forgot to mention this place in my previous post, but since it was sold I gone back only once b/c it pisses me off so much that it was sold about 1 1/2 yr ago
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My favorite spot is a place in HoHoKus called OBH (Only By Hand) Car Wash. It is a great little hand wash spot with mostly all very nice luxury cars which provides good conversation among owners and other enthusiasts.
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My favorite spot is a place in HoHoKus called OBH (Only By Hand) Car Wash. It is a great little hand wash spot with mostly all very nice luxury cars which provides good conversation among owners and other enthusiasts.

you got a address or cross streets?
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There's two places I go to from time to time, one is in Leonia and the other is in Palisades Park.

Leonia Car Wash
(201) 363-0040
125 Fort Lee Rd
Leonia, NJ 07605

Casino Car Wash
(201) 461-6139
425 Grand Avenue
Palisades Park, NJ 07650

They both do a pretty good job. I typically go to Casino Car Wash more often because they have a good italian deli in their building adjacent to them. They do an awesome job when they are not busy (mainly because they do not rush as much and they can give more TLC like dry off the car more). To wash the car, I believe they use sheep skin wash mitts and to dry they use terry cloth towels and chamois leather. The typical cars there are like Mercedes and BMWs but of course you'll see the occasional Camry and Accord. They use to detail my uncle's NSX and Ferrari a few years back when he use to live by there.

I haven't been to the Leonia car wash for a few years but I can still vouch for them as well as they detailed my father's car a few year's back and did an outstanding job.
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not a self wash, but a high end, hand only car wash that is the only place i take my M3 is

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you got a address or cross streets?
Sure do!

http://nj.citysquares.com/ho-ho-kus/...-hand-car-wash

Right down the street from my guys at Rogue Engineering. You should stop in for a SSK and Pulley set while you are around there.
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Sure do!

http://nj.citysquares.com/ho-ho-kus/...-hand-car-wash

Right down the street from my guys at Rogue Engineering. You should stop in for a SSK and Pulley set while you are around there.
yeah I think I'm I am going to get their pulley, I got a AA SSK that I'm waiting to install, do you have the ROGUE on yours?....I'm eagerly waiting for their DIABLO once you get the prototype you have to hit me up so I could check it out.....let me know if they need another ///M3, amazingly I've never been to Rogue and they are just 2 small towns over

we should get a together one of these days though for drinks or to watch the GIANTS!!! tomorrow we are going to whip on some EAGLE ASS!!!!
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yeah I think I'm I am going to get their pulley, I got a AA SSK that I'm waiting to install, do you have the ROGUE on yours?....I'm eagerly waiting for their DIABLO once you get the prototype you have to hit me up so I could check it out.....let me know if they need another ///M3, amazingly I've never been to Rogue and they are just 2 small towns over

we should get a together one of these days though for drinks or to watch the GIANTS!!! tomorrow we are going to whip on some EAGLE ASS!!!!
I was at the game and whipping some Eagle Ass is exactly what we did NOT do. Fuck that was an awful game to be at. Yeah let's definitely do drinks one night. As far as Rogue, they are 2 of my good friends and you gotta go there...even to hang out for a while. I learned all that I know about BMWs through them. This is the 4th car of mine they will work on and I trust no one else touching my car. I will be doing their pulley and SSK shortly. As far as exhaust goes, after hearing the Eisenmann Race in person, both Rogue and I agreed it's pretty much the sickest sounding car so I might be going that route. We shall see.
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u guys drive 60k cars and u don't care enough to wash the car yourself to make sure the mitts u use are clean and don't have any dirt in them which create ur scratches and swirl marks?

www.detailersdomain.com
and get some good quality products.

go to the rt.46 wash bays. get some buckets, and some microfiber towels to dry the car. and wash it yourself.
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u guys drive 60k cars and u don't care enough to wash the car yourself to make sure the mitts u use are clean and don't have any dirt in them which create ur scratches and swirl marks?

www.detailersdomain.com
and get some good quality products.

go to the rt.46 wash bays. get some buckets, and some microfiber towels to dry the car. and wash it yourself.
Thanks for the input Preeth!
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