Washed by dealer?

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  1. MN B5 Blue

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    My B5 baby will be arriving this week!! Dealer called today and asked if I wanted it washed. Hadn't thought about that. What is everyone's consensus? I am in MN so it may be awhile before I can hand wash it in the driveway :).

    Also considering the Mopar Splash Guards - anyone got 'em? Like them? I have a 09 SRT8 without them and I know from experience that crap gets tossed up on the door and lower quarter panel.
     
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  2. Senderofan

    Senderofan Track in, Apex, Track out and Repeat! Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC Charter Member

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    Guess I'd ask if they can assure you that it will be washed by hand. Otherwise....you might just consider waiting and doing it yourself. I would give a thumbs up for some kind of protection from flying debris....I just put on a set of rock guards from ZL1 today on my Cat.....would hate to mess up those doors or the lower quarters like you mentioned.

    BTW, congrats from another MN owner. A couple more good rains and higher temps and I'll be in full break in mode like you :)


    P.S.
    The lower left picture is my daughter helping me wash our Cat for the first time a couple of weeks ago when it was in the 40's outside.
     
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  3. Toolman_42

    Toolman_42 Gold Member

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    Ask them if you can wash it in their washbasin with your materials
     
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    FarAwayFromHere Gold Member

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    It's a catch 22 about the wash,as if you don't get it washed,hard to see any defects!
    If you do get it washed they make swirls and scratches!
    IMHO....say no to wash,it will take longer for you to go over it,
    Inspect before leaving lot!
    But ultimately you have the wherewithal to wash it right!
    You answered your mudflap question....
    Mopar ones are best,and fit well, i'd do them,
    Before you drive it!
    Far
     
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  5. Puffy

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    I told the dealer not to wash it. I'm fully capable of putting swirl marks on my Cat. Don't need their help.

    Actual I didn't know the dealer well and since I had a 600 mile drive home in the rain, I decided it wasn't worth it.
     
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    Picked my car up at 2pm on New Year's Eve. Had the heated wash bay at the dealer all to myself the rest of the day. Washed my car with my stuff at their facility. Dealer was very accommodating after spending that much money. Loaded the car in a trailer and hauled it home in a snowstorm. How much better can it get!
     
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  7. bfusion

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    Let them hand wash it, you need to be able to check it over. You will have fun bringing out that awesome B5 shine at your house. They will be careful if you ask them to
     
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    Get the Mopar splash guards, they are a MUST, in my opinion.

    April

    PS - Grtz on the incoming Cat ... I know you are excited!!
     
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    Wash it yourself, at their bay, with your products.
    They should work with you on this. Gives a perfect opportunity to inspect your new baby.
    That being said, I bought mine sight unseen and flew in, drove out. Dealer had car detailed and ready, sitting out front in all of her glory when I arrived. Left all factory materials in place for me to document and remove.
    Either way....YEEHAA...you got a hellcat.
    Get in and enjoy. A good detailer can fix just about anything.
    Have fun my friend, I still have my smile on, going on a year!
     
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    Wash it yourself!!! You will take more time and care than anyone else. Enjoy your Cat!!!!
     
  11. WNY Cat

    WNY Cat SRT Hellcat Supporter Gold Supporting Member

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    I let the dealer wash mine. I just stood there and watched so nothing stupid happened to it. I think I was standing there holding on to my front plate mount so the lot guy wouldn't grab it and start drilling my bumper.:)

    first wash.jpg
     
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  12. CubeMan

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    Certain dealers have actual detailers on-hand but usually under-paid. MOST dealers just get the scrub brushes you should never use on paint. If you want that hit me up ill swirl up your paint for free
     
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    If you want to keep your paint healthy, I would say no. Unless they take the same care as a great detail shop, they are going to do more harm than good. If you aren't going to take the effort yourself during ownership to look after the paint and such, then let them have at it.
     
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    DGatzby Gold Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member Midwest Regional Pres.

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    The idea of participating with your own materials seems like a good idea. I have the Mopar guards. Always a chance to bond with some important folks at the dealer that will probably handle your car with every future visit. Those relationships are sometime wise and not thought about. But the folks behind the service manager are the folks who are going to be working on your car, why not meet and have some fun with them?

    I spent hours/days buffing my Jazz Blue to get a few defects out, that are far from something the dealer did. Nothing was better than the $800 we had to get reimbursed for the OEM passenger door dink or the still not fixed and ignored by Jeff at SRT bumps along the passenger roofline. Either caused by the factory welding process or torque twist, who knows.
     
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    i politely declined.. i hand wash mine myself only.
     
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    need to use a clay bar to get rid of the rail dust.
     
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