Two bright shiny new cars in the garage. Looks so good. Ok, fine, a 13-year-old sedan and an 8-year-old small SUV. But I spent $8 each to get them washed this afternoon. In California, we very regularly paid to have the cars washed. Now, granted, the cars were newer, there were lots of car washes, and they also vacuumed the insides and washed the inside windows and wiped down all of the interior surfaces, but it was something we indulged in.
And then we moved to Washington and for whatever reasons we stopped getting regular car washes... life was busier, we no longer had two incomes, it rains more here, whatever. We stopped. But it wasn't like we started washing the cars by hand. The hose in the front yard is not conveniently located and it's just a big hassle to go out and wash the cars, dry the cars, etc. So it didn't even become a case of the value of my time or the value of money, let's just call it what it was: neglect.
I've grown tired of my beautiful car looking less than beautiful. It's 13-years-old and there is still some remnants from the paint can issue (story here, pictures here) but I still think it looks really good. I've taken care of it and it's gotten very few door dings and most of the other damage has been replaced with new parts over the years, but it does not look like my idea of a 13-year-old car.
So today I took them both and had them washed. I am really impressed at how good a job the automated car wash did, even on the rims.
I guess it's going to be up to me to clean the insides of the cars, but I'll probably be more motivated to do that when the outsides are clean.