Date registered: Feb 2004
Vehicle: 1997 S500
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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RE: How much to Tip for a $15 Hand Car Wash
I hate sounding cheap, but I usually only tip $1 to $3 depending on services rendered at the "best" hand-wash car wash in town. All the detailers are Hispanic (hopefully owning green cards or work permits). I currently prefer to vacuum & clean the inside of the S500 myself. They only clean the outside of the car! Considering how "they" damaged the wood finish around the stick shift & tore the carpet floor mats when the seats were moved fully forward & back on my BMW, I rarely over tip.
When I drove a little sports car, I usually regretted over tipping (+$5) because I'd always notice how many areas "they" actually missed on such a small car after I'd drove away. So I decided to tip according to the thoroughness of the job.
If the detailers opened the trunk & dried the trunk water drain panels that still had soap residue in them & dry the trunk rubber seals, I'd give them two bucks. If Armour All is used on the tires, then three bucks. If I have to ask them to wipe down the tires because too much Armour All has been left on the tires, then deduct a buck.
I have no problems asking for a clean wet rag to finish cleaning the hood & headlight areas if insect residual is still present. Water spots on the windows reduces the tip amount. Dust on the inside was another issue, especially on a small car. If the detailer just stands there while I finish his job, I won't tip, but will politely thank him for his time.
When I had the S500 hand buffed & waxed in January for $80, I tipped them $20 for such a great job!
The MB dealership offers free car washes. Their car-washers are mentally handicapped adults from Opportunity Village. I may just start going to their car wash in the future. I know how hard most of "the kids" work, & how proud they are to have a job! I'll bet many folks would appreciate a tip instead of expecting one...
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