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slinkie
12-06-2010, 04:27 PM
Used to live in Bridgeland , I prefer wash bays to drive-through washes, but the Bridgeland carwash at Edmonton Trail and 1st ave is a rip off IMO, plus usually pretty busy.

Was at partsource in the NE so stopped by this place, Beaver Dam Gas, (5216 6 St Ne) they charge 60c a minute and have nice big bays. Each bay does not have its own doors so it's not very cold inside. It's never very busy either in my experience.

It's right around here, just head east past partsource then north at the t intersection and you will see it on your right hand side. (large building)

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/7743/43091090.png

Post up any cheap carwashes in your area, with winter here I know we are all sweating bullets about all the salt on the roads.

(i am not affiliated with beaver dam carwash in any way :angel: )

G-ZUS
12-06-2010, 04:35 PM
Centex on 52 St just south of 17 Ave. $1 for 1 minute and 50 seconds

Tomaz
12-06-2010, 04:41 PM
Douglasdale Carwash

I buy the prepay cards for extra savings. It's close to my work (I basically work across the street), open till midnight.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&q=douglasdale+car+wash&ie=UTF8&hq=douglasdale+car+wash&hnear=&z=16

Graham_A_M
12-06-2010, 04:50 PM
I use the Shell gas station in Deer Valley. It costs me all of $4.50 to wash a F350 crew cab, doing a full wash.

On my car its $3.00, and not even a buck for a quick decent hose off (all you need in this weather)

relyt92
12-06-2010, 07:06 PM
Originally posted by G-ZUS
Centex on 52 St just south of 17 Ave. $1 for 1 minute and 50 seconds I came here to post this, I've yet to find a cheaper place to wash my car in the area.

EM1FTW
12-06-2010, 07:17 PM
Any cheap 24hrs ones?

Disoblige
12-06-2010, 07:31 PM
I hate the 10 @ 10 car wash now they are owned by Koreans. Total rip offs, and 2 dollar minimum. The old guy who used to own it was great.

Unfortunately, that one is super close to me, but I try to avoid it if I can.

The one on Harvest Hills near T&T is nice. I love the pressure there! Great for easily removing stickers LOL.

copynpaste
12-06-2010, 07:52 PM
Originally posted by Disoblige


The one on Harvest Hills near T&T is nice. I love the pressure there! Great for easily removing stickers LOL.

Thats where i usually go but its pricey $1/min. Sandstone Esso is $1/2.5mins.

Prelude_dude
12-06-2010, 08:02 PM
For 24 hours, I personally like to wash my car in the middle of the night, where the roads are empty, so other cars don't shoot shit at my car while im driving home with a clean car, also its empty so i take my sweet as time in there drying my car off. Ive litterally seen a guy take like 2 hours waxing his car in there, well i was in there for an hour and he was already there prior to me.
I go to the one in brisbois i think u call it, just off charleswood, by the university there, where the big coop and safeway are

rojhero
12-06-2010, 08:08 PM
Originally posted by Disoblige
I hate the 10 @ 10 car wash now they are owned by Koreans. Total rip offs, and 2 dollar minimum. The old guy who used to own it was great.

Unfortunately, that one is super close to me, but I try to avoid it if I can.

The one on Harvest Hills near T&T is nice. I love the pressure there! Great for easily removing stickers LOL.

I know what you mean about the one on 10th and 10th. The old guy's son was the one who converted the system to a $2 minimum, installed credit card swipers, and added a ton of video cameras. The good thing now is the new Korean owners have never complained about me taking my sweet time drying the car in the bay when no one else is around. The previous owner hired guys who used to always complain and close early.

I've been to ~10 car washes around the city and they're all about $1 for 90 seconds. It's not so much the car wash as your ability to wash. Here's a tip I learned from my dad: If you want to do a quick $2 "winter wash", change the selector knob near the end of the time to rinse at the end of the soap cycle. Then when you rinse you have clear water coming out instead of waiting for it to change.

.norco.
12-06-2010, 08:57 PM
Originally posted by copynpaste


Thats where i usually go but its pricey $1/min. Sandstone Esso is $1/2.5mins.

Same area as tnt? because there's the one across the street to. I like the one right near tnt because you can use quarters, good place to offload a wack load of change.

black13
12-06-2010, 09:17 PM
what about washing your car in your driveway in the winter? my street is pure ice anyway don't see how a quick rinse would do much harm and my hose is in the garage so it won't freeze.

Benny
12-06-2010, 09:26 PM
I always get her done at the Bowness car wash. Cheap as hell and if I remember correctly it's open 24 hours.

Graham_A_M
12-06-2010, 10:14 PM
Originally posted by black13
what about washing your car in your driveway in the winter? my street is pure ice anyway don't see how a quick rinse would do much harm and my hose is in the garage so it won't freeze.

knock yourself out! please post pics of the damages after you slide out and hit something, of which you inevitably will unless you have a heated driveway.

gyu
12-06-2010, 11:39 PM
Wow 2.5 minutes for only $1 at esso in sandstone!? That's a wicked price, I'm gonna check it out next time I'm washing my car. Hopefully it's not a 'you get what you paid for' kind of deal.

I usually go to the one by T&T or Centex. I prefer the Centex one much more since it's less busy, longer time per dollar, more choices, and heated (not sure if T&T one is heated or not) only thing keeping me from going there every time is the distance.
I went to the T&T one on Saturday to wash my car and holy crap never seen so many cars waiting to wash their cars before, didn't bother waiting and went to Centex one (was heading South anyways so kinda on the way) and didn't even have to wait.

2BLUE
12-07-2010, 12:23 AM
I find using a credit card is always cheaper.

bigbadboss101
12-07-2010, 12:36 AM
I like Centex on Centre street. Easy to get in, heated, curbs on the sides. Soap is soapy, and also have option of RainX and good wax.

I live near the Esso in Sandstone. Not as soapy and don't have the fancy features like Centex.

K3RMiTdot
12-07-2010, 12:45 AM
Originally posted by bigbadboss101
I like Centex on Centre street. Easy to get in, heated, curbs on the sides. Soap is soapy, and also have option of RainX and good wax.

I live near the Esso in Sandstone. Not as soapy and don't have the fancy features like Centex.

I live in sandstone as well, and my thoughts exactly. id rather drive further then to go to the esso, i hate it for whatever reason, just probably cuz im picky.

the shell in crowfoot is pretty decent, get a card pay when u leave.

JordanAndrew
12-07-2010, 12:52 AM
There are 2 car washes near T&T in Harvest hills. I personally like the one accross the street because the pressure of the water down there is strong and actually acts like a brush almost. I find other places to have weak pressure so you end up washing longer and it doesn't clean as much.

cream
12-07-2010, 02:01 AM
Originally posted by Prelude_dude
For 24 hours, I personally like to wash my car in the middle of the night, where the roads are empty, so other cars don't shoot shit at my car while im driving home with a clean car, also its empty so i take my sweet as time in there drying my car off. Ive litterally seen a guy take like 2 hours waxing his car in there, well i was in there for an hour and he was already there prior to me.
I go to the one in brisbois i think u call it, just off charleswood, by the university there, where the big coop and safeway are

its called a dog/wash thing.. haha by kilkennys. i like it :) was close to my highschool and now close to uofc :)

also the car wash across the street from t&t lasts wayyyy longer than the one adjacent to the tire place. Havent really timed it but its atleast a good 30 sec +

copynpaste
12-07-2010, 01:37 PM
Originally posted by .norco.


Same area as tnt? because there's the one across the street to. I like the one right near tnt because you can use quarters, good place to offload a wack load of change.

Theres 2 car washes near tnt? The one im talking about is next to the paint store and mr lube type place. Wheres the other?

Disoblige
12-07-2010, 01:40 PM
uhh the one I'm talking about, there is a steep hill area, turn at the intersection at 7-11, but left if you're coming from Beddington.

illtim3d
12-07-2010, 01:46 PM
^ Its near the bottle depot right?

I dont think sandstone is $1 for 2.5 mins, i think its 1.5 mins. Could be wrong tho

LadyLuck
12-07-2010, 02:03 PM
Originally posted by illtim3d
^ Its near the bottle depot right?

I dont think sandstone is $1 for 2.5 mins, i think its 1.5 mins. Could be wrong tho

Yea, the Bottle Depot is right behind the car wash. You cant miss it and can see it from the road as soon as you turn off of Harvest Hills Blvd.

YamahaV8
12-07-2010, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by copynpaste


Theres 2 car washes near tnt? The one im talking about is next to the paint store and mr lube type place. Wheres the other?



Originally posted by Disoblige
uhh the one I'm talking about, there is a steep hill area, turn at the intersection at 7-11, but left if you're coming from Beddington.

The one across the street from T&T is called Johnny B's car wash and the one beside Mr. Lube is called Stampede car wash. Stampede car wash is ok but the owner is a total asshole. Just look up reviews of that place and see for yourself. Johnny B's is a pretty good wash.

Masked Bandit
12-07-2010, 04:17 PM
Originally posted by Tomaz
Douglasdale Carwash

I buy the prepay cards for extra savings. It's close to my work (I basically work across the street), open till midnight.

http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&q=douglasdale+car+wash&ie=UTF8&hq=douglasdale+car+wash&hnear=&z=16

Really? I used that one for the first time a couple of days ago (I work over here too) and hated it. About as much pressure as pissing into the wind.

I don't really care too much about the cost as long as there is decent pressure and I haven't found anything better than the one in Shawnessy tucked in behind the Winners. It gets pretty busy though.

darthVWader
12-07-2010, 07:49 PM
Originally posted by Benny
I always get her done at the Bowness car wash. Cheap as hell and if I remember correctly it's open 24 hours.

Yup 24hrs still.

97luder
12-07-2010, 08:33 PM
i love the one at the fast gas on 17th ave se , good pressure , lots of options , and your money last . oh and huge heaters about 10 feet long and about 3 feet from your head to keep you nice and warm :)

5fivespeed
12-08-2010, 02:14 AM
The Car wash across the street from Deerfoot Mall. High pressure through every single cycle.

Ray

KO22
12-08-2010, 02:22 AM
I always hit up the one in douglasglen, down the hill from deerfoot inn & casino right beside the bottle depot.. 24/7, usually never tooooooo busy, after like 5pm its dead and you can spend how ever long you want in there, i remember i took about 2 hours cleaning my car one day (ran over paint can.. was a mess)

Disoblige
12-08-2010, 10:38 AM
Originally posted by KO22
I always hit up the one in douglasglen, down the hill from deerfoot inn & casino right beside the bottle depot.. 24/7, usually never tooooooo busy, after like 5pm its dead and you can spend how ever long you want in there, i remember i took about 2 hours cleaning my car one day (ran over paint can.. was a mess)
Yikes, but at least you were spending money there and it wasn't busy.

The worse are people who dry their cars in the bay when it is really busy with 2-3 cars waiting outside. Taxi drivers are worse for this in the Winter. They think just because they spend $1-2 dollars, they are entitled to taking their sweet ass time drying their car even though it's barely below 0 out. Seriously, just wipe for 30 seconds max and GTFO. Love watching the car wash owners tell them to leave as I keep pushing the button opening the bay doors :rofl:

Tomaz
12-08-2010, 10:58 AM
Originally posted by Masked Bandit


Really? I used that one for the first time a couple of days ago (I work over here too) and hated it. About as much pressure as pissing into the wind.

I don't really care too much about the cost as long as there is decent pressure and I haven't found anything better than the one in Shawnessy tucked in behind the Winners. It gets pretty busy though.

For the convenience, I am not too picky. There are 3 washes in the area, so I might try the others. Another one is further west, opposite the new park and ride and bottle depot. Another on is tucked in douglas square near the McDonald's and certiguard mechanic shop.

That one in shawnessy is pretty good, but it is freaking small and always packed!


I forgot to mention the car wash in Langdon. I really like it mostly because there is a lot of bays, accept payment cards and coins, and happens to be on my way home to and from work.

Ven
12-08-2010, 12:59 PM
Any good ones in the N.E? I used to go to the big bucket in westwinds but that place has pissed me off for the last time with their broken grease cover shit.

copynpaste
12-08-2010, 07:34 PM
Originally posted by YamahaV8





The one across the street from T&T is called Johnny B's car wash and the one beside Mr. Lube is called Stampede car wash. Stampede car wash is ok but the owner is a total asshole. Just look up reviews of that place and see for yourself. Johnny B's is a pretty good wash.

Ok I checked out the other car wash last night and I agree its better than the one by the Mr Lube place.

Where online are the bad reviews for stampede car wash? I agree that the owner is a redneck douchebag.

cream
12-08-2010, 07:43 PM
Originally posted by copynpaste


Ok I checked out the other car wash last night and I agree its better than the one by the Mr Lube place.

Where online are the bad reviews for stampede car wash? I agree that the owner is a redneck douchebag.

http://www.google.ca/maps/place?cid=4168341469477135677&q=stampede+car+wash+calgary&fb=1&gl=ca&hq=stampede+car+wash&hnear=Calgary,+AB&dtab=2&ei=8DMATdurD5CcsQP9_K2wCw&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBgQqgUwAA

he sounds freaking crazy... Never seen him though, but I know he drives a silver 07 civic.

KO22
12-08-2010, 08:12 PM
Originally posted by Disoblige

Yikes, but at least you were spending money there and it wasn't busy.

The worse are people who dry their cars in the bay when it is really busy with 2-3 cars waiting outside. Taxi drivers are worse for this in the Winter. They think just because they spend $1-2 dollars, they are entitled to taking their sweet ass time drying their car even though it's barely below 0 out. Seriously, just wipe for 30 seconds max and GTFO. Love watching the car wash owners tell them to leave as I keep pushing the button opening the bay doors :rofl:

Yeah well I brought the car in at ~11pm and worked on it for couple hours, nobody was in there at all so it was good.

copynpaste
12-08-2010, 08:33 PM
Originally posted by cream


http://www.google.ca/maps/place?cid=4168341469477135677&q=stampede+car+wash+calgary&fb=1&gl=ca&hq=stampede+car+wash&hnear=Calgary,+AB&dtab=2&ei=8DMATdurD5CcsQP9_K2wCw&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBgQqgUwAA

he sounds freaking crazy... Never seen him though, but I know he drives a silver 07 civic.

Dude is a freak, Ive seen him he looks like that physcho 70yr old porn star whos now in jail. I went there 8am one weekday during the snowfall to see if he was open and he comes out bitching at me saying theyre not open, theyre gonna freeze up and tells me to get the hell out. Relax how the hell was i suppose to know when the lights inside were on and people were sitting inside the office.:rolleyes:

Ill stick with Johnnys across the street.

thager
12-08-2010, 08:40 PM
western pride was good when i lived there.
just off 32nd ave
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=51.083655,-113.987589&spn=0.000839,0.002411&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=51.083655,-113.987589&panoid=6Mbu8EmZmqRVU-dwPxS1TQ&cbp=12,2.11,,0,17.01



Originally posted by Ven
Any good ones in the N.E? I used to go to the big bucket in westwinds but that place has pissed me off for the last time with their broken grease cover shit.

.norco.
12-08-2010, 09:17 PM
Originally posted by copynpaste


Ok I checked out the other car wash last night and I agree its better than the one by the Mr Lube place.

Where online are the bad reviews for stampede car wash? I agree that the owner is a redneck douchebag.

haha he's crazy, i went yesterday and he was outside trying to direct traffic and yelling at anyone that wasnt "in line" haha.

copynpaste
12-08-2010, 09:20 PM
Originally posted by .norco.


haha he's crazy, i went yesterday and he was outside trying to direct traffic and yelling at anyone that wasnt "in line" haha.

You dont need to direct traffic at a 4 bay carwash, man what a douchebag.

sjaswal
12-08-2010, 10:27 PM
Originally posted by 5fivespeed
The Car wash across the street from Deerfoot Mall. High pressure through every single cycle.

Ray

^^ not in the cheap carwash category, only belongs in convenient category if you work around there.

gyu
12-18-2010, 11:56 PM
Originally posted by cream


its called a dog/wash thing.. haha by kilkennys. i like it :) was close to my highschool and now close to uofc :)

also the car wash across the street from t&t lasts wayyyy longer than the one adjacent to the tire place. Havent really timed it but its atleast a good 30 sec +
How much does it cost for the one by kilkenny's and does it get busy in the mornings/afternoons?
Gonna wash my car on Tuesday after my last exam so gonna visit either the dog place or centex

cream
12-19-2010, 02:02 PM
Don't know the exact times but they're loonie and toonie. Not that busy during the morning. 6-7 bays?

Guillermo
12-19-2010, 03:08 PM
Originally posted by Graham_A_M
I use the Shell gas station in Deer Valley. It costs me all of $4.50 to wash a F350 crew cab, doing a full wash.

On my car its $3.00, and not even a buck for a quick decent hose off (all you need in this weather)

went here today and thought it was a major ripoff, for these reasons:

1) before you enter, you pull a ticket which starts the clock on your wash.

2) it's so steamy in there, you can't see 2 feet in front of you (not kidding). I literally had to get out of my car and walk around to figure out which bay was open. (paying for the wash this whole time.)

3) turns out the only open bay was the one on the right immediately when you open the door, which is very difficult to manouver into (requires backing up a couple of times). I remind you that you are already paying for the wash at this time.

4) by the time I finally got into the spot, I figure I had already spent $1.50 on the wash (it seems to be $1/min.)

5) when I went to use the soap, there was no soap!!! None that I could see, anyhow. I don't know if they ran out, or just use really crappy stuff, but either way it was ineffective.

6) when my car dried, it had an even layer of salt all over it - more than was there before I went into the wash! they are either using recycled salt water, or the lack of soap somehow just spread the salt evenly over my car.


This "wash" cost me $4 for a simple spray down, and I actually had to go to another car wash afterwards. :banghead:

Graham_A_M
12-22-2010, 08:21 PM
^ interesting. I was there twice today washing a big 1 ton and my DD. No salt problems (Do you drive a black vehicle?). :dunno: Yes its steamy as most car washes are in this weather, but I washed both vehicles today for $6.50 so $4 for a spray down is kind of odd.
:dunno:
usually a quick spray down costs me $1-2, so little they dont even charge me.
And no its $.65 a minute, they take that whole "time it takes to take your ticket and pull into the bay" into account so they dont charge you for the first minute.
I find it odd the soap doesn't work. I've been going there for YEARS and never once had that problem. By soap you mean the foam brush? there is that, then there is the "soap" of which comes out of the pressure gun. much like a Rinse but with soap added in.

Ah well... it must have just been a shitty day for you.