Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Car wash in Bangalore

It is actually surprising that there are (almost) no car wash centers readily available in Bangalore. I searched the net and enquired with my friends and colleagues -- but the answer is just the same. It would actually be a good business to start a professional car wash center in Bangalore.

The only one decent car wash center (as of this writing) is the SLV Car wash center, South End road (Old Kanakapura road), Basavanagudi, Bangalore (near Caritor office). If you drive from South-end circle on the south-end road, at the first intersection, on your right is this place. There is a huge board saying 'Car bath' :)

I've been using their service for quite sometime and am reasonably happy with them. The charges are little on the higher side though. They charge Rs. 225 (earlier Rs.200) for small sized cars (like Indica, zen, alto, swift etc.,) and Rs. 300 for SUV sized cars (like scorpio, safari etc.,) The wash includes exterior and interior cleaning.

The sequence of cleaning goes like this:
  1. While the car is in queue for the body wash, they would bring a mobile vacuum cleaner and clean the interiors; the floor mats will be taken out for washing separately.
  2. Before the car reaches the body wash place, the interiors will be all set.
  3. Then they wash the car with pressurized water (they have provision to even wash under the chassis of the car).
  4. They clean the tyres (no they don't remove them) with soap water.
  5. Now the car is driven into the automatic wash drive bay. The auto-wash first sprays pressurized water all over the car; then a lot of soap oil; then under heavy pressure water cleans it off. For the first time, it's fun to watch the machine doing it.
  6. As the car is driven out of the auto wash area, there is a blower which blows hot air to dry up the car faster; with its aid, the workers manually wipe out the water from the car's body.
  7. Meanwhile, the glass, side-view mirrors are cleaned and the floor mats are put back in place and the car is all set for delivery.
All in all I like their work. If there is heavy crowd, they tend to mess-up (like, this time they had put back the floor mats of another car; fortunately I figured out before delivery). Overall the wash is semi-automatic. Even if the interiors are not so neatly done by chance (you can stand with them while they do it if you need it perfectly done), the exterior wash is really good. Nothing can escape from their near 4 times wash with pressurized water. Weekends are usually crowded. They spend around 20-25 mins per car. On an average be ready to spend at least an hour there (including the waiting time). Weekday's early morning might be a better slot.

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